DelVal student awarded lecture series scholarship

Mar 09, 2011

Student Melissa Milanese has received a $2,000 Thomas W. Watson Executive-in-Residence scholarship in honor of  Neil Clover, chief technology officer at Arup Americas. 

Milanese, of Philadelphia, is a junior majoring in Business Administration with a specialization in Sports Management. 

Clover spoke in February at DelVal and met with finance and management classes as well as with several student organizations as part of the Watson speaker series. The series was established in 2005 to bring worldwide business leaders to campus. Clover spoke on the art of aligning business practices with technology as well as providing students with sound career advice as they make the transition from college to the workplace.

His company, Arup, is a global engineering and professional services firm with offices in 35 countries. It first gained international attention with its work on Australia’s Sydney Opera House. More recently, it did work on several of the signature buildings at the Beijing Olympics.

The Watson program’s founder, Thomas W. Watson, is a DelVal alumnus and co-founder and vice chairman emeritus of Omnicom Group, Inc., a strategic holding company that manages a portfolio of global businesses. Watson also serves as dean of Omnicom University.

The series gives students a chance to learn about the trends, ideas and emerging issues influencing the world economy.

Past Watson speakers have included Richard Reif, president and chief executive officer of Doylestown Hospital; Rob Dhoble, president of Omnicom Group’s Diversified Agency Services Healthcare; and Sydney Martin, former president and chief executive officer of The Sytex Group, Inc.