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Carnegie Mellon welcomes speaker

Carnegie Mellon’s commencement speaker this year will be Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Google, Inc.

This year’s commencement ceremony is Sunday, May 17, at 11 a.m. in Gesling Stadium.

Approximately 3400 undergraduate and graduate students will be present.

Schmidt has served as a member of Carnegie Mellon’s Board of Trustees and is on its School of Computer Science’s Dean’s Advisory Board.

He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in science and technology, and will share the commencement platform with four other recipients.

Thomas Detre, the emeritus distinguished senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and emeritus distinguished service professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Both Keith Lockhart (MFA’83), conductor of the Boston Pops, and actor Phylicia Rashad, best known for her television roles as Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show and as Ruth Lucas on Cosby, will receive honorary doctorates of fine arts.

Harold Shapiro, former president of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, and currently a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, will also receive an honorary doctorate of public policy.

Doha campus hosts conference

The third International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD2009) was held at Carnegie Mellon’s Doha campus in Qatar in Education City April 17 through 19. William H. Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered a keynote address on April 18.

Carlos A. Primo Braga, director of economic policy and debt in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network at the World Bank, delivered a keynote presentation on April 19.

This was the first time the conference was held in the Middle East. The three-day conference attracted more than 350 scholars and practitioners from around the world. The selected participants presented original and unpublished works on new design, new technology, project assessment, policy, impact, content, and social issues around ICT for development.
ICT comprises computing devices, technologies for voice and data connectivity, the Internet, and related technologies for domains including healthcare, education, agriculture, poverty alleviation, enterprise, general communication, and governance.