High-tech executive gives credit to Beloit background

Imagine a world where you don’t have to remember computer passwords, lug around chargers or squeeze into undersized jeans.

That world is coming soon, according to the Beloit-raised Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group (CCG) at Intel Corporation.

At Intel, Skaugen formulates strategies to improve phone, tablet and personal computer platforms. In a telephone interview Friday, Skaugen discussed the latest emerging technologies and how his education in Beloit helped him shape the future.

“We change the world by selling more than 300 million computing devices a year. If you have an idea and go for it, you can change the world,” Skaugen said.

Skaugen attended Morgan Elementary School, Aldrich Middle School and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1988.

With his father being an engineer at Beloit Corporation, Skaugen said he got interested in math. He also credited his Beloit teachers and the school district’s advanced placement offerings in math and science for propelling his interest in engineering.

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