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05-12-2002

Rose-hulman Institute Of Technology President Samuel F. Hulbert Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Samuel F. Hulbert received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 109th Commencement in Potsdam, N.Y., on Sunday, May 12.hulbert1

The degree was awarded "for his groundbreaking humanitarian achievements in biomedical engineering and ceramic science, and for his distinguished career and visionary leadership in higher education."

In addressing the graduates Hulbert said, in part, "I believe the more you put into every one of your relationships, the more you'll get out of it. I believe the more you put into your career, the more you'll be rewarded. I believe the more you put into your community, the more you'll get out of it.

Since becoming the eleventh president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1976, Samuel Hulbert has led Rose-Hulman through a period of unprecedented growth and quality improvement resulting in the college earning a national reputation.

Hulbert is a "hands-on" leader who values daily contact with the entire Rose-Hulman community. A typical day on campus will see him having breakfast with students in the Hulman Union, teaching a class in biomedical engineering and meeting with faculty about ideas they have to improve education.

During his tenure at Rose-Hulman, enrollment has nearly doubled, more than $90 million in new facilities have been completed or are under construction, and the academic program has developed into a national model for undergraduate engineering, mathematics and science education. Hulbert has created a sense of community on campus that puts the needs of students as the top priority.

Hulbert is not only well known for his leadership in directing Rose-Hulman to national ranking, he is also a pioneer in the use of ceramics to create artificial knees, hips and dental prostheses. In addition to a career of accomplishment in teaching and educational administration, he has been the principal investigator on eight major research projects. He has been honored by American and European medical societies for his contributions to biomedical engineering. He has also served as the president of the American Association of Independent Technological Universities.

A native of Adams Center, N.Y., Hulbert received bachelor of science and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic science from Alfred University. He and his wife, Joy, are the parents of Greg, Samantha and Jeff. They have ten grandchildren.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent technological university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,600 undergraduates and 350 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit http://www.clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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