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Sramek Named CSULB Distinguished Alumnus

Commission President delivers Engineering commencement speech

June 2, 2010

When Board of Harbor Commissioners President Nick Sramek, a California State University, Long Beach, graduate and "Distinguished Alumnus," walked with the nearly 650 new College of Engineering graduates on Friday, May 28, it was a moment nearly four decades in the making.

Sramek missed the graduation ceremonies when he graduated from the school in 1973.

“I already had a full time job and I didn't get to walk,” said Sramek. To join in the ceremonies nearly 40 years later “was an incredible feeling,” he said.

Sramek, who was recognized recently as the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumnus, delivered a speech at the Engineering commencement Friday.

Sramek told his fellow CSULB engineers to be proud of the education they have received and value it not just for the career opportunities it will afford them, but that it will serve them well throughout their lives. Sramek, who has long been involved in community affairs citywide, said his background in engineering has helped him be a more effective advocate for his community because it trained him to understand complex subjects.

Sramek was appointed to the Harbor Commission in 2007 by Mayor Bob Foster and voted president by his fellow commissioners last year. The five-member board sets policy for the Port. He is a senior project leader in system engineering for The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he has worked for 28 years, primarily on military satellite systems. He and wife, Patti, are long time residents of Long Beach.

For full biography visit www.polb.com/commissioners

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