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Mike Hluchyj: High Achiever with a Social Conscience

Mike Hluchyj, a 1979 alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering, is no stranger to high-end successes. He was officially one of "Tech's 100 Highest Rollers" for 2001, according to Forbes Magazine, and has also been the New England Entrepreneur of the Year, according to Ernst & Young. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is widely published on subjects such as switching and traffic management in multimedia packet networks. Hluchyj has also been awarded 29 U.S. patents. But his many notable achievements have never distracted him from having a serious social conscience.

That's one reason why Hluchyj and his wife, Theresa "Terry" Hluchyj, a 1977 alumna from the UMass Amherst School of Nursing, founded The Hluchyj Graduate Fellowships. The fellowships support two graduate students in the College of Engineering and the School of Nursing with annual stipends of $25,000 so they can do collaborative research in the area of clinical healthcare.

The Hluchyjs, who are both passionate about their alma mater, designed the fellowships to bring together their backgrounds and personal priorities. The Hluchyj Fellows for the 2009-2010 academic year were He (Jack) Ze, a doctoral student in electrical engineering from Hangzhou, China, and doctoral nursing student Shoshana Gladstone from Pelham, Massachusetts.

"Fellows will work on research projects from both disciplines," the fellowship stipulates, "seeking solutions to real problems in the clinical setting using engineering-based approaches."

Dr. and Mrs. Hluchyj, who live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, funded the fellowships with key healthcare issues in mind. "We are excited to be funding these new fellowships to support cross-disciplinary research in clinical healthcare," said Theresa Hluchyj. "Quality healthcare ranks among the most important issues our society faces, and the collaborative research initiatives between nursing and engineering at UMass Amherst can make a real difference."

Meanwhile, Mike Hluchyj continues to wow people in the high-tech industries with his professional accomplishments. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Verivue, formed in November of 2006. Verivue has developed the MDX 9000 Series Media Distribution Switch, a video service delivery system specifically engineered to manage the enormous amounts of video traffic expected to flood IP networks.

Hluchyj was previously the CTO for Sonus Networks, a leading provider of voiceover IP (VoIP) infrastructure solutions for carriers, which he founded in 1997. Before Sonus, he was Vice President and CTO for Summa Four (acquired by Cisco), a leading supplier of intelligent, programmable switches for use in carrier networks. Prior to that, he was Director of Networking Research at Motorola Codex and on the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He received his masters and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.