BUFFALO, N.Y -- Timothy J. Klein of Williamsville, B.S. '84, has
been named 2006 Engineer of the Year by the Engineering Alumni
Association at the University at Buffalo in recognition of his
success as president, CEO and co-founder of ATTO Technology Inc.,
an Amherst-based computer electronics company.
"Tim is an exceptional professional who has risen in meteoric
fashion to the top of his field in device design and fabrication,"
said Mark Karwan, dean of the UB School of Engineering and Applied
ATTO Technology began business in 1988 as a two-man operation
that today employs more than 120, approximately 25 percent of whom
are UB engineering graduates. It was housed in Baird Research Park,
a business incubator operated by UB and located adjacent to the UB
North Campus on Sweet Home Road, until 1993.
The mainstay of ATTO Technology is the manufacture of storage
connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive
computing environments. Klein often describes his progressive
product line as the "Mercedes of the market."
ATTO provides a wide range of end-to-end solutions to help
customers better store, manage and deliver their data. With an
ever-evolving market demanding high-performance solutions, ATTO
recognizes future needs and responds with leading-edge engineering
and product manufacturing of host adapters, appliances and data
Companies that incorporate ATTO components in their data-intense
computer, image and video environments include Apple Computers,
Motorola, Kodak, Nikon, Avid Technology and Disney. ATTO components
are sold throughout the United States, as well as in 35 countries
Karwan noted that Klein, who earned a bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering, has "deep loyalties to the University at
ATTO supports the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
through an internship program that allows students to work at the
company. It also maintains a relationship with the Department of
Computer Science and Engineering in SEAS and the Science and
Engineering Node Services Group.
In addition, ATTO executives, including Klein, teach students
who are involved in UB's Engineering Career Institute and attend UB
job fairs in search of employees.