POTSDAM -- Clarkson University honorary degree candidates Avery Bang and Steven Chu will speak on campus this Friday, May 9.
Bridges to Prosperity CEO Avery Bang will speak at 1 p.m. in the Clarkson Student Center Forum while Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will speak at 2 p.m.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
At the 1 p.m. event, "Building Bridges: Purposeful Passion," Associate Professor of History Laura Ettinger will conduct a conversation with Avery Bang about Bang's childhood and education, how she became involved in Bridges to Prosperity, her duties as CEO, her passions, her work in developing countries around the world, and the future of Bridges to Prosperity.
At the 2 p.m. event, Steven Chu will speak about "The Energy/Climate Challenge & Solutions."
Bang says she believes that every person has a right to safe access -- and she has developed an innovative approach to act on that belief. Since joining Bridges to Prosperity as a volunteer in 2006, Bang has established a scalable model to ensure safe year-round access to schools, markets and health clinics through pedestrian bridge building and training in rural developing communities.
Chu is currently a professor of physics and molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University. He is the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of Energy, serving more than five years under President Barack Obama. His initiatives while in office included: the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, the Energy Innovation Hubs, and the Clean Energy Ministerial meetings. During his tenure, the deployment of renewable energy in the U.S. doubled.
Both Bang and Chu will be awarded honorary degrees at Clarkson's commencement on Saturday.