Alumni Tale: Richard Ross ’66

What did you study at UNH?

Electrical Engineering

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was halfway through a Masters’ program in Electrical Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Finishing a nearly three year active duty service with the United States Army which included a year in Vietnam. Got my commission through UNH Army ROTC at graduation in 1966. Left active duty as a Captain in the Ordnance Corps. After the Army, I returned to work at IBM in Essex Junction, VT.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Doing design and modeling of advanced semiconductor devices and processes at IBM in Essex Junction, VT. Eventually, I would go into management and lead teams in Reliability, Process/Product Development (including IBM’s first BiCMOS process), and Semiconductor Failure Analysis. Along the way, I earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management.

What are you doing now?

Currently retired after 39+ years with IBM.  I do a little consulting and writing and serve (for 15 years now) as an Alumni Admissions Representative for UNH. Still live in VT with wife Elizabeth (UNC-G 1974 BS Nursing). We have three grown children, four dogs, three cats, and two horses. I enjoy alpine skiing, golf, and duplicate bridge.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH gave me so much…I became a more complete person through not only my classes, but my involvement in student life. ROTC taught me leadership and teamwork. Student government (Student Senate) taught me political awareness and involvement with not only other students of differing backgrounds and opinions, but with members of the administration like then President John McConnell and then Dean of Students C. Robert Keesey. Homecoming Committee taught me how much the alumni are a a part off UNH’s ongoing commitment to excellence. Religious organization kept me grounded in faith. WUNH-FM got me out of my shell and let me express myself as an on-air personality. Most of all, the superb academics and excellent faculty like Profs. Alden Winn, Don Melvin, Ron Clark,, Fletcher Blanchard, and many more in the EE Dept., as well as S. Kenneth Howard who instilled in me a love of politics and government made it possible for me to achieve success in my chosen profession and to have the ability and opportunity to hold various leadership positions in industry, public, non-profit, and professional organizations.

Why do you believe in UNH?

Over the years, I have seen UNH respond to the changes and challenges of evolving society and political institutions. UNH consistently seeks to be pro-active and to lead the state and often, the nation, in providing opportunities and superior academics to its students. I follow the athletic teams (especially the Hockey teams) and went to my 50th reunion in 2016… it was heartwarming to see the devotion to UNH after all these years. Even now, I still bleed blue and white.