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 Krannert Awards Two Honorary Doctorates

LAST MAY, Krannert awarded honorary doctorate degrees to two individuals, Morton I. Kamien and Jerry S. Rawls, in recognition of their accomplishments within their respective fields.

Morton I. KamienMorton I. Kamien

A major figure in theoretical industrial organization, Morton I. Kamien, PhD '64, recieved his Honorary Doctor of Economics degree from Krannert. Kamien is the Joseph and Carole Levy Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  

Kamien is a native of Warsaw, Poland, but grew up in New York City.  He received a BA from the City College of New York in 1960 before going on to receive his PhD from Krannert. 

Kamien is a distinguished scholar in economic theory and its application, particularly to the industrial organization.

He has authored more than 70 journal articles and has coauthored two books.  He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and is listed in "Who's Who in Economics."  In addition, he is director of the Heizer Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at Northwester and has served as chair of the Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences. He has been associate dean for academic affairs at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. A longtime friend of the Krannert School, he received Krannert's John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award in 1991.

Jerry S. RawlsJerry S. Rawls

Jerry S. Rawls, MSIA '68, received an Honorary Doctorate of Management degree from Krannert. Rawls is an entrepreneur who co-founded one of Silicon Valley's most successful, fastest-growing technology companies, Finisar Corp., for which he is president, chief executive officer, and a director. Finisar is a leader in high-speed fiber-optic data communications.

In the 1990s, Finisar delivered the world's first low-cost gigbit optic links. Finisar products became the basis for today's fiber channel and gigabit Ethernet standards for computer communication. Finiar was named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious "Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50" a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the area.

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