Former Vice President, Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore To Give
Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 18
PITTSBURGH—Former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will speak at Carnegie Mellon University's 111th commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 18 in Gesling Stadium on the university campus.
"We are pleased that Al Gore, the nation's leading advocate for the environment, will speak to our graduates at commencement," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "He is an inspiring and committed leader, whose beliefs fit well with our university, an institution committed to sustainable, green practices. His impassioned campaigns have led him to some of the world's greatest honors. We are greatly honored to have him at Carnegie Mellon."
Gore is the author of the bestsellers "Earth in the Balance" and "An Inconvenient Truth," which was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary that detailed the devastating effects of global warming. Another book, "The Assault on Reason," will be issued in paperback this month. He is the co-winner, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change." Carnegie Mellon Engineering and Public Policy Professor Ed Rubin was a member of that panel.
"Carnegie Mellon graduates are equipped with strong, interdisciplinary problem solving skills that will allow them to be the entrepreneurs and innovators who, with hard work and creativity, meet the serious needs facing our world. I'm pleased to accept an honorary degree from such a prestigious and 'green' university along with so many leaders from diverse fields," said Gore, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from Carnegie Mellon.
Some 2,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred during this year's commencement.
Gore will share the commencement platform with five other honorary degree recipients. They are:
Norman R. Augustine, Doctor of Public Policy
Now retired, Augustine was president and CEO of Martin-Marietta and Lockheed Martin. He was the chair of the National Academies Committee that produced the influential report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," which spoke about ensuring American competitiveness through science, engineering and education. Augustine is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of Defense's Distinguished Service Medal. Among his many professional positions, Augustine was chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years and chairman of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Jeff Bezos, Doctor of Science and Technology
In 1994, Bezos created a business model that leveraged the Internet's unique ability to deliver huge amounts of information rapidly and efficiently, and founded Amazon.com Inc. Today, it is the leading online retailer. Before heading west to start Amazon.com, Bezos worked at the intersection of computer science and finance, helping to build one of the most technically sophisticated quantitative hedge funds on Wall Street for D.E. Shaw & Co. He also led the development of computer systems that helped manage more than $250 billion in assets for Bankers Trust Company. In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Bezos will be the speaker for diploma ceremonies at the Tepper School of Business on Saturday and the School of Computer Science on Sunday.
Elizabeth Catlett, Doctor of Fine Arts
A famed artist and sculptor, Catlett's distinguished career in art and academia spans seven decades. Her body of work expresses her dedication to social justice, especially the rights of minorities and women. Catlett earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her master's from the University of Iowa, where she studied with the iconic American artist Grant Wood, who encouraged her interest in the medium of sculpture. Known for her abstract sculpture in bronze and marble as well as prints and paintings, Catlett is unique for distilling African American, Native American and Mexican art in her work. Her works have been exhibited around the world and are found in the most distinguished art museums in the nation.
Suh Nam Pyo, Doctor of Science and Technology
Since becoming president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2006, Suh has continued the transformation of KAIST into a world-class institution. His distinguished academic career has included posts at the University of South Carolina and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an assistant directorship for the National Science Foundation. Suh earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon in 1964, during which time he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Beyond his academic leadership, Suh invented an industrial process for production of plastic parts that is used in factories worldwide. He holds more than 50 patents and helped start several companies.
Patrick Colonel Suppes, Doctor of Science and Technology
Suppes is the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Stanford University, where he was director of the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences. He has made significant contributions to many fields of science, and has explored such diverse areas as the foundations of physics, the theories of measurement, decision theory, the foundations of probability and causality, the foundations of psychology, the philosophy of language, education and computers, and philosophy and science. He was president of the National Academy of Education and he is a member of a number of international and national professional societies. Suppes is a recipient of numerous awards for his contributions in education and science.