ECE Alumni Honored as 2020 Gator100 Awardees

The Gator100 recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world each year. The awards ceremony to recognize this year’s honorees was held on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Congratulations to our talented alumni who made the list for leading one of the world’s Fastest Growing Gator Companies!

Bill Johnson is president and CEO of ShalePro Energy Services.  He received his BSEE with Honors in 1985, completed the advanced business management program at Wharton, and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. He has 20 years of experience at the President/CEO level at various engineering, project management, construction management, and technical field services related companies in the oil and gas, E&C, telecommunications infrastructure, and utility industries. ShalePro was ranked at #7.

Nicholas Johnson (Right)

Dr. Nicholas Johnson is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of OpenJAUS. He received both a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Robotics in 2010. Johnson leads OpenJAUS’ focus on developing software to facilitate interoperability between robotic systems and is the company’s chief technology officer. He has served on the JAUS working group, helping to develop a standard for communication between unmanned systems and has over 10 years of experience working on numerous ground vehicles and software frameworks using this standard. He also has over 15 years of experience in software development ranging from low-level embedded devices to user facing applications and high-level algorithms. OpenJAUS was ranked at #51.

Craig LeGrande is CEO and founder of Mainstay Salire LLC. He received his BSEE with Honors in 1991 from the University of Florida, then earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Management at Dartmouth College. Prior to Mainstay, Craig worked at Cisco Systems, leading its sales consulting practice for the automotive industry, and he spent nearly a decade at Accenture in management consulting and software development roles. Mainstay was ranked at #78.

Photos: Matt Pendleton/Matt Pendleton Photography for UF Alumni Association

Full results can be found on the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering website.