Explore some of the notable alumni who make up our large, international alumni community.
Science and Technology
Bob Bemer (1936), Computer pioneer; co-inventor of ASCII; named COBOL
Joel E. Cohen (1961), mathematical biologist; MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Award) recipient
Charles Bigelow (1963), type designer; former professor of digital typography at Stanford University; co-designer of Lucida family of typefaces
Bing Gordon (1968), CEO Emeritus, Electronic Arts; Investment Planner, Digital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Scott McNealy* (1972), co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems
Tim Westergren (1984), co-founder of Pandora Radio; included in TIME magazine’s 2010 listing of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World
Brad Keywell (1987) co-founder of Groupon, co-founder and CEO of MediaBank LLC.
Jay Adelson (1988), co-founder and former CEO of Digg; included in TIME magazine’s 2008 listing of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Ari Schwartz (1989), senior internet policy advisor for the National Institute for Standards and Technology, United States Department of Commerce.
Ivan Krstic (2004), IT security engineer, named by eWeek Magazine in 2007 as one of the most influential people in computer security and one of the top 100 in all of information technology, named by MIT Technology Review in 2007 as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under 35
Daniel Ellsberg (1948), writer and activist; former military analyst; released the Pentagon Papers
Raymond Sokolov (1959), journalist; food writer; author
Taro Yamasaki (1964), Pulitzer Prize winner for photojournalism
Michael Kinsley* (1968), journalist; commentator; founder of Slate; former editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times
Jeffrey Dearth (1968), former president and publisher of The New Republic magazine, 1984-95
Bob Woodruff (1979), television journalist, former co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight
Politics and Law
Alan K. Simpson (1950), U.S. Senator (R-Wyoming), 1979-1997
The Honorable Carole L. Brookins (1961), member, U.S. Council on Foreign Relations; Managing Director, Public Capital Advisors, LLC.
Shelley Ann (Scarney) Buchanan (1954), former White House Staff member; wife of Pat Buchanan
Michael Barone (1962), pundit and political commentator
Mitt Romney (1965), U.S. Senator for Utah, former governor of Massachusetts; headed the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee; candidate in the 2008 Republican primary and 2012 Republican Presidential nominee
Mary Fisher (1966), political activist; founder of Family AIDS Network; speaker at the 1992 Republican National Convention
Ann Romney (1967), wife of Mitt Romney (1965)
Sorayouth Prompoj (1969), diplomat; Thai Ambassador to Germany
Kathryn Kolbert (1970), civil rights lawyer; former president of People For the American Way
Laurie Rubiner (1980), former legislative director for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; former executive director of the Malaria No More Policy Center; Chief of Staff for Senator Richard Blumenthal
Ronald Machen (1987), United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
Shima Roy (1992), international litigation attorney; named by The National Law Journal as one of the top minority lawyers under 40 in the U.S. in 2011
Elissa Slotkin (1994), U.S. Congresswoman for Michigan's 8th District
Robert C. Vogel (1956) executive director, International Management and Communications Corporation (IMCC); former director, World Banking and Financial - The Economics Institute
Lisa Frank (1972), founder of Lisa Frank, Inc.
Robert S. Taubman (1972), CEO of Taubman Centers, Inc.
Lisa Lapides Sawicki (1974), founder, Lapides Publicity Giragosian
Emily Cinader Scott (1979), former CEO and chairman of J. Crew
Rick Schaden (1982), founder, chairman, and former CEO of Quizno's; founder and chairman of Consumer Capital Partners
Pete Dawkins (1955), Heisman Trophy winner; Rhodes Scholar; former Army Brigadier General; former Vice Chairman of Citigroup Private Bank
Dan Dickerson (1976), play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers
Robbie Buhl (1982), racecar driver
Alexi Lalas (1988), former professional soccer player; former general manager and president of the Los Angeles Galaxy; analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports; elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006
Casey Wellman (2006), NHL professional hockey player
Arts and Education
William Talman (1932), actor
Florence Knoll Bassett (1934), designer; former head of Knoll