NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — On Friday afternoon, Rutgers University announced David Remnick as their 2022 commencement speaker.
Remnick is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who led the new yorker to national notoriety. He was a New Yorker editor since 1998. He will be the keynote speaker at Rutgers’ 256th launch event, which will be held May 15 and will be the school’s first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019.
“As a native of New Jersey, I am extremely honored to deliver the university’s commencement address in May. The Class of 2022 will be leaving Rutgers at a time of great upheaval – in the world, in our own country – and yet it is the passion and resilience that these young people show that gives me great hope in our collective future,” said Remnick.
Remnick was born in Hackensack and grew up in Hillside. He is a graduate of Pascack Valley High School and Princeton University.
Remnick will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters when he addresses the Class of 2022. The Board also voted to award honorary degrees to the following individuals:
- Robert Barchi, former Chairman of Rutgers: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
- Aprille Joy Ericsson, NASA Pioneer Scientist: Honorary Doctorate of Science
- Alondra Nelson, scholar and head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: Honorary Doctor of Science
Ericsson’s career is distinguished by firsts. She was the first person of color to receive the Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female public servant to earn a doctorate in engineering. at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
During her nearly 30-year tenure at NASA, Ericsson has made remarkable contributions as an aerospace engineer, technologist, project and program manager, and executive. Its satellite missions have included such projects as X-Ray Timing Explorer, Tropical Rain Forest Measurement Mission and Wilkerson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. Today, she serves as the new business manager for NASA’s Instrument Systems and Technology Division.
Ericsson has taught at Howard University, University of Maryland, and Bowie State University. She was named one of the Top 50 Minority Women Working in Science and Engineering by the National Technical Association and was ranked 8 out of 20 on the 2016 list of the most powerful women engineers by Business Intern. Ericsson is the recipient of the 2022 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Ralph Coates Roe Medal, ASME’s highest honor.
Ericsson is also a supporter of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, actively mentoring countless young women and minorities and supporting them with an organized pipeline of scholarships, grants, internships and employment opportunities.
Ericsson received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from MIT. While there, she participated in several aerospace research projects and led the Manned Mars Mission Crew Systems Research for Interplanetary Vehicles for her main project. She earned her M.Sc. in Engineering and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Howard University in Washington, DC, where his research focused on developing practical design procedures for future orbiting space structures, such as the Space Station.