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Goshorn family collects 27 UCSD degrees

"We all see the value in UCSD and especially in the Jacobs School. Our family of eight will finish with 26 or 27 UCSD degrees in all!" Deborah Goshorn, (B.S. EE, '05)

Deborah Goshorn is an over-achiever in a family of over-achievers.At age 14, she began taking college-level engineering calculus at UCSD while still a freshman in high school.While other girls who do well in math often drift away from math or engineering in college, Goshorn graduated from UCSD with undergraduate degrees in both computer engineering and applied mathematics.

"My Dad always says the guy with the most math wins," explains the bubbly 21-year-old graduate student. "I did applied mathematics because I'm not really into the abstract math, and I did computer engineering because I knew that to be a great engineer today, you really need the programming background."

Now Goshorn is completing her M.Eng. in electrical engineering, and will go on to get a Ph.D. in math (statistics for digital signal processing), also at UCSD. She has already passed the statistics qualifying exam at the Ph.D. level. "I grew up not thinking it was strange for a girl to be an engineer," says the motorcycle aficionado who commutes to the campus on her 620cc bright-yellow M-Ducati.

Goshorn family collects 27 UCSD degrees
Goshorn family (l-r) parents Lawrence and Jacqueline; siblings David, Rachel, Joshua, Rebekah, Deborah and Esther.

Goshorn credits her love of engineering to her father, older sister and brother, all engineers. Rachel received her Ph.D and Joshua his M.S. in electrical engineering this spring from the Jacobs School . By the time Deborah completes her doctorate, the Goshorn clan will have nine degrees from the Jacobs School alone.

Sister Rachel now works at the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center-San Diego, and Deborah is following in her footsteps. She was an intern at SPAWAR last year, and worked there this summer on a rapid prototyping system for digital signal processing to improve communications at sea (while also helping to organize SPAWAR's internship program).

Goshorn will remain on the U.S. Department of Defense payroll this academic year. She is among 36 scholars selected for the Pentagon's inaugural Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) programó from a nationwide field of 600 applicants. Goshorn was the #1 pick of Navy recruiters in the SMART program, which spreads the scholars around the different arms of the U.S. military.

The honor comes with a full-ride, one-year scholarship, and in return, Goshorn commits to working full-time at SPAWAR for one year after graduation.That is not a burden, because she was planning a career at SPAWAR anyway. "I feel blessed," she explains,"to be working on national security technologies at a time when homeland security has become such a major priority for the country."

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