Our Engineering Stories

50 Years in 50 Weeks

Join us as we chronicle the history of UCSB Engineering in 50 weeks, from July 2016 through June 2017, including Tell Your Story submissions from our alumni and community.

May 2017

Alumni from five decades gathered for the 50th Anniversary celebration of UCSB Engineering. Here, several of those who attended share highlights from their lives then and now.

April 2017

CoE alum Robert Rankin came to UCSB for the waves, then rode a groundswell of success to a big career as a computer programmer. 

January 2017

David Vandervoet was part of the first class ever to go through UCSB College of Engineering from freshman to senior year. He shares some stories about the College in its early years.

October 2016

Matt Begley talks about what makes UCSB Engineering a great environment, as an alum and professor

Q&A with Victoria Rosborough, current graduate student in Electrical & Computer Engineering studying integrated photonics

August 2016

Maricris Palentinos, BSEE '14: "UCSB gave me the best undergrad experience and sent me onto a successful career path."

Do you recognize any of these familiar faces from among the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of 1983?

Neil Topliffe, BSME '04, talks about overseeing construction of the New Stanford Hospital and his favorite UCSB professors

Sowju Mudunuri, MSECE '09, says that being a software engineer at Fitbit is very rewarding and offers advice for fellow Gauchos In Tech

July 2016

"Dr. Fred Milstein was one of the greatest teachers I had during my graduate studies at UC Santa Barbara from 1981-1983. I am grateful for him to have given me an assistantship during my graduate program."

Archive Image of the Week: In 1989, a group of Mechanical Engineering students designed a human-powered submarine as their final project for ME156C

Materials alum Bob Lansdorp co-founded Milo Sensors, a startup developing a wearable device with a blood alcohol biosensor.

Under the guidance of Electrical Engineering Professor Glen Culler, UCSB Engineering was chosen as one of the first four nodes of the original ARPANET in 1969