John J. Peters Student Innovation Fund
This fund was established in memory of John Peters, our Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer who passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2009 at age 51. John was a long-term, well-known and respected visionary in the embedded systems market and contributed to the definition, development, and practical implementation of many open architecture bus standards from VMEbus through xTCA.
Of particular note, he was the spearhead behind PICMG 2.16, the industry’s first open standard for switched fabric architectures. He was also the father of VME-64, a significant performance enhancement to the original VMEbus design. As an alumnus, John was actively engaged in supporting various Rochester Institute of Technology initiatives including the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and the Imagine R.I.T. Innovation and Creativity Festival.
As a member of the PT team, the impact of his technology leadership and innovation during his 23 years of service is immeasurable. In addition, John was a long-term personal friend to many of us. We will miss the spirit and enthusiasm he applied to anything he engaged in. As we move forward, we will honor John by leveraging the solid technology foundation and development team that he left us as his legacy.
Student Innovation Fund Donations
In recognition of John Peters' many contributions to our Company, and in particular his zeal for innovation, PT has established the John J. Peters Student Innovation Fund at Rochester Institute of Technology. This fund will be used to provide grants to student projects associated with the RIT Center for Student Innovation.
Donations may be made directly to RIT. Please note to insure proper credit to this specific fund, donations to the John J. Peters Student Innovation Fund should be directed to:
Office of Development
Rochester Institute of Technology
University Services Center, 3rd Floor
116 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623
Please make checks payable to RIT and mark in the notes area "John J. Peters Student Innovation Fund"