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Current Fellow

Robert Wood
Data Processing Technology '80

Robert Wood

Robert Wood, a 1980 graduate of the data processing technology program at KTI, now Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus, is this year's Alumni Fellow selection from the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus. He is one of 12 distinguished alumni honored throughout the university, representing the College of Technology and Aviation, which is housed on the Polytechnic Campus.

Wood, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has over 35 years of commercial and government sector experience in the technology, aerospace and healthcare markets. Wood is currently the chief operating officer at Hearts for Hearing Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and adults with hearing loss.

Wood previously served in leadership and technical roles for multiple companies, including Booz Allen Hamilton, L-3 Communications and Chickasaw Nation Industries. He has managed teams of more than 2,000 employees, budgets in excess of $250 million and programs that spanned as many as 15 time zones. He and his wife, Nita, have one son, Christopher.

Wood received an associate's degree in data processing technology from the Kansas Technical Institute, now Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, in 1980.

Wood is the twenty-sixth Alumni Fellow from the Kansas State Polytechnic campus. The requirement of a fellow is that he or she has distinguished him or herself in their respective career field. The purpose of the program is to bring prominent and outstanding alumni back to campus to recognize their efforts and to learn from their expertise and life experiences.

Note: If you’re a Kansas State Polytechnic faculty member, you can nominate the next Alumni Fellow. Please contact the K-State Alumni Association at 800-600-ALUM (2586).