Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work comes to Champaign-Urbana

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work recently returned to his Alma Mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his time at the University, the Deputy Secretary received a bachelor of science degree in biology and graduated from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) program.

Shortly after arriving on campus, Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer and Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Melanie Loots led a comprehensive campus tour for Deputy Secretary Work. In addition to showing the Deputy Secretary the many ways in which campus has changed since he graduated in 1974, they stopped at the Beckman Institute to see some of the advanced materials research funded by the Air Force and the Coordinated Science Laboratory to see some of their drone technology.

The next morning, Deputy Secretary Work visited the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, where he received a briefing on the Center and its services, as well as a guided tour.

During the U of I Tri-Service ROTC Commissioning Ceremony that same day, Deputy Secretary Work served as the guest speaker, administered the Oath of Office and presented commissioning certificates.