Cal Poly Pomona Alumnus
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
James Williamson joined the legendary protopunk band Iggy & the Stooges in 1970. A few years later, he gave up playing music professionally to pursue a career in electronics. Williamson went on to attend Cal Poly Pomona, where he graduated in 1982 with a degree in electrical engineering. He got a job at a computer company in Silicon Valley, and later worked his way up the corporate ladder at Sony to become Vice President of Technical Standards.
In 2010, Williamson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted into Cal Poly Pomona’s Engineering Hall of Fame—he says the honor is just as big.