Update: Photos from the College of Engineering 2017 spring commencement ceremony are available on Flickr.
DAVIS, Calif., June 2, 2017 — Alfred Chuang, UC Davis engineering alumnus and chairman and chief executive officer of the Palo Alto-based company, Magnet Systems, Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 2017 Commencement. More than 650 students will receive their bachelor of science in engineering at the ceremony, which will take place on Friday, June 16 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Pavilion.
As founder of Magnet, Chuang is well-known and widely respected for his innovations in platforms for e-commerce applications. His work on application containers has had a broad and pervasive impact on the way that web services for e-business are built.
“I can’t think of a more exciting time in the technology industry,” Chuang says of post-graduation opportunities for UC Davis engineering graduates. “I certainly can’t imagine a more prepared group of talents to embark on further advancing the world and making it a better place.”
Chuang received a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in computer science with a specialization in distributed data management from UC Davis in 1986.
After graduating from UC Davis, Chuang spent nine years at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he held leadership positions in critical areas like software product development, network infrastructure, systems architecture, and operations management. In 1995, Chuang founded enterprise software company, BEA Systems, with partners Bill Coleman and Ed Scott. Chuang became BEA’s CEO and chairman of the board, a position he held until 2008 when BEA was sold to Oracle for $8.5 billion.
A leader in software product development and operations management, Chuang has received numerous industry and leadership awards, including a 2011 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal from the College of Engineering. Chuang also serves on the Dean’s Executive Committee for the College.