Dr. Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 in the Forest Meadows Amphitheater.
The Honorable Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz, minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, will deliver the graduate commencement address at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in Angelico Hall.
Dr. Elachi has overseen a number of successful missions, including several Mars orbiters and the twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity; the Shuttle Imaging Radar series; the Magellan imaging radar at Venus; and the Cassini Titan radar. He is author of more than 230 publications in the fields of active microwave remote sensing and electromagnetic theory, and holds several patents in these fields.
In 2006, Dr. Elachi was honored as one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The Honorable Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz is the minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, a post she has held since 1987. Previously, she served for seven years as Public Enterprises Minister and as a member of Parliament. She was only 31 years old when she was appointed senator and two years later was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Public Enterprises Minister. Ms. Aziz began her career as an economics lecturer in the 1970s.