Alumnus Profile: William Eatherton, of Cisco Systems
Prior to his time at Washington University, William Eatherton earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. In 1999, Mr. Eatherton graduated from Washington University with a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and joined Growth Networks, a startup founded by Washington University professors Jerome Cox, Guru Parulkar, and Jonathan Turner.
Following the acquisition of Growth Networks by Cisco Systems in 2000, Mr. Eatherton joined Cisco as a Line Card Architect. During his early years at Cisco, Mr. Eatherton was part of the team that developed what later became the CRS-1, and he became a Cisco Distinguished Engineer for his outstanding performance on that project. Over the remainder of his career with Cisco, Mr. Eatherton served as the Director for Quantum Flow Processor Software Development and, later, as the Director of Software Development, where he lead a team of more than 200 people for full development of the ASR 1000 router. Since leaving Cisco, Mr. Eatherton has served in a variety of roles, including some time as Vice President of Engineering at Juniper Networks and as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Sutter Hill Ventures. Mr. Eatherton is now Vice President of Engineering for Skyport Systems, a startup company in the Enterprise IT business, which he co-founded.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Eatherton has been awarded 19 patents, and he won the Washington University Young Alumni Award in 2010. Additionally, he was a member of the Program Committee for Hot Chips in 2008 and for the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications (ANCS) in 2007 and 2008. He served as the Program Co-Chair for ANCS in 2006.
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