Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established to honor Baskin School of Engineering graduates whose careers are characterized by their sustained and exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. Members are individuals who bring enduring honor to their alma mater as practitioners and as citizens. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Baskin School of Engineering. The selection of this award was made by the Baskin Alumni Advisory Council Selection Committee.

Young Engineer Award

The Young Engineer Award was established to honor Baskin School of Engineering graduates who have contributed substantially to their fields within the first 10 years of graduating from the College. The selection of this award was made by the Alumni Society Selection Committee. The selection of this award was made by the Baskin Alumni Advisory Council Selection Committee.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was established to honor Baskin School of Engineering graduates who have given generously of time and talent to further School projects and activities. Candidates should have records of generously contributing their time and their talents for the enrichment of others in a manner that benefits or brings honor to the School. A candidate's direct contributions to the School might include, serving as a guest lecturer, participation in Baskin engineering programs, or assisting the School in making contact with industry representatives or prominent alumni. The selection of this award was made by the Baskin Alumni Advisory Council Selection Committee.

Academic Achievement Award

The Academic Achievement Award was established to honor Baskin School of Engineering graduates who are full-time faculty members, either at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering or another university, and whose academic career and academic achievements bring great distinction and honor to themselves and, thus, their alma mater. The selection of this award was made by the Baskin School of Engineering Faculty Committee on Academic Excellence.

2005 Distinguished Alumni Award

Ted Goldstein
1984, BA Computer and Information Sciences

Ted currently is finishing his PhD at UCSC. He worked previously as vice president of development technologies at Apple Computer. He has been a leader in the e-commerce, JavaTM technology and object-oriented programming communities. Mr. Goldstein was formerly the chief technical officer and vice president of engineering for Brodia, the creators of the CitiWallet, MasterCard Wallet, and other products for financial institutions. While at Sun Microsystems, Mr. Goldstein was chief Java CommerceTM officer. He led the development of Java CardTM and the Java wallet technologies. Prior to joining Sun Microsystems, Mr. Goldstein was manager of new environments at the famous Xerox PARC spin-off ParcPlace Systems, the creator of the influential Smalltalk object-oriented programming language.

He and his wife have given numerous contributions to the campus over the years. He did an honors senior thesis with Ira Pohl on the Unix operating system. He then did pioneering work on programming languages and tools for object-oriented programming. He contributed importantly to the development of C++ and Java.

Ted Goldstein 

2006 Distinguished Alumni Award

Bala Parthasarathy
1991, MS Computer Engineering

Bala is an Internet veteran with several start-ups under his belt. He is one of the founders of Snapfish, growing the business to a leading online service delivering advanced sharing, display and printing applications to its 25 million members.

His team architected a highly scalable network of websites which now stores over 1 billion customer images. Snapfish powers large retail photo sites such as Albertson's, Walgreens and others. Snapfish was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2005.

Previous to Snapfish, Bala had been involved in business and technology consulting for several startups in the consumer and technology services arena. At Wyatt River Software, another of the companies Bala co-founded, he led the team to build a robust cross-platform license toolkit. Bala was also a part of the early team at Digital Link Corporation, where he was responsible for network management.

Bala earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India.

 

2006 Alumni Academic Achievement Award

Yoav Freund
1993, PhD Computer and Information Sciences

Yoav Freund is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. His work is in the area of machine learning, computational statistics and their applications. Dr. Freund is an internationally known researcher in the field of machine learning, a field which bridges computer science and statistics. He is best known for his joint work with Dr. Robert Schapire on the Adaboost algorithm. For this work they were awarded the 2003 Gödel prize in Theoretical Computer Science, as well as the Kanellakis Prize in 2004. Dr. Freund received his PhD from UC Santa Cruz in 1993 in Computer and Information Sciences.

Yoav Freund works on applications of machine learning algorithms in bioinformatics, computer vision, finance, network routing and high-performance computing. He has developed a new approach to the study and development of machine learning algorithms, where the goal is to produce a good decision algorithm for a repetitive decision task.