UC Santa Barbara Commencement 2017

Guest Speakers

  • College of Creative Studies, Sunday, June 5, at 11:00 a.m.
    Carol Greider '83
    2009 Nobel Laureate in Medicine
  • Bren School, Friday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m.
    Tom Steyer
    Founder and President of NextGen Climate
  • Sciences, Saturday, June 11, at 9:00 a.m.
    Gus Gurley
    Co-founder of Santa Barbara high-tech company Digital Instruments (DI)
  • Engineering and Sciences, Saturday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m.
    Pamela Lopker
    Chairman of the Board and President of QAD
  • Social Sciences I, Saturday, June 11, at 4:00 p.m.
    Jeff Henley ’66
    Vice Chairman of Oracle Corporation
  • Social Sciences II, Sunday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m.
    Blair Hull ’65
    Founder and Chairman of Hull Investments
  • Humanities and Arts, Sunday, June 12, at 1:00 p.m.
    Kenneth S. Kosik
    Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute
  • Graduate Division, Sunday, June 12, at 4:00 p.m.
    Duncan Mellichamp H ’09
    Founding Member of the Chemical Engineering Department faculty

Gus Gurley

Gus Gurley Co-founder of Santa Barbara high-tech company Digital Instruments (DI)

Gus Gurley has a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.S., Physics, Scientific Instrumentation, University of California at Santa Barbara.

In 1987, Gus Gurley co-founded Santa Barbara high-tech company Digital Instruments (DI) along with Virgil Elings, former UCSB physics professor. DI pioneered scanning probe microscopy with a simple goal: to make the power of the technology readily available to scientists and engineers, enabling them to image and explore nanoscale features and structures never seen before. That same year, they constructed the first commercially successful scanning tunneling microscope and shipped the first NanoScope units. Gus designed the NanoScope and led the NanoScope software development. He managed new product development at DI, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on scanning probe control systems. Prior to DI, Gus designed flight simulators for Link Simulation.

DI received several awards for business and engineering excellence, including three Photonics Circle of Excellence awards and multiple new product awards from the Society of Professional engineers. In 1998, Digital Instruments officially merged with Veeco Instruments, a leading supplier of instrumentation for the research, semiconductor, data storage, telecommunications and other industries. By combining the technological strengths of each company, the newly formed company became the world leader in 3-D surface metrology.

Since retiring from Digital Instruments/Veeco, Gus has been exploring his interest in systems level neuroscience and neural networking. He hopes to develop a neural simulator and has been working on the software that would support this digital-based device.

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Pamela Lopker

Pamela Lopker Chairman of the Board and President of QAD

Mrs. Lopker is chairman of the board and president of QAD. Mrs. Lopker founded the company in 1979 and is responsible for shaping the vision and strategic direction of QAD, as well as directing the company’s global research and development efforts.

Mrs. Lopker has long been recognized for her entrepreneurialism and leadership in the advancement in manufacturing software. Fortune magazine named Mrs. Lopker a “Hero of U.S. Manufacturing.” She has been profiled four times by Forbes magazine and numbers among manufacturing systems’ “Legends of Manufacturing,” as well as START magazine’s manufacturing industry visionaries. She received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the greater Los Angeles area.

Mrs. Lopker earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara. She is certified in production and inventory management by the American Production and Inventory Control Society. Mrs. Lopker and her husband, Karl, established the Venkatesh Narayanamurti Chair in Computer Science. Mrs. Lopker serves as a member of the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering Dean’s Cabinet and was elected a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation in 2009.

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Jeff Henley ’66

Jeff Henley Vice Chairman of Oracle Corporation

Jeffrey O. Henley is vice chairman of Oracle Corporation. He served as Oracle’s chief financial officer and executive vice president from 1991 to 2004, and has been a member of Oracle’s board of directors since 1995. Henley was chairman of Oracle from 2004 until 2014. He also serves on Oracle’s Executive Management Committee.

Prior to joining Oracle in 1991, Henley served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Pacific Holding Company and as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Saga Corporation. He also served as director of finance at Memorex Corporation and as controller of international operations at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.

Henley is the Co-Chair of the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, Chair of the Director’s Council and the Global Advisory Board for the Institute for Energy Efficiency and serves on the College of Engineering Dean’s Council.

Henley has a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from UCLA. Jeff and his wife, Judy, have made numerous celebrated philanthropic commitments to UCSB including the Henley Gate, and a transformative leadership investment--the largest gift to the university at the time--to help build Henley Hall, the new home for the Institute for Energy Efficiency.

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Blair Hull ’65

Blair Hull Founder and Chairman Hull Investments, LLC

Mr. Hull founded Hull Investments, LLC in 1999 and currently serves as the firm’s chairman. Hull Investments was created to serve as a family office for three generations of the Hull family, and acts as parent company to a number of financial entities. Mr. Hull created Hull Tactical Asset Allocation, LLC in 2013. HTAA operates an actively managed ETF and utilizes advanced algorithms as well as macro and technical indicators to anticipate future market returns.

Mr. Hull is also founder of Ketchum Trading, LLC and currently serves as chairman. Ketchum Trading is a privately held, proprietary trading firm, based in Chicago, Illinois that makes markets and trades in futures, options, cash equities and exchange-traded funds. Prior to launching Ketchum Trading, LLC, Mr. Hull was the founder of Hull Trading Company and served as that firm’s chairman and chief executive officer.

A global leader in application of computer technology to listed derivatives trading, Hull Trading leveraged technological innovations and quantitative models to become one of the world’s premier market-making firms, trading on 28 exchanges in nine countries.

Mr. Hull has worked in the trading industry for nearly 40 years. Trader Monthly recognized him for having executed one of “The 40 Greatest Trades of All Time,” and Worth magazine named him one of “Wall Street’s 25 Smartest Players.” In 2014, Mr. Hull was awarded the Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award from the Options Industry Council in recognition of his outstanding lifetime contributions to the growth and integrity of the U.S. options market.

Mr. Hull has been extremely supportive of UC Santa Barbara, and in 1998 endowed the first chair in women’s studies, the Blair Hull Chair in Women’s Studies, at UC Santa Barbara in honor of the women in his family. Mr. Hull received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara in 1965 and his M.B.A. degree from Santa Clara University in 1969. Mr. Hull became a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation in 1996.

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Kenneth S. Kosik

Kenneth Kosik Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute

Kenneth S. Kosik is a physician scientist who earned a B.A. and M.A. in English literature at Case Western Reserve University in 1972 and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1976. He served as a resident in neurology at Tufts New England Medical Center and was Chief Resident in 1980. From 1980 he held a series of academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School and achieved the rank of full professor there in 1996. He also has held appointments at McLean Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2004, Kosik became the Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kosik’s work with early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease in Colombia was the basis for a novel prevention trial to treat Alzheimer’s disease. He was one of several groups that discovered Tau protein in the Alzheimer neurofibrillary tangle and followed up with many studies on the biology and pathobiology of Tau. He co-founded the Learning and the Brain Conference and has a longstanding interest in the interface between neuroscience and education. His published papers cover synaptic plasticity, neuronal microRNAs, stem cells, synapse evolution, and the biology of Alzheimer’s disease.

His awards include a Whitaker Health Sciences Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a Milton Foundation Award from the Harvard Medical School; the Moore Award; American Association of Neuropathologists; the Metropolitan Life Foundation Medical Award; the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association; the Zenith Award and Temple Award from the Alzheimer’s Association; the Ranwell Caputo Medal from the Argentine Society of Neurochemistry; the NASA Group Achievement Award to Neurolab Science Team; the Premio Aventis from the Academia Nacional de Medicina, Colombia, and the City of Santa Barbara Innovation Star Award. With Ellen Clegg, he authored The Alzheimer’s Solution: How Today’s Care is Failing Millions and How We Can Do Better which received the Will Solemine award. Recently he co-authored Outsmarting Alzheimer’s Disease with Alisa Bowman. His work has been widely shown in the media including pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, BBC, a CNN special called “Filling the Blank” and an upcoming NOVA special called “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?”

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Duncan Mellichamp H ’09

Duncan Mellichamp Founding member of the Chemical Engineering Department faculty

Dr. Duncan Mellichamp was a founding member of the Chemical Engineering Department faculty, developing the process dynamics and control programs beginning in 1966-67. Earlier, he was a research engineer with DuPont’s Textile Fibers Department for four years. He earned his B.S. from Georgia Tech and Ph.D. from Purdue University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Mellichamp is author of more than 100 research publications on process modeling, large-scale systems analysis, and computer control. His early computer work led to an edited book in 1983, Real-Time Computing with Applications to Data Acquisition and Control. He co-wrote the award-winning undergraduate textbook, Process Dynamics and Control, now in 4th edition. His recent research focuses on profitability of large-scale chemical plants.

Mellichamp was elected chair of the UCSB Academic Senate (1990-92) and of the UC systemwide Academic Senate, and was Faculty Representative on the Board of Regents (1995-97). Before retirement, he served as special assistant to the chancellor for long-range planning.

Mellichamp and his wife, Suzanne (M.A. Education ’70 and teacher for 30 years), have endowed 13 academic chairs, and actively support several Santa Barbara non-profits. Mellichamp was elected Trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation in 2003; was made an honorary alumnus in 2009; and chaired the Trustee Advisory Committee on IV Strategies in 2014.

Although retired from the full-time faculty since 2003, he returns winter and spring to guest lecture in a senior course. In December he marks 50 years as a UCSB professor.

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