Published May 23, 2016
Norman Hayes (BS EE; BA CS 1980), director of engineering at ASIC Engineering and a computer architect, received the 2016 Dean’s Award for Achievement.
Throughout his career, Hayes has made substantial technical and leadership contributions to three pioneering companies. The first was AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he developed designs and technologies for some of the world’s earliest 32-bit microprocessors.
He joined his first startup, Sun Microsystems, in 1988. At Sun, Hayes developed ground breaking microprocessor memory management and cache architectures which scaled from desktop workstations to Sun’s largest packet-switched MP servers. These architectures continued through many generations, which eventually made mini and mainframe computers obsolete. He joined Juniper Networks as a startup in 2000, where he served as a director of ASIC engineering on several generations of networking chipsets, whose top interface speeds advanced from 2.5 Gbps to 400 Gbps during his tenure.
Hayes recognizes the role his UB education and experience had in preparing him for a rewarding and successful career. “UB gave me a solid, broad foundation of how to solve real world problems. UB’s faculty and leaders provided great personal examples of teamwork, creativity, and loving what you do,” said Hayes.
In 1995, Hayes became a charter member of the Delta Society, the school’s leadership annual giving society, and attended UB’s inaugural homecoming football game (a 14-7 win over Cornell) in then-President Greiner’s box. More recently, an engineering laboratory was named after Hayes in Davis Hall. In 2012, he was named Chairman of the Delta Society.