Engineering Honor Society Honors Georgia Tech Alumnus
Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, has named William E. “Bill Jennings (Alpha Sigma–Georgia Tech ’82) as one of their 2019 recipients of its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Now in its 23rd year, the award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated adherence to the ideals of Tau Beta Pi and to fostering a spirit of liberal culture on local, national, and international scales. Tau Beta Pi is The Engineering Honor Society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885. As the world’s largest engineering society, it has collegiate chapters in 248 engineering colleges in the United States and active alumni chapters in 45 cities, and has initiated more than 601,000 members in its 134-year history.
William E. (Bill) Jennings, a graduate of Georgia Tech, has spent more than three decades dedicated toward developing stronger communications capabilities for the world by developing the backbone of the Internet, GPS, and cellular technology. Today in a world of machine learning, A.I., and autonomous vehicles, we often forget the technology and leading engineers who built the core foundation to make all these and future technologies possible. Bill Jennings is such an engineer. If you use Windows, surf the Internet, use a cell phone, navigate by GPS, or have your computer time set automatically, you benefit from innovations that Mr. Jennings helped invent, create, or, in some cases, led a team to bring these solutions to you. Today, 80% of Internet traffic depends on products that Mr. Jennings conceived and led teams to build. Mr. Jennings invented the first Network Processor that combined the processing capabilities of a microprocessor with the high-speed communication required to process the data needed that makes the high-speed Internet a reality. Mr. Jennings is an active member of the Anita Borg Institute, a community that works with women technologists in over 50 countries and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. He serves as speaker/panelist, mentors university students, and nominates people for recognition at their annual banquet. He joined the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Mr. Jennings is also an active Assistant Scoutmaster of Troup 581 in Saratoga and was given the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for 2019. For more than three decades, Mr. Jennings professional endeavors enabled a stronger capability for communications for the world, by developing the backbone of the Internet, GPS, and cellular communications. As Chief Technology Officer for FarmX, he is developing advancements in water conservation and increasing profit for commercial farmers in California by developing sensors, networks, and algorithms to reduce expenses and increase yields. His water saving technology is scalable to meet the world’s needs as the company he helped found expands internationally.