Panasonic Corporation of North America Chairman and CEO Joseph M. Taylor and inventor, sculptor and entrepreneur Daniel A. Henderson, the CEO of Intellect Wireless, Inc., will receive honorary degrees at the May 16, 2011 NJIT commencement. The event is set for 9 a.m. at Newark's Prudential Center. The university will confer close to 2000 doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees on members of the Class of 2011.
Taylor will deliver the commencement address.
Taylor, who was recently named CEO, is a 26-year Panasonic veteran who has served as Panasonic Corporation of North America’s chief operating officer since 2007. He has led multiple strategic business efforts, including creating a B2B enterprise solutions group and launching and coordinating companywide Full HD 3D TV product and promotion initiatives. Prior to becoming chief operating officer, Taylor was president of Panasonic Industrial Company, a division that supplies industrial components and electronic devices to the nation’s largest manufacturers and assemblers.
In addition to his role in Panasonic’s U.S. operations, Taylor also serves as an executive officer of parent company Panasonic Corporation. Through this position, he is involved in formulating and executing Panasonic’s global business strategy.
Taylor has served on numerous boards and technical education initiatives including programs with New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Liberty Science Center, and Rutgers University. He has been a member of the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers, chairman of the Board for the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Company, and serves on the boards of several Panasonic companies.
Henderson has been granted 26 U.S. patents covering telecommunication systems and devices. His prototype wireless picture phone was received by the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in October 2007; he has been recognized in Bloomberg Business Week and the Wall Street Journal.
Henderson began his career with IBM and was invited to work with Kazuo Hashimoto, known as the inventor of Caller ID and the modern answering machine. For more than a decade, Henderson has presented the Hashimoto Prize to outstanding doctoral graduates of NJIT at commencement ceremonies.
Henderson serves on the Board of Visitors of the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College and frequently participates in colloquia for Honors College students. The Albert Dorman Honors College Computer Lab was dedicated to him in 2008. Henderson also created the NJIT-Electrical and Computer Engineering Phonetel scholarship. In 2009, his sculpture, “The Brick,” was donated to NJIT and is permanently installed in the main entry of Fenster Hall.
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