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Carlson to Speak at Commencement

Curtis R. Carlson ’67, who is internationally renowned for his technological and entrepreneurial leadership, will speak at WPI’s 138th Commencement, on May 20.

Carlson, a WPI trustee, is president and CEO of SRI International—a nonprofit, scientific research institute in Silicon Valley. Since 1998, he has led an organization that has been called “the soul of Silicon Valley” and whose innovations range from household detergents to the computer mouse.

He has been an advocate for WPI’s Silicon Valley Project Center, which was established in 1999. In 2002, he received the Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement.

Curt Carlson’s career began in 1973 at RCA’s Sarnoff Laboratory, where, as head of ventures and licensing, he helped found more than a dozen new companies. He started and led the high-definition television program at Sarnoff that became the U.S. standard, winning an Emmy for outstanding technical achievement in 1997. Another team he started and led won an Emmy in 2000 for a system that measures broadcast image quality.

He is a member of the board of directors of Nuance Communications, a leading speech recognition company, and has served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board as well as the Defense Science Board. He is also a member of the Highlands Group, which makes recommendations to senior government officials about technologies of importance to the U.S. government. He holds more than 15 U.S. patents and has published or presented more than 50 technical publications.

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