July 19, 2001
Ronald Bianchini, Adjunct Professor of ECE and CS, was a finalist for the Western Pennsylvania 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. He was selected for his ability to "operate successfully in multiple and diverse environments - the academic arena, large multinational companies and start-ups for the initial seed stage."
In 1996, he founded a network start-up called Scalable Networks, which was acquired by FORE and then Marconi, where he became a product engineer. Then, in 1999, he cofounded Spinnaker Networks Inc. to pioneer a disruptive new technology in the nascent storage server market - a technology that has the potential to revolutionize network attached storage. Now employing more than 80 people, Spinnaker Networks expects to increase by another fifty percent next year in a market that is projected to grow to $40 billion by 2004.
Bianchini earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon.
Headshot of Ronald Bianchini