Nobel Laureate Alumnus to Speak at December Graduation

November 30, 2009
By Chris Richter

Update, 12/17: Dr. Pachauri will be unable to attend graduation.

2007winterRajendra K. Pachauri ’72 MS, ’74 PHD, director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute and director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, will give the commencement address at NC State’s Dec. 19 graduation. Pachauri was chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

We talked to Pachauri in fall of 2007, just after the IPCC was awarded the prize. We asked him for advice he might give those interested in making a positive impact on the world. Here’s what he told us:

I’ve always felt a restlessness about doing things that will hopefully make a difference to society. I think that if you have that burning desire, you’ll always find a way of doing things that are of value. There are times when you are frustrated when things don’t work the way you want. But you have to keep at it. Perseverance is absolutely critical. You just can’t give up in the middle of a mission you’ve taken on. If you’re convinced of the value of the mission, you’ve just got to see it through—and you will be able to see it through.

You can read the full Q&A here. You can find out more about graduation here and here.

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