A BIG congrats to Dr. Ebonee Williams, Executive Director of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center for being a UC San Diego Diversity Award Recipient! Dr. Williams has spent the past 8 years building and realizing the Gordon Center's program, which teaches engineering students critical skills of leadership, responsibility, and vision. Over 1200 UCSD students have participated in the Gordon Center's leadership courses and workshops. Dr. Williams is also a founding board member of the IDEA Engineering Student Center, whose purpose is to foster an equitable, welcoming, and sustainable culture of academic excellence in Engineering. Through this Center, Dr. Williams helped to launch GradTalks, a series of professional training workshops. She has also taught leadership skills more broadly, in regional workshops through the Urban League and nationally through the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Williams recognition has been a long time in the making for the many ways she supports our diverse student and the postdoctoral population at UCSD. She is a leader in diversity and equity issues at UCSD and beyond.
The Mars Generation list is packed with some of the brightest students and young people who are positioned to shape our future for the better. Among the awardees for 2018 are Gordon Scholars Darren Charrier and Deepak Atyam. Darren Charrier is a UC San Diego aerospace engineering undergraduate student and CEO and Co-Founder of Voyager Space Technologies. He is also a Gordon Scholar and Gordon Fellow award winner for Engineering Leadership. Deepak Atyam is a UC San Diego alumnus and Co-Founder and CEO of Tri-D Dynamics. He is also a Gordon Scholar alumnus and Gordon Fellow award winner for Engineering Leadership. We are continuously impressed by both Darren's and Deepak's passion and engineering leadership. We look forward to following their journey and the impact they will make in space.
Diana is pushing the boundaries in engineering and is the first woman engineer candidate to be selected from the University of California, San Diego for the highly competitive Brooke Owens Fellowship Program in Washington D.C. The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program mission is to inspire and train exceptional undergraduate women seeking a career in aviation or space exploration.
This summer Diana will join 35 other fellows for their senior mentorship and paid positions at the leading aerospace firms. Diana will intern with Virgin Galactic and will have Scott Parazynski, a former NASA astronaut as her mentor. He is the only man who has flown into space and climbed Mount Everest.
Kudos to Gaurav for his leadership role in helping start a new accelerator on campus this quarter called Blue LINC.
The mission is to empower students with the tools to advance healthcare technologies and improve patient care around the world. The 6-month program will train interdisciplinary teams of graduate students in healthcare innovation and equip them with the tools needed to develop and market biomedical solutions. Blue LINC began January 2017, with classes.
SEDS has recently been awarded Best Technical Project of 2017 for their outstanding work on Colossus. Colossus is a NASA funded, 100% student built rocket engine test stand that is set to enable the next wave of innovation in propulsion technology in the academic community. It took 10,000 man hours and $300,000 to build it to-date. Among the leaders of the project are Gordon Scholars Dennis Ren and Briana Puketianie, who are leading the way in rocket engine testing. Colossus is going to become available for public testing in February 2018. For more info please visit https://www.sedsucsd.org/projects/colossus/.