Topcon's Ray O’Connor receives honorary doctorate

  Topcon's Ray O’Connor receives honorary doctorate

   DIT honors ‘outstanding leader in international business and innovation’

Business Wire

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- November 19, 2012

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 measurement
instruments.

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, dean 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 worldwide.

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
Corporation.

“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 activist.

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
positioningproducts andsolutionsfor theglobalsurveying, 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.

Contact:

Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
George Smith, 925-245-8603
Director of Communications Services
news@topcon.com
 
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