Larry Sears (CIT ’69)

Larry Sears (CIT ’69), a university trustee advisor, and his wife, Sally Zlotnick Sears (FSM ’72), have consistently shown the university tremendous generosity, which helped the university reach its long-term ambitions for think[box], an initiative to encourage creativity, invention and commercialization of technology. Mr. Sears is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Mr. Sears received a BS in Electrical Engineering from CWRU in 1969. Three years later, he founded Hexagram, Inc (now ACLARA Wireless Technologies), a company that is responsible for many of the largest installations of fixed-network, automated meter-reading systems in the United States. In 2006, Mr. Sears established the Undergraduate Design Lab at Case Western Reserve. This lab features workstations with state-of-the-art equipment, project rooms, and student activity space, providing electrical engineering students with valuable hands-on experience. Mr. Sears holds or co-holds 19 patents and is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve. He lectures on circuit and product design and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.