Michael Maibach graduated from NIU with a B.S. & M.A. in political science. He later earned a B.S. in American and Latin American history from California State University, a B.A. in international business from American University, and an M.A. in political philosophy from Georgetown University. In addition to serving as an Illinois State Senate Legislative Fellow, he was the first American under the age of 21 to be elected to the DeKalb County Board. In 1976, began working for Caterpillar Tractor Co, first as a machine shop foreman, then as a Government Affairs Manager in Illinois, California & Washington DC. He opened CAT?s California Government Affairs Office. In 1983, Maibach moved to the Intel Corporation to establish Intel’s Government Affairs Department and serve as assistant to Intel co-founder, Dr. Robert Noyce. He was named an Intel Vice President in 1996. He was a lead industry advocate for the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act, the US-Japan Semiconductor Agreement, SEMATECH funding, the GATT Uruguay Round, the 21st Century Patent Reform Act, and China WTO membership. Maibach opened Intel Government Affairs Offices in Washington, Brussels, and Beijing. He was involved in President Reagan?s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, as well as President GHW Bush?s National Advisory Committee on Semiconductor. He came to be a leading spokesman for America?s electronics industry on trade and technology policy, testifying 16 times before the US Congress. In 1992 he was a candidate for Congress from the Silicon Valley. While at Intel, from 2003 – 2012 he served as the President & CEO of the European-American Business Council. He was a member of the US State Department Advisory Council on International Economics from 2005 – 2011 and in 2012 was appointed to the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. Maibach serves on the Boards of the Witherspoon Institute, Faith + Law, and British American Business. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress, where he is also a Counselor. Mr. Maibach is a Senior Fellow of Aspen Institute’s 21st Century Manufacturing & Society Program. Mr. Maibach established this NIU Fund to support students as they work to become wise, well-informed and effective citizens and leaders.