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Awards Gala, from left to right: Richard Christensen, Mohammed S. Ghausi, Enrique Lavernia, Marilyn Ghausi, Kristine Christensen

Awards Gala, from left to right: Richard Christensen, Mohammed S. Ghausi, Enrique Lavernia, Marilyn Ghausi, Kristine Christensen

Gala Event Celebrates 50 Years of Achievement at UC Davis Engineering

Posted on: October 16, 2012

More than 220 guests gathered at the Olympic Club Lakeside in San Francisco on Saturday, October 13, 2012 to celebrate five decades of innovation and excellence in engineering at the University of California, Davis. The gala event—part of the UC Davis College of Engineering's year-long Golden 50th Anniversary celebration—included a formal dinner, silent auction and awards presented to faculty, alumni and supporters. The event raised funds to support student scholarships at the UC Davis College of Engineering.

The UC Davis College of Engineering recognized five of its outstanding alumni with Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medals. Diane Bryant (Intel), Richard Chuang (Dreamworks/PDI and Cloudpic Global), and Ron McGehee (McGehee Development LLC) received DEAM awards for achievement in business; Brian Maroney (California DOT) received a DEAM award for achievement in public service; and Michael Ward (CSU Chico) received a DEAM award for achievement in academia.

The UC Davis College of Engineering awarded Distinguished Service Medals to Tim and Mary Louise Bucher, Jeff and Dianne Child, Mike and Renee Child, Richard and Joy Dorf, Pamela Fair and Glen Sullivan, John Maroney and Sarah Bryan Maroney, Jerry and Helen Suran, and Bruce and Marie West. his is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering to individuals or organizations that demonstrate exceptional academic or business achievement involving engineering and technology; or exceptional philanthropic or other support of engineering.

The College of Engineering honored four faculty members with awards. Ricardo Castro, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, received an Outstanding Junior Research Faculty Award. M. Saif Islam, professor and vice chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received an Outstanding Mid-career Research Award. Katherine Ferrara, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received an Outstanding Senior Research Award. James Shackelford, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.

More information about the UC Davis College of Engineering's 50th Anniversary.

More photos from the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ucdaviscoe/sets/72157631786626573/with/8098027604/