Thomas Rockwell Mackie Earns Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Madison, Wisconsin - Thomas Rockwell "Rock" Mackie is among seven University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni and faculty who were recently honored for their outstanding entrepreneurial achievements.
The awards ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 25, at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, was designed to recognize the vision and leadership of UW-Madison alumni and faculty who have made a significant impact with their own entrepreneurial pursuits.
Mackie co-founded TomoTherapy Inc. in 1997 and has served as chairman of the board of directors since 1999. TomoTherapy Inc. develops, manufactures and markets the TomoTherapy radiation therapy treatment platform, in use by hospitals and cancer centers worldwide. Mackie served as president of TomoTherapy from 1997 to 1999.
Since 1987, Mackie has been a professor in the departments of medical physics and human oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he established the TomoTherapy research program. In 1992, Mackie also co-founded Geometrics Corporation (now part of Phillips Medical), which developed a highly successful radiotherapy treatment planning system.
"In light of the many economic challenges we face today, the study and practice of entrepreneurship is more critical than ever before," says Interim Chancellor David Ward. "UW-Madison is prepared to respond to that need because of our strong and vibrant culture of entrepreneurship among our faculty, staff and students."
Ward adds: "We have created this prize to honor talented and creative alumni and faculty who have had great success as entrepreneurs, who have been instrumental in creating jobs and who offer models for our students. These alumni and faculty have inspired us, and they serve our students by mentoring them and shaping their aspirations."
Date Published: 04/26/2012