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Alumni Impact: Engineering Explorers

Alumnus Mike Miller visits an Engineers for Exploration lab at Calit2

Mechanical engineering undergrad James Strawson spent his summer interning for the UC San Diego-National Geographic Society (NGS) Engineers for Exploration program, working to build the next generation of remote imaging tools for National Geographic Explorers.k Strawson's internship was made possible thanks to support from Jacobs School alumni Michael Miller ('74, MS '76) and Taner Halicioglu ('96). Miller, now the president of RUAG Space USA, recalls being inspired by the hands-on research, mentoring and lab experience he was exposed to as an undergraduate. Today, he gives back through philanthropy to ensure that current students have similar opportunities.

"The real-world experience provided at the Jacobs School and Calit2 is critical to retain and engage our students, and prepare them for the future," Miller said. The National Geographic Society partners with Calit2 and other UC San Diego divisions on special programs, including Engineers for Exploration, which is co-directed by Jacobs School alumnus and Calit2 research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin ('04, M.S. '06, Ph.D. '08) and computer science professor Ryan Kastner. To learn more about how private support to the Jacobs School of Engineering can make a difference, contact Lisa French at (858) 246-0593 or

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