Willamette University

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Steve Sloop ’87
Distinguished Alumni Citation

Founder, OnTo Technology; lithium-ion battery recycler; future-seer and Earth cleaner-upper

Have a guiding philosophy/quote?

Benjamin Franklin: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Lincoln: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” Steven from Nacho Libre: “I believe in science!”

What changed most about you between when you arrived as a student and graduated?

If someone told me that upon graduation I would sing in a tenor part in the opera chorus for “Dido and Aeneas” and teach chemistry, I’d wonder what they were smoking and how I’d get some, too.

What company/industry problem causes you to lose sleep?

Matters of planetary hygiene and meaningful work. Thanks to Frances Chapple, Carl Sagan and a host of others for that!

What’s one skill you picked up at WU that has helped you get to where you are today?

Learning to embrace criticism, and to produce it thoughtfully when the time comes. And, dream big and be brave!

What’s next for you?

A) Call mom. B) Clean desk, lab and shop. C) Get to work on the next big thing...stay tuned.


Steve Sloop ’87