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Meet Our Alumni

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Jayme Dryden

B.S., Environmental Engineering
Senior Environmental Engineer, IGP Trainer of Record/QISP, Ashworth Leininger Group
Hometown: Hollister, CA

“The engineering professors are amazing, the lab resources are excellent, and the student body is a diverse mix of minds and experiences. UCR takes education seriously but provides plenty of opportunities to have some fun along the way. ”

Josiah Jordan

B.S. and M.S., Computer Science
Software Development Engineer, Amazon
Hometown: San Diego, CA

“I always knew I wanted to go into engineering. If I could give my past self some advice, I'd say to choose BCOE. With the focus on core computer science fundamentals, dedicated faculty mentorship, and encouragement to grow and develop on my own, my education was on par or above that of my peers.”

Diego Villasenor
with CSE Professor Emeritus Thomas Payne

B.S., Computer Science
Software Engineer, Microsoft
Hometown: El Centro, CA

“With engineering, the possibilities are endless. BCOE provided me with the fundamentals to jump start my career with Microsoft and a peer network that will stick with me for a lifetime.”

Jason Skovgard
with Interim Dean Sharon Walker

B.S., Chemical Engineering
Site Initiative Leader, Procter & Gamble
Hometown: Modesto, CA

“Applying what you learn in the classroom to hands-on research projects is critical as it brings the curriculum full circle. The senior design project allows students to build on their education and get research experience that will set them apart from their competition after graduation.”

Marlan Castro

B.S., Bioengineering
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

“Diversity is important to me. As a minority from Los Angeles and the first in my family to attend college, I wanted to go to a campus where I could meet people who share a similar background with me but could also learn from people from other cultures.”


Forbes 30 Under 30

The Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list recognizes today’s brightest young entrepreneurs and innovators within 20 industries. More than 15,000 nominations were submitted for just 600 spots, equaling an acceptance rate of less than 4 percent. Two BCOE alumni were selected in the Energy category in 2017 for their efforts to advance their industries.

Charles Cai

Ph.D., Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Co-founder, MG Fuels
Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, Riverside

Charles Cai was recognized for his efforts with MG Fuels to commercialize a biofuels process he helped develop at the UCR that reduces the amount of enzymes used to breakdown biomass to make ethanol. The patented method licensed by MG Fuels was developed as a versatile and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter into both biofuels and chemicals. The project aims to bring industry closer to producing fuels and chemicals from biomass at high enough yields and low enough costs to become a viable alternative or replacement for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals.

Ravi Kurani

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Co-Founder, Sutro

Ravi Kurani was recognized for the technological advancements made at his startup company Sutro. The company offers an automated pool chemistry system that remotely monitors the health of swimming pools, notifies owners if maintenance is required and orders pool supplies. Supported by co-founder and CTO Andrew Redfin, Kurani spent two years iterating on a sensor system that can precisely and accurately measure water quality. Their efforts have resulted in a proprietary sensor architecture that can support up to 70 different types of water quality tests.