'Dilbert of academia' brings humor to talk at UH

HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2007 Known as the Dilbert of academia, Jorge Cham has been giving graduate students a reason to chuckle for the past eight years with Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD), a comic strip about the ups and downs of life in graduate school.

Cham, who earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, will speak at the University of Houston about The Power of Procrastination at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 in the Science and Engineering Research and Classroom Complex auditorium (room 100). The first lecture in a new UH series designed to inspire college students to attend graduate school, the event is free and open to the public.

Chams humor has long struck a chord with frazzled graduate students, and his talk will draw upon his own experiences to inject humor into the lives of stressed out academics. He also will explore what causes anxiety among academics and the myths and guilt associated with procrastination.

In addition to having appeared in student newspapers including those at Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University, his comic strip is published online, where it receives more than 4.5 million page views per month. To see the strip, visit http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php.

Originally from Panama, Cham obtained his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a specialization in robotics from Stanford, where he began drawing PhD. He subsequently worked as an instructor and researcher at Caltech.

Chams appearance launches the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) Deans Lecture Series. The NSM Office of the Dean, the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program and the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participati

Contact: Lisa Merkl
University of Houston

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