Leonard Riggio ’58
Founder & CEO, Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Leonard Riggio began his career as a clerk at the NYU bookstore. Convinced he could provide better service to students, he opened a competing store in 1965. His business thrived and, in 1971, he bought the flagship Barnes & Noble bookstore. He changed the book industry with such innovations as extensive selection of books, discounts, and comfortable stores that have become community institutions. His revolutionary concepts have made Barnes & Noble the world’s largest and most respected bookseller.
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Maurice Ashley ’83
Maurice is not only the first African-American Chess Grandmaster, he is also a three-time national championship coach, author, ESPN commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor and motivational speaker.more
Rebecca Ramnauth ’17
It started at Tech: “My introduction to robotics and mechatronics was through the robotics team.”more