William "Bill" N. Carrico ’72 was selected as a School of Engineering Centennial Award recipient for his achievements as a leader in entrepreneurship, furthering not only the engineering profession, but the School of Engineering at Santa Clara as well. Carrico began his career working at Fairchild Semiconductor and Zilog. During his career, he co-founded seven networking companies in Silicon Valley. The first, Bridge Communications, went public in the mid-1980s and was later acquired by 3Com Corporation, at which time Bill became president of 3Com. Several ventures later, Carrico cofounded Packet Design in 2000 where he serves as chairman. He has served in an advisory capacity on numerous boards in the Valley and is widely known and respected for his keen business insight and innovation.