249th Rutgers-New Brunswick Commencement Speaker Announced
By: Catherine Owusu
Bill Nye, “The Science Guy”, has been announced as this year’s Rutgers University Commencement Speaker.
Apart from being a scientist, Nye is a scientist, engineer, comedian, author, inventor, an Emmy-winning host and the CEO of the Planetary Society.
Nye will speak on Sunday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s commencement at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway as well as receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.
According to mycentraljersey.com, after graduating from Cornell University in mechanical engineering, he went to work at Boeing in Seattle, developed a hydraulic resonance suppressor that is still used in Boeing 747 aircraft. He then won a Steve Martin look-alike contest and became a stand-up comic and comedy writer.
Nye then went on to host to the show, “Bill Nye, The Science Guy,” between 1993 and 1998. During this time, he won seven Emmy Awards for writing, producing, and performing. The accomplished engineer has also written children and general audience books about science, on topics such as climate change, energy, and evolution.
Prior to the official announcement, students speculated about the possibility of Nye as the commencement speaker.
Some went as far as to begin a Nye campaign on twitter the #BowTiie4BillNye hashtag. These students asked fellow classmates to retweet an image of them wearing bowties.
Though they may have not been the sole reason for his selection, some students approve of the committee’s selection.
Nye’s mission is to help foster a scientifically literate society.