Utah leaders have the unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s top executives, Oracle CEO & Founder Larry Ellison, deliver the keynote at The Utah Technology Council (UTC) Hall of Fame Celebration the evening of Nov. 4 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The annual event will induct Stephen Jacobsen and Mark Fuller into the UTC Hall of Fame. There are still a few tickets remaining for this year’s black-tie event.
“This year’s celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our members,” said Richard R. Nelson, UTC founder and CEO. “It will be a tremendously memorableexperience for Utah’s technology industry as we hear from one of the best executives in the world and celebrate the achievements of our new Hall of Fame inductees.”
The Annual Hall of Fame event honors individuals with Utah ties who have made global contributions to the information technology, life science and clean tech industries through new technology, innovation and leadership. This year’s keynote speaker, Larry Ellison, has been CEO of Oracle Corporation since he founded the company in 1977. He also races sailboats, flies planes, plays tennis and guitar.
At the University of Utah, Mark Fuller, who was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2010, married his passion for design with his fascination for engineering and physics. After earning a master’s degree in engineering and product design from Stanford University, Fuller worked for Disney, supervising the creation of over 300 special effects andwater projects. In 1983 he co-launched WET, a firm dedicated to innovating new types of water features by fusing elegant design with uncommon science and engineering. Under his leadership, the company has grown to over 200 employees and has created landmark fountains worldwide.
Stephen Jacobsen is one of the most renowned and prolific creators of animate systems in this, or any, generation. Jacobsen holds an MS in engineering from the University and a Ph.D. in engineering from MIT. Jacobsen and his teams have garnered more than 200 patents to date, with many more in process, through a rigorous creative process that combines the oft-disparate disciplines of engineering, science, art and business. The teams’ creations have broken new ground and stood the test of time. The Utah Arm, developed in the early 1980s, is still widely considered the world’s finest artificial limb, while robots developed at Sarcos for Disney and Honda over the past 30-plus years are still in active use. The exoskeleton developed at Sarcos and Raytheon was a significant inspiration for the Iron Man movie franchise.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees join past recipients Stephen Aldous, Alan Ashton, David Bailey, Dale H. Ballard, Bruce Bastian, H. Raymond Bingham, Nolan Bushnell,Greg Butterfield, Edwin Catmull, James Clark, Gary L. Crocker, Bernard Daines, David Evans, Philo Farnsworth, Jim Kajiya, Alan Kay, Spencer Kirk, Michael O. Leavitt, Drew Major, Peter Meldrum, Raymond Noorda, Dinesh Patel, Shane Robison, Kevin Rollins, Mark Skolnick, James LeVoy Sorenson, David Spafford, Theodore H. Stanley, Thomas Stockham, Jr., Ivan Sutherland, Homer Warner and John Warnock.
Sponsors include: Adobe, Domo, Zions Bank, General Atlantic, LANDesk, Oracle, Utah Business, Xi3 Corporation, KPMG, Novell, Crocker Ventures, SolutionStream, and WET Design.
For more information about the 2011 Hall of Fame event or to register for the event,please visit UTC's website (www.utahtechcouncil.org) or call 801-568-3500.