Doug Oberhelman Receives Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters

Sunday, May 4 was no ordinary day for Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO. In recognition of his dedication to improving STEM teaching and learning, Aurora University awarded Doug with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree during the school’s recent commencement ceremony.

Aurora University is a liberal arts college located in Aurora, Illinois, just minutes from Caterpillar’s Aurora facility. For Doug, receiving this honor from Aurora University was like a homecoming for him, as the university’s setting mirrors Doug’s undergraduate education at Millikin University.

Doug’s accolade follows a long history of collaboration between Caterpillar and Aurora University. Most recently, Caterpillar-Aurora employees, along with the Caterpillar Foundation, have teamed up with the university and other local businesses and school districts to assist in the launch of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Partnership School, which is being built on the university’s campus for third through eighth-grade students in the local community.

Caterpillar’s investment in the school is for the development of its manufacturing curriculum. Caterpillar volunteers have put in hours of their personal time to not only develop the manufacturing curriculum, but also teach two graduate classes to the STEM school’s future teachers.

As part of his recognition, Doug addressed graduates during a speech at the commencement ceremony. He also had the opportunity to tour the STEM Partnership School and meet the group of Caterpillar volunteers that have been instrumental in the collaboration between Caterpillar and Aurora University.

"This honor belongs to all the Caterpillar employees who are giving their time and expertise to this valuable project, as much as it does to me,” commented Doug.

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