2011 Young Alumnus
ERIC I. MAINO, 2005
Eric I. Maino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Grand Valley State University in 2005.
Maino’s skill sets and foundation of software engineering and development from Grand Valley led him to a position with the Microsoft Corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington. For the past 6 years he has been employed full time in the Visual Studio organization within the Developer Division. On a daily basis, Maino, a senior engineer, works to improve the efficiency of Microsoft’s internal developers and testers.
The liberal education Maino received fostered his critical thinking, innovative ideas, and an ability to work with people from various backgrounds. His managers refer to him as a “heavy-hitter” at Microsoft, and his former professors say he has been one of GVSU’s “key” ambassadors in the high tech industry. Maino currently has three patents pending.
His successes in the technology field have earned him the much-coveted Microsoft “Gold Star” award for his work in assisting thousands of software developers, programmers, and managers in testing the quality of software.
While he has had tremendous success in his career, Maino keeps Grand Valley close at heart. He frequently returns to campus to speak to students and work with faculty on projects. In 2009, he founded the Eric Maino Community Technology Award, a scholarship established to not only help Grand Valley students with funding, but also to assist them with work experience and start them on a path to a successful career.
Maino grew up in Jackson, Michigan and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.