Meet the Recipients of the 2023 ECE Alumni Awards

Each year, students, faculty and alumni in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering nominate alumni who have made a significant impact as leaders or researchers and brought distinction to themselves and UC Davis.

Michael Coffey ’84 Brings an Engineer’s Mind to Business

Accomplished AT&T executive Michael Coffey believes in the value of an engineer's education for finding success in life. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1984, and is now the recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal for an outstanding professional career and commitment to his alma mater.

Andy Botka '87 Dives Into the Deep End for Success

Always dive into the deep end because time waits for no one — that is the driving tenet of Andy Botka, who graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1987.

College of Engineering Alumnus Michael Hurlston among 2023 CAAA Awardees

Michael Hurlston, B.S. '88, M.S. '91 in electrical and computer engineering, received the Cal Aggie Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus Award the organization announced on March 2. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, or CAAA, honoring the achievements and impact of outstanding alumni and friends of UC Davis. 

Making my mark as a first-generation Latina in a STEM world

Choosing to pursue electrical engineering was one of the best decisions Vanessa Liera '22 ever made because even though it brought big challenges, it brought her to amazing people, new experiences and a better future. In this blog, she explains, "I stopped letting fear get in the way of me chasing my dreams, and my life has turned out better than I could’ve imagined."