Engineering College to Celebrate 25 Years

Two former UC Riverside chancellors and the founding dean of the engineering college are scheduled to attend the May 16 event

The Bourns College of Engineering

Winston Chung Courtyard at the Bourns College of Engineering

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The University of California Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering will celebrate its 25th anniversary on May 16 with an event featuring two former chancellors of the university, the founding dean of the college, several prominent supporters of the college, a math magician and a laser light show.

The 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony begins with a reception at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in Winston Chung Courtyard, next to Winston Chung Hall.

Current UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, along with former chancellors France Cordova, who is currently the director of the National Science Foundation and was UC Riverside’s chancellor from 2002 to 2007, and Ray Orbach, who led UC Riverside from 1992 to 2002, are scheduled to attend.

In addition Susan Hackwood, the founding dean of the Bourns College of Engineering who is currently executive director of the California Council on Science and Technology and remains a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Riverside, will be on hand with the college’s current dean, Reza Abbaschian.

During the event Gordon Bourns, CEO of Bourns, Inc., will be named a Fellow of the college. The honor of Fellow was established in 2011 and is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering or whose activities have benefited the engineering community and the college.

Three other individuals or organizations will receive Engineering Excellence Awards. They are the Bourns Foundation, the charitable arm of Bourns, Inc., Winston Chung, a Chinese battery technology scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Corona.

In addition, faculty members and staff who were at the college when it started will be recognized with Pioneer Awards.

Arthur T. Benjamin, a professor of mathematics and a “mathemagician,” will perform during the event and the night will end with the laser light show.

Reservations are still being accepted for the black-tie-optional event. The cost is $125. To RSVP visit or contact Erin Murphy at 951-827-5190 or

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