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:

Jack Yao ’95: From Robotics Gameshow Contestant to CEO

In 1994, Jack Yao ’95 was part of a team of 10 UC Davis students that competed in a “techno-soccer challenge” in Osaka, Japan. The competition, which was nationally televised in Japan, challenged teams to build robots to autonomously navigate an obstacle course while dribbling, and eventually shooting, a soccer ball towards a goal. 

Three Questions for Dean Richard Corsi

As part of a sit down with UC Davis Magazine, Dean Richard Corsi and UC Davis' new deans in the College of Letters and Science and School of Veterinary Medicine discussed their plans and visions for the respective departments. Dean Corsi's answers are excerpted below.

Tech Titan

For most, building a successful startup is a once-in-a-lifetime venture. For Prem Jain, M.S. ’77, it’s become a familiar routine. Pensando Systems, which he built with three other partners, was acquired in May by AMD, a firm that designs microprocessors for the computer and consumer electronics industries — for $1.9 billion.

Alumni Robert and Carolyn Caligiuri Establish Professor Amiya Mukherjee Memorial Fellowship in Materials Science

Alumni Robert ’73 and Carolyn Caligiuri ’74 have given a $1.27 million endowment to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis to establish the Amiya Mukherjee Memorial Fellowship in honor of Robert Caligiuri’s first mentor. The gift will support competitive doctoral students and boost the department's stature.