2018 Awardees

A.C. “Mike” Markkula
Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Markkula, born in 1942, is the founder of Echelon Corporation and has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Director since 1988. Echelon designs and markets distributed intelligence control systems, and is a leader in products enabling smart power grids.

Mr. Markkula is a co-founder of Apple, and served as a director of the company from its incorporation in 1977 to 1996. During his tenure at Apple, he also served as Vice President of Marketing, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board, Director, and Director of Claris Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple.

Mr. Markkula is also the founder of ACM Aviation, Inc, and a co-founder of the San Jose Jet Center. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ACM Aviation, and was the first Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Jet Center. These companies were combined in 2004 and subsequently purchased by a third party.

In 1982, along with Henry and Brian Kashiwa, Arthur Rock, and Robert Noyce, Mr. Markkula founded the Volant Ski Company in Boulder Colorado and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until it was sold to a Canadian company in the early ‘90’s.

Prior to co-founding Apple, Mr. Markkula held positions as Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation, Marketing Director for Integrated Circuits at Fairchild Semiconductor, and Member of the Technical Staff in the Research and Development Laboratory at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Mr. Markkula’s contributions have been recognized as follows: University of Southern California School of Engineering – Outstanding Alumnus; Harvard School of Business – Entrepreneur of the Year; Santa Clara University – Honorary Doctor of Public Service; University of Southern California – Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Mr. Markkula earned both BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Southern California, and is credited on five patents in the area of distributed intelligence control networks.


Darlene Solomon, Ph.D.
Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award

Darlene Solomon is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies. She leads Agilent Labs with a focus on life sciences and diagnostics, and she manages the company’s university relations, corporate library and external venture investments. In her leadership role, she works closely with Agilent’s businesses to define the company’s technology strategy and R&D priorities.

Solomon brings extensive experience in R&D and management to her current leadership role at Agilent. She joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1984 as a member of the technical staff, subsequently holding a variety of research and management positions there, including R&D manager for the Chemical and Biological Systems Department. She joined Agilent when the company was formed in 1999 with a dual role as director of the Life Sciences Technologies Laboratory within Agilent Laboratories and as senior director, research and development/technology, for Agilent’s Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis business. Prior to being named to her current post, Solomon was vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories.

Solomon received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University and a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program.  In recognition of her career accomplishments, Solomon was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.  She was also inducted into the Women in Technology International’s Hall of Fame in 2001, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award in 2004, was named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2007, Corporate Board Member’s 50 Top Women in Technology in 2008 and elected to George Washington High School Alumni Hall of Merit in 2018.

Solomon serves on multiple academic and government advisory and review boards, including current and past appointments to the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (2010-16), Stanford University Dean of Research Advisory Council, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, Scientific Advisory Board for Singapore National Research Foundation, and Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Materion Corporation (since 2011).


Terry Adams
Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award

Terry Adams is a Director and Executive Vice President of SA Recycling, and serves as Chairman of the Board for Retriev Technologies. Mr. Adams got his start in the recycling field during his freshman year in high school when his father bought a small one man junk yard in Anaheim in 1974. Today that company has grown to become SA Recycling, one of the largest metal recycling companies in the country with over seventy-five facilities across seven states, with dominant market positions in both the southeast and southwestern U.S.

The company operates twelve automobile shredding plants including their flagship operation in the Port of Los Angeles which has a 9,000 horsepower mega shredder along with a bulk export terminal.  The company has 1,800 employees and this year will process and recycle almost four million tons of steel, aluminum, and copper.

Over the past thirty years Mr. Adams has developed an extensive background and expertise in the recycling, processing, shredding, and management of all types of metals and waste streams, including hazardous, reactive, and radioactive materials. Mr. Adams has worked in all aspects of the business and some of his many roles in the company have included: shredder operator, design engineer, plant manager, regulatory compliance, and in his current capacity overseeing acquisitions and strategic planning.

While the scrap metal business was growing, in 1993 Mr. Adams co-founded Retriev Technologies: the world’s first lithium battery recycling company, and was the chief design engineer for the company’s cryogenic lithium recycling plant. In 1997 Mr. Adams started the company’s chemical manufacturing division specializing in the production of lithium hydroxide and inorganic fluorine compounds, and he oversaw the development of the company’s radioactive materials management facility. This facility handles low level radioactive and obsolete materials for the DOE as well as commercial nuclear reactors. Today, Retriev Technologies has grown into one of the largest multi-chemistry battery recyclers in the U.S. and Canada, specializing in lithium, nickel metal-hydride, nickel-cadmium, lead-acid, and alkaline batteries. Mr. Adams served as the President and CEO of Retriev Technologies from 1999 to 2011, and is currently Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Adams received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from USC Viterbi, his MBA from Cal State Fullerton, and completed studies at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Adams is a member of the USC Viterbi Board of Councilors, as well as the Advisory Board of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.

In the community, Mr. Adams has served on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is the Vice-chair of the OC Boy Scout Council, and has been an active member of Young Presidents Organization.

Mr. Adams has been married for thirty years to his wife Leslie who he met at USC when they were both undergrads. They have two children: a daughter Sarah, who is an engineer working in the energy field, and a son Travis, who graduated from the USC Price School in 2017 with a degree in real estate development.