Charles Simonyi named Stanford Engineering Hero

Stanford University today named Charles Simonyi, our founder, CTO and Chairman, a Stanford Engineering Hero. From Stanford:

The honor recognizes professional achievements that have advanced social and economic progress and improved the human condition. Today’s announcement by Persis S. Drell, the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering, brings to 32 the number honored since the program began in 2010. Because engineers often work behind the scenes, the Engineering Heroes program aims to highlight the profound effect engineering has on our everyday lives and to inspire the next generation of engineers.

This is a great honor for Charles and he is humbled. We engineers don’t think of people in our profession as heroes, but as the announcement says:

Engineers use their knowledge and skills to make our lives easier and better, and sometimes their inventions change the world. They wouldn’t call themselves heroes, but they are.