Master’s degrees granted at graduate commencement, with address by Demetrios Lignos ’64
University granted master’s degrees at its graduate commencement
exercises, held May 5 in Brown Chapel on the campus. The address was
delivered by 1964 alumnus Demetrios Lignos who is known as “the father
of digital linear tape,” for his breakthrough invention of the medium
while he was with Digital Equipment Corporation.
Degrees conferred were the Master of Arts in
Teaching (MAT), the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) and Master of
Information Strategy, Systems and Technology degree (MISST).
Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele
congratulated the assembled graduates and said, “You have worked hard,
and we are very proud of you. What you have done here will have an
impact on thousands of individuals, your communities and the world.”
In his address, Mr. Lignos told the graduates,
“With your education at Muskingum, you have all the right credentials to
excel in your field. Enjoy your career and your life to the fullest.
Be open, be patient and be flexible.”
In recognition of his lifetime of achievement,
the university bestowed upon Mr. Lignos an honorary doctor of science
degree. It was presented by Dr. Steele and Muskingum University Trustee
and alumnus Gordon E. Spillman.
Mr. Lignos is known internationally as the
“father of digital linear tape” (DLT) for his 1984 breakthrough
invention for Digital Equipment Corporation. DLT changed the nature of
computer data storage and retrieval and quickly became the industry
standard for backups of essential files. Today, it remains the standard
for transferring original content to DVD format for commercial
replication and distribution of motion pictures, music and other media
During his 40-year career, Mr. Lignos held
principal roles in engineering design, technology and product
development at industry-leaders Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum
Corporation, Maxtor Corporation and InPhase Technologies. He was
responsible for the development of more than a dozen major computer
peripheral and data storage products, guiding them through creation,
testing, manufacturing, marketing, sales and adoption by customers
Mr. Lignos has received numerous electronics
design and engineering honors, including the coveted “R&D 100
Award,” recognizing the most technologically significant new products.
He is a prolific author of technical articles and conference
He earned his bachelor of science degree from
Muskingum in physics, with a mathematics minor, holds a master of
science degree in engineering science from the University of Toledo and a
master of business administration degree from the University of New
Hampshire. In 2009, he received a Muskingum University Distinguished
Service Award, its highest honor for alumni.. He and his wife, Raynette
Lyons Lignos ’64, reside in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. They are the
parents of Theodore (Ted) Lignos.
Candidates for master’s degrees were presented by
Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Reichardt. The degrees were
conferred by President Steele, Muskingum University Trustee and alumnus
Gordon Spillman, Dave Longaberger Distinguished Professor of Teaching
and Learning Dr. Barbara Hansen and Dr. Raymond Rataiczak, director of
the MISST program.
Faculty marshals were Professor of Education Dr.
Linda E. Morrow and Professor of Communication, Media and Theatre Dr.
Jerry L. Martin.
The graduate marshals were Anitta M. Jones and Aaron R. Sprague.