John F. Wakerly

Wakerly, JohnVice President & CTO | Cisco Systems

BS Electrical Engineering, Marquette University, MS Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, PhD Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

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Marquette Chapter, 1969

John Wakerly is vice president and chief technical officer of Cisco Systems Inc.’s Enterprise Line of Business, which has more than $10 billion in annual sales. Before joining Cisco in 1997, he was “re-founder,” executive vice president, chief technical officer and a member of the board of directors of Alantec Corp. He also co-founded and was engineering director of David Systems Inc. and was a member of the scientific staff at BNR Inc., which is now part of Nortel Networks Corp. He has written more than 50 engineering papers, holds 14 patents in telecommunication and networking technology and has written seven engineering textbooks. His most recent text, Digital Design Principles and Practices, is the best-selling undergraduate text on digital design. In addition to a degree from Marquette, he holds advanced degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he has held faculty positions concurrent with his industry work.

Wakerly has been honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marquette University. In addition, he has recently established a $150,000 challenge gift to the Dr. Arthur C. Moeller Triangle Scholarship Fund to honor the 40 years of service that Dr. Moeller marq49 has given.