Dr. Geoffrey Orsak

Since earning his doctorate from Rice University, Geoffrey Orsak has focused his work as Dean of Engineering at Southern Methodist University on his two great passions: reforming U.S. science and engineering education and applying innovation to the critical problems of global development. In 1999, he founded the Infinity Project, an award-winning national program in engineering education that today operates in 40 states and six countries. This, along with his work in encouraging women to pursue careers in engineering, earned Dr. Orsak the first-ever Educator of the Year award presented by EE Times magazine. Today, in collaboration with international experts on poverty (like Microsoft's Bill Gates), he has developed a new global initiative to create and deliver ultra low-cost solutions to the problems that affect nearly 1.4 billion world citizens surviving on less than $1 a day. A rare combination of scholar and activist, Geoffrey Orsak demonstrates the ultimate in citizenship.

Pillar of...: 
Citizenship
School: 
Thomas C. Clark High School
Year: 
2008
Class of ...: 
1981