Building on the Clarkson Experience
Anything analog may seem anachronistic in 21st century high tech, cellular communications, but just as Dave Heacock ’83 is building on past technology to shape solutions to today’s problems he is also building on past experiences to help shape the future for Engineering and Management students at Clarkson.
Originally from Fairport, NY, Dave feels that his time at Clarkson was the perfect start to his career path. “I received a dynamic and well-rounded experience at Clarkson,” said Dave. “The professors were interested in the students and provided great advice and guidance. This helped prepare me for the multiple disciplines needed for success. Clarkson provided a solid foundation in education and relevant experience for working in the high tech industry.”
After graduation, Dave began building his career experience as marketing manager for Benchmarq Microelectronics, and then moved to Texas Instruments (TI) as vice president of Portable Power Management, with overall responsibilities that included product development and product definition. He then went on to lead worldwide strategy and operations for High Volume Analog and Logic (HVAL), where he helped transition its product portfolio into a growth contributor for TI. Today, Dave is heading up a cutting edge analog division as senior vice president and manager of Texas Instruments Silicon Valley Analog (SVA). SVA was formed through the acquisition of National Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley's original semiconductor companies with a heritage of technical innovation dating back more than 50 years. At SVA Heacock provides strategic leadership to develop game-changing solutions that solve the real-world analog signal chain and power management problems facing global system manufacturers. Dave also serves on the board of directors of the TI Foundation.
Dave and his wife Sheryl have also built on their personal experiences. “Numerous people have helped Sheryl and me throughout our lives,” said Dave. “Now is the time to pass this along to others. The sum of our experiences teaches us that giving back is a natural next step. We have always been interested in helping people succeed through higher education. Our focus has been building a better community and investing in people and agencies that can make this happen. Funding an endowed scholarship at Clarkson fits perfectly into our plans. We hope that the recipients will use this as an investment in their capability and future achievement. We would hope that they would someday use their skills to help others in their community. It is hard to point to the one person that makes the difference but if we work together, we can positively impact others around us.”
As part of his 30th Class Reunion gift, Dave and Sheryl created the David '83 and Sheryl Heacock Endowed Scholarship for Engineering and Management (E&M). First preference for scholarship support will be deserving students from western New York state majoring in E&M. Secondary consideration may be given to a deserving E&M major from anywhere in the state.
Building on earlier technologies can solve today’s problems. Building on our past experiences can make life better for others.
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