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Greg Gianforte and Jeong Kim Announced as Stevens Institute of Technology’s 2012 Commencement Speakers

Hoboken, N.J. – On May 24, 2012, two renowned and accomplished technology innovators, entrepreneurs and executives will address graduating students at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 140th Commencement ceremonies.

At the 10:30 a.m. undergraduate ceremony, the speaker is Greg Gianforte, a Class of 1983 Stevens alumnus (B.E. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Computer Science).

Gianforte is a serial entrepreneur and innovator in the computer networking and software industries and customer experience market. He founded and served as chairman and CEO of RightNow Technologies, a cloud-based customer service and support solutions company. Before he took RightNow public in 2004 with one of that year’s most successful initial public offerings, nearly 2,000 consumer-focused companies around the world used its products, the company employed more than 1,100 employees worldwide, and it generated more than $225 million in annual revenue. In 2011, Gianforte sold RightNow to Oracle for $1.5 billion.

Gianforte will accept an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens preceding his speech. The undergraduate degree conferment procession will follow it.

At the graduate ceremony, which begins at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Jeong Kim will serve as speaker. Dr. Kim, who will also accept an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens, is president of Bell Labs and chief strategy officer for Alcatel Lucent.  

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Kim created Yurie Systems, the #1 Hot Growth Company” among all U.S. public companies (Businessweek, May 1997), and then sold it to Lucent Technologies for $1.1 billion. As president of the Optical Networking Group at Lucent, a Fortune 50 company at the time, he orchestrated a multi-billion dollar business turnaround that propelled its worldwide market share to the top position.

Dr. Kim is also strong advocate for a cross-disciplined approach to an engineering education – a concept endorsed by the academic leadership of the University of Maryland, where Dr. Kim served as a professor. The Engineering building there bears Dr. Kim’s name.

Following Dr. Kim’s address, master’s and Ph.D. students will break-out by individual school, with the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, the School of Systems and Enterprises and the Howe School of Technology Management each hosting its own ceremony for degree conferment.

For more information on Stevens’ 140th Commencement, click here.  

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Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,400 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with more than 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and