Staff Spotlight: Daryl Fitzgerald

Daryl Fitzgerald joined the College of Engineering as the director of corporate relations and development in July. His role focuses on forging connections that create philanthropic opportunities and align the strategic priorities of the college with the interests and goals of corporate partners and other donors. Daryl brings over 15 years of experience from prior roles at Chico State’s College of Engineering, Fresno State's College of Engineering and UC Merced.

Staff Spotlight: Dawn Strickland

Dawn Strickland is the administrator of the Student Startup Center, based in the College of Engineering, and is responsible for the center’s operations, marketing and outreach. She also serves as lecturer for "Launching a Company" (ENG 080), a class in which students use modern startup-building methods to launch their own startups.

Staff Spotlight: Cindy Alvarenga

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.

Staff Spotlight: Lauren Worrell

Lauren Worrell is the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and has been a staff member in the college for about six and a half years.

Her main responsibilities are focused on helping students from pre-admission to graduation. Lauren does advising, but also works with funding, policy and procedures, student milestones, recruitment, admission and anything related to the graduate program and graduate student experience in CEE.

Dawn Strickland: Fostering an Inclusive, Entrepreneurial Community

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

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

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

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

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.