College of Engineering Alumni Celebration
Friday, October 26, 2018


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Cocktail reception showcasing interactive displays by:

  • Cognitive Neuroengineering Demonstration: What if there was a way to restore mobility for people affected by conditions like paralysis or locked-in syndrome? UC Davis researchers are exploring ways to create reliable brain-machine interfaces that would do just that. Biomedical engineering students apply Neuroengineering research to the classic arcade game, Galaga. In their demo, Neurorobotics, UC Davis students will control the position of their spaceship and timing of their shooter to blast space aliens just by thinking about the target they want to hit.
  • Theremin Instrument Demonstration: Created in the 1920s by inventor Léon Theremin, these electronic instruments produce sound without ever being touched. UC Davis electrical and computer engineering students combine the original Theremin technology that used electronic tubes with the new technology of light emitting diodes to create a new, nontraditional Theremin instrument.
  • 3D Cube: Play a 3D game of Tic-Tac-Toe on a cube made with bright and colorful LEDs and capacitive touch sensors. Using the same design principles used for their 3D cube, electrical and computer engineering students are exploring new ways to visualize data for building energy use, monitoring smart lighting systems and for recreational use in homes and businesses.
  • Hyperloop Pod: The Hyperloop Pod Team competes in SpaceX’s annual Hyperloop Pod Competition, where students are tasked with designing and building a half scale pod. The ultimate goal is developing a new form of transportation. Check out the team's most recent pod.
  • Augmented Reality Sandbox: This hands-on sandbox leverages 3D visualization applications to teach earth science concepts. Create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. -  Dinner and awards ceremony

Recipients of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medals are UC Davis engineering graduates who have 10 or more years of professional experience, have a record of outstanding professional or technical achievement, have rendered distinguished service to the College of Engineering, the engineering profession or the community, and have contributed in a significant way to enhancing the reputation of UC Davis.

JoeBen Bevirt, Joby Aviation, Founder (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’95)
Cynthia Murphy-Ortega, Chevron, Manager with University Partnerships and Association Relations (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’91)
Ken Ouimet, Engage3, CEO and Founder (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’90)

Chicken Marsala braised in Marsala Wine Mushroom Sauce
Lemon Rosemary Salmon with Dijon, Caper, White Wine Sauce
Stuffed Cabbage Roll with Rice and Seasonal Vegetables served with Carrot Dill Sauce

$40 per person
$25 recent alumni rate (graduates 2008 or later)
Cocktail Attire
Registration deadline: October 17, 2018

The event will take place at the UC Davis Mondavi Center lobby. Complimentary parking is available in the Gateway Parking Structure, visit for directions.

The Amtrak Capitol Corridor provides service to cities between Auburn and San Jose including weekend and weekday stops in downtown Davis. The local Amtrak station is located at 840 Second Street in Davis and is accessible by Unitrans Line A.

The Hyatt Place Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the UC Davis Mondavi Center.  We have secured a block of rooms and group rate of $179 (King or Double) for the evening of October 26. To secure a reservation in the block, please request the College of Engineering Alumni Celebration rate and make your reservation by September 28.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Molly Bechtel at 530-752-0848 or