College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Engineering Excellence Award.
ASU Honors Motorola's Gary L. Tooker.
Gary L. Tooker, vice chairman of the Board of Motorola, was awarded the first Engineering Excellence Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at private ceremonies held during Homecoming Week at Arizona State University (ASU). Gary was nominated by his peers to receive the award for his significant, lifelong contributions to the engineering profession.
A distinguished innovator with technical savvy, Gary joined Motorola's Semiconductor Division in 1962, following his graduation from ASU. Since that time he has held a series of increasingly responsible positions in marketing, product and operations management and corporate management. Gary is truly a leader by example. After serving as general manager of the Semiconductor Products Sector, he was elected chief corporate staff officer and a director of Motorola in 1986. He became chief operating officer in 1988, president in 1990, and vice chairman and chief executive officer in 1993. He was elected chairman of the Board of Directors in 1996. He stepped down as chairman of the Board in June and will continue as vice chairman to assist with the transition. Gary will retire as an officer of Motorola at the end of the year and remain a member of the Board of Directors.
Gary is internationally recognized as one of the true visionary leaders of the U.S. electronics and information industry. Motorola owes Gary an enormous debt for his inspiration, his vision, and his understanding of how to succeed in global competition.
And, throughout his illustrious journey, Gary remained deeply committed to the success of both Motorola and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
"We are proud to present this award to Gary Tooker, both as a graduate of our programs and as a truly outstanding example of engineering leadership," Dean Peter Crouch said. "Through his legacy, Gary has improved our ability to touch the lives of ASU engineering students and improve the course of engineering education here in CEAS.
Gary L. Tooker
Vice Chairman of the Motorola Corporation