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May 4, 2001

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Leaders with HNC Software and Overland Data, Inc., received the Outstanding Executive Award from UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering at its Annual Recognition Banquet, held Friday, May 4. The School also honored engineering alumnus Rick Kornfeld of Texas Instruments and John Brooks Slaughter of the National Action Council for Minorities in Education. In addition, four outstanding students received awards at the event.

The Outstanding Executive Award recognizes individuals for innovation, corporate leadership and community service. The 2001 award was presented to Scott McClendon, of Overland Data, Inc. and to HNC Software’s co-founder Todd Gutschow, CEO John Mutch, and former CEO Robert North.

HNC Software’s flagship product, Falcon, is predictive software that detects credit card fraud. Falcon is used by nine of the top 10 largest Visa and MasterCard issuers and protects 400 million cardholders worldwide. HNC also provides software products for the financial, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, e-commerce and retail industries.

Scott McClendon served as President and CEO of Overland Data, Inc., for nearly 10 years. During his tenure, the company’s revenues grew from $7 million in 1991 to a projected $160 million in 2001. Overland Data, Inc. is a global supplier of innovative data storage and storage automation solutions for computer networks. McClendon recently retired as President and CEO and was named Chairman of the Board.

The Jacobs School’s Outstanding Alumnus Award honors UCSD engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves in either industry or academics. The 2001 award was be presented to Rick Kornfeld, ’82, manager of Texas Instruments’ San Diego Wireless Center and to John Brooks Slaughter, ’71, President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

Rick Kornfeld is one of San Diego’s original entrepreneurs in telecommunications. After graduating from UCSD, Kornfeld worked for MA/Com Linkabit, Qualcomm and NextWave Telecom before co-founding Dot Wireless. Dot Wireless was acquired by Texas Instruments in 2000. Kornfeld is named on 16 patents, symbolizing his innovations in RF engineering for the field of wireless voice and data communications, particularly in the area of CDMA phone design.

As CEO of NACME, John Brooks Slaughter leads the effort to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian and Latino men and women in engineering, technology and science-based careers. He has also served as Director of the National Science Foundation, Chancellor of the University of Maryland and President of Occidental College.

The Graduate Student Research Award was presented to Mihrimah Ozkan, who is nearing completion of her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ozkan is the first scientist to assemble cells using electrical current, and her work may eventually be applied to construct live tissues and organs for drug discovery and for gene therapy. She has seven patents pending or issued which have been licensed by San Diego-based Genoptix, Inc.

The Jacobs School Undergraduate Leadership Award is presented to students for extraordinary community service and leadership among their peers. Three students received the award this year, including Karmina Bustamante, Mehrdad Khaleghi and James Nielsen.

A senior in electrical and computer engineering, Karmina Bustamante is president of the UCSD chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Under her leadership, the group has grown from 50 members to more than 200 and has participated in community service such as delivering food and clothing to Tijuana, creating a professional development day for UCSD students, and outreach to 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Logan Elementary School.

Mehrdad Khaleghi is a senior in bioengineering. He serves as president of UCSD’s Associated Students organization and has worked as a Teaching Assistant for 13 classes. Khaleghi was recently named one of the top 100 students in the nation by USA Today.

James Nielsen is an electrical and computer engineering senior who will graduate with a 3.95 GPA. An accomplished athlete, Nielsen is a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Champion in the 5K, a four-time NCAA All-American, a three-time California Collegiate Athletic Association Champion (CCAA), and a two-time CCAA Athlete of the Year. He was also named the UCSD Athlete of the Year for the past two years.

More than 500 industry leaders and Jacobs School faculty and students attended the Recognition Banquet, held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The theme of this year’s event was Odyssey, an Incredible Journey.

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