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William T. Baxter -- 2002 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Science -- 1987 -- Computer Science
Master of Science --1988 -- Computer Science
William T. Baxter, College of Arts and Sciences alumnus, co founded Bsquare in 1994 to provide hardware and software solutions for companies developing smart device systems. Currently, Baxter is chairman, CEO, and president of the company, located in Bellevue, Washington. Since its inception, Bsquare expanded from three founders into a corporation with employees in Bellevue and its subsidiaries in California, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany, and under Baxter’s leadership Bsquare fared well during the rise and fall of the dot.com boom. The strength of the company is in its specialization of software solutions for developing and deploying computer devices based on Microsoft Windows CE® and Windows NT® embedded operating systems. Bsquare’s customers are the top tier of manufactures worldwide such as AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, and Intel.
Baxter credits his success to his liberal arts and sciences education and his experience on the UW Debate Team. “The University of Wyoming offered me a unique environment in which to grow my talents,” he said. “Due to the synergy between the College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Math and Computer Science and the College of Engineering, I had access to cutting edge technology and tools that enabled me to develop into a highly valuable employee in software and research development. What more can you ask of a university? This, combined with the experience I obtained on the UW Debate Team positioned me to excel in corporate life. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Dr. Henry Bauer from the Department of Computer Science, my thesis advisor, for guiding me through the master’s program. He guided me through the master’s program. He guided me to a very special niche in compiler optimization that I was able to leverage up to and including the founding of Bsquare Corporation. His contributions to my development cannot be overstated.”
In recognition of its leadership in the computer technology industry, Bsquare has received numerous awards, including Microsoft 2001 Embedded Partner of the Year, Washington Software Alliance Service Provider of 2000, and Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business of 2001. Pugent Sound Business Journal named Bsquare the fourth fastest growing company in Pugent Sound in 1998, and Deloitte & Touche declared Bsquare “one of the fastest growing high technology companies in 2000.” Recently, Governor Gary Locke presented Baxter with the Washington State Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Technology. In 1998, Baxter received the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category, Pacific Northwest Region, for his outstanding leadership of Bsquare. Baxter is known within his company for having a personal touch with his employees and encouraging them to have lives outside of work.
A humble but powerful force for Philanthropy, Baxter has been a strong supporter of workplace charitable campaigns. He works with local schools and universities on issues concerning technology use in educational settings. He also extends his expertise as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Washington Software Alliance and through guidance positions in industry organizations and institutions, including The Technology Alliance and Western Washington University. Outside of his professional life, Baxter enjoys family and recreation. Baxter is an avid boater. He and his wife UW Alumna Elizabeth (B.A. 1988 International Studies) enjoy their 57-foot Bayliner, “My Lizzy.” They have a new daughter, Danielle Elizabeth.