Inventor of the iPod
Inventions: Tony Fadell played a major role in creation of the iPod and iPhone while with Apple from 2001 to 2010. But Fadell, who has contributed to more than 100 patents, began his career as a serial inventor while still in Ann Arbor, founding two companies while an undergraduate. His latest company is Nest, co-founded with Matt Rogers, which produces a “smart thermostat” that adapts to its owner’s behavior and can result in energy savings of as much as 30 percent.
Collective Instruments (multimedia software for children) and ASIC Enterprises, founded while Fadell was a U-M student
Nest, founded in 2010
At U-M: B.S., computer engineering, 1991