Ring Ceremony for 2017
When: Saturday, June 17th
Location: Warren Mall, UC San Diego
About Ring Ceremony
The Triton Engineering Student Council and The Student Travel Fund invite graduating engineers and alumni of the Jacobs School to participate in the Jacobs School of Engineering 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 5mm sterling silver band engraved on the inside with UC San Diego Engineering. While registration and the reception overlap slightly with Muir College Graduation, the formal presentation of the Jacobs School of Engineering Ring Ceremony does not conflict with any other college graduation ceremonies on campus.
School Wide Award Winners
Faculty of the Year, Computer Science
Dr. Mirza is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UC San Diego. Her primary research is in the field of embedded systems and sensor networks. She is an enthusiastic educator who has had a measured impact on students at the Jacobs School of Engineering. She was chosen by the graduating seniors as the 2016 Faculty of the Year based on her engaging teaching style, clarity of her instruction, and overall helpfulness in advancing the academic endeavors of her students. The 2016 class had many great things to say as testament to her hard work and commitment to education. One student shared, “She genuinely cares about students’ learning and growth…I appreciated that she took the time and effort to ensure that everybody understood the material.” Another went on, “Diba was my favorite professor at UCSD. She actually cares about her students and makes very engaging lectures. She puts so much thought into her classes and goes above and beyond.”
Student of the Year, Computer Science
Chyheim joined the Jacobs School of Engineering as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He has been an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers and served as President since 2012. He has been a champion of efforts to both organize and create opportunities for his peers to succeed through workshops and student conference par-ticipation. He attended the Computer Science Summer Institute at Google in 2012, and soon after developed an IOS application called Budget Buddy designed to help people make smarter restaurant decisions based on their monthly spending. Chyheim has developed strong ties with the Silicon Valley community through his work at Facebook, Instagram, and Salesforce, all while maintaining his excellent academic performance. He was chosen for this award based on merits of leadership, overall contributions to student life, and his potential as an impactful and ambitious alumnus. He expressed profound thanks to Professor Rick Ord and Professor Christine Alvarado for their support and mentorship over the past 4 years.
Diversity & Community Service, Mechanical
Ivan is the Vice President External for the UC San Diego chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He played a leadership role in programs aimed at increasing yield rates of diverse, low-income and 1st generation students to the Jacobs School of Engineering. This included serving on the planning committee for the 2016 Engineering Overnight Program, where he helped coordinate and execute a 3 day immersion experience for newly admitted students. Ivan also took on a leadership role in coordinating Breakfast with the Deans for the 2016 Triton Day and Transfer Triton Day. Ivan organized trips to Logan Elementary where UC San Diego students continue to demonstrate the importance of knowledge and creativity to 6th graders through thought-provoking experiments. Ivan worked diligently as an IDEA Scholar to achieve an excellent academic record. This, coupled with his impressive service to community, commitment to improving diversity, and the promotion of inclusive initiatives, made him an ideal candidate for this year’s award.
Melody has been a top performing student in the Bioengineering program and has contributed to outstanding lab research during her time at UC San Diego. She has authored several papers and her mentors believe she has a future as an influential leader in science. Melody was a recipient of the Warren College Undergraduate Research Scholarship and has dedicated her time to community development efforts by participating in the UC San Diego Global Seminar in Spain. She was an active leader on campus, serving as Tau Beta Pi’s Secretary and House Leader and as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Biomedical Engineering Society. Melody was accepted to top graduate schools, and will be attending Stanford University to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering
Amanda is a student who can balance humility with determination and confidence. She has performed very well academically, and she is very inquisitive and effective at research. She has worked on numerous research projects, including the McCulloch Cardiac Mechanics Lab and the Coleman Neural Interactions Lab. She has also contributed to research with Elaine Tanaka, MD at the Department of Surgery on using non-invasive wearables and imaging tech to predict and prevent injury-prone behaviors. In 2015, Amanda received the NASA-IDEA Center Space Grant and the Warren Undergraduate Research Scholarship. In 2016, she won the Gordon Leadership Fellowship award. In addition to excelling academically, she has been highly involved within the UC San Diego community, serving as Publicity Chair for the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Team Lead for her Senior Design project, and mentee for the Jacobs Undergraduate Mentorship Program. After she graduates from UC San Diego Amanda will be on her way to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will focus on neuro-engineering in the pursuit of a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Computer Science & Engineering
Huang has been an exceptional student during her time at UC San Diego and has been recognized with Sixth College Provost Honors for academic excellence. She participated in the CSE Early Research Scholars Program during her Sophomore year with Christine Alvarado and conducted undergraduate research with Sanjoy Dasgupta to explore various algorithm designs for constructing a hierarchical clustering tree in sub-quadratic time. Huang was selected to intern at Google for their Engineering Practicum Program for early students. She will go to Google full time after graduation as a software engineer. Huang has served as Vice-President of Women In Computing and worked with the Society of Women Engineers’ Envision Committee, where she helped plan and organize outreach events for 200 high school girls to explore post-secondary education opportunities in STEM. Huang has touched hundreds of lives, including her peers and faculty, while a student here. There is no doubt she will continue touching more lives as a CSE alumna from UC San Diego.
Computer Science & Engineering
Sandra Hui is an outstanding student. She has been a leader in the Women In Computing group and was the chair of Girl’s Day Out, an event that brings over 60 local high school girls to UC San Diego for a day to learn about women in computing. She became a leader in the CSE undergraduate tutoring program and served as the head tutor in various CSE courses for the past three quarters. After she graduates, she will start graduate school in Bioinformatics at UC Berkeley, where she will build on her already impressive research career.
Heryang has been a consistently strong student during her time at UC San Diego. She is part of the prestigious five year BS-MS program; an opportunity available only to top performing students. During the past four years, Heryang has been a leader for the award winning Seismic Outreach Program. SOP educates 4th-6th graders on earthquake engineering through a hands on K’Nex building design project. This past year, Heryang was the Co-Director with Terence Tse; a partner who’s efforts matched her own. She is a very responsible and enthusiastic leader, well-organized, and has the ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. Heryang, with Terence, has ded-icated hundreds of hours to the Seismic Outreach program and has influenced the lives of more than 2000 elementary and middle school students. She has been able to motivate Structural Engineering students of all levels to volunteer and participate in this rewarding program. In doing so, she has given engineers an opportunity to give back to the community. Heryang will be at UC San Diego for one more year to complete her MS in Structural Engineering and will serve as alumni mentor to the new Seismic Outreach directors.
Brenda Ximena Lee Wei
Brenda is a top performing student in the Chemical Engineering program. She is a member of the Chem-E Car Project Team, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Global Ties, and Tau Beta Pi. She has done well to maintain her academics as a well-rounded student committed to positive impact at UCSD. She has been community-focused as exemplified through her service as a Supplemental Instructor at Santa Monica City College. In recognition of her time and effort, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Brenda has been an inspiration to her peers and has great potential to become an influential alumna in years to come.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Davis has held several leadership positions during his time at UC San Diego. He has been a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Student Council, where he spearheaded events that improved the political awareness of his peers. He is also the president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s Undergraduate Student Council, where he was instrumental in successfully revamping the constitution, coding design for a new council website, advancing a presence within the campus organization community, and establishing two new positions. Davis has worked on research projects with Professor Garrison Cottrell, developing computational models of the human brain. He also worked with Professor Michael J. Tarr, Head of the Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University, where he had the opportunity to experiment with deep and recurrent neural network technology in developing the world’s very first differential processor for faces and scenes using neural networks. In the Fall 2016, Davis will return to UC San Diego and pursue an MS degree in Computer Science in the CSE Department.
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Ciara has been described by professors as simply phenomenal fo her combined skills in communi¬cation and research based technical ability. During her time at UC San Diego she has been a part of several labs, serving as an undergraduate research¬er for the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Labora¬tory, and a student member of the UC San Diego Beaglebone Lab. She is a Chancellor’s Scholar, and has been heavily involved with the Chancellor’s Scholars Program where she has served as Secretary and President for the Chancel¬lor’s Scholars Alliance. This year Ciara received the Outstanding Chancellor’s Scholar Award from the UC San Diego Emeriti Association for her dedication and proactive work in the program. She currently works as a Technical Intern at Northrop Grum¬man Corporation, where she will begin to work full time after graduation.
TESC Website: http://tesc.ucsd.edu/ring/2016/faq
General Campus Commencement Information: https://students.ucsd.edu/academics/commencement/