Hall of Distinction Class of 2001-2002

Mark Guidry was born in New Orleans and grew up there and in Cut Off, Louisiana. Carolyn Campbell was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and grew up in states across the deep south. They both attended LSU earning their BSEE in 1959. Carolyn served as Student Vice-president of the College of Engineering and Mark served as Student Council Representative from the College during their senior year. They met, fell in love and were married one week after graduation. They moved to Seattle where they both worked for Boeing with Mark taking a leave to pursue his Master’s degree from the University of Washington. Their first child was born in Seattle. Upon earning his MSEE in 1961, Mark joined the faculty at LSU in the EE department and Carolyn chose to put her engineering career on hold to have their second son and to raise their children. Mark enjoyed teaching and they moved to Iowa where he earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1965 and Carolyn gave birth to their daughter. They then returned to Baton Rouge and to the LSU faculty. Mark conducted research in semiconductor technology, laser technology and radio wave propagation as well as teaching classes, serving on committees and authoring numerous publications. He also served as Chapter Advisor and on the House Corporation of Acacia Fraternity.

In 1969 Mark joined Texas Instruments in Houston where he developed manufacturing technology for MOS metal gate. While there he developed a self-aligned gate process, earning several patents for his work. In 1971, he joined a small company in San Diego and managed circuit design and manufacturing for a single chip MOS calculator. In 1973 he joined Fairchild Semiconductor in Palo Alto, California, as the Department Head for the CCD Memory department in the R&D Division. He later served as the Engineering Manager for the MOS Division and served an interim period as Production Manager for the MOS Division. Additionally; he worked with joint venture foreign manufacturers in the exchange and development of technology.

During this time, Carolyn was raising their children, managing the home and finances and volunteering in the schools. When the children were in high school, she pursued a Master’s degree at San Jose State University receiving her MS in Computer Engineering in 1979. Upon graduation she joined Hewlett Packard Co. in their computer division. She was a member of the design team for several of HP’s new computers, directly responsible for the development of a new flexible interconnect ribbon cable and the micro code for a new computer system. She also assisted in market analysis and product planning for a new family of high performance computer systems.

Mark and Carolyn founded two companies, Simon Software, devoted to semiconductor design software, and Avasem Corporation, a semiconductor product development company. Simon Software was merged with another private software company. This company became a public company three years later and today is the leader in its field. Avasem was founded in 1980, developed the first single chip timing generators among its many products, and in 1993 was merged with Integrated Circuit Systems. This combined company is today the leader in the field of electronic timing generators, has annual sales exceeding $180 million, and a valuation exceeding $1.7 billion. Aside from the financial success of these two companies they employ over 5,900 people.

In 1988 Carolyn retired from HP to pursue her interests in children’s education. She was a full time volunteer for the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, California, developing computer systems and software for the Museum and assisting in development of concepts and funding. In 1993 she founded the Mark and Carolyn Guidry Foundation, devoted to funding education and the arts. She is the President and currently manages all aspects of the Foundation.

Mark and Carolyn have three married children and six grandchildren, all residing in California. All three children graduated with degrees in engineering or computer science. In 1994 Mark retired and spent four years sailing in Mexico and the Caribbean. He served as a trustee of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Mozarella Fresca Corporation, which specializes in fresh Italian cheese and as Secretary of the Guidry Foundation.

They reside in Bainbridge Island, Washington, spending much of their time with their family, on their California ranch and on their boat in the Caribbean.