On September 19, 2006, Dr. Andrew S. Grove — City College alumnus, co-founder of Intel Corporation, Time Magazine’s 1997 “Man of the Year” and author of numerous books and articles —gave a big push to the renaissance of CCNY’s School of Engineering with a generous multi-million dollar gift that permanently and prominently ties his name and career achievements to the school.
No one better exemplifies the journey from young immigrant through The City College of New York to national and international leadership than Andrew Grove. Like more than half of today’s City College students, Andy Grove was born abroad. He survived the Nazi occupation of his native Hungary, only to flee with his parents after the brutal Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprising fifty years ago. And like so many immigrant families before them, his family found its way to New York, where The City College of New York offered young Grove a way into the American Dream.
Four years after arriving in the United States, he graduated at the top of the CCNY engineering class of 1960 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963, and joined the Research and Development Laboratory of Fairchild Semiconductor. In 1968, Dr. Grove’s visionary leadership and entrepreneurial acumen led to his participation in the founding of Intel Corporation, the company that produced the first microprocessor and developed the technology that enabled the computer and Internet revolution that has led to earth-shaking changes in our lives. He spent 26 years at its helm as president, CEO and chairman. He stepped down as chairman in 2005 and remains senior advisor to the corporation.
Dr. Grove has written six books, over 40 technical papers, articles in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and a weekly column on management which was carried by many newspapers. He has taught at Berkeley and Stanford, and received honorary doctorates from The City College of New York, Worchester Polytechnic Institute and Harvard University.
Dr. Grove’s first book, Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Devices, has been used at many leading universities in the United States. His books on management include High Output Management (1983), One-on-One With Andy Grove (1987), Only the Paranoid Survive (1996), and Strategic Dynamics: Concepts and Cases, co-authored by Robert A. Burgelman (2005). His autobiography, Swimming Across, was published in 2001. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of some of the highest awards in business and engineering, as well as a board member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he is national chair of the Campaign for UCSF, and is actively involved in the Grove Foundation, a private philanthropic organization.
As part of the inauguration ceremonies for the new Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, Dr. Grove gave major addresses on the current escalating healthcare costs and energy independence crises, sharing his views as to how engineers can help solve these problems. See the related article in this newsletter for coverage of these talks.