Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

in memory of our beloved friend and Auto-ID visionary Mike Sullivan, the Gillette Auto-ID team has partnered with the Boston Scholars Program, a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to enabling educational opportunity for underprivileged Boston-area youth, to create the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

All donations given to this fund will be used towards the funding of one or more Boston Scholars who will be jointly selected by Mike Sullivan's family and the Boston Scholars Program. It is the goal of the Gillette Auto-ID team and the Boston Scholars Program to create an endowment by which one or more Boston Scholars would be awarded and sponsored by the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund each year hereafter.

Click here to read about Mike Sullivan and the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship in the RFID Journal.

How to Donate

To make a donation in memory of Mike Sullivan, please write a check payable to "The Boston Scholars Program - Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship." Checks can be delivered internally at The Gillette Company to Jamshed Dubash (x-77276), made online through the Boston Scholars Program, or mailed directly to the Boston Scholars Program at the address below. The Boston Scholars Program is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Boston Scholars Program, Inc.
89 South Street, Suite 601
Boston, MA 02111

Click here to download our pledge form to mail a donation by check.

Click here to donate online using your credit card to the Mike Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

1st Annual Mike Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament

On September 28, 2005 the Michael Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund hosted its first Golf Tournament at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA. Thank you to the 15 foursomes who enjoyed a beautiful day, good golf (by some), fun for all, strong support from our sponsors and many volunteers, and most importantly, a fundraising effort that totaled over $20,000! Thanks to all of your support, we are happy to announce that the first Mike Sullivan Boston Scholar will be named for the spring of 2006.

Special thanks to Title Sponsor OATSystems, Inc. and Hole Sponsors Alien Technology Corporation, Avery Dennison, Flagship Automation, HK Systems, LXE, Robert Short, Siemans, SKUMatics, Symbol, ThingMagic, and Tyco/ADT. 

Mike Sullivan Scholarship

Biography of Mike Sullivan

Born in Alberta, Canada, Mike Sullivan was raised in Montreal and lived in Northborough, Massachusetts for the last 21 years. He was a graduate of City and Gill College in Cork, Ireland. Mike had an illustrious technical career with 25 years as Principal Engineer at Digital Semiconductor and three years at Intel Corporation.

For over 30 years, Mike has been at the forefront of inventive CPU design and graphics, real-time image capture and display systems, high performance video design and applications, StrongARM architecture and systems, and a unique wireless Internet camera system with electromechanical pan and tilt mechanisms, wireless remote sensors, and RFID capability, and most recently RFID systems performance control and monitoring.

Over the last five years, he transitioned to a successful entrepreneurial career, first as a co-founder and CTO of Idealogix in 2000. Later, in 2002 Mike became an independent technology consultant and partnered with Tri-Cycle Product Development of Hudson, MA and designed a handheld RFID analyzer as well as an innovative electro-optical pan and tilt system for use with tower-mounted broadcast TV cameras. In 2003 Mike was contracted by The Gillette Company to provide technical consulting on their RFID initiatives and in 2004 Mike co-founded SKUmatics, LLC, an RFID consulting and product company.

His technical contributions over the years have been invaluable and he was recognized for his innovative and creative work in systems design and concept generation through existing and pending patents. Mike's work with Gillette and the RFID industry was visionary and resulted in multiple patent applications for RFID systems - performance control and monitoring. He was also the Hardware Architect for the Gillette RFID team and a leader and mentor to the team. Mike was an active participant in the EPCglobal standards development process and identified and pushed for the establishment of the Applied Tag Performance Workgroup focused on next generation tag and readers conformance, performance and interoperability testing.

Those who have had the opportunity to work with him and learn from his technical brilliance have valued their friendship with a down-to-earth friend and a gentle soul. Mike Sullivan passed away on May 5, 2005, after a heart attack. He leaves his wife of 30 years Bridie and a son Barry. His son Brian died in 1994.