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2009 Honors Convocation


The Rensselaer community gathered to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of faculty and students at the 2009 Honors Convocation on Saturday, Oct. 24.

“To be counted among the best at Rensselaer requires talent, commitment to excellence, imagination, daring, perseverance, and countless hours of hard work,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “The scholars whom we applaud today — more than 350 outstanding men and women — have brought honor and distinction to themselves, and to Rensselaer. In so doing, they have raised the bar for all of us, set new examples to emulate, and elevated our aspirations for the future.

Parents, family, and friends on campus for Family Weekend looked on as Rensselaer Medalists, students with a 4.0 GPA, graduate fellowship awardees, and faculty members were honored during the ceremony held in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Faculty members who have received endowed chairs were recognized. They are: Frank Spear, professor and head of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, who has been named the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Science Education; Tarek Abdoun ’97, acting head and professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate director of the NEES-NSF Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center, who has been named the Judith and Thomas Iovino ’73 Career Development Professor in Civil Engineering; Jonathan Story, emeritus professor of international political economy at INSEAD, who has been named the Ruth and Augustine Marusi ’36 Professor in Global Business Management; Peter Fox, professor of earth and environmental sciences, who has been named Tetherless World Research Constellation Professor; Gwo Ching Wang, professor and head of the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, who has been named Travelstead Institute Chair; and William Wallace ’65,  a professor in the departments of decision sciences and engineering systems, civil and environmental engineering, and cognitive science, who has been named Yamada Corporation Professor.

President Jackson also was recognized, for being named as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The 2009 Founders Award, the ceremony’s highest honor, was given to 51 students who were chosen for “creativity, leadership, discovery, and the values of pride and responsibility.” In addition, 229 members of the Class of 2013 who are Rensselaer Medalists also were honored. The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to the top math and science juniors at nearly 4,000 high schools around the world.

Photo Credit: Rensselaer/Kris Qua

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 12, November 6, 2009
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