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Harry Ruda ’68 Named Entrepreneur
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Harry Ruda ’68—a high-tech, serial entrepreneur whose career spans more than 35 years in the areas of information technology, software, and telecomm—was named the 2012 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ruda has founded and/or served as chief executive officer of six high-tech startups, raising more than $100 million in investments from venture capital, angel networks, and corporate strategic investors. The investments have returned in excess of $350 million through strategic acquisitions. He now serves as president and CEO of Wing Power Energy, an early-stage developer of wind power energy solutions sold to companies that have distributed retail sites.

Ruda is also a co-founder and chairman of Desktone, which develops cloud-based virtual desktops for small- and medium-sized corporations. Prior to Desktone, he co-founded Softricity, an innovator in application virtualization, and served as its CEO. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 2006.

Ruda served as president and CEO of ITS, a manufacturer of video access equipment for IP networks, until its acquisition by Artel Video in 1999, and he co-founded Network Switching Systems, a manufacturer of integrated voice and data switching equipment, which was ultimately acquired by BBN Communications.

Ruda earned his bachelor’s degree in management in 1968 and a master’s degree in operations research statistics in 1969, from Rensselaer. He also received an MBA from Boston College.

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