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Inside Iowa State
March 8, 1996

1st exec is Tellabs CEO

by Michelle Johnson

Michael Birck, president, CEO and founder of Tellabs Inc., Lisle, Ill., has been selected the first executive-in- residence at the College of Business. Birck will make a presentation during an open forum at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Memorial Union Oak Room.

Tellabs is a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

In 1984, Birck received the Illinois High Tech Entrepreneur award from Peat Marwick and Mitchell/Crain's Chicago Business. He was awarded the Outstanding Master Entrepreneur award by Inc. Magazine and Ernst & Young in 1995. Birck serves as a director of the Purdue University Research Foundation and as a member of the board of directors of Duplex Products Inc., USF&G Corp. and Molex Inc.

Birck received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and an M.S. in electrical engineering from New York University, New York City. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering by Purdue in 1995.

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