Charles E. Simmons (BSEE 1970) retired in 2000 from Network Appliance Inc., where he worked as vice president of marketing and vice president of corporate development. At Network Appliance, Inc. he was responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnerships during a period that saw the company grow from $50M to $600M in annual revenue.
Prior to his service at Network Appliance Inc., Charlie managed several marketing functions including business strategy, technology marketing, U.S. field marketing, federal marketing, and program management for Sun Microsystems, Inc. Charlie also worked as a manager for Spectra-Physics, a manufacturer of microwave systems for defense, and a design engineer for Watkins Johnson, a manufacturer of microwave systems for defense.
After graduation from Washington University in 1970, Charlie served in the Coast Guard for three years. In 1973, Charlie furthered his education and pursued a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1975, he moved to California to work at Watkins Johnson and earn an M.B.A. through evening courses at Santa Clara University.
As an Engineering undergraduate, Charlie was in the inaugural class of Langsdorf Scholars and now sponsors current students though as an endowed scholarship sponsor. Today, he provides leadership to the School of Engineering National Council and is a life member of the Eliot Society.