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MSU to award honorary doctorate to former Boeing executive Helene Michael

March 8, 2013 -- MSU News Service

2013 Montana State University Honorary Degree Recipient, Helene Michael Helene Michael, a former vice president at Boeing Co. who lives in Condon, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Montana State University during the university's spring commencement. Photo courtesy of Helene Michael.

2013 Montana State University Honorary Degree Recipient, Helene Michael

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Helene Michael, a former vice president at Boeing Co. who lives in Condon, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Montana State University during the university's spring commencement, university officials announced today. 

MSU's spring commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Michael will receive the honorary doctorate during the morning ceremony.

"Montana State is privileged to honor Helene Michael," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "This is the highest commendation MSU confers, and she is extremely deserving of the recognition."

Michael joined Boeing after receiving a bachelor's degree from MSU in 1985 in mechanical engineering technology. After serving in various positions at the company, including manufacturing engineer, engineering supervisor and factory supervisor, she was named vice president of 737 manufacturing operations. In 1993 she represented Boeing at the International Welding conference in Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia, where delegates from five nations gathered to discuss the need for an international aerospace welding exchange.

Michael worked for the company for more than a quarter of a century before retiring in 2011.

Michael has remained closely involved with and committed to MSU over the years, according to individuals who nominated her for the honorary degree. She serves on MSU's Engineering Advisory Council and, through frequent participation in career fairs and campus interviews, helps Boeing recruit MSU engineering students. She has also delivered several keynote speeches at the university's annual Women in Engineering dinners. One nominator noted that Michael has been a "great advocate" for women in engineering through her participation in MSU's EMPower and Society of Women Engineers programs.

Michael, who is now retired, lives in Condon, Mont. She is a native of Sweden.

For more information about MSU's spring commencement, see http://www.montana.edu/commencement.

Contact: Tom Calcagni, (406) 994-4571 or tcalcagni@montana.edu