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Head of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Receives Honorary Clarkson University Degree

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Clarkson University Trustees conferred an honorary doctor of science degree on John Brooks Slaughter, president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. (NACME) at their meeting in New York City on February 9. Slaughter was honored for his career-long efforts to increase the ranks of minorities and women into engineering and technology fields. slaughter

The Clarkson Board of Trustees also voted on the granting of 129 bachelor of science degrees, 53 master's degrees and 13 Ph.D. degrees to students who completed their course requirements in December 2005.

Dr. Slaughter joined the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory in San Diego in 1960. In 1975, he became director of the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington. In 1977, he was appointed assistant director for Astronomics, Atmospherics, Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation. From 1979 to 1980 he was provost and academic vice president at Washington State University. At the request of President Jimmy Carter, Slaughter served as assistant director and subsequently as director of the National Science Foundation (1980 - 1982). He served as chancellor of the University of Maryland from 1982 to 1988. In 1988, Slaughter became president of Occidental College in Los Angeles and in July 1999 was named President Emeritus. In August 1999, he became the Melbo Professor of Leadership in Education at the University of Southern California. Slaughter assumed his current post at NACME in June 2000.

NACME was founded in 1974 to provide leadership and support for the national effort to increase diversity in engineering and technology, math and science-based careers. NACME works closely with industry and many other organizations to achieve their aim.

Slaughter received a B.S. in electrical engineering at Kansas State University in 1956, an M.S. in engineering from UCLA in 1961 and a Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of California at San Diego in 1971. He has received honorary degrees from 22 institutions.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: John Brooks Slaughter received an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson University at the University's Board of Trustees Meeting in New York City February 9. Slaughter is president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. The Trustees also granted undergraduate, master�s and Ph.D. degrees to 195 students who completed their course requirements in December.

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