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

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David Chin ‘92, proud supporter of the Alumni Scholarship Fund, turned his passion for sports into an opportunity to raise a family in Tokyo, Japan. He credits his UCSB education and specifically The Economics Department for preparing him for his sales industry climb and career opportunities that allowed him to travel the world.
Cruz Foam works hard to be the change the oceans need by reducing the amount of plastics in the oceans. CEO & Co-founder, John Felts ‘08, is here to explain how his time at UCSB and the waters off the Goleta coast sparked his environmental change initiative.
The field of science can often appear sterile—filled with fluorescent lights, safety protocols and predominantly male. Alex Phillips, a UC Santa Barbara alum and postdoctoral researcher in the UCSB Earth Science department, found herself wanting to portray a more diverse image of a scientist.
Lou Balmer-Millar Ph.D. '93, will become a vice president of Caterpillar Inc. leading the design and manufacture of large diesel and natural gas engines as well as advanced power products and powertrain.
Who knew Tik-Tok could be a learning outlet for first-generation students all over the world? Giovanna Gonzalez ‘11 did and now she’s teaching others how to increase their financial literacy through the latest international social media trend.
A conversation with the Cheadle Family about life, love, and their legacy of giving back through the Cheadle Alumni Award.