WPI Innovator of the Year

Building an Innovation Ecosystem

The WPI Innovator of the Year Award recognizes annually a graduate or friend of WPI who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishments as an innovator, showcasing individuals who have excelled in driving innovation within enterprises of all kinds.

The WPI School of Business focuses on accelerating the discovery, development, and commercialization of breakthrough innovation, as well as economic development and job creation. The WPI Innovator of the Year celebration is a key building block of this entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. It recognizes role models for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends; catalyzes the engagement of highly successful innovators and entrepreneurs in the transformation of WPI; and inspires honorees to commit their time and talent to help WPI become a leading global contributor to addressing the global grand challenges.

Robert Diamond

2013 WPI Innovator of the Year

Robert Diamond ’56 is the 2013 WPI Innovator of the Year. A true 21st century serial entrepreneur, he continuously combines engineering vision with marketing savvy to create technologically innovative companies, inventions, and services by pairing market opportunities with consumer-proven technology. He was instrumental in bringing the Hughes CMOS chip technology to Timex for watches and to Milton Bradley for portable game technology, and the Fairchild LED technology to Monroe to make an early four function calculator. Later his firm focused on telecommunications, manufacturing telephones for AT&T and launching a Caller ID business. He co-founded Xanboo, Inc., one of the original providers of home automation and monitoring across mobile devices. His most recent venture, Xeleum designs and manufactures advanced LED lighting products. Mr. Diamond was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from WPI in 2005 and he is a previous recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Past Recipients

Year Name Message to Community
2013 Robert L. Diamond '56 Watch video
2012 David P. Norton ‘62 Watch video
2011 James P. Baum ‘82 Watch video
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