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       Former NASA administrator gives College of Engineering’s commencement address
More than 1,400 students received their baccalaureate degrees at the College of Engineering’s spring commencement exercises on May 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
This year’s commencement address, titled “Humanity’s Journey of Discovery,” was given by Charles F. Bolden Jr., former NASA administrator and current president and chief executive officer of The Bolden Consulting Group LLC.
Bolden received his bachelor’s degree in electrical science from the United States Naval Academy and his master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Bolden to be the 12th National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator, a position Bolden held until 2017.
Bolden had a distinguished 34-year military career, which also included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980 and becoming an astronaut in 1981, he traveled into orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, logging more than 680 hours in space.
He piloted Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986 and Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990—the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. He also served as mission commander on Space Shuttle Atlantis in 1992 and Space Shuttle Discovery in 1994. Bolden was chief of the Safety and Mission Assurance Office at the Johnson Space Center in the wake of 1986’s Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Bolden’s military and NASA decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, three NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and four NASA Space Flight Medals. He received the Rotary National Space Trophy in 2014 and holds honorary doctoral degrees from numerous institutions of higher education. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006 and the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2016.
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 Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence program wins national award
The Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) recognized Penn State’s Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX) program with the WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award. The national award was presented at the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD)
Conference in Arlington, Virginia, in April.
“The EMIX initiative is designed to prepare women and underrepresented engineering and computer science interns for a seamless transition to the engineering workplace,” said Cheryl Knobloch, the director of the Women in Engineering Program in the Penn State College of Engineering. Knobloch directs the EMIX initiative, as well. “The overarching goal is to strategically elevate opportunities for industry partners to recruit, retain, and advance diverse technical talent.”
In its 13th year, EMIX has engaged more than 250 participants, all of whom have graduated and many of whom ultimately begin their engineering and computer science careers with the company where they interned. EMIX participants have interned in 10 different states with 15 different corporate partners.
  Photo credit: Charles F. Bolden Jr.

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