Outstanding Young Alumni

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. –- College of Engineering graduates William L. “Trey” Lauderdale, III, and Agapitus “Augi” Lye were recipients of the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni Awards on Saturday at Emerson Alumni Hall.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award, established by UF’s Alumni Association, recognizes alumni ages 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.

William L. “Trey” Lauderdale III

Trey is a two time gator graduate, holding degrees in industrial and systems engineering and entrepreneurship.  Upon graduating, Trey began working at Florida Power & Light in the transmissions and distribution business unit, where he led a team to create a new statistical method for tracking power outages and their correlation with weather patterns in the state of Florida.  In 2007, Trey joined Emergin as the areas sales manager of the Florida territory, making an immediate impact and being promoted within six months to regional sales manager of the Southeast. Trey was one of the top business development employees at Emergin and was the top revenue producer in the first and second quarter of 2008. Trey left Emergin in August of 2008 to form Voalté, a smartphone communication company dedicated to streamlining communication between doctors and nurses to more effectively serve patients in hospital settings. Currently, Voalte employees over 60 employees in the state of Florida and has deployed 1,000 iPhones to top medical institutions such as Massachusetts General, Cedars-Sinai, and Texas Children’s Hospital. They recently closed a $6 million strategic investment and plan on doubling in size in 2013.

Agapitus “Augi” Lye

A graduate of the University of Florida with dual degrees in computer engineering and electrical engineering, Augi has founded numerous startups with over $20 million in angel and venture capital funding.

 His research in acoustical physics and vision processing was the foundation for ToneRite, Accelerond and Trendy Entertainment. As the CEO of Trendy Entertainment, Augi oversaw the creation of Dungeon Defenders, which climbed to the top ten sales charts for PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Xbox XBLA, and Playstation PSN.

Augi is an active investor and philanthropist in the Gainesville community, with over $1 million invested in both private  and non-profit organizations including HackerSpace, HackerHouse, Startup Hour and The Gator Incubator.