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Congratulations to Alum Roger Marino, EE'61, H'96, who was awarded the Presidential Medallion, the university’s top honor. It symbolizes excellence, commitment, and contribution, and is a permanent representation of the holder’s dedication to advancing Northeastern. When selecting a recipient for this honor, the university looks to people who are shining exemplars of Northeastern’s academic and research excellence.
A gifted engineer, visionary entrepreneur, and generous philanthropist, Roger Marino has made a lasting impact on Northeastern and the world. Hailing from a modest upbringing in Revere, Massachusetts, Roger learned the value of hard work from his father, who worked in a factory a few blocks from Northeastern’s campus. In 1979, Roger and former roomate Richard J. Egan, E’61, H’95, co-founded EMC Corporation, transforming it into a Fortune 500 company and a global leader in sophisticated information storage. The consummate university citizen, he served as a university trustee for nearly two decades and dedicated himself to initiatives focused on education and health. Thanks to Roger’s generosity, Northeastern built the iconic, state-of-the-art Marino Recreation Center in the 1990s. Since then, Roger has continued to champion the Northeastern community in numerous ways, sharing his wisdom with budding entrepreneurs at IDEA and the Entrepreneurs Club, and becoming a leading supporter of Torch Scholars, a full-tuition scholarship program for promising students who have risen above exceptional odds. Through his passionate advocacy, Roger has made a difference to countless members of the Northeastern community.