Frank S. Greene Jr.
For his outstanding achievements as an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, and community leader, the Schools of Engineering are proud to present the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award to Frank S. Greene Jr.
Dr. Greene is founder and general partner of New Vista Capital. He earned his master s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1962 and completed his doctorate at Santa Clara University in 1970.
Dr. Greene has excelled as a semiconductor researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and now venture capitalist. He holds the patent for the integrated circuit that made Fairchild Semiconductor a leader in semiconductors in the late 1960s. He has taught electrical engineering and computer science at five universities. He founded two software companies, including one that was recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the top 100 black-owned businesses. Dr. Greene is currently a partner in a venture capital firm that makes early-stage investments in information technology companies owned by women and minorities.
Purdue named Dr. Greene an Outstanding Electrical Engineer in 1999. In 2001, he was named one of the Twenty-Five Most Influential Blacks in Technology at the Los Angeles Technology Connection and was also named to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.