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Dan Dobberpuhl

Dan Dobberpuhl

UI Engineering HOF | CEO, P.A. Semi, Inc. | Class of 1967

It was Nov. 22, 1963. Then-freshman engineering student Dan Dobberpuhl had just boarded the bus at Forbes Hall, where he lived, and was en route to a freshman chemistry class at Noyes Lab.

Right away, he knew something wasn’t right.

“There was an unusual amount of chatter among everyone,” he remembers. “I asked what was going on. The news was that the President has been shot.”

Somber as the mood that day and the weeks that followed John F. Kennedy's assassination were, it’s a moment you don’t ever forget, says Dobberpuhl (BS ’67), who’d go on to become one of the leading electrical engineers of his generation.

A 2016 inductee into the UI Engineering Hall of Fame — along with former Chicago Bears owner George Halas, among others — Dobberpuhl was recognized “for his role in developing low-power, high-performance computer technology used in today’s mobile devices.”