UW-Milwaukee alumnus named Microsoft CEO

The next CEO of Microsoft Corporation – and only the third chief executive officer in the famed company’s history – has strong Milwaukee ties. Satya Nadella, an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), is remembered as an extremely talented graduate student who was one of scores of students from India attracted to UWM’s strong computer science program.

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Nadella, who was once described by Business Week as a member of Bill Gates’s “kitchen cabinet of techno-whizzes,” was about 20 years old when he began the master’s degree program in computer science at UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS).

“His prior academic background was in electrical engineering,” says K.