Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Bill's fascination with how things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he headed for Seattle and work as an engineer at Boeing. It was in Seattle that Bill began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Bill made a number of award winning shows, including the show he became so well known for, "Bill Nye the Science Guy." Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. The show won 28 Emmys in five years. Bill is still active in television, currently hosting "Stuff Happens" and working on an upcoming project, "Solving for X."
AT A GLANCE: Bill Nye is a graduate of Cornell with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins. Bill is currently the Executive Director of The Planetary Society, the world's large space interest organization.
Link: More about Bill Nye
Events with Mr. Nye
Wed., March 23, 2011
8:00 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium
Free and open to the public
The ACES keynote speaker is included in the Maverick Speakers series and is generously funded by the Office of the President, the College of Science and the Office of Graduate Studies.