Taking it to the Next Level: Making Life Easier on the Net

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Eric Schmidt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Novell Inc.

Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


Novell Chairman and CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt comments on several trends that are taking shape in the networking world and discusses the kinds of products that are becoming a central element in the new Internet infrastructure. More specifically, Dr. Schmidt addresses how the most successful products are being designed around the principles of immediacy, heterogeniety and scalabililty.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Eric Schmidt joined Novell in April 1997 as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. At Novell, Dr.Schmidt is actively involved in all significant and strategic decisions and plays a central role in the technical development and management of the company. Under his leadership, Novell has completed a corporate turnaround and entered a new era as a growth company and leader in Net software spanning all networks and operating systems. Dr. Schmidt came to Novell from Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he was chief technology officer and corporate executive officer. In his 14 years at Sun, Dr. Schmidt held a range of progressively more responsible executive positions, where he earned international recognition for his contributions to the development of the Internet as a tool for building digital communities in business, government, education, science and culture. He was also instrumental in the development and transfer to the marketplace of Java, Sun's platform-independent programming language. Prior to joining Sun, Dr. Schmidt was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He also held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog. Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in computer science and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.