Commencement 2011 Celebrated by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering honored the graduating class of 2011 as they celebrated the graduation of doctoral students on June 4, and recognized master's and bachelor's degree students at Commencement on June 10.

The Samueli School honored graduates prior to Commencement with a display of senior design project posters, an address by Interim Dean Dimitri Papamoschou, Ph.D., an “Order of the Engineer” ceremony and cake for graduates and family on the Engineering Gateway Plaza.

Posters and projects from each of the Samueli School’s five departments were on display showing the hard work of graduating seniors. Interim Dean Papamoschou spoke to the gathering of graduates and their families commending them and lauding the future of the School.

The “Order of the Engineer” ceremony was hosted by 2011-12 Engineering Student Council (ESC) President Sean Burke. Burke was joined by Mayur Patel, a 2005 graduate of the Samueli School and an engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation; Biomedical Engineering Chair Abraham P. Lee, Ph.D.; and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Chair Michael M. Green Ph.D., who each spoke about the Order and its history.

The “Order of the Engineer” is an association for graduate and professional engineers in the United States that emphasizes pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. The graduates took an oath to abide by a code of ethics called “The Obligation of an Engineer” and were then given a stainless steel ring to be worn on the little finger of their working hand so that it will drag across any surface on which they write, providing a constant reminder of the engineer's oath.

Commencement itself took place at the Bren Events Center with the Samueli School graduates joined by graduates from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. The ceremony featured graduating student speaker Thang Chung, an electrical engineering major, and featured speaker Emeritus Professor Lawrence A. Rowe, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley and the President of FX Palo Alto Laboratory.