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Students transition to future engineering leaders at 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Lin and Loboa pose in cap and gown in a hallway.

Thompson Lin, left, posed with MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa after delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Lin is president and chief executive officer of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. He earned a master’s and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at MU in 1990 and 1993, respectively. Photo by Amy Parris.

More than 360 students made the transition from Mizzou Engineering students into the next generation of engineering leaders at the University of Missouri College of Engineering’s Commencement Ceremony on May 14 at Mizzou Arena.

The College of Engineering has a strong tradition of educating future leaders in the field, creating the kinds of engineers that are prepared to solve global challenges and make their communities and the world a better place through their work.

“The future is now yours to shape. You are its caretakers, and I am excited to see the ways you will impact the world in the years to come,” Dean Elizabeth Loboa said in her commencement address. “I am confident in the ability of each and every one of our soon-to-be alumni to achieve results and create technologies previously thought impossible, to break new ground and to lead the world into a new era of innovation.”

One of the foremost examples of such leadership is Thompson Lin, who served as keynote speaker at the event. Lin is president and chief executive officer of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. He earned a master’s and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at MU in 1990 and 1993, respectively, then founded AOI, which designs, develops and manufactures optical devices, components and subsystems; laser transmitters; and fiber optic transceivers.

After the speeches concluded, the students in attendance strode across the stage to receive their diplomas before moving on to their next great adventures.

“Whether you are heading into industry, academia, research or any other avenue, the world is yours to make of it what you will. Of course, that seems a bit scary now, but you are ready,” Loboa said. “So challenge convention. Ask the tough questions. Dream big.”

View an album of photos from the 2017 Commencement Ceremony here.