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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Water.org CEO tells S&T grads to follow their passion

  • The co-founder of Kansas City, Mo., based Water.org, which helps people in developing nations gain access to safe water and sanitation, told Missouri University of Science and Technology graduates this past weekend to let their passion lead them to address “the world's greatest needs.”
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  • The co-founder of Kansas City, Mo., based Water.org, which helps people in developing nations gain access to safe water and sanitation, told Missouri University of Science and Technology graduates this past weekend to let their passion lead them to address "the world's greatest needs."
    Gary White, chief executive officer of Water.org, delivered both commencement addresses at Missouri S&T Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14.
    White, who co-founded Water.org with actor Matt Damon, discussed his journey as a social entrepreneur and the relevance of his journey to graduates of today.
    "Your life should be about finding the intersection of your greatest passion and the world's greatest needs," White told the graduates.
    White's entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed. He is a leading adviser in the water and sanitation sector and a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and WASH Advocates.
    During commencement, White was awarded the doctor of engineering degree, honoris causa. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now called Missouri S&T) in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
    White also holds a master of science degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    In 2012, White received the World Social Impact Award from the World Policy Institute, was named one of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of 2012 and was named one of Missouri S&T's 28 Alumni of Influence.
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