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UMass Lowell has presented its highest honor, an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, to Nobel laureate and former U.S. energy secretary Steven Chu for his contributions to the pursuits of clean energy and solutions to climate change.
Following the presentation of the honorary degree, Chu, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, delivered UMass Lowell's annual Tripathy Memorial Lecture on "Climate Change and a Path to Clean Energy."
Harish Hande poses with UMass Lowell faculty.
Social entrepreneur Harish Hande - a UMass Lowell graduate who has pioneered access to solar electricity for more than half a million people in India - gave a seminar entitled "Can Social, Environmental & Financial Sustainability go hand in hand?"
Co-founder of Solar Electric Light Co. (SELCO) India, Hande earned a master's degree in renewable energy engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy at UMass Lowell. He is the recipient of the 2011 Magsaysay Award, widely considered Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. In 2013, UMass Lowell awarded him with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his accomplishments.