On April 27, 2018, the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering brought together industry and academic at their annual Industrial Affiliates Symposium.  The highlight of the event for the more than 150 attendees, including representatives from 60 industry partners, was UC Davis Chancellor Gary May awarding UC Davis alumnus Andy Botka, (BS, ’87,) the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.  Andy, the Vice-President of Strategic Planning, Keysight Technologies, followed the award ceremony with a riveting Keynote speech, “A Thought Provoking Message to the Next Generation of Engineers from a Past Graduate.”

The primary goal of the symposium was to show our industry partners ECE’s wide array of faculty-led, next-generation developments and applications, and demonstrate the innovative research projects of our talented students. The schedule schedule of events included new faculty presentations by Associate Professor Srabanti Chowdhury and Assistant Professor Weijian Yang, two technical sessions featuring several faculty and student presentations, and an interactive poster session that highlighted the research of over 70 undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs.  Students and postdocs were excited about the opportunity to interact with industry representatives, showcase their projects, and talk about potential career opportunities post-graduation.  Attendees were also able to hear about ECE’s new developments and our future direction.

To learn more about our Industrial Affiliates program and participate in future events, please visit the IA website at www.ucdavisece-iasymposium.com or our department website at ece.ucdavis.edu