Vanderbilt alum who launched edge computing company is BOV chair; energetic recruiter

Gary Butler spent less than two years at Vanderbilt – earning a master’s in mechanical engineering in 1994 before setting off for the University of Cambridge for his Ph.D.

But Vanderbilt played a significant role in shaping his path into entrepreneurship, so, last week, Butler made the trip from his Camgian Microsystems offices in Starkville, Miss., to campus for his second meeting as chair of the School of Engineering’s Board of Visitors. He’s also a persuasive recruiter on campus, recently hiring newly minted electrical engineering Ph.D. Gilbert Rodriguez to his team – with Rodriguez asking to start his new job less than a week after leaving Nashville.

“I developed a strong set of lasting relationships at Vanderbilt that had a positive impact on both my career and life in general,” Butler says. “Alvin Strauss and Ephrahim Garcia were remarkable teachers and mentors during my time in Nashville, and they positioned me for success at Cambridge and beyond. I feel deeply indebted to them and to VUSE for that.”

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