Celebrating 25 Years of Engineering at UC Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering honors former UC Riverside chancellors, prominent supporters and long-time employees

Gordon Bourns, center, stands on stage with Reza Abbaschian and Kim Wilcox

Gordon Bourns, center, with Reza Abbaschian and Kim Wilcox, after being named Fellow of the Bourns College of Engineering. Photo Credit: Carlos Puma

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering celebrated its 25th anniversary May 16 with an event that honored several prominent supporters of the college, former chancellors of the university and long-time employees of the college.

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, were both honored.

During the event Orbach said that when the college was named Bourns College of Engineering four trees were planted representing the four Bourns children. He said he was pleased to see that were still standing tall – symbols of the success of each of the children.

Kim Wilcox, France Cordova and Ray Orbach pose for photo

From left, current and former UC Riverside chancellors Kim Wilcox, France Cordova and Ray Orbach. Photo Credit: Carlos Puma

Gordon Bourns, CEO of Bourns, Inc., was 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. Bourns joined his father, Marlan, who named a Fellow in 2012, to become the first father-son duo of Fellows.

Three other individuals or organizations received 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 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, was recognized. She spoke about being creative to gain recognition for the college, including working with comic book legend Stan Lee.

Also, faculty members and staff who were at the college when it started were recognized with Pioneer Awards.

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