During the fall semester, alumnus Daniel J. Riccio (’86, ME), the senior vice president of Hardware Engineering at Apple Inc. since August of 2012, spoke to approximately 120 invited students from various departments throughout the campus. The subject of Riccio’s talk was “From Amherst to Cupertino: My Leadership Journey With Apple Inc.” The event was moderated by College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson and occurred in the packed Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Center on campus. After the talk, Riccio engaged his audience in a lively question and answer session.
The special guest from Apple also met with various students, faculty, and administrators across the campus during a full day of appointments. Ericka Prew represented the College of Engineering Development Office at the event.
At Apple, Riccio leads the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod engineering teams, which have delivered dozens of breakthrough products. He joined Apple in 1998 as vice president of Product Design, and in 2010 was named vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering. Riccio has been a key contributor to most of the company's hardware over his career and was instrumental in all of Apple's iPad products since the first generation iPad was introduced.
Prior to Apple, Riccio worked at Compaq as senior manager of Mechanical Engineering, where he was responsible for the mechanical design of Compaq's Consumer PC products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (January 2015)