Notable Oregon State Alumni



Our alumni do great things, near and far.

Oregon State’s enduring legacy is the 195,000 alumni who go on to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.

Linus Pauling ’22 is the only recipient of two unshared Nobel Prizes — for chemistry in 1954 and peace in 1962. Pauling’s research on micronutrients and human health continues at the Linus Pauling Institute, which is located in the university’s science building.

Douglas Engelbart ’48 helped shape the way people use technology, inventing the computer mouse and developing the concept of email.

Jensen Huang ’84 is co-founder, president and CEO of NVIDIA, whose graphics processors can be found in everything from cell phones to gaming consoles to NASA workstations. He was named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year in 2017.

Baseball hero Darwin Barney was one of just a handful of players on both the 2006 and 2007 Beaver championship teams. The second baseman played for the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers before joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.

Before Dick Fosbury ’72, track and field high jumpers never used to land on their backs. Dick changed that forever when he invented the “Fosbury Flop,” a back-first high jump technique that landed him a gold medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Visual effects art director and production designer Harley Jessup ’76 has won an Oscar, an Emmy and an Annie (for animation). His movie credits include Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., The Hunt for Red October, Innerspace and James and the Giant Peach.

Bernie Newcomb ’65 cofounded E*TRADE, one of the first internet stock-trading companies.

Chris Johns ’75 and Dennis Dimick ’73 share stories from around the world as chief content officer and executive editor, respectively, of National Geographic.

Terry Baker ’63 won the Heisman Trophy in 1962 and is currently a Portland-based attorney.

NASA astronaut and chemical engineer Donald Pettit ’78 completed two six–month missions aboard the International Space Station.

Tim Leatherman ’70 invented the versatile Leatherman line of multi-tools and knives.

Nabilah Al-Tunisi ’82 is the head engineer for the $25 billion refinery and petrochemical plant Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.

Mike Rich ’82 is the screenwriter behind movies including Secretariat, Radio, The Rookie and Finding Forrester.

John Young ’53 was president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1978 to 1992.

Gail Kimbell ’82 was the first woman to head the U.S. Forest Service.

Leonard Shoen ’43 founded the U-Haul moving company in 1945.

Darlene Hooley ’61 served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2009.