Posted December 12, 2007 Atlanta
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Nobel Prize winner Robert Grubbs to address Ph.D. and Master's Ceremony
Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle will deliver the address to the undergraduates at the Georgia Institute of Technology's 229th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 15 at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Three ceremonies will feature approximately 1,600 graduates. More than 850 bachelor's degrees, approximately 580 master's degrees and more than 150 Ph.D.s degrees will be awarded.
Cagle was first elected to the state Senate in 1994, where he served 12 years representing the 49th District. On November 7, 2006, Cagle made history by becoming the first Republican ever elected to the state's second highest office.
During his time in the Senate, Cagle served as chairman of the Finance Committee and on several other key committees, including the influential Appropriations, Banking and Financial Institutions, Higher Education and Natural Resources Committees. He has been a staunch supporter of lowering taxes and protecting private property rights, as well as a passionate advocate for protecting Georgia's families. In 1999, Senator Cagle was instrumental in the passage of 'Heidi's Law,' which toughened penalties for repeat drunk drivers.
The 2005 Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Robert H. Grubbs, will address the Ph.D. and master's ceremony during a 7 p.m. ceremony on Friday December 14. Grubbs won the Nobel Prize for his work in chemistry and is currently the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, where he has been a faculty member since 1978. Before moving to Caltech, he was at Michigan State University from 1969 to 1978. Grubbs will also be receiving an honorary degree from Georgia Tech during the ceremony.
Former Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Norman Augustine will address the afternoon undergraduate engineering degree ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday December 15. After retiring from Lockheed Martin in 1997, Augustine became a lecturer with the rank of professor on the faculty of Princeton University, where he served until 1999.
Augustine was chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, president and chairman of the Association of the United States Army, chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and chairman of the Defense Science Board. He is a former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America.
He is a current or former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble (of which he is presiding director) and Lockheed Martin and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg. He is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Department of Homeland Security, was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, and has served for 16 years on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Affairs, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.