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Bang & Chu to Receive Clarkson University Honorary Degrees May 10

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Bridges to Prosperity CEO Avery Bang will be awarded honorary degrees at Clarkson University's 121st commencement on May 10.

Bridges to Prosperity CEO Avery Bang and Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven ChuSteven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. From January 2009 until April 2013, Chu served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama. As the longest serving energy secretary, he began several initiatives, including ARPA-E (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.

Avery Bang believes that every person has a right to safe access -- and she has built an innovative, scalable approach to act on that belief. Since joining Bridges to Prosperity as a volunteer in 2006, Bang has developed 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. Bang also teaches cable supported pedestrian bridge design at the University of Colorado in the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities.

Each honorary degree recipient will briefly address the students, their families and guests about a topic central to their success in life.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Bridges to Prosperity CEO Avery Bang and Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

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