Frank Schneider and Dennis Toothman were recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the West Virginia University Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering . Both are alumni of the department who have achieved a great deal in their careers.

We are extremely pleased to induct these two extremely accomplished graduates into our Academy,said Brian Woerner, department chair.Through their contributions, they bring honor to our profession, our department, and our university.

Frank Schneider is a 1963 graduate of WVU with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. He also earned a master of business administration from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and has done additional post-graduate work at Stanford University and the Wharton School of Business.

He is a vice president of MKS Instruments, a global provider of instruments and components for the semiconductor and other industries. He has extensive experience in the semiconductor, liquid crystal display, and other high-tech industries. He has worked with several companies, either as CEO or as a board member, helping to strengthen the management team, finding ways to make these businesses grow, and identifying and implementing successful exit strategies.

Prior to his assuming his current position, Schneider was the CEO of Ion Systems, GHz Technology, and Diablo Optics. He also served on the technical advisory board of Neomagic, a display controller chip company, and was a member of the board of directors of GMT Microelectronics. Previously, he was a group vice president of Sharp Microelectronics and held many senior positions at Philips Semiconductor, then known as Signetics Corp.

Dennis Toothman earned bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from WVU in 1975 and 1976, respectively. He is the founder of CipherOptics, an industry leader in large-scale, high-performance encryption solutions. His career has included hardware, software and large scale networking experience with multi-billion dollar corporations and start-up organizations, and the development of innovative high-technology products.

Toothman began to focus on security issues in 1998 as vice president of engineering for Celotek, where he produced a new family of encryption devices to enhance the security of automated teller machines (ATMs). His products were adopted by one of the largest Swiss banks and are still in wide use today.

At CipherOptics, Toothman has developed and managed the implementation of a family of encryption devices that have been widely adopted by government and financial and manufacturing institutions worldwide. In March 2009 Gartner named CipherOptics as a Cool Vendor in Infrastructure Protection.

Toothman is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon math honorary, and Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honoraries. He is also a 33-year member of IEEE .