Ring Ceremony for 2018

When: Saturday, June 16th
Check-in: 6:30PM-7:30PM
Ceremony: 7:30PM-9:30PM
Reception: 9:30PM-10:00PM
Location: Warren Mall, UC San Diego

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  • School Wide Award Winners

    Christine Alvarado
    Faculty of the Year

    Christine Alvarado is an Associate Teaching Professor and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego. Her current efforts are focused on designing curriculum and programs to make computing and computing education more accessible and appealing, with the specific goal of increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities who study computing. In 2013 she received the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award from the Anita Borg Institute for her contributions diversity in computer science education. Dr. Alvarado received her undergraduate degree in computer science from Dartmouth in 1998, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from MIT in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Students recalled that her lectures were the highlight of their first year at UCSD. She made learning fun and engaging. She was the reason why we enjoyed the material and had decided to switch into the Computer Science major.

    Jose Ramirez
    IDEA Award For Community Leadership
    Electrical Engineering
    SHPE President 2016-2017

    An active diversity advocate for STEM for the past three years at UC, San Diego, Jose served as the President and Vice-President External of SHPE UCSD chapter. He created new initiatives for the diversity organizations such as the first Rising Engineers Advanced Challenge (REACh), where students design, build and market a product in 24 hours. He also worked with his team to host the largest Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) and EMPOWER high school conference to date when they hosted over 400 students at UC, San Diego. Jose capped his service with an annual report that highlighted our impact as a chapter. His findings allowed our chapter to be recognized as Regional Chapter of the Year, and the Most Professional Chapter of the Year.

    Alan Puah
    Student of the Year
    Structural Engineering

    Alan is a very diligent and sincere student and did extremely well in the SE program. Alan impresses people with his dedication and a strong ability to express his ideas. Alan was awarded a prestigious scholarship from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH). SGH is a major Structural Engineering consulting firm, and the scholarship was established to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Alan will attend graduate school at UC Berkeley to enhance his background and understanding of structural design, as well as geotechnical engineering and earthquake engineering. This year, Alan was the President of SCSE and has also been a volunteer for SCSE’s award winning Seismic Outreach program that brings local 4th - 6th grade students from elementary and middle schools to UC San Diego as part of a K’Nex design competition. Alan was instrumental in getting the SCSE Sidekicks - Mentorship Program off the ground last year and successfully expand it this year.

    Student of the Year

    He’s a member of Tau Beta Pi. He’s also performed undergraduate research in Dr. Joanna McKittrick’s lab in MAE. Yajur has been the president of the Engineering World Health group for 2 years where he raised 6 times the amount of funds that EWH previously had through the USD & UCSD Social Innovation Funds and Big Ideas @ Berkeley. Under his leadership, EWH initiated a new project at the Health Frontiers Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico through a collaboration with UCSD Global Public Health Professors, Dr. Jose Burgos and Victoria Ojeda. Yajur co-conceived and planned a global health inspired Hackathon called UC Health Hack, bridging healthcare, engineering, and social innovation to help low resource settings. He created the prompts targeting mental illness and refugee healthcare, acquired sponsors and funding, served as the Master of Ceremony, and organized mentors, entrepreneurial, and industry connections.

    Ryan Hill
    Student of the Year

    Ryan Hill has been an active contributor to student life on campus through his leadership in organizations such as Triton Engineering Student Council, SD Hacks, Computer Science and Engineering Society, and Triton Entrepreneurs. Ryan’s efforts have led to raising more than $500,000 towards student initiatives, as well as assisted in lobbying for over $2M in innovation grants for UCSD. In the academic sphere, Ryan spent a year and a half as a computer science tutor under Rick Ord and Mia Minnes. He also piloted UCSD’s first inter-department student-run academic course, which he hopes begins a strong tradition of students more actively engaging in their own education. As he prepares to leave UCSD, Ryan joins the advisory board at “The Triton” news, and hopes to continue to engage with UCSD as an alumnus from his future career as a product manager.

    Nathan Goldberg
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    He has worked as an undergraduate researcher 2015. His efforts have contributed to multiple publications, in particular, he was second author on a paper that was presented at the Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) conference, part of SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2017 entitled “Fluid electrodes for submersible robotics based on dielectric elastomer actuators”, which won the First Place SPIE Best Student Paper Award. He has always held a positive outlook and a focus on academics. He has been admitted into Berkeley’s Ph.D. program beginning next fall. Nathaniel served as one of two Directors of Public Relations for Triton Racing, 2014-2015, during the team’s most successful competition ever and led re-branding of team from UC San Diego Formula SAE to Triton Racing. While with FSAE, he advocated for the organization to be inclusive of people in all fields of study and of all backgrounds.

    Michael Unanian
    Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Michael has received the Henry Booker Memorial Honors Award and joined Professor Drew Hall’s research group to design a minimally-invasive biosensor that detects pH levels and alcohol content in the interstitial fluid. He also helped design a circuit to nebulize fluids using a Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) device. He served as Grand PrIEEE Chair for HKN in 2015 and was chosen to become President of HKN in 2016 when he commanded a larger presence on campus and around San Diego by hosting more workshops geared towards 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students. Michael will start his PhD Program at Columbia University with a full Fellowship working under Professor Peter Kinget in fall 2017 and plans to be an active alumni after he receives his PhD.

    Vivek Jani

    Vivek joined UCSD as part of the UC Regents Scholars and has participated in research at the Center for Advanced Laboratory, which resulted a first author publication last year. Vivek also contributed as coauthor on another publication about Cardiac function during resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock with polymerized bovine hemoglobin-based oxygen therapeutics. He has presented his research at several conferences and won many awards, most recently the 2017, UCSD Muir Scholar. Vivek’s leadership is evident in his commitment to Engineering World Health and Biomedical Engineering Society. He also helped Yajur to organize the Transnational Medicine Day at UCSD. He served as a mentor at Rancho Bernardo High School for the Science Olympiads between 2014 and 2016 and plans to remain an engaged and supportive alumni for the UC San Diego community.

    Kyle Buzsaki & Kyle Huynh
    Computer Science & Engineering

    In their four years here, they’ve excelled in their courses, they’ve been active as CSE department tutors. Students look up to them and seek their guidance for their insights and experience in technologies. They led the Autograder project for three years and re-envisioned the underlying architecture so that new features could be easily added. Through their effective leadership, they mentored existing and new team members so that each made significant contributions. In implementing the help queue feature of the Autograder, they made the previous chaotic whiteboard queue obsolete by enabling tutors to give assistance fairly and efficiently, essential to give an equal opportunity and attention to every student. They’ve touched many lives in CSE through demonstrating intelligence, excellence, leadership, commitment, achievement, innovation, purpose, impact, and humility. The Autograder Project started as a tool for one class, and due to their efforts, the tools is used more than one dozen classes per quarter. Their commitment was beyond expectation and their responsiveness, leadership and commitment to CSE faculty and students were consistently excellent. Their efforts enriched campus diversity by better representing the voices of all students. The Autograder queue equalized opportunity and access, regardless of gender or race, to request and obtain tutor assistance. They plan to remotely offer guidance so that their vision for the Autograder continues to flourish. While they are both moving on to positions in industry, they remain committed to the project and team, fostering leadership and technical growth in its continuing members.

    Mohammad Ayman Alkhadra
    Chemical Engineering

    Mohammad’s lab performance is equivalent to any graduate student despite his full course load, including regular meetings, status updates, and other responsibilities typically reserved for full time researchers. He volunteered at the Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital in Saudi Arabia during the summer of 2013. Mohammad has achieved scholarly leadership through notable productivity and has co-authored a journal article in a high-impact, peer-reviewed journal with yet another in progress. Mohammad mentors fellow undergraduate students within Dr. Lipomi’s lab and has tutored students within the UC San Diego Department of Mathematics on multiple topics. Based on his extraordinary contributions to the scientific community in general and his lab in particular, Dr. Lipomi expressed complete confidence that Mohammad will not just excel in but innovate and transform whatever field he chooses to pursue after graduation. Several faculty, including Dr. Justin Opatkiewicz and Dr. Aaron Drews--expressed the same sentiments.

    Stephanie Smith

    Stephanie attained the 2nd highest GPA in for graduating seniors in NANO major this year all while pursuing a double major in chemistry and nanoengineering. Most significantly, she carried out research in the NanoEngineering Dept with Andrea Tao and in Chemistry with Cliff Kubiak, the former research resulting in two peer-reviewed scientific publications. Stephanie enjoyed internships with NanoComposix in San Diego and Phaostron Instrument and Electronic in Azusa, CA. She was most recently awarded the UC San Diego Physical Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Award for Excellence and the Richard L. and Fern W. Erion and Laidlaw-Erion Scholarship, 2016. She lead a Clinton Global Initiative University funded Stormwater Filtration project in collaboration with UCSD Environmental Health & Safety and Bio-Clean Inc. Her experiences at UCSD were enriched by studying abroad in Sweden and through service with mentoring for Expand Your Horizons. She plans to pursue a M.S. and will apply for doctoral programs.

    Isaac Rozen
    Chemical Engineering

    Isaac Rozen is a Chemical Engineering student in the NanoEngineering department that has achieved the near-impossible: a 4.0 GPA. He has managed this stellar academic record while also participating in research under Professor Joseph Wang in the areas of microfabrication and nanomotors. He serves as an author on seven separate academic publications, in journals including Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, and Nano Letters, and already has well over 100 citations to his name.

    Christopher Ellis
    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Christopher has served as the VP Internal for the ECE Undergraduate Student Council, is a member of TBP and HKN, was the Electrical Systems lead of the cube satellite project at Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), tutored for three ECE courses (121A, 121B, and 125B), and has served as the VP External as well as the President of IEEE at UC San Diego. His primary goals, in serving the student body, have been to create more opportunities for students to obtain technical growth outside the classroom and to succeed in a professional environment. As VP External for IEEE he created a new professional development series focused on how students can be more confident and better communicate with recruiters and during interviews. He also co-led the revival of ECE day which helped bring all of the major ECE engineering organizations together and engendered better collaboration on other events.

    Andrew Abd El-Messih
    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Andrew has donated his time and effort to the ECE department through various means of involvement. Not only did he serve on the HKN officer board, but he was also a member of TBP, IEEE, ECE USC, and TESC. He has organized workshops, interviews, and has set short/long term goals for various organizations. This past academic year, alongside of the ECE Chair, he spearheaded hosting the first ECE Honors Job Fair, the HKN Alumni Brunch and created an EE outreach program. Andrew has assisted with the preparation of ECE Day, Founders Day, Triton Day, Triton Transfer Day and Hackathon, in conjunction with IEEE. Andrew is an advocate for women in engineering and has made it a point to increase the number of females in the UCSD engineering organizations. Aside from extracurricular involvement, Andrew was a tutor/reader for ECE 171A where he took an active role to improve the course by introducing new resources such as Piazza, Gradescope and a class website. This upcoming year, Andrew will be the HKN Graduate Advisor and will begin his pursuit towards receiving a MS degree in ECE focusing on Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Control.

We invite graduating engineers of the Jacobs School of Engineering, families, and friends to participate in Ring Ceremony. The ceremony will include recognition awards, a keynote speaker, the Jacobs School graduation oath, and the presentation of the rings. The graduation oath is a commitment of participants to uphold standards of ethics, integrity, and quality as practicing engineers and as graduates of the Jacobs School. Participants will receive a ring to be worn as a symbol of this commitment. The ring is a plain stainless steel silver band engraved on the inside with UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

Graduating engineering students planning to attend Ring Ceremony are REQUIRED to purchase a ring in order to participate.

You have the opportunity to purchase a Jacobs School of Engineering stole through the registration form below.

Students who are NOT planning to participate in Ring Ceremony can also purchase a ring using the registration form below.

Formal/business attire highly encouraged. You should not wear your cap and gown for this event but you are more than welcome to wear your stoles and honor cords.

You may invite guests. Guests tickets are not required for the event. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite to the event. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, however there are accommodations for handicapped and the elderly.

Parking is free on campus. Please park in lots indicated by UC San Diego Campus Events. More details on parking will be provided soon.

Check-In and Arrival
Check-in for Ring Ceremony will start at 6:30PM. Please have your Student ID or Government Issued ID with you when you check in. You will check in at Warren Mall, where you will pick up your ring, along with your Ring Ceremony certificate and program.

The ceremony is planned to promptly start at 7:30PM. Please plan to arrive earlier to allow you sufficient time to check in, and your guests enough time to find seating.

Are you interested in being the distinguished student speaker for Ring Ceremony 2018? The allotted time for the speech is 5 minutes, and the deadline to apply is April 8th, 2018. We will then review applications and invite candidates to present their proposed speech in person, before selecting the student speaker.

The Senior Class Gift (SCG) is your first step into joining the UC San Diego alumni community and showing how much being a Triton means to you. The mission of the SCG is to engage seniors to leave their legacy and cultivate a pattern of philanthropy before leaving UC San Diego. By giving $20.18 in honor of our graduating class, you are committing to make UC San Diego a better place. We give back because seniors before us helped make our Triton experience possible. Now it's our turn to give others the same opportunities. Your participation in Ring Ceremony provides you with a legacy that will enhance learning opportunities for future Jacobs School students through the Student Travel Fund.

  1. How much do the ring and stole cost?
  2. Ring Only: $25.00
    Stole Only: $10.00
    Ring + Stole: $35.00

  3. What will the ring look like?
  4. When will I get my stole?
  5. Stoles are expected to arrive mid May.
    You will receive an email when stoles are ready for pick-up.

  6. When do I get my Ring?
  7. If you signed up for Ring Ceremony, you will pick-up your ring at event registration, and it will be presented to you by the Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering during the ceremony.
    If you purchased a ring and you do not plan to attend Ring Ceremony, you may pick up your ring from the IDEA Engineering Student Center starting June 18th.
    Rings will also be mailed to students who requested this service after Ring Ceremony.

  8. What if I need to change my ring size and have already submitted my registration form?
  9. If you are requesting a change in ring size please complete the following form by Sunday, May 13th.

  10. What if I no longer want to participate in Ring Ceremony?
  11. Please email idea@eng.ucsd.edu stating in the email, your name, PID, and mentioning you no longer plan to participate in Ring Ceremony.

  12. I purchased a ring and/or stole but no longer want it. Can I receive a refund?
  13. To request a refund, you must complete the following form by Sunday, May 13th. Requests received after this date will not be eligible for a refund.

  14. I completed the form stating I do not want to participate in Ring Ceremony, but now I do! Can I still participate?
  15. If you completed the form stating you do not plan to attend Ring Ceremony and only purchased a stole, please click here, and complete the Ring Ceremony registration form again stating you would like to participate. You will have the opportunity to purchase only a ring, since purchasing a ring is required to participate in Ring Ceremony.
    If you completed the form stating you do not plan to attend Ring Ceremony and purchased a ring, please email us at idea@eng.ucsd.edu

  16. Is there a dress code?
  17. Yes! Formal and business attire highly encouraged.

  18. Can I bring guests?
  19. Yes! Tickets are not required. Be thoughtful about your invites.

IDEA Engineering Student Center

General Campus Commencement Information: http://commencement.ucsd.edu/