By Tim Hyland

Under the leadership of President Amy Gutmann, the University has become home to a host of cross-disciplinary research initiatives and now offers dozens of dual-degree programs.

But to hear William Hamilton say it, the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology remains Penn’s best. “Our students,” says Hamilton, director of the program and Ralph Landau Professor of Management and Technology “are used to being ‘the smart kids’ in the class.”

The rigorous dual-degree Fisher program has since 1979 offered students the unique opportunity to earn degrees from both Wharton and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. More than 1,400 of them have successfully done so. The program has grown dramatically over the years, but its focus, says Hamilton, has remained unchanged. Also unchanged is the quality of students the program attracts and the quality of graduates it turns out.

Some of those distinguished alumni including NASA astronaut and M&T alumnus Garrett Reisman, ENG’90, W’90 will return to campus in early November to help celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary. The three-day event is set for Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15

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