There were a lot of stepping stones on Apple's road to the iPhone. One of the most well-known of these products, the Newton Personal Digital Assistant , owes its development to Donna Auguste, a former senior engineering manager at Apple.
Auguste holds various patents related to her work on the Newton. Prior to her tenure at Apple, she conducted research into artificial intelligence at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a master's degree in computer science. In 1996, she founded Freshwater Software, a company that provided software solutions for monitoring web-based applications.
Auguste retired in 2001 after selling Freshwater Software for $107 million and went on to found the Leave a Little Room Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps provide housing, electricity, and vaccinations to poor and underprivileged communities around the world.
She is currently a PhD candidate in the ATLAS Institute at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado, where she is working on a project called DataTip, an interdisciplinary science learning environment.
[image source: Donna Auguste / LinkedIN]