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California: Prosperity Through Technology

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering hosted its seventh annual “California: Prosperity Through Technology” Industry Research Symposium on May 19, 2008, themed “Disruptive Technologies for the 21st Century:  Engineering the Life Sciences.”  More than 200 people attended this dynamic event, developed to create an interactive forum in which nationally recognized academic visionaries and industry leaders addressed and discussed technological innovations that will transform the life sciences.

Event sessions included topics such as next generation gene sequencing, stem cell advances, microfluidics, tissue engineering, surgical techniques, and telemedicine. 

The one-day symposium was held at the Arnold and MabelBeckmanCenter of the National Academies, in Irvine, Calif., and was supported by 32 sponsors from leading companies across numerous technology-driven industries.

Following Monday’s symposium, the Samueli School also hosted its annual dinner and awards banquet at the Engineering Plaza on campus, in honor of selected outstanding faculty members and students, as well as the “Engineering the Future,” award recipients. 

Three guests of honor were acknowledged with prestigious awards; James V. Mazzo, chairman, president, and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., and Michael A. Mussallem, chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, were both presented with the “Engineering the Future” award.  Janice M. Holstein, former assistant dean of planning and administration for The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, was given the “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Administration” award.