Ohio University names Dr. Jennie S. Hwang commencement speaker
May 4, 2007
By Tom Bosco
If you enjoy the convenience of talking on your cell phone or appreciate fast Internet access, you can thank Dr. Jennie S. Hwang personally at Ohio University's undergraduate commencement exercises on June 9. The university announced Friday it has selected Dr. Hwang, the president of the H-Technologies Group and a pioneer for women in science and business, to give the commencement addresses to some 4,500 graduates.
Dr. Hwang has been a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, adviser, author and speaker over the past 30 years, having held senior managerial positions with Martin Marietta Corp. (now Lockheed Martin), SCM Corp. and Sherwin Williams Co., and co-founded several businesses. A pioneer in the field of surface mount technology, she helped create technologies related to cell phones, computers and the environment. She holds several patents and has authored more than 300 publications.
Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Hwang has served on the boards of publicly-traded and private companies, was the only woman from Ohio elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was named one of Industry Week's R & D Stars to Watch.
Dr. Hwang earned master's degrees from Columbia University and Kent State University. In 1976, she became the first woman to earn a doctorate in materials science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Graduates of Ohio University's colleges of Business, Communication, Fine Arts and Engineering and Technology as well as University College and regional campuses will participate in the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony on June 9. The 2 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Services as well as Honors Tutorial College.