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Qualcomm donates $1.5 million to Salk in honor of trucking pioneer

In memory of Don Schneider, former president, CEO and chairman of trucking company Schneider National, Qualcomm has made a $1.5 million gift to establish the Don Schneider Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship at the Salk Institute. The fellowship will endow a postdoctoral position in Schneider's name and enable the Institute to continue hiring the world's best scientists in perpetuity to conduct biological research that impacts humanity.

Schneider died January 13 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 76 years old.

"Don was a trendsetter in the industry, and his belief in the merits of advancing the integration of technology into transportation and logistics continues to benefit drivers, customers and fleet operators today," said Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. "Qualcomm is proud to continue Don's legacy through the donation of $1.5 million in his name to the Salk Institute."

In 1988, San Diego–based Qualcomm Incorporated launched OmniTRACS, a satellite based data communications system for the transportation industry that revolutionized how truck fleet operators tracked and monitored their vehicles in the field. Although Qualcomm was still a young company, Schneider made a bold move and became an early adopter of Qualcomm's new technology. Schneider was a visionary and his became the first trucking company to install a two-way satellite communication and tracking system in its trucks, ushering in a new era for the industry.

"I was fortunate to have met, worked with and learned from Don during the very early days of our company," said Irwin Jacobs, Salk Institute board chairman and founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm. "It is a rare privilege to have had the opportunity to know an individual who modeled kindness, intelligence, integrity, philanthropy, compassion and outstanding business leadership."

The Don Schneider Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship at the Salk Institute will support scientific research in the areas of molecular biology, genetics and neurosciences.