Robert W. Whitmore
BS 1986 in Mechanical Engineering
Robert W. Whitmore serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Seagate Technology, Shakopee, MN. He is responsible for product design and development; head and media component design and manufacturing operations; global hard disk drive manufacturing operations; global materials; and corporate quality. Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disk drives and storage solutions.
A native of Iowa City, IA, Mr. Whitmore graduated from The University of Iowa in 1986 with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. As a student, he was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, national engineering honor society, and Pi Tau Sigma, international mechanical engineering honor society. He also earned an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
After graduating from the UI, Mr. Whitmore began his career with Magnetic Peripherals (MPI), a division of Control Data Corporation, one of the pioneering supercomputer firms. He also served as a Lead Development Engineer for Prairie Tech and Conner Peripherals. In 1992, he returned to Seagate as senior manager of design engineering, followed by an assignment in manufacturing in Singapore. Subsequently, he served Seagate as an Executive Director and Senior Vice President. In his current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Whitmore guides over 4,000 employees in the product development, component and research organizations.
Mr. Whitmore has presented seminars at the UI College of Engineering to aspiring Engineering students, including a Randall and Barbara Meyer “Grabbing the Globe” Seminar in 2006. He and his wife, Molly, have supported endowed scholarships in both Engineering and Nursing at the UI, of which Mrs. Whitmore is a graduate. Mr. Whitmore has given numerous national presentations to audiences that include the National Academies in Washington D.C. and the Board of Science Technology and Economic Policy National Symposium.
Inducted June 13, 2009