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Hazelynn Khoo, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student

“What makes engineering so rewarding is to be able to impact the world and create change. I want to help people through engineering” SPEAKING FROM THE HEART : HAZELYNN KHOO, UC ‘19 Hazelynn Khoo, a mechanical engineering undergraduate student at a UC, grew up with heart issues that flared up every so often. In high...

James Rogers, Founder and CEO, Apeel Sciences

James Rogers, PhD, Founder and CEO, Apeel Sciences While working on his PhD in Materials at a UC, James Rogers spent a lot of time driving back and forth to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For hours, he passed lush agriculture fields and wondered how millions in the world went hungry. He soon learned it...

Viral Shah, CEO, Julia Computing

Viral Shah, CEO, Julia Computing In 2009, Viral Shah was playing catch with his teammate Stefan Karpinksi, a UC computer science graduate student, after an Ultimate Frisbee intramural match. They may have talked some about Ultimate strategy, but a more important result of their meeting was the discovery that they shared a common frustration with...

Lorenzo Booth, Environmental Systems doctoral student

Lorenzo Booth, Environmental Systems doctoral student B.S. ’15 Environmental Engineering I M.S. ’18 Environmental Systems Lorenzo Booth embodies a UC engineer to the fullest extent. The Los Angeles native has climbed the UC ladder — from environmental engineering undergrad to his current status as an environmental systems doctoral student — picking up national attention along...

Crysthal Alvarez, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate Student

Crysthal Alvarez, Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student Crysthal Alvarez is an undergraduate mechanical engineering major working in Dr. Guillermo Aguilar’s Window to the Brain Lab. She, alongside an interdisciplinary and multi-university team of faculty and postdocs, has developed a novel transparent skull implant that provides a literal “window to the brain,” which will eventually allow for...

Daniela Marques, Materials Science & Engineering undergraduate student

A UC engineering education propels student into a career in the space and technology hub of Southern California Daniela Marques, BS Materials Science & Engineering Expected graduation: 2019 When Daniela Marques visited the UC campus, she knew she wanted to do engineering. That feeling was amplified by all the smiling faces she saw on campus...

Elmer Thomas, Senior Developer Experience Engineer, Twilio/SendGrid

Elmer Thomas, B.S. 03’, M.S. 05’ Senior Developer Experience Engineer, Twilio/SendGrid Elmer completed a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of California focusing on control systems and GPS navigation systems under Dr. Jay Farrell. Elmer currently serves as the senior developer experience engineer at Twilio/SendGrid, a cloud-based email...

Gabriel Garcia Montoya, Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate student

Gabriel Garcia Montoya Undergraduate student, Computer Science and Engineering When you’re an engineer … the work you do can be applied to many fields. For example, if you do computer science, you can write code for a pacemaker or a drone or put that code into space. The mind of an engineer is very versatile...

Gaurav Sant, Director of the Institute for Carbon Management

“We see ourselves wanting to develop technologies that might be considered fanciful at one point but become reality very quickly. So we see ourselves looking at a blue sky and saying, ‘Well then, let’s come up with ideas which will change the world.” Gaurav Sant Associate Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow in Civil and Environmental...

Janna Rodriguez, mechanical engineer, Intel Corporation

Janna Rodriguez, mechanical engineer, Intel Corporation Janna’s Rodriguez’s achievements exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit and drive shared by many UC graduates. Rodriguez not only launched a successful business in her hometown of Merced as an engineering student, she also excelled in the classroom. Rodriguez credits the combination of unique programs, people, encouragement and small class-size for...

Jeffrey Aceves, Ph.D. student

Jeffrey Aceves is an excellent student. Always has been. He graduated high school with a 4.3 GPA and an Eagle Scout ranking. He graduated from a UC in 3 ½ years, having come to the campus with 20 college credits already completed. The Bakersfield native is driven, dedicated and not afraid to push his personal...

Michael Campbell, Principal Engineering Specialist, Aerospace Corporation

Michael Campbell, Computer Science Principal Engineering Specialist, Aerospace Corporation Michael Campbell (Class of 1980) is a Principal Engineering Specialist at The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research & Development Center headquartered in El Segundo, California. The organization provides a wide range of technical support to many U.S. government space organizations such as the Air Force...

Michael Urner, Chief Financial Officer, BEAT Inc.

Michael Urner is one of UC most successful engineering alumni, now on his second startup company and mentoring current UC students as they move along their own engineering paths. As a student, he took part in the School of Engineering’s Innovation and Design Clinic (IDC), working with fellow engineering students and community partner Valley Children’s...

Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang, School of Engineering Distinguished Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Baskin School of Engineering Distinguished Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, former Chancellor of a UC, second dean of the Baskin School of Engineering "I was most fortunate to learn from the world's greatest engineering professors on how to think critically and creatively. Many professors have become my life-long mentors and greater family...

Vanessa Coria, Chemical Engineering undergraduate Student

For Vanessa, the UC experience has provided a unique community of engineers. As a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student, her UC has granted her the opportunity to channel learned skills through different mediums like undergraduate research, student organizations, and working on campus projects. The UC experience has also allowed Vanessa to strive towards her career goals...

Henry Samueli, Co-Founder and Chairman, Broadcom Inc.

From an early home-made radio, to a multi-billion dollar industry, a UC engineering education provides the link to a technological invention that likely enables the device you’re reading this from Henry Samueli, BS ’75, MS ’76, PhD ’80 Co-Founder and Chairman, Broadcom Inc. Benefactor, of a UC School of Engineering The son of Jewish immigrant...

Adrian Salguero, Computer Science graduate student

Adrian Salguero UC computer science graduate student Adrian Salguero felt behind the curve when he started his computer science and engineering undergraduate degree at the University of California. He was relatively new to the subject while some of his classmates had been programming for years. But he stuck with it, and now he is earning...

Alfred Chuang, Chairman and CEO, Magnet Systems, Inc.

Alfred Chuang, M.S. ’86 Chairman and CEO, Magnet Systems, Inc. Never give up and always see things through to completion. These life lessons were imparted by Alfred Chuang, founder and CEO of Magnet Systems, Inc., to graduating seniors at a UC College of Engineering. “The UC College of Engineering has a unique culture that motivates...

Bev Crair, VP of Product Development & Quality in Lenovo's Data Center Group

Bev Crair B.A. in Computer and Information Sciences ’83, B.A. Mathematics ’83 VP of Product Development & Quality in Lenovo's Data Center Group “The UC system teaches students how to discover, how to ask important questions. UC graduates have an inquisitiveness about what's possible.” Bev Crair is VP of Product Development & Quality in Lenovo’s...

Brenda Betancourt, Professor, University of Florida

Brenda Betancourt Professor, University of Florida Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Brenda Betancourt moved to California in 2010 to pursue a Ph.D. in Statistics at a University of California. She is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. While at UC, her research focus was on applications of Bayesian statistical methods. She says that...