Lisa (B.S. '84) and Desi (B.S. '83, M.S. '84) Rhoden were honored this month by Colorado State University as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni for the College of Engineering, an honor reserved for alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, brought honor to CSU, and made significant societal contributions.
"We are extremely proud of Lisa and Desi for this well-deserved honor," said Tony Maciejewski, ECE department head. "They are standouts among our alumni, not only for their professional contributions but also their commitment to the future of engineering education."
Lisa Rhoden is an international business consultant specializing in industry trade organizations, bringing together major companies from around the world and coordinating the rollout of advanced technology. With a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Colorado State University and minors in computer science and mathematics, Rhoden migrated toward the software side of technology, where she served as a software manager for VLSI Technology and director of software and IT for ASM America. Rhoden received her technology M.B.A. from Arizona State University before becoming involved with international trade organizations as vice president of Advanced Memory International Inc. and president of the Universal Flash Storage Association (UFSA). Rhoden leads the UFSA, a worldwide nonprofit trade organization coordinating the certification and rollout of next-generation Flash memory that will directly support full-motion video.
Desi Rhoden has a long history of working on the bleeding edge of technology with international leaders in the semiconductor industry. He has served as an engineer/scientist with Hewlett-Packard and an engineering fellow with VLSI, and was a founder, president, and CEO of Advanced Memory International Inc., a nonprofit industry trade organization responsible for coordinating the worldwide rollout of DDR and DDR2 SDRAM. Rhoden serves as an industry consultant and helped two companies - Inphi and Montage Technology - enter the market as successful publicly traded companies. Rhoden has more than 30 years as a primary leader in computer memory development, and he has led development of many generations and types of memory for everything from cellphones to mainframe computers.
Rhoden has received many leadership awards, including the JEDEC Award of Excellence, the highest honor from the world's leading semiconductor standards organization. He was also Alumnus of the Year for the ECE department in 2010 for his work in computer memory. Rhoden earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from CSU. He is a member of the IEEE and a Vietnam veteran.
The Rhodens are involved with Colorado State University in a number of ways. To help attract and retain the very best engineering professors and students, the couple recently established the ECE department's first-ever endowed professorship, the Lisa and Desi Rhoden College Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Lisa and Desi also helped create two scholarships to honor the impact of their former professors, the Aram Budak ECE Fellowship and the Paul Wilbur Scholarship in mechanical engineering. In addition, the Rhodens provided funding for the named Biomedical Engineering Teaching Laboratory in the new Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building.