PSS: brace yourselves, honorands are coming

ON FRIDAY, RPI ANNOUNCED that the U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will be yet another Commencement honorand for 2012. Chu’s work earned him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997. Since 2009, Chu has led many initiatives and programs involved with President Barack Obama’s energy plans. RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson expressed her pleasure regarding the addition to the list of this year’s honorands, stating that the Institute is “privileged to have each branch of the U.S. government—the Supreme Court, the Administration, and the Congress—as well as the academic and the technology business sectors represented at Rensselaer’s 206th Commencement.” Chu will join Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, former Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology Bart Gordon, computer scientist Edward Feigenbaum, and inventor of the digital camera Stephen Sasson ’72 for the 2012 Commencement.