Investiture: Class of 2006
Thayer School’s Investiture, held June 10, 2006 at the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium, welcomed 114 B.E. and advanced degree recipients into the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. With Dean Joseph Helble presiding, B.E. and M.S. graduates received their academic hoods and Ph.D. graduates their well-earned caps.
Nicholas Donofrio, Executive Vice President for Innovation and Technology at IBM, received the Robert Fletcher Award for service exemplifying the highest ideals of Thayer School. In his Investiture speech, Donofrio told graduates, “The innovation opportunities you will be faced with are far different than the ones I was faced with when I started with IBM. Back then, the necessary and sufficient condition was to be a very good engineer, a very good scientist. Back then, the necessary and sufficient condition was to invent, create and discover… Innovation in the 21st century requires people with deep insight into the issues and challenges faced by business, government, academia, for-profit and not-for-profit institutions, and for society… The most important innovations will be those that transcend any particular business or technology; they will be those that have a broad societal impact and improve the lives of real people.”
Donofrio pointed out that “innovation happens much faster today, and it diffuses more rapidly into our everyday lives; it is far more open; it spans virtually all disciplines, and it is increasingly global. Innovation rarely arises in the isolated laboratory anymore — it arises in the marketplace, the workplace, the community, the classroom. It flourishes in a collaborative environment.” And he said, “The world is ripe with opportunity for people just like you — people who have benefited from the approach of the Thayer School. People who — because of their exposure to such a unique, forward-thinking program — are almost correct by construction for what lies ahead in the 21st century. You are better equipped than most to chart the new era.”
Donofrio offered some “friendly advice”:
- “Work to make a difference.
- “Take the Hippocratic Oath every morning: ‘Do No Harm.’ If that’s all everyone did every day — just getting the base right — what a great world it would be.
- “Learn to love change. If you simply tolerate it, you will get nowhere.
- “Never let go of who you are, where you came from, what you believe in.
- “Keep your sense of balance.
- “Keep your sense of humor. It is our ultimate sanity check.”
And, challenging graduates to use all their skills to handle inevitable uncertainties, Donofrio said, “As you move deeper into the 21st century, it’s a sure bet that you will be measured less on what you know and more on how you deal with what you don’t know.”
By The Numbers
- 8 — Doctor of Philosophy
- 12 — Master of Science
- 37 — Master of Engineering Management
- 57 — Bachelor of Engineering
- 60 — A.B., Engineering Sciences
The Dartmouth Society of Engineers Prize for outstanding B.E. project: Nelson Rosa Jr. ’05
The Dean’s Service Award for outstanding service to Thayer School, Dartmouth, or the broader world: Douglas W. Van Citters ’99 Th’03, ’07
The Charles F. and Ruth D. Goodrich Prize for outstanding achievement: Richard Scott Darling Th’06
The Caroline Henderson Prize for best M.E.M. project: Steven A. Musica Th’06
The Thayer School of Engineering Corporate Collaboration Council Engineering Design Prize for best performance in ENGS 190/290: Brian Hendrickson ’06, Jonathan Bing Knight ’05 Th’06, and Eben Roy Sargent ’05 Th’06
The Thayer School of Engineering Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in B.E. course work: Yoosik Kim ’06 Th’06
The Phillip R. Jackson Engineering Sciences Prize for outstanding performance in an introductory course: (Spring 2005) Patrick Biggs ’06, Ashley Heist ’08, Benjamin Koons ’08, and Monica A. Martin de Bustamante ’08. (Fall 2005) Catherine Gaito ’07, Marc Lajoie ’08, Prabhu Perumalsamy ’08, Kimberly Rocio ’08, and Elisha Tam ’07
The Brieanna S. Weinstein Engineering Design Prize for new technologies, systems, or devices addressing physical or developmental disabilities: Meredith Ann Lunn ’06
The John C. Woodhouse Engineering Design Prize for cost-effective designs of experimental equipment: Andrew Thomas Johnston ’06
The John C. Woodhouse Environmental Engineering Prize for outstanding work in environmental study or research: Richard Lance Martin ’05 Th’06
Excellence in Teaching Award: John Collier ’72 Th’77
Outstanding Service Award for Staff: Michelle Batt ’99 Th’00 and Judy Durell
For more photos, visit our Investiture 2006 Flickr page.