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Lucent Technologies Chief Scientist Arun N. Netravali Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree

Potsdam, N.Y. — Lucent Technologies Chief Scientist Arun N. Netravali, a pioneer in the field of digital technology, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 111th Commencement on Sunday, May 9.

The degree was awarded "for his imaginative and inventive impact in advancing digital technology and his role in the transformation of television from analog to digital, which kept Bell Laboratories in the forefront of communications technology while broadly benefiting global society."

Addressing the graduates, Netravli said, in part, "This is a tremendous honor for me because in honoring me you honor my profession. You honor hundreds of professionals around the world who work in digital television or a similar profession. And you also honor my colleagues at Bell labs who created the world's best telecommunications infrastructure. I am grateful to all of them. I am also grateful to this country because dreams really can come true here. Three decades ago I came to this country as a naïve young man with only $7 in my pocket. But I was rich in dreams. I figured one day I might make a difference in the world of science and technology."

Arun Netravali was president of Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs from 1999-2001, and was responsible for the research and development effort across the telecommunications company. He previously held a variety of management positions at AT&T and with Lucent covering Research and Development (R&D) in computing and telecommunications. During his tenure as the president of Bell Labs, R&D productivity improved by 40 percent, the patent rate climbed to four per day, IP-revenue went up significantly, 15 ventures were launched with Bell Labs technology, and numerous leading-edge products were introduced in wireless, optical and data communications at record speeds.

Netravali is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the New Jersey's Inventors Hall of Fame, and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He has received numerous awards for technical achievements, including the Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1991); an Emmy for the HDTV Grand Alliance (1994); the Padma Bushan Award from the President of India, which is the nation's third-highest civilian honor.

In 2001, he received the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 350 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit

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