10 prominent public and private industry leaders to be honored during gala
LOS ANGELES July 19, 2011 Arne Duncan "President’s Award" California State University, Los Angeles Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Duncan will be recognized for his commitment to inspiring students studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and for helping ensure the U.S. remains a global competitor in related industries.
The gala is hosted by the Friends of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (Friends of ECST) at CSULA.
The Friends of ECST’s mission is to support the educational programs of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at CSULA. The group also strives to inspire students to pursue careers in these fields through higher education, and works alongside the college to help it supply the workforce with educated, well-rounded professionals.
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In his confirmation hearings, Duncan called education "the most pressing issue facing America," adding that "preparing young people for success in life is not just a moral obligation of society, but also an economic imperative." He continued, "Education is also the civil rights issue of our generation. It’s the only sure path out of poverty and the only way to achieve a more equal and just society."
Other honorees during the gala include:
- James Bell
- Kevin McCoy
- Wanda Austin
- John Mastrototaro
- Noel L. Massie
- Diego Cadena A. Public Servant
- Isaac Larian
- Gregory Blasic Michael J. Doucette
"All the honorees deserve to be recognized for their work in generating the sparks that become the ideas and sustenance to the innovative process," said Keith Moo-Young, dean of CSULA’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. "Their body of work and lifetime of commitment to their respective fields makes them outstanding role models for our students."
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