The Computing[MTU] Honor Academy recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professions and others who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the College of Computing and its programs.
2022 Honor Academy Inductees
Dave House ‘65, a longtime supporter of Michigan Tech and the College of Computing,
was inducted into the newly-established College honor academy on Monday, April 4,
2022. He is recognized for “his profound and long-term commitment to computing and
House’s influence, vision, and support were key to the formation of the College. He funded the first-ever endowed deanship at Michigan Tech—the Dave House Dean of Computing—as well as multiple endowed professorships within the college.
“Dave has been extraordinarily gracious with his time, influence, wisdom, and financial support here at Michigan Tech,” said Dennis Livesay, Dave House Dean of Computing.
“Dave is one of the university’s most successful alumni; he’s one of our biggest supporters; and he is the person who always challenges us to innovate and to shoot for nothing less than excellence.”
House played the lead role in Michigan Tech’s acquisition of the Ann Arbor-based Michigan Tech Research Institute, MTRI. He was also chairman of Michigan Tech’s most recent Capital Campaign.
House’s many career accolades include his work at Intel Corp., where he grew the company’s microprocessor unit from $40 million to $4 billion a year and managed the team that developed the familiar and successful “Intel Inside” marketing campaign.
Linda Ott, one of the first Department of Computer Science faculty members, was inducted into the College of Computing Honor Academy on April 4, 2022.
“Linda is the heart and soul of computer science at Michigan Tech,” says Dennis Livesay, the Dave House Dean of Computing. “Linda’s legacy is within our alumni, our growing prominence, and our exciting future.”
Currently the chair of the Computer Science department, Ott is recognized for a lifetime of work advancing the CS department, and more generally broadening campus participation in computing. Among her accomplishments is her work to grow the Computer Science department, now the second-largest major on campus. Ott also chaired the department from 1996 to 2010.
Ott, who started at Michigan Tech in 1978, has devoted a large chunk of her time and energy at Michigan Tech opening the eyes of women and girls to the joys of a computer science education. For her efforts, she was named the first recipient of Michigan Tech’s Diversity Award in 2014.
Ott leads Computer Science department outreach initiatives including the successful Women in Computer Science program, one of the University’s annual Summer Youth Programs (SYP), and the annual Google-sponsored workshop, “Exploring Computer Science Research,” which explores research opportunities with undergraduate college students.