Computer Science alumnus receives Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award
Collins is senior vice president and chief technology officer of SAS Institute Inc., the largest privately held software company in the world. A North Carolina native, he received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from NC State in 1982. Collins joined SAS in 1984 as a research and development liaison for the technical support division. He then held a series of leadership positions, including manager in the research and development host division, the first research and development strategist for the company, and vice president of research and development. As chief technology officer for SAS, Collins oversees operations within three divisions: global research and development, customer support functions and corporate information systems. As a member of the executive management team, he plays an essential role in planning SAS corporate strategy.
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