Rick Wallace (BSE EE '82) serves as the CEO and president of KLA-Tencor Corporation as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. He came to campus as this year's ECE Merit Award winner.
He began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his 27-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor.
Rick Wallace currently serves on the boards of directors for NetApp, Inc., a data management solutions company and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an organization focused on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in the Silicon Valley. In addition to his Michigan degree, he earned his Master of Science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.