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NYIT Announces 2012 Honorary Degree Recipients

Renowned Inventor and Entrepreneur, Seasoned U.S.-China Expert, and Leading Health Care Educator to Speak at 51st Commencement

Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 3, 2012) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will award honorary degrees to a medical device inventor and entrepreneur; an advocate for U.S.-China relations; and a health care educator known as the voice of academic medicine, at its Commencement on Sunday, May 20, at the NYIT-Old Westbury, N.Y. campus.

The recipients, who will speak to an expected audience of 12,000, are Dean Kamen, President, DEKA Research & Development Corp. and founder of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, focused on helping to shape American foreign policy toward China; and Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Public Health at The George Washington University.  

This year marks NYIT’s 51st Commencement. NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., will salute the graduates and congratulate relatives and friends during his address to the Class of 2012.

About the recipients:

Dean Kamen
President, DEKA Research & Development Corp.
Doctor of Science

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, including many for medical devices such as the Segway Human Transporter and AutoSyringe infusion pump. His innovation and leadership are widely recognized, notably by former President Bill Clinton, who presented him with the National Medal of Technology in 2000. In 1989, Kamen founded FIRST, an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. This year FIRST will serve more than 250,000 people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 50 countries around the globe.


Stephen A. Orlins
President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Doctor of Humane Letters

Stephen A. Orlins has more than three decades of experience in government, law, and international business, playing a key role in enhancing cooperation between the United States and China. He launched one of China’s first foreign law firms and helped found Carlyle Asia, the continent’s largest private equity fund of its time. The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the oldest and most influential nongovernmental organization focused on China.

Jordan J. Cohen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
The George Washington University
Doctor of Humane Letters

Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., is a leading health care educator known as the voice of academic medicine for more than a decade. As president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) from 1994 to 2006, he led the association’s support and service to the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals, establishing many initiatives for improving medical education and clinical care. Prior to his leadership of the AAMC, he served as dean of the medical school and professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and president of the medical staff at University Hospital.


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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 89,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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