Mythbusters Co-Host Jamie Hyneman to Deliver Villanova University's 2010 Commencement Address

Hyneman has partnered with Villanova’s College of Engineering on numerous projects, including development of blast-resistant armor for the Office of Naval Research

Dr. Peter Wallenberg, a leading international industrialist and lifelong supporter of education and research, will receive an honorary degree

VILLANOVA, Pa., April 22, 2010 – Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., announced that Jamie Hyneman, co-host of the Discovery Channel’s popular show “MythBusters,” will address the Class of 2010 as the commencement speaker. Hyneman has an on-going collaborative relationship with the University, as his company, M5 Industries, partners with Villanova’s College of Engineering to develop new safety concepts for the military. Hyneman will receive the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa.

The commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on May 16 in Villanova Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Pavilion.

In addition, Dr. Peter Wallenberg, a leading industrialist and lifelong supporter of education and research, will receive the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa. Born in Stockholm, he represents the fourth generation of a family that has played a significant role in economic development in Sweden, and funds the Dr. Peter Wallenberg Scholarship at Villanova to provide worthy Swedish students the opportunity to attend the University for a year as a visiting student.

Commencement Speaker

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Jamie Hyneman, best known as co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated “MythBusters,” has been in the visual effects field for more than 25 years. Hyneman holds several patents and is a longtime Screen Actors Guild member and a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. Hyneman teamed with Villanova engineering professor Ed Dougherty and others in designing the aerial robotic camera system Wavecam, used at sports and entertainment events including Villanova basketball games.

Hyneman’s company, M5 Industries, has partnered with the Villanova University College of Engineering on a number of projects including the development of new concepts in blast resistant armor for the Office of Naval Research. The two also collaborated on a two-year study funded by the Office of Navel Research to investigate disasters at sea. Additionally, Hyneman has lectured and interacted with Villanova engineering classes and professors on capstone projects, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

Shot in Hyneman’s special effects studio in San Francisco, “MythBusters” is based on applying a range of skills he has acquired as a visual effects expert to replicate and test urban legends and popular misconceptions. Each week, Hyneman and fellow special effects expert Adam Savage take on three myths and use modern-day science to demonstrate and explain how something may or not be scientifically possible.

Today, while his work for the Discovery Channel occupies the majority of his professional time, Hyneman is actively involved in developing cutting-edge technologies and prototypes for a variety of industries, ranging from defense to green vehicle design. In recent years he has designed and built numerous robots for defense, fire-fighting, rescue and surveillance, including robotic blast victim replicas for U.S. Army medic training.

Honorary Degree Recipient

Regarded internationally as one of the leading industrialists of our time, Dr. Peter Wallenberg is a lifelong supporter of education and research. Dr. Wallenberg continues to fund the Dr. Peter Wallenberg Scholarship which was established at Villanova University by his life-long friend, Ambassador Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., ’54 A&S, to provide worthy Swedish scholars the opportunity to attend the University for one year as a visiting student.

Born in Stockholm, Wallenberg represents the fourth generation of a family that has played a significant role in economic development in Sweden, influencing the country’s banking and industrial sectors for more than 150 years. Wallenberg began his career in Atlas Copco, a company that forms part of The Wallenberg Group, and served the company in the United States, Africa and the United Kingdom for 13 years.

He was then faced with the responsibility of leading The Wallenberg Group and expanded it into one of Europe’s largest banking and industrial enterprises over the past four decades. As longstanding chairman of many of the Wallenberg foundations, Wallenberg has supported several educational and research endeavors. With strong interest in and deep understanding of the conditions and needs of research in many disciplines, Wallenberg has contributed to the long-term development of research at the Karolinska Institute, one of Europe’s largest medical universities.

Wallenberg is currently Chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and is Honorary President of The International Chamber of Commerce, ICC (Paris).

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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