galleryTech's 29 Most Powerful Colleges04.30.10galleryTech's 29 Most Powerful CollegesWhich schools do the best job crafting technology leaders? The Daily Beast tabulated alma maters of more than 250 industry tycoons and execs to determine which colleges turn out greatness.04.30.10 3:26 PM ETCourtesy of Dartmouth College#1, Dartmouth CollegeUndergraduate Enrollment: 4,147 Notable Alums: Enrique Salem, CEO Symantec; John Donahoe, CEO Ebay Tech Feature: The Dartmouth Regional Technology Network, a private, non-profit technology incubator designed to help burgeoning tech companies realize their goals and take root in the Northeast. Alumni Innovation: Not all Dartmouth grads take technology seriously. Steve Russell ‘58 led the team that developed one of the first videogames, Spacewar!, in 1962.2. Stanford UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 6,532 Notable Alums: Thomas Edsall, CTO Cisco Systems; Paul Wehrley, COO Clicker Tech Feature: The Stanford University Persuasive Technology Lab examines how computers and technology influence day-to-day decision making in a field of research called captology. Alumni Innovation: David Packard and William Hewlett founded Hewlett-Packard in 1939, five years after they graduated, with $538 in startup capital and a garage to work out of. The company has far exceeded its modest beginnings, with a market value of $122 billion. Two Stanford students again changed the world decades later when Sergey Brin and Larry Page (while working on their master’s degrees) created an algorithm that evolved into the search engine they dubbed Google.Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications / Princeton University3. Princeton UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 4,878 Notable Alums: Eric Schmidt, CEO Google; Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon Tech Feature: The Center for Information Technology Policy researches how technology interacts with society at large, with a focus on economics and public policy. Alumni Innovation: The Internet as we know it probably wouldn’t be the same without David Boggs ‘72, who co-invented Ethernet, a high speed cable-based information delivery system, while working for Xerox in 1975. AP Photo,Lisa Poole4. Harvard UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 10,156 Notable Alums: Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft; Mark Bregman, CTO Symantec Tech Feature: The Office of Technology Development ensures that science and technology breakthroughs are available to underserved communities and the general public. Alumni Innovation: J. Robert Oppenheimer ‘25 is often called the “father of the atomic bomb”, instrumental in the Manhattan Project and developing the weapon that shapes politics and ethics around the world to this day.AP Photo5. Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUndergraduate Enrollment: 4,153 Notable Alums: Colin Angle, CEO iRobot; Eric Brandt, CFO Broadcom Tech Feature: The Women's Technology Program offers a four-week summer residential boot camp to steer women in high school toward studies in engineering. Alumni Innovation: You know those glass globes that appear to be filled with electricity that's attracted to the touch? They're at just about every local science museum. Well, Bill Parker '74 invented the modern version. The globes are actually filled with a high-voltage gas and are called plasma globes or plasma lamps.Jim R. Bounds / AP Photo,Jim R. Bounds6. Duke UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 6,496 Notable Alums: William Hawkins, CEO Medtronic; Leslie Jones, CIO Motorola Tech Feature: The Duke Digital Initiative provides the tech leaders of tomorrow with modern learning resources, including microprojectors, iPods, webcams, and social networks. Alumni Innovation: A quirkier contribution to the world of innovation: The Beer Launching Fridge.7. Northwestern UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 9,336 Notable Alums: Rob Goldman, CEO Threadsy; Paul Sagan, CEO Akamai Tech Feature: The Innovation and New Ventures Office helps inventors navigate the path from idea to patented idea to marketable product. Alumni Innovation: Richard Skrenta '89 is responsible for what's believed to be the first self-replicating computer virus. Created in 1982, the Elk Cloner attacked Apple computers. A poem would appear on the screen of an infected computer every 50th bootup: "Elk Cloner: The program with a personality/It will get on all your disks/It will infiltrate your chips/Yes, it's Cloner!/It will stick to you like glue/It will modify RAM too/Send in the Cloner!" Skrenta wrote the virus when he was still in high school, so don't blame Northwestern.Bill Adams / Landov,BILL ADAMS8. Lehigh UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 4,876 Notable Alums: Wendell Weeks, CEO Corning; John Gardner, COO LearnVest Tech Feature: The Launch-IT Program encourages Lehigh Valley 6th to 12th graders toward careers in information technology. Alumni Innovation: Jesse Reno—class of 1883—built the world's first working escalator, which was installed at Coney Island in 1895 as a ride. He also drew up plans in 1896 for a double-decker subway system, which was rejected by New York City. Michael Marsland / Yale University9. Yale UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 5,277 Notable Alums: Todd Sullivan, CEO Chyngle; Scott Young, CMO Radio Shack Tech Feature: At the Initiative in Science, Religion and Technology students of the Yale Divinity School think critically about how religion, science, and technology interact. Alumni Innovation: Paul MacCready '47 was a pioneer of aerodynamics and was named Engineer of the Century in 1980. His inventions include the first human-powered aircraft, the Gossamer Condor, and several solar-powered aircraft. Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University 10. Johns Hopkins UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 5,577 Notable Alums: Samuel Palmisano, CEO IBM; Ari Balogh, CTO Yahoo Tech Feature: The Technology Transfer encourages researchers to develop their ideas into companies and share their knowledge with the world. Alumni Innovation: Before Michael Bloomberg '64 gained national prominence as the mayor of New York City, his company developed a machine that changed the financial world and made Bloomberg a billionaire. The Bloomberg Terminal allows paid subscribers access to the proprietary Bloomberg data service, which during pre-Internet times was especially unique for providing real-time stock quotes and other financial data.Courtesy of Cornell University11. Cornell UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 13,846 Notable Alums: Shaygan Kheradpir, CIO Verizon; Yong Ming Guang, CEO Socialwok Tech Feature: The Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility provides support and cutting-edge equipment for more than 700 nanoscience researchers each year. Alumni Innovation: Robert C. Baker '43, sometimes nicknamed the Thomas Edison of poultry, invented the chicken nugget two decades before McDonald's made them standard Happy Meal fare.Courtesy of UCLA12. UCLAUndergraduate Enrollment: 26,536 Notable Alums: Henry Samueli, CTO Broadcom; Rich Sulpizio, CEO Qualcomm Tech Feature: The $829 million, state-of-the art Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Alumni Innovation: Steve Crocker '68 was one of many engineers responsible for developing the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, which would become the model for the Internet. Crocker was also instrumental in creating the Request for Comments series, an academic publishing platform that Internet researchers use to communicate new ideas and concepts. Courtesy of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign13. University of IllinoisUndergraduate Enrollment: 31,417 Notable Alums: Susan Bostrom, CMO Cisco Systems; Kevin Lynch, CTO Adobe Tech Feature: The Technology Entrepreneur Center, the University of Illinois' technology incubator. Alumni Innovation: Ed Boon '86 isn't known for being a violent guy, but he did co-create Mortal Kombat, one of the first mass-market videogames to feature lifelike blood and guts.Courtesy of Loyola ,14. Loyola University-ChicagoUndergraduate Enrollment: 10,124 Notable Alums: Robert Parkinson, CEO Baxter International; Kenneth Meyers, CFO Telephone and Data Systems Tech Feature: The Innovations in Leadership program brings together four teams of medical professionals to research patient care and services. Alumni Innovation: Quality management—basically the system that managers use to ensure their companies provide high-quality products—is taken for granted by most American consumers. But the concept wouldn’t exist without Joseph M. Juran '35, a major theorist of standardized quality management, whose seminal Quality Control Handbook was published in 1951.Courtesy of Baylor University,Robert Rogers15. Baylor UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 12,162 Notable Alums: Landell Hobbs, COO Time Warner Cable; Mark Hurd, CEO Hewlett-Packard Tech Feature: The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative Alumni Innovation: It took until the last half of the last decade of the 20th century, but in 1997 Marjorie Scardino '69 paved new ground as the first female CEO of one of the top 100 British companies, Pearson PLC.Getty Images,George Frey16. Brigham Young UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 30,912 Notable Alums: Lynn Blodgett, CEO Affiliated Computer Sciences; David Marble, COO Sprowtt Marketplace Tech Feature: The Innovation Boot Camp a hands-on workshop to develop student inventions. Alumni Innovation: Can you hear me now? If so, credit to Harvey Fletcher, 1907, who invented the hearing aid and developed stereophonic—stereo—sound reproduction. Karin Higgins / UC Davis,Karin Higgins17. University of California-DavisUndergraduate Enrollment: 24,188 Notable Alums: Diane Bryant, CIO Intel; Judith Sim, CMO Oracle Tech Feature: The FIRST Robotics Competition Alumni Innovation: Agronomist Dr. Gurdev Khush '60, winner of the 1996 World Food Prize, developed high-quality and high-quantity strains of rice suitable for growth in many countries facing food shortages. Courtesy of University of Pittsburgh18. University of PittsburghUndergraduate Enrollment: 17,427 Notable Alums: Ted Schremp, CMO Charter Communications; Robert Henry, COO Harris Tech Feature: The Technology Commercialization Alliance Alumni Innovation: Charles Glen King '30 co-discovered Vitamin C and established the relationship between malnutrition and degenerative diseases. King wrote more than 200 academic articles on vitamins, enzymes, and nutrition over his career.Courtesy of Rutgers 19. Rutgers UniversityUndergraduate Enrollment: 28,031 Notable Alums: Janet Haugen, CFO Unisys; Michael Christenson, COO CA Tech Feature: The Technology Management Research Center marries globalization with innovation. Alumni Innovation: Stanley Norman Cohen '56 worked on the lab team that in 1974 spliced the first gene, a strand of frog RNA that was transferred into E. Coli cells. This experiment became the basis of the biotechnology industry. Courtesy of UT at Austin20. University of Texas at AustinUndergraduate Enrollment: 37,389 Notable Alums: Michael Dell, CEO Dell; Lee Applbaum, CMO RadioShack Tech Feature: The Austin Technology Incubator Alumni Innovation: Modern elections in America were shaped by V.O. Key, Jr. '29, who wrote the influential textbook Politics, Parties and Pressure Groups. Key's main contribution to political theory was to expand its scope to include the study of public interest groups and regional politics.