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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Nicholas Donofrio named Technology Executive of the Year

December 3, 2003

Nicholas M. Donofrio has been named the 2003 Technology Executive of the Year by The University of Arizona's College of Engineering and Eller College of Business and Public Administration. Donofrio is IBM's senior vice president for technology and manufacturing.

He will be honored at the annual Technology & Management Awards Luncheon (TMAL) on Thursday, Dec. 11. The luncheon begins at noon in Scottsdale's Phoenician Resort and celebrates the contributions of high-tech enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures to Arizona's economy.

Donofrio provides the strategic leadership for developing and commercializing advanced technology across IBM's global operations. He also heads the IBM Technology Team, is a member of the IBM Strategy Team, and is chairman of the board of governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. Donofrio also leads the development and retention of IBM's technical employees and is a champion for diversity throughout the IBM global technical community.

The engineering and business colleges also will honor five other executives at TMAL. All are UA alumni.

  • Allen B. Rosenstein, Lifetime Achievement Award, College of Engineering - Rosenstein, founder, chairman and CEO of Pioneer Magnetics, Inc. was on the UCLA engineering faculty for 42 years. His work on automatic control systems, electric and electronic circuits, magnetics and electromagnetic machines has yielded five patents, led to consulting work in industry, and provided the foundation for several companies that manufacture and distribute these devices and systems. Rosenstein served on President Reagan’s White House Conference on Productivity and President Carter’s "Consultation on Competitiveness." Pioneer Magnetics, Inc., the company he founded more than forty years ago, designs and manufactures switching power supplies ranging from 500 to more than 5,000 Watts.
  • Jon Underwood, Lifetime Achievement Award, Eller College - Underwood, president of Desert Mountain Properties, spent many years in the paper industry. In 1988, he joined Lyle Anderson, a multi-state developer of recreation-oriented planned communities. Since 1997, he has been president of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Desert Mountain Properties. The community includes more than 8,000 acres of homes and world-class golf courses. He and his wife, Tammy, have served on numerous UA boards, chaired events, led committees, and are currently working on Campaign Arizona.
  • Tammy Underwood, , Lifetime Achievement Award, Eller College - Underwood has dedicated her life to community service. Highlights from her long list of community contributions include chairing numerous UA Alumni Association events, and serving as a Campaign Arizona Presidential Leadership team member, as a founding board member of the Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center, and as past president of the Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center board.
  • J. Byron McCormick,, Distinguished Service Award, College of Engineering - McCormick, executive director of General Motor's Fuel Cell Technology and Commercialization activities, directs General Motors’ global initiatives to develop an economical and reliable hydrogen fuel cell for stationary power and automotive commercial applications. With fuel cell initiatives in the United States, Europe and Asia, GM is considered an industry leader in fuel cell technology, and McCormick’s team is diligently working toward a goal to be the first automaker to sell 1 million fuel cell vehicles. McCormick has contributed to the development of alternative fuel sources since leading the electronics division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1970s. He is very active in promoting a hydrogen economy with local, state and national agencies and has provided testimony for congressional and senate committees.
  • Lawrence A. Ponemon, Distinguished Service Award, Eller College - Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, is a pioneer in the development of privacy auditing, privacy risk management, and data protection advisory services. The Ponemon Institute is dedicated to advancing ethical information and privacy management practices in business and government. Ponemon has served as an appointed member of the Advisory Committee for Privacy for the United States Federal Trade Commission. He also works with various state agencies and committees. Recent appointments include advising the California special task force on privacy and data security and appointment to a special commission for the Governor of Arizona.

The first TMAL awards were presented in 1999. Past winners of the Technology & Management Executive of the Year Award include:

1999 — Craig Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Intel Corp.
2000 — Michael R. Bonsignore, chairman and CEO of Honeywell Interational.
2001 — Tom Brown, founder and chairman emeritus of Burr-Brown Corp.
2002 — Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon Missile Systems and Raytheon Co. vice president.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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