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Digital's Robert B. Palmer and Lau Technologies' Joanna Lau to Address Bentley College Commencement Ceremonies

April 22, 1998


Waltham, Mass.-Commencement ceremonies at Bentley College on May 16 will include keynote speeches by two prominent Boston area business leaders:

Digital Equipment Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert B. Palmer will address nearly 850 students and their guests at Bentley's 79th undergraduate commencement which begins at 10:00 a.m. on the Baker Library Quadrangle. Palmer will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree.

LAU Technologies Chairman of the Board and President Joanna Lau will address close to 600 graduate students and their guests at ceremonies for the Bentley Graduate School of Business 23rd annual commencement ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the library quadrangle. Lau will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree.

Bentley will also award honorary degrees to three distinguished community leaders. At the undergraduate ceremony, an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree will be presented to Gary A. Jennison, vice chairman, Corcoran Jennison Companies, a 1966 graduate of Bentley College, and chairman of the Bentley College Board of Trustees. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree will be awarded to Frances K. Moseley, president and chief executive officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. The Bentley Graduate School of Business will award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Jackie Jenkins-Scott, executive director, Dimock Community Health Center.

Robert B. Palmer became president, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Digital Equipment Corporation in October 1992. He was elected chairman in May 1995. Palmer joined Digital in 1985 and became vice president, Semiconductor Operations the following year. In 1989 he was appointed vice president, Semiconductor and Interconnect Technology; he became vice president, Manufacturing and Logistics in 1990; and in early 1992, his responsibilities were further expanded as vice president, Manufacturing, Logistics and Component Engineering. Prior to Digital, Palmer served as executive vice president of Semiconductor Operations at United Technologies Corporation, which he joined in 1980 when it acquired Mostek Corporation, a company he co-founded in 1969. He shares a patent awarded for groundbreaking work at Mostek on the development and implementation of a TTL-compatible (transistor-transistor logic) MOS integrated circuit production process.

Joanna Lau is a founder and president of LAU Technologies in Littleton, Mass. Born in Hong Kong, she immigrated to the United States in 1976. Before founding LAU Technologies in 1990, she held positions in commercial, military science design and manufacturing operations at GE Aerospace, GE Consumer Electronics, GE Aircraft Engine and Digital Equipment Corporation. Her contributions to the Factory of the Future at GE Aircraft Engine earned her the Young Engineering Award in 1987. LAU Technologies, which employees more than 200 employees, is among a few small businesses meeting high quality specification standards of the U.S. military for defense conversion efforts. The company is also established in the ID Imaging and system integration markets.

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