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IBM EXECUTIVE TO SPEAK AT
HAMMOND -- Albert E. Kuhn, an
IBM vice president who helped put men on the moon, will be the keynote
speaker at Southeastern Louisiana Universityís May 17 graduation ceremony.
Southeastern will confer associate,
bachelorís and masterís degrees on more than 980 students at the 10 a.m.
ceremony in the University Center.
Kuhn, a Ponchatoula native, received
his bachelorís degree in mathematics from Southeastern in 1965. He heads
IBMís Global Delivery Project, a $4 billion, five-year information technology
out-tasking program between the IBM and American Express, and manages an
organization of more than 2,000 IBM personnel located in 26 countries.
He was named Southeasternís Alumnus of the Year in 2002.
Kuhn recently was instrumental
in establishing several IBM internships for Southeastern students to provide
them with real-world opportunities and experiences.
Kuhnís career began in the aerospace
industry, where, as an employee of Boeing, Computer Sciences Corporation,
McDonnal Douglas, and IBM, he was involved in the Apollo, space shuttle
and Space Station Freedom programs, and worked on missile defense.
In the early 1990s, he switched
his career focus at IBM to information technology, serving as systems manager
for the companyís O/S 2 operation system development and establishing a
worldwide organization for providing user end support for software products.
His work took him to Europe and China, where he established a service organization
to support IBMís software marketing and sales.
He joined IBMís Global Services
Division in 1996 and became director of Distributed
Services two years later. Kuhn was named vice president and Global
Delivery Project executive
for the American Express Account in 2002.
Kuhnís wife, Kathryn Durr Kuhn,
a 1964 Southeastern graduate and physical education major, who was a member
of and choreographer for the Lionettes, the universityís dance team. A
former high school teacher, she is an internationally rated womenís gymnastic
judge, judging at the collegiate, pre-Olympic and international levels.
The Kuhns have one son, Alan,
a veterinarian who practices in Florida.
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