May 06, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Honorary degrees

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David Boger, a professor of engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree during Bucknell University's 164th Commencement on Sunday, May 18.

Boger, who graduated from Bucknell in 1961 with a degree in chemical engineering, holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is immediate past Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne and a Courtesy Professor at the University of Florida.

David Boger '61An international consultant whose research has been recognized with many awards including the 2005 Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science, Boger is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2007, he was elected to The Royal Society in London.  

In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering (Honoris Causa) from the University of Melbourne, and in 2012 he was honored by Bucknell University with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

His research is in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, ranging from basic polymer and particulate fluid mechanics to applications in the minerals, coal, oil, food and polymer industries. 

Highlights include the discovery of constant viscosity elastic liquids (named Boger fluids in his honor); detailed experimental investigations using these fluids to define elastic effects in important flows; developing novel methods for flow property measurements; and linking the basic research to significant industrial outcomes in the petroleum, food and minerals industries.

Boger is well known for using non-Newtonian fluid mechanics for waste minimization in the minerals industry, work which now influences international policy on waste management. 

Bucknell University awards honorary degrees in order to recognize individuals whose work exemplifies the qualities of intellect, character, and creativity most cherished by the University. Special consideration is given to those individuals whose distinguished contributions have not been widely or formally recognized outside their own fields and to individuals who are part of the Bucknell community.

Commencement 2014
Bucknell University's 164th Commencement celebration will take place on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn will deliver the keynote address. For those unable to attend, the ceremony will be live streamed. The ceremony also will be shown in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building. For a complete schedule of Commencement events, registration and general information, visit Commencement 2014.  

Weather Updates
Barring heavy rain or severe weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held on the Academic Quad; guests should dress accordingly. In the event inclement weather prompts a decision to hold the ceremony indoors, an alert will be emailed to the campus community and posted to the University's homepage and social media channels. For more information, read our Commencement FAQs.