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Suchita Mukherjee Receives College of Engineering Master’s Thesis Excellence Award

June 09, 2021

Suchita Mukherjee is the first recipient of the annual Master’s Thesis Excellence Award in the College of Engineering. She is graduating from UC Davis this spring with a master’s degree in computer science and will be joining Zillow Group as a software developer.

She was selected for this award based on her research, “Fixing Dependency Errors for Python Build Reproducibility,” under the mentorship of computer science Professor Cindy Rubio-González.

Folgers Coffee Partners with the UC Davis Coffee Center

June 08, 2021

The UC Davis Coffee Center is proud to announce a recent $500,000 gift from Folgers Coffee.

The Folgers Analytical Chemistry Lab will provide the first university infrastructure in the nation to address the unresolved questions around how certain molecules naturally present in coffee affect the final flavor profile of this beloved beverage.

Kathryn Tarver receives the 2021 M.S. Ghausi Medal

June 03, 2021

Growing up, Kathryn Tarver would have never believed she would one day be an engineer. Now, she is graduating with a B.S. in biological systems engineering, having become a dedicated machinist and problem-solver. At UC Davis, she fostered her love of machines in the biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) shop and has worked to create a better world both in the community and on campus by founding the Women Machinists’ Club at UC Davis.

2021 College of Engineering Undergraduate Student Awards

June 02, 2021

The UC Davis College of Engineering congratulates the students who have received Outstanding Senior Awards, Department Citations and Scholar Awards. These students demonstrate the best in leadership, academic achievement and service both in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Sima Asadi receives the 2021 Zuhair A. Munir Award

June 01, 2021

Dr. Sima Asadi is this year’s recipient of the Zuhair A. Munir Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the College of Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UC Davis in 2020 and is now a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Asadi’s dissertation, “Airborne Infectious Disease Transmission via Expiratory Aerosol Particles and Aerosolized Fomite,” focuses on airborne infectious disease transmission.

College of Engineering’s 2021 Virtual Design Showcase

June 01, 2021

By Rachel Steere and Noah Pflueger-Peters

The Engineering Design Showcase is the culminating experience for graduating seniors. This event brings together project teams from all eight departments for an opportunity to share their design projects with their peers, professors and the public. This year, the College of Engineering will host the showcase virtually on the college’s website on June 3, 2021. About 130 design teams and engineering clubs have signed up to share their efforts with industry partners, alumni and the campus community.

Staff Spotlight: Cindy Alvarenga

May 24, 2021

Cindy Alvarenga recently joined the College of Engineering as an academic advisor in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Office.

In her role, she provides academic advising and support for undergraduates and department academic advisors. Cindy is a first-generation American and transfer student and received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UC Davis and a master's degree in leadership from St. Mary's College of California. She previously worked in the College of Letters and Sciences before joining the college on May 3.

2021 College of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award Winners

May 20, 2021

Each year, the UC Davis College of Engineering recognizes and honors staff members who show a strong commitment to the mission and vision of the college and consistently perform above and beyond expectations.

Chidubem Nnaji wins Donald A. Strauss Foundation Scholarship

May 18, 2021

Civil and environmental engineering student Chidubem Nnaji has been named a 2021 Donald A. Strauss Foundation Scholar for his project titled “Using Solar Power to Empower.” The annual scholarship was established as a memorial to the late Don Strauss—a successful business executive who had a lifelong interest in education and public service—and awards $15,000 to up to fifteen college sophomores or juniors from pre-selected institutions in California.

UC Davis College of Engineering Announces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

May 17, 2021

In March 2021, Interim Dean Jeffery C. Gibeling announced the formation of the College of Engineering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for staff and faculty. The mission of the college DEI committee is to advise the dean and college leadership team on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion as they relate to faculty, staff and students within the college.

In Memoriam: Tanya Whitlow

May 12, 2021

On May 9, 2021, our dear colleague, mentor and friend Tanya Whitlow passed away. A champion of student success at UC Davis for more than 25 years, Tanya designed, developed and directed the College of Engineering’s Leadership in Engineering Advancement, Diversity and Retention (LEADR) program. This innovative program aims to recruit, retain and graduate, diverse student populations from the College of Engineering.

Alumni Spotlight: Stephen McCord, '95, '99

May 10, 2021

Stephen McCord received his M.S and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis. He says the educational experience he received from UC Davis gave him a clearer understanding of what he didn’t know, the humility to accept that he will never know everything, an appreciation for the variety of technical expertise that can tackle environmental problems synergistically and the value of collaboration.

Alumni Spotlight: Claude Laguë, '89

May 10, 2021

Claude Laguë received his B.S. and M.S. from Université Laval in Canada in 1982 and 1986, respectively and his Ph.D. from UC Davis, all in agricultural engineering. Laguë is professor of agricultural engineering at the University of Ottawa and is well respected for his teaching and innovation in machine design, soil mechanics and environmental engineering. He has held many leadership roles at different universities throughout his career including the dean of engineering at the University of Ottawa.