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News Release

Two Jacobs School alumni to be recognized at UC San Diego Alumni Awards Celebration

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Taner Halicioglu

San Diego, Calif., May 23, 2019 --  Taner Halicioglu, a computer science alumnus, will be recognized as Outstanding Alumnus during the 2019 Alumni Awards Celebration Weekend, May 31 to June 2. True Xiong, an electrical and computer engineering alumnus, will be recognized as a Changemaker.

They are part of an elite group of eight alumni that will be recognized during Alumni Weekend for their distinguished work and outstanding achievements.

“This select group of UC San Diego alumni represents the very best of what it means to be a Triton,” said Cheryl Harrelson, associate vice chancellor, alumni, annual giving and pipeline development. “We are so proud of these eight exceptional alumni. Their collective leadership, professional accomplishments, and personal achievements are truly awe-inspiring.”

Honorees are selected by a committee of volunteers including members from the Alumni Board of Directors.

Halicioglu is being recognized for transforming how data science is taught. He is a Facebook pioneer, local start-up hero and visionary thinker. His lasting legacy is the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, defining the future of data science and educating the next generation of leaders.

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True Xiong

Xiong is recognized for inspiring and supporting the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. He is a system architect for Sony PlayStation. By bringing diverse and inspiring perspectives to STEM students, Xiong’s expertise, success, advocacy and volunteerism inspire future generations to change the world.



Media Contacts

Ioana Patringenaru
Jacobs School of Engineering