Dr. William Wulf, former president of the National Academy of Engineering,
will be the spring commencement speaker at Missouri University of Science and
Wulf will deliver two commencement addresses. The ceremony for graduate
candidates will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, in the Gale Bullman
Multi-Purpose Building, 10th Street and Bishop Avenue, Rolla. The ceremony for
undergraduates will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in the Multi-Purpose
Approximately 600 undergraduates and 200 graduate students are expected to
receive degrees. Wulf will receive an honorary degree.
The AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University
of Virginia, Wulf served as president of the National Academy of Engineering
from 1996-2007. Along with the National Academy of Sciences, the NAE operates
under a congressional charter and presidential executive orders to provide
advice to the government on issues of science and engineering.
From 1988-1990, Wulf served as assistant director of the National Science
Foundation, where he headed the Directorate for Computer and Information
Science and Engineering (CISE). CISE was responsible for computer science and
engineering research as well as for operating the National Supercomputer
In addition to being a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Wulf
is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign member of
the Engineering Academy of Japan, a foreign member of the Russian Academy of
Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is also
a fellow of several professional societies and a member of many other
Wulf has published three books and has authored more than 100 papers and
technical reports. He holds two U.S. patents and has supervised more than 25
Ph.D. candidates in computer science.
Wulf earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s degree
in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois. He completed his Ph.D.
at the University of Virginia.