Wirt was first named an Intel Fellow in 1990 and promoted to an Intel Senior Fellow in 2002, the highest rank for technologists in Intel, for his significant contributions in operating systems and compilers and more recently in getting this support across the Intel processors spanning communications and computing. He joined Intel in 1981 as part of the Intel team that worked with IBM on software for the first IBM PC platform.
Wirt also serves on the Open Source Development Lab board that helps set the Linux roadmap for the industry. He serves on the Board of Advisors in Computer Science and Engineering for both John Hopkins University and University of Illinois, and served as the Intel representative on the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Grid Alliance.
Wirt is a frequent speaker in professional society forums such as Linux World, Oracle OpenWorld, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Mesa Workshop, and the Intel Developer Forum. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics