Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlights feature outstanding UC Santa Barbara alumni succeeding in their careers, proud of their Gaucho heritage.

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The loss of a family member to melanoma prompted Christie Covarrubias BA ’91 to think globally about prevention.
Milo Sensors CEO Bob Lansdorp Ph.D. `15 pioneers wearable alcohol sensing technology
Nicholas Burger Ph.D. `08 is at the forefront of solving world problems at RAND.
Harvard Professor James Robson BA’87, MA ‘92 interprets events from the Hong Kong uprising to China’s treatment of ethnic and religious minorities
As the new Executive Director of Santa Barbara Audubon Society, Katherine Emery MS ’05, Ph.D. ’13 focuses on saving species (including our own).
As a research and development scientist at Agilent Technologies, Dr. Leah Foltz Ph.D. `18 is focused on improving the lives of patients through developing new solutions in precision medicine.