Distinguished Alumni Citation

Adam Messinger ‘94

Following stints as an angel investor and private equity investor, not to mention as vice president at Oracle, Adam Messinger recently became vice president for infrastructure engineering at Twitter.

Messinger made a name for himself as a “technology mentor and leader,” taking products and services through various stages of their commercial life cycle. He has specialized in Java development and performance, distributed systems and clustering, and server architecture — but his greatest skill might be synthesis. His contributions have always extended into business development and strategy.

Messinger graduated from Willamette with a double-major in physics and computer science, and he got his master’s at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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