Chancellor Drake Kicks Off Engineering Symposium
Chancellor Michael Drake joined 125 students, faculty and engineering
industry executives May 19 to kick off the 7th annual “California:
Prosperity through Technology” symposium at the Beckman Center.
“UC Irvine’s engineering research and teaching are making a profound
impact by improving quality of life and propelling the state’s economic
development,” Drake said. Among the examples he cited: UCI researchers
have developed a more efficient method for sorting stem cells; are
creating a center to engineer the next generation of armor for U.S.
soldiers; and are collaborating with airport officials to protect
baggage-screening rooms from disasters.
The chancellor recognized Dean Nicolaos Alexopoulos for his leadership
of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and warmly welcomed renowned
Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer Rafael Bras, who will
assume the deanship when Alexopoulos steps down later this year. Henry
Samueli, former CEO of microchip firm Broadcom, and Dwight Streit, vice
president of electronic technologies at Northrop Grumman, were among the
industry leaders on hand to honor Alexopoulos for his service and
celebrate the school’s significant achievements.
Alexopoulos presented UCI’s “Engineering the Future” awards to Jim
Mazzo, CEO of Advanced Medical Optics, and Michael Mussallem, CEO of
Edwards Lifesciences. Both represent local companies that share UC
Irvine’s goal of harnessing the power of technology to improve human