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As CST students, you know how to take on tough challenges. Many of you have worked on advanced research projects with our faculty.You interned with top companies. You networked with our alumni through the college’s Owl to Owl mentor program. In short, you worked hard. You looked for opportunities and took on challenges. You learned from your successes, and you learned even more from your missteps. That experience—of trying new things and not being afraid to fail—means you will be in demand to help solve today’s toughest problems.
As CST graduates, you know that science and technology are potent engines for economic growth. But they are also powerful tools for addressing societal challenges in public health and access to life-saving drugs, in clean energy and privacy in a data-driven world. Science and technology’s most important impact may be on the environment and the sustainability of our home, Earth. I urge you to do what you can to protect our planet on its journey through our evolving universe.
I am so proud of the Class of 2022, for what you have accomplished and for all you will achieve in the years ahead. Whether you will be a teacher, technician or a public servant; whether you take your CST training into academia or industry, research or to medical school; You will change the future of society forever.
What you learned here, at the College of Science and Technology, will take you far in the years ahead. You will explore and discover. You will invent and innovate. You will be leaders. And you will make a brighter—and better—future for all of us. I wish you the very best of luck!
Tony Cheetham is a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He was formerly the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge (2007- 2017) and the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society (2012-2017). He obtained his D.Phil. at Oxford in 1972 and did postdoctoral work in the Materials Physics Division at Harwell. He joined the chemistry faculty at Oxford in 1974, and then moved to UCSB in 1991 to become Professor in the Materials Department. From 1992-2004 he was the Director of UCSB’s Materials Research Laboratory.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as several other national academies. He has received numerous awards for his work in the field of materials chemistry, including the Sômiya Award of the International Union of Materials Research Societies, the Platinum Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and a Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists. In January 2020 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to Materials Chemistry, UK Science and Global Outreach.”
Guercie Guerrier is graduating with a bachelor’s in biology and a minor in sociology of health. Her research experience includes working at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Fels Cancer Institute for Personalized Medicine and the Center for Asian Health.Guerrier has presented her research at the CST Undergraduate Research Symposium, Health Disparities Research Innovation Summer Symposium, Temple’s Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity and other symposiums. She is co-author of a research abstract in the Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research Virtual Conference in 2021.
Guerrier has earned several awards and scholarships including MARC U-STAR Scholar and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund Scholar, and the Dr. Carl and Margaret Burk Award. She is also a Temple 2022 Diamond Award Recipient and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has served as a CST peer advisor, an Owl Team orientation leader and a university resident assistant.
Guerrier will attend the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program. Her goal is to be a physician-scientist whose research positively impacts traditionally medically underserved communities.
Throughout his career Mark Dash has championed the use of technology to transform businesses with an emphasis on talent management. He has extensive experience in technology advancement across several industries including computer engineering, financial services, publishing and insurance. He began his career at Burroughs Corporation, later Unisys Corp., developing software and firmware. He joined The Vanguard Group in 1992 as part of their Advanced Technology group.
In 1997, Dash joined Lippincott Williams & Wilkins medical publishers, leading their electronic strategy imitative as VP of electronic strategy for Wolters-Kluwer Health. He is currently chief technology officer for The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. Dash earned his bachelor’s in computer science from Temple University, a master’s in computer science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a certificate in corporate innovation from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is currently president of the College of Science and Technology Alumni Board.