Former HP CTO moves to academia

Rich DeMillo, who lost his position as Hewlett-Packard's chief technology officer when the company merged with Compaq Computer, returns to Georgia Tech.

Rich DeMillo, who lost his position as Hewlett-Packard's chief technology officer when the company merged with Compaq Computer, has returned to the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The former Georgia Tech student will serve as the new dean of the College of Computing.

DeMillo took a job as HP's CTO in October 2000, but when HP acquired Compaq this year, Compaq CTO Shane Robison was given the top technology post at the combined company.

DeMillo returned to Georgia Tech in August to become a professor and director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC). DeMillo got his doctorate in computer science from the school and had done an earlier stint as a teacher, which came to a close in 1987.

Before working at HP, DeMillo was general manager of the Internet Systems Group of Telcordia Technologies, the combined labs formerly called Bellcore that served the "Baby Bell" telephone companies spawned by the breakup of AT&T. He has also held jobs at the National Science Foundation, the office of the U.S. defense secretary and the University of Padua in Italy.

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