Alumni Gifts Benefit Engineering Research, Disabled Students Program
THREE UCSB ALUMNI have made signigicant gifts to the university.
Tunc Doluca, class of 1981, and his wife, Lale, have contributed $500,000 to the university to establish an endowed chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
In addition, singer and songwriter Jack Johnson and his wife, Kim, both UCSB graduates, have given $50,000 to support students with serious medical conditions through the Disabled Students Program.
The Doluca Family Chair will support the teaching and research of a distinguished scholar specializing in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, which will help strengthen pioneering research in this important field.
“Analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits provide the vital link between real world signals, such as sound, temperature, and sight, for example, and today’s powerful digital signal processors,” said Tunc Doluca, president and chief executive officer of Maxim Integrated Products, an international corporation specializing in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor products. Doluca earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCSB. He holds 11 mixed-signal design patents.
Larry Coldren, acting dean of the College of Engineering, said the Doluca Family Chair “will strengthen a key area in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, insuring renewed strength in research and teaching in a discipline vital to the economy of California as well as the nation in general.”
The gift from Jack and Kim Johnson honors the courageous life of Danny Riley, who was a UCSB student when he died of brain cancer in 2007. The Danny Riley Fund will help undergraduates with cancer and other serious illnesses to pursue their education at UCSB, providing support for financial aid, medication, housing, adaptive equipment, home care, transportation, family visits, and other special needs.
“Our cousin lived life to the fullest and didn’t let his battle with cancer deter him from his dream of attending UCSB,” said Jack Johnson. “Kim and I created the Danny Riley Fund to support students who face similar challenges and to pass along Danny’s zest for life.”
Said Gary White, director of the campus’s Disabled Students Program: “The Danny Riley Fund is already helping students by making it possible for parents to be here at critical times. This very generous gift will greatly enhance the services we provide.”