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STEM Leader Gregg Lowe Receiving Honorary Degree, Presenting Commencement Speech to Class of 2014

May 23, 2014

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Gregg A. Lowe

Gregg A. Lowe has a passion for education and, specifically, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. That’s why he was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 100 chief executive officer leaders during the 2013 STEM Solutions Summit.

Lowe, a 1984 electrical engineering alumnus, will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering and present the commencement address during Rose-Hulman’s 136th commencement on May 31.

Lowe was appointed president and chief executive officer of Freescale Semiconductor in June 2012, and initiated a reshaping of the company that identified opportunities for accelerating revenue growth and improving profitability. These strategic initiatives helped the company gain market share and increase gross margins, setting the stage for future growth.

Freescale Semiconductor ( specializes in microprocessors, microcontrollers, sensors, analog integrated circuits, and connectivity technologies that are the foundation for the innovations that make the world greener, safer, healthier, and more connected. Some of the company's key applications and end-market products include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next-generation wireless infrastructure, smart-energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances, and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing, and sales operations around the world.

Under Lowe’s leadership, Freescale has focused on five strategic product groups to speed response to customer and market demands and focused its research and development on those product groups. Today, about 90 percent of the company’s research and development is concentrated in these high-growth areas.

Prior to joining Freescale, Lowe was senior vice president of analog for Texas Instruments, where he helped grow the company’s business to become the leading analog company in the semiconductor industry.

Lowe received Rose-Hulman’s Career Achievement Award in 2004 to recognize his accomplishments in the community and within the semiconductor industry. He also graduated from Stanford University’s executive program.

Lowe serves as a member of Rose-Hulman’s board of trustees. In 2010, the northeast Ohio native was also appointed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. He chairs the museum’s education committee.

Lowe and his wife, Diana, live in Austin, Texas, and they have two children attending college.