Alumni Spotlight: Michael Hurlston, '88, '90, '91

Michael Hurlston speaking at the 2019 Alumni Celebration
Michael Hurlston and Dean Curtis at the 2019 College of Engineering Alumni Celebration
Michael Hurlston (left) and College of Engineering Dean Jennifer Sinclair Curtis (right) at the 2019 College of Engineering Alumni Celebration.

Mike Hurlston received his B.S and M.S. in electrical engineering at UC Davis in addition to a M.B.A from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM). He has had a successful career as an electrical engineer and as a business leader. Hurlston is currently the CEO of Synaptics, the leading developer of human interface solutions, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. Since graduating, Hurlston continues to be involved with UC Davis both philanthropically and by volunteering with the two colleges he spent his time in. He is currently a member of the GSM’s Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Executive Committee, which works closely with staff and faculty to assist the College through advocacy, prospective donor identification and cultivation, and personal philanthropy.

Something useful that he learned at UC Davis was how to work together as a team. “The engineering problem sets were always very difficult and without collaborating, they would be either too time consuming or impossible to answer. Collaboration was the only way to stay sane and it turns out that is the way industry works as well!” said Hurlston.

Read about Michael Hurlston in the spring 2017 edition of AggieExtra magazine.

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