Dawn Strickland: Fostering an Inclusive, Entrepreneurial Community

March 01, 2021

The Student Startup Center (SSC) at UC Davis is a community of students and mentors interested in using innovation and entrepreneurship to make the world a better place. The center is designed to introduce students to entrepreneurs and early-stage investors, allow students to practice the work of entrepreneurs and early-stage investors and teach students useful knowledge and skills for their journeys as student entrepreneurs.

Postdoc Profile: Tho V. Le, Ph.D., Institute of Transportation Studies

March 01, 2021

As a five-year-old, Tho V. Le watched a black-and-white movie and asked his mom: “Why is nobody in our community a singer or actor?” But as soon as he started school, Le fell in love with numbers, computers and science. He no longer wanted to become a singer or actor.

Staff Spotlight: Stacey Cook

January 20, 2021

Stacey Cook recently joined the College of Engineering as the Director of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Office.

As part of her role, she provides leadership and strategic planning and participates on various committees. Managing and supervising also comprise about 90 percent of Stacey's major job functions and responsibilities. She started her career at UC Berkeley, has held many roles in the community college system and brings 32 years of higher education professional experience to the position.

Alin Wakefield: Supporting the Next Generation

December 08, 2020

Alin Wakefield is the Research and Graduate Studies Development Coordinator in the College of Engineering. His duties focus on developing strategies to expand recruitment and retention efforts, project management, faculty development and student coaching.

Postdoc Profile: Xiaodong Qian, Ph.D., Institute of Transportation Studies

December 08, 2020

About ten years ago, Xiaodong Qian realized the urgency and challenges of traffic in his hometown of Wuhan, China.

“All traffic had to go through one intersection near my home in a busy, commercial area. During rush hour, everybody ignored traffic lights, no one kept a safe distance and the intersection was totally congested for about two hours,” he said. At that time, he was an undergraduate student at Tsinghua University and became interested in solving traffic problems. One way to alleviate traffic congestion is to use bicycles.

Postdoc Profile: Tri Dev Acharya, Ph.D., Institute of Transportation Studies

December 08, 2020

Tri Dev Acharya joined the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies as a postdoctoral researcher in 2019. Tri Dev’s name refers to the trinity of Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, and he grew up in a middle-class family in rural Nepal. Following his high school education, he went to the capital for post-secondary study and later joined Kathmandu University as an undergraduate.

Staff Spotlight: John Orawiec

October 14, 2020

John Orawiec is joining the College of Engineering this fall as the Director of Strategic Change in Safety Culture and Programs.

John has spent fourteen years specializing in designing and implementing safety management systems including managing complex multi-disciplinary academic research safety, developing and delivering safety training, auditing for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and general injury prevention. 

Staff Spotlight: Megan Villasenor

September 28, 2020

Megan Villasenor recently joined the College of Engineering as the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s (BME) Chief Operations Officer.

As part of her role, she provides leadership, oversight and management to the large and complex academic and translational research environment for the BME department. She has been with the University of California since 2006, and has spent time working at both the Davis and Berkeley campuses. Megan is also a passionate volunteer on campus and in her community.

Staff Spotlight: Leon Szeto

July 20, 2020
In January, UC Davis internally launched its new “Outgrow the Expected” brand campaign with a big 2020 Kickoff Celebration drawing more than one thousand staff and faculty. Chancellor May was joined by leaders throughout the university to articulate a vision designed to help UC Davis become better known, better understood and better supported. To align with campus’ vision, many College of Engineering staff have been collaborating throughout spring and summer to update and re-brand our college website.

Staff Spotlight: A Day in our New Work Life

April 28, 2020

Since campus has moved to suspended operations, everyone is working hard to keep things running smoothly for the students and each other. Whether it’s connecting with colleagues and faculty virtually more than ever before, or seeing close to no one in our engineering buildings, work looks a lot different for all of us as College of Engineering staff.