Hall of Fame

Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell

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.

Companies:
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