Reconnecting with Alumni in Los Angeles

Chancellor Khosla with alumni Rick Labowe and Nathan East

Triton alumni, university supporters and members of the UC San Diego community gathered in the heart of Los Angeles last week for a “UC San Diego and You” event to reconnect and be inspired by groundbreaking Triton innovations.  Chancellor Khosla welcomed the guests at the Cross-Campus Downtown LA coworking space and shared how the university’s vision is enhancing opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.  The program also showcased two pioneering entrepreneurial ventures founded by UC San Diego students that are transforming industries around the world. 

Voyager Space Technologies is revolutionizing the approach to automated spacecraft design, while ionboard is an electric skateboard startup disrupting the industry by offering a high performance, low cost product.  Both Voyager and ionboard are involved in The Basement, UC San Diego’s incubator/accelerator program for student entrepreneurs.  A reception followed the main event allowing the attendees the opportunity to mingle with new and old acquaintances.

Chancellor Khosla with alumnus Charles Zhou

Chancellor Khosla standing on an ionboard next to Nathan East and student innovators Yue Kate Xu and Jack Craig

Chancellor Khosla with Voyager Space Technologies student innovators Darren Charrier and Faris Hamdi

Darren Charrier

Advancing UC San Diego’s Mission of Service

Chancellor Khosla and Alumni Board member Jerri Malana with True Triton Award recipients Steve and Sue Hart

UC San Diego alumni, current students, staff and faculty recently converged on campus and in the community for a weekend of service and celebration as part of the True Triton Weekend. The two-day, service-oriented event kicked off with a leadership conference last Saturday morning, followed by the True Triton Celebration which recognized three dedicated alumni volunteers for their extraordinary commitment to the university. Chancellor Khosla was on hand to honor this year’s award recipients – Sue Hart PhD ‘86 - Physical Sciences, Steve Hart MA ’80 - Physical Sciences, and Otis Watson ’76 - Social Sciences. On Sunday, more than 200 volunteers participated in the Alumni Day of Service, working on beautification projects at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a high achieving K-5 magnet school located in Paradise Hills. 

UC San Diego is nationally recognized as a leader in public service, ranking as the second best public university in the nation by Washington Monthly for our commitment to serving the nation’s public interest, promoting social mobility and producing groundbreaking research. 

Chancellor Khosla and Alumni Board member Jerri Malana with True Triton Award recipient Otis Watson

Alumni Day of Service at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy

Triton Leadership Conference

Creating Technology that Improves Our Society and World

Chancellor Khosla and Rady School of Management Dean Bob Sullivan with Aira CEO Suman Kanuganti and COO Troy Otillio

Earlier this week, Chancellor Khosla visited Aira, a company created by UC San Diego alumnus Suman Kanuganti, at its new headquarters in University City.  Aira is a technology company that provides smart glasses solutions for the blind and visually impaired.  Kanuganti received his MBA from UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management in 2014.  Upon acceptance to Rady’s StartR accelerator program, Kanuganti recruited two UC San Diego engineering undergraduates to start the company.  Aira now employs more than 100 employees and contractors, including four Rady alumni, and is widely recognized for its positive societal impact.  Aira was recently listed by the New York Times as one of the 2017 Technology for Good companies and as one of PC Magazine’s Best New Technology.  During the visit, the Chancellor was able to see firsthand the powerful impact of the Aira technology in helping the blind and visually impaired.

Chancellor Khosla and Suman Kanuganti

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