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04-14-2008

Two Innovators to Receive Clarkson Honorary Degrees in May

Ray C. Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Inc., and Sophie V. Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, will receive honorary degrees at Clarkson University's 115th commencement on Sunday, May 11.

Anderson, who leads the world's largest producer of commercial floor coverings, has taken Interface nearly 50 percent toward his vision of "Mission Zero," a journey no one would have imagined for the company or the petroleum-intensive industry of carpet manufacturing, which has been forever changed by Anderson's vision. Mission Zero is the company's promise to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment, by the year 2020, through the redesign of processes and products, the pioneering of new technologies, and efforts to reduce or eliminate waste and harmful emissions while increasing the use of renewable materials and sources of energy.

Vandebroek is responsible for overseeing Xerox's worldwide research centers and for maximizing the company's return on investments in research and technology. Previously, she was chief engineer of Xerox Corporation and vice president of the Xerox Engineering Center. As chief engineer, a position she assumed in 2002, Vandebroek was responsible for coordinating Xerox's engineering efficiency and effectiveness, a period during which Xerox refreshed more than 95 percent of its product line and launched its flagship iGen3 Digital Production Press. Vandebroek also works through her professional and community service activities to inspire enthusiasm into a new generation of children, especially girls, to aspire to careers in science and engineering.

The weekend will also be marked by the commissioning of United States Army and Air Force ROTC officers on Saturday, May 10.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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