Greene and Banataos honored with UC Berkeley Achievement Awards
This year, UC Berkeley is recognizing Diane Greene (M.S.’88 EECS) with the 2019 Campanile Excellence Achievement Award, as well as Dado and Maria Banatao with the Founders Award.
The Campanile Excellence Achievement Award is given to alumni who are pushing the edge of what’s possible. Greene is on the Alphabet board of directors and until recently, was the CEO of Google Cloud. She also co-founded VMWare, serving as its CEO from 1998 until 2008. She is currently a member of Berkeley Engineering’s advisory board.
In addition to Greene, the campus is also honoring Dado and Maria Banatao with the Founders Award for long-term distinguished leadership and service to academic and philanthropic programs across the university.
Dado Banatao is a successful venture capitalist and Silicon Valley technology visionary who pioneered the personal computer (PC) chip set and graphics acceleration architecture, two foundational technologies that are still found in every PC. He was a cornerstone supporter of CITRIS —named the Banatao Institute at CITRIS —and currently serves on their advisory board.
Banatao’s wife, Maria, is a UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee. Over the years, the couple has passionately supported education around the world. In 2005, they established the Dado & Maria Banatao Center for Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE) to “bring the world’s best to Berkeley Engineering and to bring the best of Berkeley Engineering to the world.”