SkyDeck Meets the “Woz”

SkyDeck Meets the “Woz”

On Saturday evening, SkyDeck Deputy Director, Nori Castillo had the honor of meeting Steve Wozniak at the Cal Alumni Awards dinner. Wozniak received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, and was selected as the 2015 Alumnus of the Year by the Cal Alumni Association for his invaluable contributions to education and the computing industry.

Steve Wozniak has left an impressive mark on the tech world, with his success story beginning in 1976 when he co-founded Apple Computer and designed the Apple I and the Apple II. He continued his career by developing the first universal remote control, the CL 9, and later creating the Wheels of Zeus (WoZ) with wireless GPS technology.

Wozniak was awarded the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1979, the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment in 2001, and the Global Award of the President of Armenia for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity through IT in 2011. Wozniak has received multiple Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees and was introduced into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2014, Wozniak was awarded the 66th Hoover Medal. He satisfied his passion for education and learning by serving as an elementary school teacher and funding computer science programs across the Bay Area.

His various business and philanthropic endeavors have made him a respected UC Berkeley Alum. Wozniak has full knowledge about the SkyDeck operations and has shown an interest in getting involved. The SkyDeck is hopeful that he will have the opportunity to visit and present to the SkyTeams in the near future.