Biography

IN MEMORIAM: John D. Kemper

April 30, 2018

DAVIS, Calif.; April 30, 2018 – John D. Kemper, former dean of the College of Engineering, passed away on April 25 at age 93.

Kemper was the second dean of the College of Engineering, a position he held from 1969 until 1983 during a period of growth and development for the campus and college. During his tenure as dean, the college doubled in size, from 1,040 to 2,110 students, and added new graduate and undergraduate programs, including computer science and aeronautical engineering.

IN MEMORIAM: Bruce White of the College of Engineering

April 26, 2018

By College of Engineering Staff

DAVIS, Calif.; April 26, 2018 – Professor Emeritus and former Dean Bruce R. White, a pioneer in environmental wind engineering who saved the San Francisco Giants from a design disaster at AT&T Park, died April 25 after a brief illness. He was 69.

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis Named Dean of UC Davis Engineering

July 08, 2015

DAVIS, CA­­­; July 8, 2015–Jennifer Sinclair Curtis has been named as the Dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering effective October 19, 2015.  Curtis currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Facilities at the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.  She will replace Interim Dean Jean VanderGheynst who graciously agreed to serve effective July 1, 2015, in the wake of former Dean

Biography: Woong-chul Yang

April 21, 2014

After earning his Ph.D. in engineering under the guidance of UC Davis Professor Emeritus Don Margolis, Woong-chul Yang went to work as a technical assistant at Ford Motor Company in 1986.

Biography: M. Allen Northrup

February 19, 2014
Real-world events sometimes catalyze research activity in the blink of an eye.

In 1996, biomedical engineer M. Allen Northrup partnered with Thomas L. Gutshall and Kurt Petersen to found Cepheid, a company they hoped would become the reference standard for DNA analysis. Northrup soon became chief technology officer and vice-president of research, and the company’s first product was released in 2000: the SmartCycler, a device that improved upon existing fast-cycling techniques for preparing DNA samples.

Biography: Nelson Max

October 30, 2013

In 1984, fledgling computer animator John Lasseter’s short film The Adventures of André and Wally B drew plenty of attention; when he then directed Luxo Jr. in 1986, the upstart company dubbed Pixar was well on its way. Both films were praised for the manner in which CGI visualized real-world objects and environments.

Roy Bainer

October 16, 2013

In 1961, after the Bay of Pigs invasion when approximately 1,200 prisoners were held hostage in Cuba, Fidel Castro offered a trade with the United States: He would release most of the captives in exchange for 500 tractors. To negotiate this famous “Tractors for Prisoners” trade, an “unofficial” group of U.S. delegates was sent to Havana — “unofficial” to support the federal government’s claim that it hadn’t been involved in the invasion.