Alumni Honorees

Lorene K. SteffesLorene K. Steffes

B.S. Mathematics, 1968
M.S. Computer Science, 1982


Lorene Steffes has distinguished herself as a teacher, business executive, board member and alumna since earning her degrees from NIU.

After initially teaching high school science in West Aurora for several years, she became a programmer analyst for DeKalb AgResearch.  She subsequently worked in the telecommunications industry at AT&T Bell Laboratories and AT&T Network Systems for 13 years and then as Vice President of Technology Development and Planning at Ameritech.  In 1997 she was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Transarc Corporation, Inc., an industry-leading developer of transaction processing and distributed file systems software that later became the IBM Transarc Lab.  From 1999 to 2003 Steffes held executive positions within IBM Corporation including Vice President, Solutions Marketing & Sales for the Communications Sector in Asia Pacific and General Manager, Global Electronics Industry.

Formerly Steffes was a trustee on the board of Carlow College and contributed time to Americans with Disabilities to help develop training for entry-level technology jobs. She was honored as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business in 2000, and in 2003 she received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Today Steffes is an independent business advisor serving on two corporate boards, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and its principal banking subsidiary, PNC Bank, National Association, and RadiSys Corporation.