Ellen Kullman, board chair and CEO of science and engineering company DuPont, will be the featured speaker at MIT’s 148th commencement in June, school officials announced this week.
“Ellen Kullman describes the work of DuPont as ‘using science to improve the world,’” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement. “That mission resonates deeply with us at MIT, and this sense of kindred spirit has informed significant joint research with DuPont over the years.
“Through an aggressive focus on global trends in population, economics, and the environment, Ms. Kullman is leading DuPont in inspiring new directions, and we are delighted that she will share her perspective with us on Commencement Day,” he added.
Forbes Magazine ranked Kullman this year as 42nd on its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. She began working at DuPont in 1988 and has led the company for the past four years.
“Today, more than ever, science is critical to meeting the demands of the 21st century,” Kullman said in a statement. “At DuPont, we have used the power of science and our knowledge of the markets to transform industries for over two centuries. We have never been afraid to lead change, and that mission continues today.”
“I am honored to welcome the graduating class of MIT to join the global community of solvers, inventors, and leaders as we all work together to solve the world’s toughest challenges,” she added.
She earned her bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in 1978 and her master’s degree in management from Northwestern University in 1983. She worked for Westinghouse and General Electric before joining DuPont
Kullman also helps lead a number of business councils, committees and boards, including at Tufts.