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On Friday, November 22, 2019 the College of Engineering celebrated its 2019 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal (DEAM) recipients. This annual event celebrates the achievements of our alumni, while displaying our innovative current students through interactive student-led demonstrations.

The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal is the highest recognition presented by the College of Engineering to alumni whose professional and personal achievements bring special honor to the college and university. Medalists have a record of achievement in academia, business and/or public service, as well as distinguished service to the college, profession and/or community.

Friends, family and classmates were invited to celebrate our college’s alumni and their profound achievements. The evening included a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as opportunities to reconnect with faculty and alumni. 

Event Photos

Click here to browse photos of the 2019 Alumni Celebration.

Date and Schedule

Date: Friday, November, 22, 2019


6 – 7 p.m.   Social hour with interactive student demonstrations
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center

7 – 9 p.m.   Dinner and alumni awards
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets and Accommodations


  • Regular: $40 per person
  • Recent alumni (’09 or later): $25 per person

Ticket sales for Alumni Celebration were available for purchase online. Register to attend by November 13, 2019 to secure your seat.


For your convenience, a block of rooms at a discounted group rate has been reserved at the Hyatt Place UC Davis for overnight stays on November 22. Be sure to book your hotel room by October 25, 2019 in order to receive the discount.

Parking and directions are available here.

2019 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medalists

Learn more about the 2019 medal recipients here.

  • Kimberly Budil, M.S. ’88 and Ph.D. ’94, applied science
  • Dennis Discher ’86, mechanical engineering
  • Deborah Frincke, M.S. ’89 and Ph.D. ’92, computer science
  • Michael Hurlston ’88, electrical engineering, and M.S. ’91, engineering
  • Robert Kiss ’84, chemical engineering
  • John Maroney ’75, mechanical engineering
  • Shelten Yuen ’01, electrical engineering

Past DEAM Recipients

Click here for a look at the past Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medalists.