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Famed Physicist Celebrates Innovation with Rose-Hulman

September 19, 2011

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Dr. Michio Kaku looks to the stars  

Dr. Michio Kaku, the world's foremost authority on the future of the future, will receive the Excellence in Innovation Award from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology while presenting the Oscar C. Schmidt Lecture during a homecoming convocation on Friday, September 23, starting at 3:45 p.m. in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center. 

Dr. Kaku is a famed futurist, best-selling author, theoretical physicist, acclaimed public speaker, and radio and television personality.   He explores the science of tomorrow: from computing power to artificial intelligence, from the evolution of communications to the reshaping of our genetic inheritance.  His latest book, the New York Times best-seller Physics of the Future examines how science will shape human destiny and people's daily lives by the Year 2100.  It has been called "an exhilarating, wondrous ride through the next one hundred years of breathtaking scientific revolution."

"As Rose-Hulman looks to examine its role in the future of engineering, science and mathematics education, it is an important time to have Dr. Kaku speaking to our students, faculty and staff members," said Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam.  "Dr. Kaku will have valuable insight on what course that our students should take to help pave the way for the future.  He appreciates the role that education will play in shaping our ambitions and aspirations."

Dr. Kaku will be the second recipient of Rose-Hulman's Excellence in Innovation Award, which recognizes people with visionary leadership, passion and a proven track record of success in engineering, science and mathematics.

   
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As the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, Dr. Kaku's goal is to complete Einstein's dream of a "theory of everything" -- a single elegant equation that unifies the fundamental forces of the universe.  His two radio programs "Explorations in Science" and "Science Fantastic" focus on topics such as frontiers in physics, black holes, time machines, hyperspace, the human genome project and genetic engineering.

Dr. Kaku explains that the most fascinating and complex ideas in science today in many ways so elegant and easy to understand.  His award-winning Discovery Channel television program "Sci-Fi Science," based on his best-selling books, reaches millions of households worldwide.  He has been featured on several documentaries by both the Public Broadcasting System and the British Broadcasting Corporation such as "Einstein Revealed" and "Science Odyssey."  He also appears as a guest on Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan O'Brien's Conan Show and many others.

"Our students, faculty and staff are looking forward to the opportunity to see Dr. Kaku and hear his valuable insights," Branam said.  "This convocation will make this year's homecoming celebration a tribute to the past, present and future."

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Dr. Kaku received a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1968, graduating first in his physics class.  He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972.  He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was the first recipient of    Rose-Hulman's Excellence in Innovation Award, during the 2010 Decade of Innovation Celebration in Indianapolis.  Daniels also presented the Oscar C. Schmidt Lecture in 2003 when he was the director of the U.S. government's Office of Management and Budget.

The Oscar C. Schmidt Lecture brings to Rose-Hulman national leaders to discuss issues important to the campus community.  The lecture was established 50 years ago through the generosity of the Cincinnati Butcher's Supply Company in memory of the late Oscar C. Schmidt, a pioneering manufacturer of machinery for the packing industry.