Eric Schmidt ’76, the former CEO of Google Inc. and the current Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award on Alumni Day. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski GS ’61, the President of Peru, will receive the James Madison Medal at Alumni Day on Feb. 25, the University announced in a press release on Monday.
According to the University, the Woodrow Wilson Award recognizes an undergraduate alumnus or alumna “whose career embodies the call to duty in Wilson's speech, ‘Princeton in the Nation's Service,’” while the James Madison Medal recognizes a graduate alumnus or alumna “who has had a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record of public service.”
Schmidt, who graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and had previously served as a University trustee, occupies a role at Alphabet that combines business, technology, and policy. Schmidt has spoken about his belief that self-driving cars, a Google project he championed, are the wave of the future. He has also overseen projects related to health through Alphabet's life sciences project and has promoted internet access in Cuba and North Korea in his unofficial role as Google's global ambassador. Outside of his role at Alphabet, Schmidt heads a Pentagon board that is tasked with bringing innovation from Silicon Valley into the military.
Schmidt, during his time as Google CEO, also oversaw the development of Gmail and AdSense, as well as the acquisition of YouTube, among many other projects during what was a period of massive expansion for Google.
After attending the University, Schmidt earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California-Berkeley.
Kuczynski, who graduated with a master's degree in public affairs, began his five-year term as President of Peru in July. He has also been chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Economy and Finance, Minister of Energy and Mines, and Manager of the Central Reserve Bank. Outside of government, he has served as chairman of Ternium, the largest steel company in Latin America, a partner with the Rohatyn Group, which is an asset management firm specializing in emerging countries, and a founder of Agualimpia, an organization that helps implement water and sanitation projects in impoverished areas in Peru.Kuczynski taught at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to the University for his graduate education, he graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
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