San Diego, Calif., April 12, 2018 -- From startup founders to VPs at major technology companies, eight alumni of the Jacobs School of Engineering were recognized in the first 40 Under 40 awards bestowed by the University of California San Diego.
The awards recognize a group of rising stars across science, technology, medicine, arts, education and social justice who are disrupting the status quo and working to build a better world.
“UC San Diego is an extraordinary university built on a foundation of challenging convention, pushing boundaries and expectations, and producing breakthrough work for the greater good,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “I’m enormously proud to recognize alumni who embody our spirit of nontradition by making meaningful, remarkable contributions to our campus and well beyond.”
iboss CEO Paul Martini is one of the first 40 Under 40 alumni recognized by UC San Diego.
One of the engineering alumni recognized is Paul Martini, CEO and co-foudner of iboss, a cloud-based cybersecurity company and the leading provider of web gateway as a service. Headquartered in Boston, the company builds and markets hardware and cloud-based technology to enhance network security against cyberattacks.
The 2001 computer science and engineering graduate started the company, along with his brother Peter, in 2003. Within a decade, iboss had amassed scores of patents. They also saw opportunity in the rapidly growing popularity of mobile devices and cloud applications, and created a revolutionary approach to solving the problems these new distributed technologies presented. Today, through its novel Distributed Gateway Platform, iboss protects over 4,000 organizations worldwide, making it one of the fastest growing cybersecurity companies in the world.
Martini credits the collaborative atmosphere he experienced as an undergraduate at the Jacobs School of Engineering with helping to shape iboss. The company, which also has a location in San Diego, continues to maintain close ties to the campus.
“Look at the way UC San Diego is such a research-oriented university,” Martini told Triton magazine back in 2015. “It’s teaching how to be more progressive in the way [students] think about solving a problem. In our space, dealing with cyber warfare, you’re basically a researcher every single day.”
This year’s engineering awardees are, in alphabetical order:
Shraddha Chaplot, Mad scientist at ConsenSys and founder, Playful Ponderies, LLC.
Sarah Guthals, Engineering manager, GitHub and founder, We Can
Dr. Albert Hsiao, Associate director for cardiovascular diseases, Center for Translational Imaging & Precision Health at UC San Diego
Albert Y. Lin, Co-director, Distributed Health Labs at UC San Diego
Paul Martini, CEO and co-founder, iboss Cybersecurity
Sameer Samat, Vice president of product management, Google
Nicole Truitt, Managing partner, Vis Natura Ventures
Josh Windmiller, Co-founder and chief technology officer, Biolinq Inc.
Watch Martini speak about his upbringing, his time at UC San Diego and his company: