Mr. Madonna is the founder and former President, Chairman and CEO of Excel Switching, which was purchased by Lucent Technologies in 1999. He founded Excel Switching in the early 1980s and served as principal designer pioneering the programmable switching industry. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he worked for a Cambridge company designing what, at the time, was the world’s largest CT scan medical device. He is a member of the University of Connecticut Foundation Board of Directors and the University of Connecticut Foundation Development Committee. In 2000, the School of Engineering presented him the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.