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05-12-2012

Slovenian Educator Radovan Pejovnik Receives Clarkson University Honorary Degree

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Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, rector and professor of materials science at the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 119th Commencement today.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins (right) presents an honorary doctor of science degree to Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, rector and professor of materials science at the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia.Pejovnik is a world renowned leader in materials research.

The degree was awarded for his "remarkable achievements as a materials scientist and his unwavering commitment to and promotion of the pursuit of knowledge through the application of science; and for his ongoing leadership in support of international scientific cooperation, policy, and technology transfer.”

Pejovnik shared with the graduates simple but profound wisdom from The Little Prince by Antoinne de Saint-Exupery: "The Little Prince lives on a very small planet. There are only three volcanoes on this planet and one beautiful rose. And what makes this rose so unique is [that] it is the only one. And so is your degree. Your degree is the only one.

"So take care of this degree. Pay attention to this degree. Protect it against the wind. Give water to this degree every day. And I believe this will make your life happy. Your whole life is in front of you and I wish you a lot of success and I am very proud that I am joining you today."

Pejovnik has co-edited six books and presented papers and invited lectures at scientific conferences and universities throughout the world, including the United States and Japan. He has also served as a member of international boards and has chaired conference sessions on sintering, materials research, stereology and battery research.

Pejovnik graduated from the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology in 1970, received his master’s degree in 1975, and obtained his doctoral degree in 1978.

From 1982 to 1999, he was director of the National Institute of Chemistry, and from 2000 until 2003 served as a state secretary for higher education at the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

During this time he was (and remains) a member of international committees devoted to the Bologna Process, a European higher education initiative designed to foster international cooperation and academic exchange, and the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

Pejovnik started his academic career as an assistant professor of inorganic chemical technology in 1978, and since 1989 he has been professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.

Pejovnik’s influence and professional reach extends to the broader issues of technology and society. He is co-chairman of the International Association FORUM Bled and the main organizer for its international conference, which is devoted to science policy, scientific and technological cooperation and technology transfer. He has co-edited three books related to these topics.

In September 2009, he was elected rector of the University of Ljubljana and took office on October 1, 2010. He has received many honors and awards and is a member of numerous academies of science and art.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (right) presents an honorary doctor of science degree to Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, rector and professor of materials science at the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

[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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