WAR DAMN APPLE!!!

Apple’s Tim Cook, Steve Jobs’ fill-in, an Auburn grad 

Certainly, Jobs thinks so. The company’s high profile co-founder left Cook in charge when cancer surgery forced Jobs to step aside for two months in 2004. With Jobs’ health again an issue, he’s leaving Apple until June. And the 48-year-old Cook, chief operating officer since 2005, was left running the maker of Macintosh computers, iPods and iPhones.

He graduated from Auburn in 1982 with an industrial engineering degree, later earning a master’s in business administration from Duke University in North Carolina. Cook worked for IBM for 12 years in that state, moving on to computer reseller Intelligent Electronics and manufacturer Compaq before joining Apple.

Cook remains a big Auburn football fan, and has been an active supporter of the school, said Alice Smith, chair of what’s now the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department there. Cook helped found a departmental advisory committee of industry leaders, gave money for a scholarship fund named for him, and also contributed to a fund that helps the department buy new equipment and technology.

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