Busi­ness pio­neer and North­eastern alumnus Roger Marino has once again stepped for­ward to invest in his beloved alma mater by making a mul­ti­mil­lion dollar gift to sup­port the ambi­tious goals of the university’s his­toric Empower cam­paign. His pas­sion for Northeastern’s experiential-​​learning model and for its unprece­dented momentum under the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun is the driver behind Marino’s latest gift.

Pres­i­dent Aoun has taken North­eastern to new heights,” Marino said. “The university’s future looks bright.”

He cred­ited Northeastern’s co-​​op pro­gram with giving him the con­fi­dence to suc­ceed in the fast-​​paced busi­ness world. “I became very com­fort­able inter­acting with my col­leagues because I was knowl­edge­able about how I should act in a pro­fes­sional set­ting,” he said, noting his experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties with Raytheon and Syl­vania Lighting. “Co-​​op helped me under­stand the inner-​​working of dif­ferent types of cor­po­ra­tions so that they weren’t alien to me when I grad­u­ated from North­eastern.” Marino’s invest­ment will help future gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents expe­ri­ence sim­i­larly rewarding pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ences through co-​​op.

Marino grad­u­ated with a bach­elor of sci­ence in elec­trical engi­neering in 1961; received an hon­orary doc­torate in humane let­ters in 1996; and was named a life­time trustee emer­itus in 2009. His $2 mil­lion invest­ment is the latest from Marino who has been a loyal sup­porter of North­eastern for the last 20 years, giving back to the uni­ver­sity for ini­tia­tives focused on health and education.

Roger epit­o­mizes the impact North­eastern has had on many of our grad­u­ates,” said Pres­i­dent Aoun. “Just as his edu­ca­tion was trans­for­ma­tive for him, Roger’s enduring com­mit­ment to North­eastern has impacted count­less mem­bers of our community.”

His gift in the early 1990s funded the Marino Recre­ation Center, which opened in 1996 on Hunt­ington Avenue. “I was really bowled over when I saw it at night, all lit up against the Boston back­ground,” he once said of his first visit to the Marino Center. “That was just amazing.”

Marino is also a bene­factor of the Torch Scholars Pro­gram, a seven-​​year-​​old ini­tia­tive that sup­ports first-​​generation, low-​​income stu­dents who exhibit poten­tial in non­tra­di­tional ways. Based on data from the first two grad­u­ating classes, 100 per­cent of scholars are either in grad­uate school or employed in their fields.

I can’t believe how smart these kids are,” Marino said. “They’re extraordinary.”

Marino grew up in Revere, Mass., and arrived at North­eastern in the fall of 1956. His father immi­grated to America from Italy in the early 20th cen­tury and worked as a tailor at a fac­tory not far from campus.

Marino and fellow Col­lege of Engi­neering alumnus Richard Egan cofounded EMC in 1979, trans­forming the Hop­kinton, Mass.-based global data storage com­pany from a startup into a multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion with 40,000 employees.

He retired from EMC in 1992 to pursue busi­ness ven­tures related to his life­long interest in sports and enter­tain­ment. He is the exec­u­tive pro­ducer of five fea­ture films and the former prin­cipal owner of the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins of the National Hockey League.