Honorary degrees, one University Medal to be presented
May 3, 2011Tweet
Three honorary degrees will be conferred and one University Medal given during Commencement ceremonies, Saturday May 21, and Sunday, May 22, in the Events Center.
Honorary doctorates will be awarded to alumnus Terence M. Keane ’76, PhD ’79; alumnus Owen C. Pell ’80; and David W. Orr. A University Medal will be awarded to William Chen.
Keane, who will receive the honorary Doctor of Science, will speak at the Graduate School ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Pell will receive the honorary Doctor of Laws and speak at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences morning ceremony; Orr will receive the honorary Doctor of Science and speak at the Harpur College afternoon ceremony. Chen will speak at the professional schools ceremony.
Keane, a preeminent researcher, scholar and clinician, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and his master’s in psychology and his PhD in clinical psychology from Binghamton University. Currently co-founder, board member and director of research for the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights and associate chief of staff for Research at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Keane is also director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, assistant dean for research at the Boston University School of Medicine, professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry at the BUSM, and professor of psychology on the Charles River Campus.
He has taught at several universities, is principal investigator on grants totaling more than $30 million, and has authored nearly 230 articles and book chapters, five treatment manuals and 11 edited books.
Keane helped establish national standards for the diagnosis and assessment of PSTD, consulted with the New York City Fire Department after 9/11, and consulted with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the mental health crises of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Called an extraordinary person who has shaped an entire field of psychological inquiry, Keane has received Binghamton University’s Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus Award for Public Service or Contributions to Public Affairs.
Pell earned his bachelor of arts in political science summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University, and his juris doctorate at the University of Virginia. A senior partner at White & Case LLP in New York City, he has represented banks in actions relating to the collapse of Enron, the Holocaust, the South African apartheid system, post-World War II land seizures in Poland and African slavery in the United States.
Appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the U.S. delegation to the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague in 2009, he is a member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors, chair of the Major Gifts Outreach Committee for the current Binghamton University Bold. Brilliant. Binghamton. Campaign, a Friend of Harpur College, a Campaign Feasibility Study participant, a Believe Campaign key consultant and a member of the Binghamton University Law School Initiative Committee. He received the Binghamton University Alumni Award and the Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumni Award.
Pell has established the Philosophy, Politics and Law Honors Thesis Fund and the Philosophy, Politics and Law Program Fund, and has contributed to the Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund. Also a member of the Harpur College Law Council, he has lectured on campus and hosted a seminar for Binghamton graduates attending law school.
Chen received his bachelor’s degree from the University of London, his master’s degree from Brown University and his PhD from Cornell University. A landmark researcher in the field of stress analysis applied to miniature electromechanical components, as well as in advanced packaging technology, Chen was instrumental in establishing a research relationship between Binghamton University and IBM in Endicott during his 33 years with IBM. He has been a champion of funding research and of hiring Binghamton graduates.
After retiring from IBM, where he was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology, Chen became director and principal research fellow at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore. In 2001, he moved to his current position as senior technical advisor at ASE Group, the world’s largest provider of independent semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly and testing. He played a key role in ASE becoming a full member company for the University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center.
He has taught at Cornell University, Hong Kong University of Science of Technology and Binghamton University and presented on packaging innovations at the 2010 Electronics Packaging Symposium at Binghamton. Co-chair of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) Assembly and Packaging International Technical Working Group, he is past president of the IEEE Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) and an elected Fellow of IEEE and of ASME.
At the forefront of the green campus concept, educator and writer Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College, and a James Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, his master’s degree from Michigan State University and his doctorate in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for responsible management of the environment, Orr has created a model that he hopes institutions of higher education will follow.
Called the intellectual father of the green building movement, in 2000, Orr proposed the goal of carbon neutrality in an article titled “Saving Future Generations From Global Warming.” In it, he proposed that every school, college and university stand up and be counted on the issue of climatic change, by developing plans to reduce, eliminate or find ways to offset the emission of heat-trapping gases by 2020.
Most recently tapped to work on a $2.2 million collaborative project to define a climate action plan for the Obama administration, Orr has published more than 150 articles in scholarly and popular periodicals and is the author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (2009) and six other books.