Columbia University recently announced that Ralph Izzo, SEAS ’79, will deliver this year’s SEAS Class Day address. If you haven’t heard of him, let it be known that Izzo is kind of a big deal. With a BS and MS in mechanical engineering and a PhD in applied physics, Izzo has graduated from Columbia quite a few times, so we imagine he’s heard his fair share of Class Day addresses.

As Chairman of the Board, president, and CEO of the New Jersey-based Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Ralph Izzo “makes things work for you.” PSEG is a company that specializes in “safe, reliable, economic, and green energy,” so Izzo takes his environmentalism very seriously. As Dean Peña-Mora states in the university press release, “Ralph Izzo is a national leader in the fields of energy, nuclear policy, and climate change, all areas that greatly impact the world today…He exemplifies how engineers are making a difference across the globe, helping to solve complex problems that we all are facing and making the world a better place in which to live.” On the whole, Izzo looks like a good guy, even if he is from New Jersey.

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