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Eva Hsieh, Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Eric Garcetti, Thomas E. McLain, Ming Hsieh
At a gala dinner on May 19, 2014 hosted by the Asia Society of Southern California, USC Trustee Ming Hsieh was honored as the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year, presented with the award by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
Ming Hsieh earned a B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1984) in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Soon after earning his degrees, he founded two highly successful companies, AMAX Information Technologies (1985) and Cogent, Inc. (1990), of which he is president, chief executive officer, and chairman.
In 2006, Ming Hsieh generously made a $35 million gift to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and subsequently the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering was named in his honor. Hsieh serves as a USC Trustee and a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Speaker Rainn Wilson delivers the baccalaureate address to the Class of 2014, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Board of Trustees chair John Mork ’70 MS ’12, and commencement speaker Marc Benioff ’86 and other honored guests in attendance.
On the eve of commencement day, USC welcomed actor and writer Rainn Wilson as the main speaker at the 2014 baccalaureate ceremony. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests, and includes participation by numerous university dignitaries, as well as the diverse religious directors who work with student groups. The service itself features music and readings from a wide range of religious traditions, and concludes with a benediction over the graduating students.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett greet President Barack Obama during the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California.
In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven Spielberg, USC Trustee and founder of USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education.
Spielberg presented Obama with the foundation’s prestigious Ambassador for Humanity Award, noting that the president has created an Atrocities Prevention Board, declared the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide a core national security interest, and has directed the intelligence community to institutionalize a focus on stopping genocide. He also recently appointed the first-ever special envoy to U.S. Holocaust survivors.
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