Howard L. Lance, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from UCF.

A Melbourne-based global provider of communications and information technology products, software and systems, Harris Corporation is a big supporter of UCF and has donated $3 million for the engineering center that bears its name. The company also has invested in research programs that have given students opportunities to work-side-by-side with top experts.

During the commencement ceremonies, UCF President John Hitt praised Lance’s commitment to the community and his leadership.

Lance previously served as president of NCR Corporation and as chief operating officer of its Retail and Financial Group. He also held several senior management positions during his 17-year tenure with Emerson Electric Co.

Lance was appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee by President George W. Bush. He also has been honored as “Technology Executive of the Year” by the American Electronics Association of Florida.

Florida Today named Lance its “Citizen of the Year” in 2006. He is a member and former chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Brevard County.