Doug MacGregor, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
How did you discover Western?
I moved to the area 10 years ago and was delighted to find a school dedicated to teaching with a high degree of personal interaction between students and faculty where there is a keen desire to provide a valuable education to our graduates.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Having spent most of my career outside of academia, I was lucky enough to have been the lead designer for three microprocessors that were used in 90 percent of all computers. I started a Sun compatible workstation company designing the first million transistor microprocessor as well as implementing symmetric multiprocessing. Later I was responsible for the desktop and notebook businesses at Dell Computer with P&L responsibility for a $10 billion business. I have managed both technical organizations as well as business groups, thus I have a wide breadth of experience.
What most excites you about your field?
Cybersecurity is a dynamic and rapidly changing puzzle that entails all aspects of computer science. It is extremely relevant to our society and economy, and I know that our graduates will have exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Our country is very dependent on the integrity of our computer and internet systems, thus the work that we do in cybersecurity directly relates to the security of our country.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
In the Gunnison Valley we can live in a clean natural environment where we can feel a direct connection to the earth. There is an abundance of activities year-round.