UC Santa Barbara Commencement 2017

Guest Speakers

  • College of Creative Studies, Sunday, June 11, at 11:00 a.m.
    Norman I. Badler
    Rachleff Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Friday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m.
    Jill Gravender Matteson
    Director, Innovative Partnerships at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
  • Sciences, Saturday, June 17, at 9:00 a.m.
    Dr. Raquel Izumi
    A founder of Acerta Pharma
  • Engineering and Sciences, Saturday, June 17, at 1:00 p.m.
    Diego Rey
    Founder and Head of Research for GeneWEAVE
  • Social Sciences I, Saturday, June 17, at 4:00 p.m.
    Angel Martinez
    Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Deckers Outdoor Corporation
  • Social Sciences II, Sunday, June 18, at 9:00 a.m.
    Tony Cárdenas
    Congressman, Representing the 29th District of California
  • Humanities and Fine Arts, Sunday, June 18, at 1:00 p.m.
    T. A. Barron
    Award Winning Author
  • Graduate Division, Sunday, June 18, at 4:00 p.m.
    Lois Capps
    Educator, Advocate, and Community Leader

Norman I. Badler

Norman I. Badler Rachleff Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Norman I. Badler is the Rachleff Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Mathematics from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1970, his MSc in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1971, and his PhD in Computer Science also from the University of Toronto in 1975. His research involves developing algorithms and software to acquire, simulate, animate and control 3D computer graphics human face, gesture, and locomotion behaviors, both individually and for heterogeneous groups. He has supervised or co-supervised 61 PhD students, many of whom have become academics or researchers in the movie visual effects and game industries. He is the founding Director of the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, and the ViDi Center for Digital Visualization at Penn. He has served Penn as Chair of the Computer & Information Science Department (1990-94) and as the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2001-05).

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Jill Gravender Matteson

Jill Gravender Matteson Director, Innovative Partnerships at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Jill Matteson has more than twenty years of experience in environmental policy and non-profit management. Throughout her career, she has worked to foster dialog between, and build consensus amongst, diverse stakeholders (NGOs, corporations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and academic institutions) to develop innovative approaches to mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.

Mrs. Matteson’s leadership contributed to the development of the first state-level voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program in the country - the California Climate Action Registry, as well as the first North American GHG registry - The Climate Registry. In 2009, she testified before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science and Technology as an expert on GHG measurement and verification.

Jill’s experience in non-profit management has contributed to the establishment of four new non-profit organizations. In addition to her non-profit experience, she has also worked in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. Jill enjoyed bringing these diverse perspectives together to develop practical yet innovative solutions as the President of her own environmental consulting firm.

Jill currently serves as the Director, Innovative Partnerships at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, wherein she cultivates external partnerships that amplify the Foundation’s environmental mission. The Foundation is dedicated to protecting endangered species and habitats, as well as promoting innovative solutions to address climate change.

Mrs. Matteson has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara – Class of 1999.

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Dr. Raquel Izumi

Dr. Raquel Izumi A founder of Acerta Pharma

Dr. Raquel Izumi is a founder of Acerta Pharma, a leader in the field of cancer drug research. As Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Early Development, Dr. Izumi is currently responsible for developing regulatory and clinical development strategies, and she has been instrumental in the development of acalabrutinib, a highly selective cancer therapy that uses proprietary covalent bonding technology.

Dr. Izumi has over 20 years of drug development and clinical research experience, where she has designed and executed clinical trials in oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, immunology, and endocrinology. Before founding Acerta Pharma, she served as Senior Director of Clinical Development at Pharmacyclics, where she worked on designing and implementing clinical studies for the first BTK inhibitor to enter clinical trials. Dr. Izumi began her research career at Amgen, where she held positions of increasing responsibility and participated in a successful biologics license application filing and approval for Aranesp®.

Dr. Izumi was a Howard Hughes Pre-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles where she obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. She received Honors and Distinction in the Major for her B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Diego Rey

Diego Rey Founder and Head of Research for GeneWEAVE

Diego Rey is a Founder and Head of Research for the clinical diagnostics startup GeneWEAVE, which was recently acquired by Roche, the global leader in in vitro diagnostics. Diego is focused on advancing clinical microbiology with diagnostic solutions that will enable hospitals and physicians around the world to prevent and treat drug-resistant infections. He is responsible for the company's overall technology strategy, creation of intellectual property, and scientific research & development. Diego is a Gaucho in more ways than one. He was born in Patagonia, Argentina and received his BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara in 2004. During his time at UCSB, Diego was active in Los Ingenieros and the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Program (MESA). After UCSB, Diego attended Cornell University, where he earned his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering in addition to co-founding GeneWEAVE.

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Angel Martinez

Angel Martinez Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Angel R. Martinez served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Deckers Outdoor Corporation from 2005 to 2016, overseeing global footwear brands including Teva®, UGG® Australia and TSUBO®. He is currently an independent consultant.

In 2008, Martinez was elected as Chairman of the Board of Deckers Outdoor Corp. and continues to serve as the non-executive Chair. Martinez has also served on the Board of Directors of Tupperware Brands Corporation since 1998, and served as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Keen LLC, a company which he co-founded and launched. In addition, he currently serves on the boards of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and AHA!, an organization committed to transforming the world by empowering teens to create peaceful and connected communities.

Throughout his 39 years of brand building in the footwear industry, Martinez held numerous senior level positions at Reebok International Ltd., including Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Rockport Company, a subsidiary of Reebok. Martinez championed Reebok's Human Rights programs and served on the Board of Advisors of the Human Rights Award. He is credited with significantly diversifying Reebok’s product offerings, and was honored by Footwear News, a leading trade publication, with the “Man of Year” award in 1997. In 2011, the same publication named him “Person of the Year.”

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Tony Cárdenas

Tony Cárdenas Congressman, Representing the 29th District of California

Tony Cárdenas is the first Latino to represent the San Fernando Valley in the United States Congress, having been elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2013. He has been recognized locally and nationally for his stance on common sense gun reform, juvenile justice, and championing solutions that will make the U.S. economy even stronger to bring better-paying jobs to the American people. Prior to serving in Congress, Representative Cárdenas was elected to the California State Assembly in 1996 and later served on the Los Angeles City Council. He is an alumnus of the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara..

Raised by hard-working immigrant parents, Tony Cárdenas was brought up with the simple ideals that integrity and dedication are the keys to success. These are the qualities that he has brought to his career as a public servant, and that he continues to offer today as a United States Congressman.

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T. A. Barron

T. A. Barron Award Winning Author

T. A. Barron is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books, many of which are international bestsellers. They include the Merlin Saga (now being developed into a feature film by Disney), The Great Tree of Avalon (a New York Times bestselling series), The Ancient One (the tale of a brave girl and a magical tree), and The Hero’s Trail (nonfiction stories of courageous kids). He is the winner of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature”, the Nautilus Award Grand Prize, and many other awards.

Though he had always dreamed of becoming a writer, he couldn’t find anyone to publish his first novel. He joined a successful business, eventually became its president, then decided to try again. In1990, he surprised his business partners by moving back to Colorado, where he grew up, to become a writer and conservationist.

In 2000, Barron founded a national award to honor outstanding young people who help their communities or the environment: the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, which honors 25 highly diverse, public-spirited kids each year. He has also produced a documentary film, Dream Big, profiling seven winners of the Barron Prize. When not writing or speaking, T. A. Barron serves on many boards including Princeton University, where he helped to create the Princeton Environmental Institute, and The Wilderness Society, which recently honored him with its highest award for conservation work. He loves to go hiking, camping, and skiing in Colorado with his family.

Visit www.tabarron.com or www.Facebook.com/TABarronfans.

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Lois Capps

Lois Capps Educator, Advocate, and Community Leader

Educator, advocate, and community leader Lois Capps served as the U.S. Representative for California's 24th congressional district, serving in Congress from 1998 to 2017.

Before she earned her second graduate degree in Education from UC Santa Barbara, Lois received her Master’s degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University. She was married for thirty-seven years to Walter Capps who had degrees from Portland State University, Augustana Seminary and a PhD from Yale University. He was a prominent professor of Religious Studies at UCSB for over thirty years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996.

Lois is committed to helping people improve their daily lives through better schools, quality health care, and a cleaner environment. Before succeeding Walter in Congress, Lois had successful careers in both nursing and education. Her experience in these two areas deeply informed her eighteen years of work in Congress. Capps was a respected leader in Congress on issues of public health, passing legislation to address the national nursing shortage, detect and prevent domestic violence against women, curb underage drinking, improve mental health services, provide emergency defibrillators to local communities, bring CPR instruction to schools, and provide immediate Medicare coverage to patients suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Capps has also been at the forefront of efforts to protect the environment, leading efforts to stop new oil and gas drilling off our coasts, eliminate new oil drilling in Los Padres National Forest, and protect consumers from shouldering the financial burden of cleaning up MTBE contamination in their water supplies. She was also a leader in gender and LGBTQ issues as well as efforts to make college more affordable.

She retired from Congress in January of 2017 and is grateful to return and engage full-time with the community she loves. She is the proud grandmother to eight wonderful children.

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