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May 10: Media Advisory: Ian Rawson, Managing Director of Haiti's Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, To Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 16


Teresa Thomas          

Media Advisory:
Ian Rawson, Managing Director of Haiti's Hôpital Albert Schweitzer,
To Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 16

Honorary Degree Recipients Include Bell, Dennard, Luderowski and Simons

Event: Ian G. Rawson, managing director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, will be the keynote speaker for Carnegie Mellon University's 113th commencement ceremony in Gesling Stadium on the university's Pittsburgh campus. Rawson will share the commencement platform with four honorary degree recipients. They are:

  • Gordon Bell, Doctor of Science and Technology. The father of the minicomputer and a world-renowned pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing, Bell is a principal researcher at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Laboratory, and for the last decade has been researching digitally storing a person's life. He is revered as part of the startup faculty of Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department, where he was a professor of computer science and engineering from 1966 to 1972, and co-authored with Allen Newell the classic book "Computer Structures."
  • Robert H. Dennard, Doctor of Science and Technology. Dennard, who earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1958, is renowned as the inventor in 1967 of the one-transistor dynamic random access memory (DRAM) cell for IBM - the global standard for low-cost digital memory used universally in computers and other data processing and communication systems today. Dennard also is a pioneer in scaling principles of microelectronics, which provide rules for making circuits smaller in every dimension.
  • Barbara Luderowski, Doctor of Fine Arts. Luderowski has been an important force in the transformation of post-industrial Pittsburgh by making immense contributions to the arts community in the region as well as to the redevelopment of the city's North Side neighborhood. Beginning with her purchase of a vacant mattress warehouse in the Mexican War Streets area in 1975, Luderowski has created today's multi-building Mattress Factory, a highly regarded museum of contemporary installation art with a world-renowned artists residency program.
  • James H. Simons, Doctor of Business Practice. Most of Simons' professional accomplishments and many of his philanthropic initiatives revolve around mathematics. He is chairman of the board of Renaissance Technologies, the exclusively quantitative, highly successful investment firm he founded in 1982, and served as CEO until 2009. He is also chairman and founder of the nonprofit Math for America, which he, together with a group of others in the financial industry, established in 2004 to improve math education in the nation's public high schools.

More than 3,700 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred at this year's commencement. The ceremony will be broadcast live at

When: 11 a.m., Sunday, May 16 (rain or shine)

Where: Gesling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus

Note to reporters: Media planning to attend Sunday's ceremony should contact Teresa Thomas at 412-260-0516 or Ken Walters at 412-480-4396 for instructions on seating or photography.