Wanda Austin Receives Honorary Degree

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., (May 21, 2013) — Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, received an honorary degree from Clarkson University on Saturday, May 11 in Potsdam, N.Y.

The degree was awarded to Austin for her commitment to engineering and creating secure communications between ground stations on Earth and satellites operating in orbit, for her dedication to mathematics and the study of system dynamics yielding novel modeling tools that analyze real-world data, and for her leadership that is inspiring future generations of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

During the university’s 120th commencement ceremony, Austin accepted the honorary degree in front of the graduating class, saying she was “honored to meet the inspired, and inspiring, graduates.” Austin applauded Clarkson’s administration, faculty, and staff for their commitment to ensuring an outstanding education. She added, “Your focus on leading innovation and benefitting humanity provides the graduates with the balance of tools needed to become our future leaders.”

Clarkson University is the third smallest nationally ranked research university in the United States. The university has 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in rigorous academic programs of study. Clarkson University offers more than 50 comprehensive programs in engineering, business, science, health sciences and environmental studies.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation, which operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 4,000 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.


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—Corporate Staff