Master’s Degrees Conferred at 2011 Graduate Commencement
Muskingum University granted master’s degrees at its 2011
graduate commencement exercises, held on May 5. The address was
delivered by 1964 alumnus Demetrios Lignos who is known as “the father
of digital linear tape,” for his breakthrough invention of the medium
while he was with Digital Equipment Corporation.
In recognition of his lifetime of achievement, the university bestowed upon Mr. Lignos an honorary doctor of science degree.
Lignos has changed the world through his pioneering technological
innovation and has enhanced the lives of others through his dedication
to service. He is known internationally as the “father of Digital
Linear Tape” (DLT) for his 1984 breakthrough invention for the Digital
Equipment Corporation. DLT changed the nature of computer data storage
and retrieval, opening new opportunities for technological applications
and economic growth. It quickly became the industry standard for
backups of essential files and remains the standard for transferring
original content to DVD format for commercial replication and
distribution of motion pictures, music, and other media content.
During his distinguished forty-year career, Mr. Lignos held
principal roles in engineering design, technology, and product
development at industry-leaders Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum
Corporation, Maxtor Corporation, and InPhase Technologies. He was
responsible for the development of more than a dozen major computer
peripheral and data storage products, guiding them through creation,
testing, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and adoption by customers
Mr. Lignos has received numerous electronics design and
engineering honors, including the coveted “R&D 100 Award”
recognizing the most technologically significant new products. He is a
prolific author of technical articles and conference presentations.
He earned his Muskingum Bachelor of Science degree in Physics
with a Mathematics minor, and received a Muskingum University
Distinguished Service Award in 2009. He also holds a Master of Science
degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo and a Master
of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire.
An accomplished boater, he holds the highest level of boating
education certification from the United States Power Squadron and
teaches marine electronic courses to fellow boaters. He is a visitor
guide at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and is active in many
church, civic, and cultural organizations.
He and his wife, Raynette Lyons Lignos ’64, reside in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. They are the parents of Theodore (Ted) Lignos.