By Bonnie Dickson
DAVIS, Calif., June 8, 2018 — Tim Bucher, UC Davis engineering alumnus and executive vice president and chief product officer at Scientific Games – a global gaming technology company – will deliver the keynote address at the College of Engineering’s spring 2018 commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion.
A self-described technology entrepreneur, Bucher is an expert in digital consumer product development, including cloud-based software and hardware products and services, data storage technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. He holds more than 40 patents in networking technology, user interface design, computer and processor design as well as graphics and multimedia technologies.
During his more than three decades of experience in the Silicon Valley startup world, Bucher founded several successful tech companies that either went public or were acquired by tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, Dell and Seagate Technology. He has also held critical executive leadership and product development roles with heavy hitters like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Michael Dell, experiences that Bucher says helped him grow as both an innovator and as a businessperson.
In addition to his success in Silicon Valley’s tech industry, Bucher has also pursued entrepreneurial opportunities that have ties to his agricultural roots. Bucher operates a commercial winery and olive oil company, Trattore Farms in northern Sonoma County. He is also the founder of TastingRoom.com, an online wine tasting club.
Bucher graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and earned a master’s degree in computer architecture from Stanford University in 1988. He is also an active member of the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Executive Committee.
More than 700 students will receive their degrees at the College of Engineering’s spring commencement ceremony on June 17. A live stream of the ceremony will be available online.