Grainger Engineering Announces 2022 CS Hall of Fame Graduates | Computing

The Grainger College of Engineering Hall of Fame commemorates the most significant accomplishments in the history of Grainger Engineering – accomplishments that have a significant impact on society and represent excellence in leadership, entrepreneurship, and leadership. innovation in engineering.

This year’s Hall of Fame class recognizes three Illinois Computer Science alumni whose contributions impact our daily lives. Grainger Engineering empowers the leaders of tomorrow, equipping them for a lifetime of collaboration, innovation and discovery. Their solutions build the future for generations to come and they are trusted leaders in their industries who provide solutions to global problems.

From real-time embedded software products, including those used in the Mars Pathfinder and Stardust projects, to internet technology innovations, this year’s class embodies the entrepreneurial spirit.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Steve Chen

Steve Chen

For his entrepreneurial spirit as co-founder of YouTube and for his technological innovations on the Internet.

Steve Chen was YouTube’s co-founder and chief technology officer. He arrived in Silicon Valley in 1999 to join PayPal, then teamed up with two of his colleagues to develop YouTube.

Chen was instrumental in transforming YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He helped lead YouTube through the acquisition of Google for $1.65 billion less than a year after the site launched. As the company’s key technologist, Chen is credited with developing the company’s massive data centers and helping to make YouTube a premier entertainment destination and one of the most popular websites on the internet. today.

In 2005, he joined Facebook for several months before launching YouTube. He is also a co-founder of AVOS Systems, which builds a common technology platform to accelerate application development and whose products help people create, find and share multimedia content.

He was awarded the Grainger College of Engineering Department of Computer Science New Graduate Achievement Award in 2014.


Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler
Jerry Fiddler

For his contributions to society in the development of real-time embedded software products, including those used in the Mars Pathfinder and Stardust projects.

Jerry Fiddler began his career in real-time minicomputer control systems at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, controlling large physics devices like nuclear accelerators and a fusion reactor. Building on this experience, he pioneered the use of then-new microprocessors to replace minicomputers and mainframes to create the field of embedded computing. The company he founded and led for 23 years, Wind River, created the VxWorks operating system that controls myriad devices, from the largest (submarines, power plants) to the smallest (anti-lock brakes , telephones). VxWorks is known for its reliability in devices such as the Boeing 787 control computer, Internet switches and routers, defibrillators and bedside patient monitors. By being the first to bring full networking to the in-vehicle world, Wind River enabled what is now known as the IoT (Internet of Things). Today, VxWorks is in hundreds of millions (maybe billions) of devices that people use every day, without even knowing they’re using a computer. Perhaps a few of his favorite applications are in outer space. Mars rovers run on the VxWorks operating system he helped create, as do many other space probes, satellites and landers.

After leaving Wind River in 2003, Fiddler became an angel investor and advisor, helping to create and fund numerous startups. He created and became the director of Zygote Ventures, which funds early-stage startups. He was president of Solazyme, the first biotech to use algae to create oil and food, and served as a director on the board of many other technology and biotechnology companies. He also acts as a “mentor” to several other venture capital funds, helping various companies and executives.

Fiddler served as chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer of the Chabot Space and Science Center. He has served as a trustee of the California Jazz Conservatory, the Mathematics Science and Research Institute, and served on the President’s Advisory Council of the University of California.

Fiddler forged her own path while completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied five different undergraduate majors and finished with a double major in music and photography, followed by a master’s degree in computer science. This led him to establish the Jerry Fiddler Innovation Endowment Fund at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to encourage those with interests and passions that do not match any existing schools or schools.

Fiddler is still a serious amateur musician and photographer. You can find links to his music and photography at


  • BS, Individual Curriculum, Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1974
  • MS, Computer Science, The Grainger College of Engineering, 1977

Karim to the jaw

Karim to the jaw
Karim to the jaw

For his entrepreneurial spirit as a co-founder of YouTube and his support of other entrepreneurs as a mentor and investor.

Jawed Karim is the co-founder of YouTube, the second most visited website after Google, streaming more than 5 billion videos per day worldwide in 2022.

Karim entered the computer science program at Grainger College of Engineering in 1997, after being inspired by alumni Marc Andreessen, co-creator of the Mosaic web browser at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). His enthusiasm led him to begin working part-time at the NCSA before his classes began on campus. In his freshman year, he was introduced to future PayPal co-founder Max Levchin through fellow undergrad Russ Simmons, who later co-founded Yelp.

Before graduating, Karim became one of PayPal’s first engineers where he helped develop real-time anti-fraud systems. He and a group of his colleagues later became known as the “PayPal Mafia” – 23 tech entrepreneurs, many of whom are University of Illinois alumni.

In 2005, he joined forces with PayPal colleagues Chad Hurley and Steve Chen to co-found YouTube, which started out as a video dating site. Karim developed the concept and product with Hurley and Chen and raised the first round of funding from Sequoia Capital. He then formed the investment company YVentures with Keith Rabois and Kevin Hartz, which helps entrepreneurs bring their innovative products to market. YVentures became an investor in Airbnb’s first seed round in 2009.

He received the Grainger College of Engineering Department of Computer Science’s New Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014 and was the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007.


  • BS, Computer Science, The Grainger College of Engineering, 2004
  • MS, Computer Science, Stanford University, 2008

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