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Stephen Elop, BEng Mgt '86

Computer Engineering & Management | Big Ideas: Creating a virtuous cycle of encouragement

Those who inspired tech sector superstar Stephen Elop's success have also encouraged him to stay connected to McMaster

A walk across campus in the spring sunshine can bring memories of Stephen Elop's university years at McMaster to the forefront.

“There’s an incredible sense of déjà vu,” he says. “It feels like it was just a few years ago that I was scurrying across campus on my way to exams.”

It was, in fact, 32 years ago that Elop earned his B. Eng in computer engineering and management as part of the class of 1986.

In the intervening years, he has gone on to become a tech sector superstar, and one of McMaster Engineering’s highest-profile graduates.

He has held executive roles at some of the world’s most influential and recognizable technology companies – think Microsoft and Nokia – and marched his way to the top in an industry that has revolutionized our world in the three decades since he graduated.

In 2007, he was named the L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winner, and in 2009, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by McMaster.

Today he holds an executive position with Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider.

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