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2010 OECE recipient Dr. Wayne C. Westerman

Dr. Wayne Carl Westerman is a software engineer who serves as a multi-touch architect at Apple Inc.


Westerman graduated in 1991 as the valecdictorian of Belton High School in Belton, Missouri.[1] He received his B.S. in electrical engineering with highest distinction from Purdue University in 1994. Westerman received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1999, where he also became a postdoctoral fellow in 2003.[2]



The Struggle of Building the Original iPhone - The Untold Story

In June 1999, Westerman co-founded FingerWorks with his academic advisor John G. Elias and became the VP of software engineering to develop multi-touch technology.[2] Westerman's interest in the development of touch gestures was inspired by his experience as pianist while suffering tendonitis.[3]

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In February 2005, FingerWorks was acquired by Apple, where Westerman became a distinguished engineer.[2] FingerWorks' technology and patents were incorporated into the iPhone to make its multi-touch features possible.[4][5]


  1. Belton High School Hall of Fame, Belton High School. Accessed 2021-12-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wayne Westerman, LinkedIn. Accessed 2021-12-12.
  3. Piano inspired the iPhone? by Jeff Richardson, iPhone J.D. 2009-02-19.
  4. iPhone Birthed From Purchase of Touch Pioneers FingerWorks?, Wired. 2007-01-22.
  5. Some iPhone touchscreen roots 'splained by FingerWorks inventors by Paul Miller, Wired. 2007-01-22.

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