Scholarships Honor Company’s Late CTO
A special presentation to acknowledge a scholarship program established in honor of Analog Devices’ late Chief Technology Officer, Peter Real, took place in Limerick recently. Since the program was announced in June 2020 by the University of Limerick (UL) and ADI, six US students have been awarded scholarships to pursue undergraduate degrees at the University.
Peter’s wife Marian and his daughter Úna attended the event where Vince Roche, President and CEO, Analog Devices and Prof Kerstin Mey, President of UL, presented sculptures to the students.
Peter Real received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Systems from the University of Limerick in 1981. Peter enjoyed a successful engineering career including serving as CTO of ADI where he led and defined the company’s technological vision. He held strong ties to both the United States and Ireland, having worked at ADI in both countries. In 2019, Mr. Real was posthumously recognized at the University of Limerick’s Annual Alumni awards for his outstanding contributions to science and technology.
Speaking at the presentation, Vince Roche, President and CEO, Analog Devices, said “Peter was an engineering industry giant who made an incredible contribution to our company, to industry and to so many engineering and business leaders in Ireland and the US. Meeting Peter’s family and the students who have benefited from the Scholarship program today is especially rewarding as we witness how his legacy lives on.”
UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said “Analog Devices and the University of Limerick have a long established history of collaboration that dates back to the 1970s. We are touched and delighted that the company has chosen to remember Peter, who was a graduate and friend of UL, with this very special initiative”.
UL Foundation’s Director of Development, Sarah Hartnett, added: “We are very fortunate to have Analog support these scholarships, which are a fantastic opportunity for US students who wish to come to UL and broaden their horizons. We look forward to welcoming further US students in the coming years.”
Una Real, daughter of Peter Real, said “My Dad was one of the smartest people but he was always eager to learn more. He was passionate about education and learning, no matter what the subject. I’m envious of you starting on your college journey and I know he would be too.”
The students hail from Michigan, California, Ohio and Boston and are pursuing a variety of degrees including Bachelor of Science in Biological and Chemical Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.