Four innovative leaders from the worlds of music, advanced global manufacturing, international security, and genomic science will take part in the President’s Commencement Colloquy on Friday, May 18, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. The four leaders also will address graduates and receive honorary degrees at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer on May 19.
Herbie Hancock, the legendary jazz pianist and composer, has brought forth innovations in jazz and combined a passion for engineering and science with music. Rensselaer alumna Alicia Boler Davis ’98, executive vice president of General Motors Global Manufacturing, is one of the most powerful women in global advanced manufacturing. The Honorable Mary Jo White, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and, currently, senior chair at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, oversaw major prosecutions of international terrorists and white-collar crime. Dr. Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is a leading authority on genomic science, which has opened the door for groundbreaking innovations in disease diagnosis and treatment. He was a principal leader of the Human Genome Project.
The President’s Commencement Colloquy, titled “Breaking Paradigms and Transcending Borders: Transformative Leadership in the 21st Century,” will be moderated by Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.