The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) recently conferred the award of
Honorary Doctorate on Ireland native Ray O'Connor, president and CEO of
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), a global leader in precision
The award was conferred in recognition of O'Connor's outstanding
achievements in international business and innovation. Originally from
County Kildare and now based in California, O'Connor attended the
ceremony, accompanied by his wife Nancy, as well as several family
members who are living in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.
In his speech to the assembly, the DIT president, Professor Brian Norton
welcomed O'Connor back to DIT, where he had completed his studies in
construction in the early 1980's.
About O'Connor, Norton said, "Your positive, forward-looking approach to
developing new businesses, and your ability to work across geographical
and cultural borders, provide a real example to us as educators and to
our graduates as young professionals."
O'Connor travelled to the U.S. when he finished his studies at DIT. He
worked for a number of different companies before joining Topcon
America, a division of the Tokyo-based Topcon Corporation in 1993.
Dr. Mike Murphy, dan of the College of Engineering and Built
Environment, said that "in addition to other accolades, Mr. O'Connor was
also the first person who was not Japanese or of Japanese descent to
receive the prestigious Toshiba Business Performance Award for his
superior leadership and performance."
Outlining his career path, Dr. Murphy said O'Connor had joined a Topcon
team of 40 people, and now leads a company employing more than 800
In addition to his role as president and CEO of TPS, earlier this year
Ray O'Connor was appointed senior managing executive officer of Topcon
"There is no doubt that Ray O'Connor has enjoyed great success in his
career, and we honor him for that. We also honor him for the attributes
that have helped him to achieve that success - in particular, his
outstanding leadership and team-building qualities and the unlimited
vein of curiosity that drives him to continue to learn."
Past recipients of honorary doctorates from DIT include: Pierce Brosnan,
actor and philanthropist; Mary Robinson, former president of
Ireland; Arthur Ryan, chairman of Penneys; Phil Coulter, musician,
composer and music ambassador; Angela Brady, president of the Royal
Institute of British Architects; and Dr. Martin McAleese, Irish peace
O'Connor said, "It is indeed a distinctive honor and humbling experience
to be included in this extraordinary group of world leaders in receiving
this special award from DIT."
The Honorary Doctorate award is conferred on a small number of
individuals who have made an exceptional contribution in their field.
The award is conferred at the annual DIT graduation ceremony and
recipients are introduced as standard bearers for DIT graduates starting
out on their careers.
O'Connor was conferred in the company of DIT graduates of the Department
of Engineering and Built Environment, accompanied by their families. The
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is one of the largest institutes of
higher education in the country with more than 19,000 students and a
staff of about 2,000.
Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. (TPS) designs and manufactures
precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying,
construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset
management and mobile control markets. TPS' parent company, Topcon
Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange - 7732), was founded in 1932.
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