James Robert (Bob) Biard
Doctor of Science
James Robert (Bob) Biard received the world's first patent for the light emitting diode (LED), shared in 1961 with his colleague Gary Pittman while they worked together at Texas Instruments. Today LEDs are found in devices from digital clocks and remote controls to television screens and traffic lights. Biard earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. In addition to the LED, he holds more than 75 U.S. and foreign patents for his inventions, such as the metal oxide semiconductor read-only memory (MOSROM) and Schottky clamped logic circuits. Other devices developed by Biard include one of the first transistor DC differential amplifiers and transimpedance amplifiers for use in fiber optic receivers. Biard was chief scientist of the Honeywell MICRO SWITCH division from 1987 to 1998. He remains a consultant to Honeywell and is employed by Finisar. He also is an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering and is a Life Fellow of IEEE. For his outstanding contributions in the field of optoelectronics, especially in development of the LED, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon James Robert (Bob) Biard the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Biard will be featured in an 11 a.m.
symposium in his honor Friday, May 17, in the
Huit-Zollars Seminar Room in the Embrey
Engineering Building. The public seminar will
describe the events leading up to the invention
of the first Light Emitting Diode (LED) by Biard
and Gary Pittman at Texas Instruments in 1962.
Pittman received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors
from SMU in 1953. Also included is a discussion
of continuing developments in semiconductor
light emitting devices leading to the Vertical
Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL).
Doctor of Humane Letters
Swanee Hunt's mission is to employ gender parity toward ending war and rebuilding societies and in alleviating poverty and other human suffering. She grew up in Texas and earned master's degrees in psychology and religion, followed by a Doctor of Theology from Iliff School of Theology. Her early career included serving as a minister of pastoral care and founding a residential program for the mentally ill. As ambassador to Austria from 1993-1997, during the Balkan War, she helped host programs aimed at stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Her first book, This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, received the 2005 PEN/New England Award for nonfiction. Ambassador Hunt is founder and president of the Institute for Inclusive Security, which trains women peace builders in 30 conflict regions around the globe. As the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, she teaches courses on women-led peace-building initiatives. She is chair of Hunt Alternatives Fund, which has committed more than $130 million to programs supporting social change from local to global levels. For her efforts toward world peace and gender parity, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Ambassador Swanee Hunt the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Hunt will be featured at an invitation-only
luncheon and symposium in her honor from noon to
3 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Dedman School of
Law's Karcher Auditorium. The symposium is
titled "Demand Abolition" and will address the
topics of sex trafficking and prostitution.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Doctor of Engineering
Kay Bailey Hutchison has had a long and distinguished career in public service. Throughout her career, she has been a strong supporter of higher education, especially in the areas of science and engineering. She earned bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and served as a state legislator and state treasurer before being elected to the United States Senate in a special election in 1993. The first woman to represent Texas in the Senate, she was re-elected three times by large margins, but chose not to run for re-election in 2012. As chair of the Republican Policy Committee, she was the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator. During her years in the Senate, she expanded higher education opportunities for thousands of Texans. She also championed advancements in science, technology, engineering and math education. She was instrumental in establishing the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, which brings together National Academy members and Nobel laureates to foster academic research in Texas. Senator Hutchison's efforts helped bring to SMU more than $20 million in federal funds for research programs, including the Infinity Project, the nation's first math- and science-based high school engineering program. In Dedman School of Law, she established the Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Scholarship and the Hutchison Legal Resource Learning Center. For her distinguished career in public service and support of higher education, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa.
Francis Christopher Oakley
Doctor of Humane Letters
Francis Christopher Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas and president emeritus of Williams College. A native of England, he was educated at Oxford University, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto and Yale University, where he earned a Ph.D. in medieval history. He joined the Williams faculty in 1961, became dean of faculty in 1977 and served as president from 1985-1993, when he resumed teaching. As president, Oakley led establishment of the tutorial form of instruction and oversaw naming of the first women deans and doubling of both minority enrollment and endowment. A distinguished scholar, Oakley has written 13 books and received the Roland Bainton Book Prize and the 2012 Newberry Library Award. His past leadership includes serving as president of the New England Medieval Conference, the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Medieval Academy of America. For his distinguished contributions to higher education as a scholar and administrator, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Francis Christopher Oakley the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Oakley will participate in a symposium in his
honor at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Texana
Room of the DeGolyer Library. The symposium is
open to the public and Oakley will respond to
remarks made by Charles Curran, SMU's Elizabeth
Scurlock University Professor of Human Values;
Texas A&M Professor Cary Nederman, an expert in
medieval political thought; Bruce Basington,
Regents Professor at West Texas A&M; and Willard
Spiegelman, SMU's Dwaine E. Hughes, Jr.,
Distinguished Professor of English, who was one
of Oakley's undergraduate students. A reception
will follow at the home of Jeremy Adams,
professor in the William P. Clements Department
Bryan A. Stevenson
Doctor of Humane Letters
Bryan A. Stevenson has received national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. He earned two degrees from Harvard University - a master's in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Harvard School of Law. Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the South since the mid-1980s. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, which provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system. Through EJI, he has developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving criminal justice administration. Stevenson also is a professor of clinical law at New York University School of Law. He has received numerous honors, including the American Bar Association's Wisdom Award for public service, the ACLU's National Medal of Liberty, the Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice and the NAACP's William Robert Ming Advocacy Award. For his efforts to achieve social equity through criminal justice reform, Southern Methodist University is honored to confer upon Bryan A. Stevenson the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.