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North Carolina State University Recognizes UCLA Cancellor Albert Carnesale's Contributions to Society


UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale received an honorary doctor of lettersdegree from North Carolina State University during fall commencement ceremoniestoday (Dec. 17) in Reynolds Coliseum on the Raleigh, N.C., campus.

Carnesale, who received his doctorate in nuclear engineering from NCState in 1966 and was a professor on the campus from 1962-'69, was honoredfor his contributions to society as an engineer, arms negotiator, scholarand educator. Dr. Harold B. Hopfenberg, Camille Dreyfus Professor of ChemicalEngineering at NC State, nominated Carnesale for the honor.

"As a colleague, I value the warmth of his friendship, the powerof his ideas, the inspiration of his enthusiasm, and the example he setsfor the next generation of American educational leadership," Hopfenbergsaid. "His diverse and weighty dossier of public service, which beganwith distinction here at NC State, includes immeasurable contributionsto our national security."

Carnesale said he was moved by the honor and thrilled with the opportunityto visit the NC State campus. "Recognition by one's peers is alwayshumbling," Carnesale said. "It is an honor to return to my almamater, the home of the first nuclear engineering degree program. NC State'scommitment to finding solutions to contemporary problems through education,research and outreach is well established in North Carolina and the nation."

Before joining UCLA on July 1, Carnesale was provost of Harvard Universityand the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy & Administration.As provost, he coordinated the work of Harvard's central administration,supervised its information technology activities and oversaw academic programsthat involved two or more of the university's schools.

His research and teaching have focused on international relations andnational security policy, with an emphasis on issues associated with nuclearweapons and arms control.

Carnesale was born July 2, 1936, and grew up in a tenement in the Bronx,New York. He has said his ambition as a young man was "to have a jobin which you enjoy your work, and wear a white shirt and tie."

Carnesale earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering atCooper Union (1957) and Drexel University (1961) before completing hisPh.D. in nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University (1966).He also holds honorary degrees from Harvard University (A.M.), New JerseyInstitute of Technology (Sc.D), and Drexel University (LL.D.).

Carnesale has held positions in industry (Martin Marietta Corp., 1957-62)and government (U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1969-72).

In academia, Carnesale was a professor at North Carolina State Universityfrom 1962-69 and 1972-74. He joined Harvard in 1974. In addition to teachingand research, he served at the John F. Kennedy School of Government asacademic dean from 1981 until 1991 and dean from 1991-1995.

Carnesale has consulted widely on foreign and defense policy matters,with private firms and for government agencies, including: the ExecutiveOffice of the President; the Departments of Defense, Energy, and State;the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; the Director of Central Intelligence;and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

He participated in the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms LimitationTalks (SALT I, 1970-72) and led the U.S. delegation to the InternationalNuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation (1978-80), a 66-nation study of the relationshipbetween civilian nuclear power and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Carnesale has written extensively on international affairs, defensepolicy, and nuclear energy issues, and has testified often before Congressionalcommittees. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesand a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the InternationalInstitute for Strategic Studies.

Carnesale has returned to NC State on several occasions throughout hiscareer. He spoke on "Superpower Arms Control: Myths and Realities"and "beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Visions of a Safer Future" asHarrelson Lecturer on April 11-12, 1988. He also spoke on "Interdependenceand International Security" at an NC State Symposium on InternationalInterdependence on Feb. 17, 1978.



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