2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal (DEAM) ceremony

Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlights

Our alumni have become pioneers in their respective fields with achievements that have been far-reaching. Here are some outstanding examples of how our graduates are changing the world:

Alumni Spotlight: Linda Finley '81

Linda Finley ’81, mechanical engineering, has paved the way for countless women in engineering. When Linda came to UC Davis in 1979 to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, she quickly joined the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). At the time, SWE was struggling. It was important to Linda that the student chapter thrive, and she served as president for two years. Some of the events established under her leadership, including the popular “Night with Industry,” still happen today.

Two Engineering Alumni Receive 2022 UC Davis Alumni Awards

Charles “Chuck” Nichols (electrical engineering '83) and John M. Wasson (chemical engineering '84) are among six UC Davis alumni recognized for 2022 Alumni Awards. Nichols, who served as president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) for two years and as trustee of the UC Davis Foundation, receives the Jerry W. Fielder Award. Wasson, who serves on the college's Dean's Executive Committee and the Department of Chemical Engineering's advisory board, receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Pribilo

Christopher Pribilo ’20, aerospace engineering, knew he wanted to study aviation from a young age. His grandfather was a pilot, and Chris was always fascinated by the controls and buttons in his small Cessna plane. Following an internship at United Airlines, Chris got a job at Boeing, where he currently works as a multi-discipline engineer doing stress analysis and service engineering for the 737 Max.

Alumni Spotlight: Shason Briscoe

Growing up in Houston, Shason Briscoe ’19, computer engineering, always had an affinity for the tech field. He watched the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conferences and tech-related YouTube videos in high school. He even toured several startup headquarters in and around the Bay area during a trip with his parents to San Francisco.

Leading the Lab

When Kim Budil, Ph.D. ’94, first joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a graduate student in 1987, she never anticipated that she would become its first female director 34 years later. She began her new role on March 2.