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Commencement 2004

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On May 22, the College of Chemistry came together to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students. For the first time, the college awarded bachelor’s degrees in chemical biology.

The graduating class this year (students finishing their requirements from summer 2003 to spring 2004) breaks down as follows:

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering—91
  • B.S. Chemistry—59
  • A.B. Chemistry—6
  • B.S. Chemical Biology—2
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering—5
  • M.S. Chemistry—9
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering—13
  • Ph.D. Chemistry—66

Student Speakers
Katherine Lee Wong, Chemical Engineering
Michael Moshe Goodblatt, Chemistry


Departmental Citation in Chemical Engineering
Paul William Loscutoff

Departmental Citation in Chemistry
Brian Alexander Wong

Erich O. & Elly M. Saegebarth Prize in Chemistry
Thomas John Maimone
Anh H. Pham

Mabel Kittredge Wilson Prize
Sernyik Raymen Chee

George C. Pimentel Award
Irena Dragojevic

Northern California Section Award of the AIChE
Lisa Marie Hochrein

Merck Index Award
Anna Bao Zhen Guan
Rebecca Nicole Loy

Hypercube Scholar Award
Chunliang Yu

John M. Prausnitz Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Chemical Engineering
Vannarith Matthew Leang

Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
Cathy Waichee Hau

Departmental Teaching Awards
Chemical Engineering—Professor Alexander Katz
Chemistry Professor—Kristie A. Boering

Commencement Speaker
This year’s commencement speaker is Stephen P. A. Fodor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Affymetrix, Inc. Dr. Fodor received his B.S. in biology and M.S. in biochemistry from Washington State University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University. From 1986 to 1989, he was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, working on time-resolved spectroscopy of bacterial and plant pigments.

In 1989 he was recruited to the Affymax Research Institute, where he spearheaded the effort to develop high-density arrays of biological compounds. Dr. Fodor and colleagues were the first to develop and describe microarray technologies and combinatorial chemistry synthesis. These methods have been applied to construct high density arrays of peptides and oligonucleotides on small glass substrates (chips). These arrays enable hundreds of thousands of assays to be carried out and detected in a rapid parallel format.

In 1993, Dr. Fodor co-founded Affymetrix, where the chip technology has been used to synthesize many varieties of high density oligonucleotide arrays containing hundreds of thousands of DNA probes. In 2001, he founded Perlegen, Inc., a new venture that applied the chip technology on uncovering the basic patterns of human diversity.

Dr. Fodor’s commencement speech : “Challenges and Opportunities in the Genetic Age.”

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