PITTSBURGH (April 11, 2019) ... This year’s Distinguished Alumni from the University of
Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have worked with lesson plans and
strategic plans, cosmetics and the cosmos, brains and barrels and bridges. It’s
a diverse group, but each honoree shares two things in common on their long
lists of accomplishments: outstanding achievement in their fields, and of
course, graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.
The distinguished alumnus chosen to represent the Swanson
School of Engineering overall in 2019 is David Toth, BSEE ’78, President and
CEO (retired) of NetRatings, Inc.
The six individuals representing each of the Swanson
School’s departments and one overall honoree representing the entire school
gathered at the 55th annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet at the University of
Pittsburgh’s Alumni Hall to accept their awards. James R. Martin II, US Steel
Dean of Engineering, led the banquet for the first time since starting his
tenure at Pitt in the fall.
“We may not think about it, but in some ways the Internet
itself is not a product. It is a conduit, a medium. And we are not its customers,” said Dean Martin. “We, its users, are the product, and David and
his peers were the first to realize that how people use the internet could
provide an amazing amount of information, maybe even more so than more
traditional media such as television, magazines, and newspapers.”
About David Toth
Mr. Toth, the Swanson School’s Distinguished Alumnus, has
held several senior executive roles throughout his career. He co-founded
NetRatings, Inc. in 1997 and served as President & CEO, leading the company
to its position as the foremost provider of Internet audience information and
analysis. Mr. Toth formed strategic partnerships with Nielsen Media Research
and ACNielsen; together, the three companies developed Nielsen//NetRatings
service, the leading global Internet Audience Measurement service with
deployments in 29 countries throughout the world.
Prior to forming NetRatings, Mr. Toth was Vice President at
Hitachi Computer Products where he led the Network Products Group and was
responsible for the development, sales and marketing of numerous hardware and
software products. Other former affiliations include Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory, Interlink Computer Sciences and PPG Industries.
Mr. Toth is currently a member of the Board of Directors at
HiveIO, LeadCrunch.AI, and GutCheckIt.com. He was formerly a Director at NexTag
(acquired by Providence Equity Partners), TubeMogul (acquired by Adobe) and
Edgewater Networks (acquired by Ribbon Communications).
In 2003, Mr. Toth was recognized as the Swanson
School Distinguished Alumnus for the Department of Electrical Engineering,
having graduated from Pitt with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
Contact: Leah Russell