UCSD Alumni


2012 Alumni Honorees


Five distinguished alumni and supporters of UC San Diego were honored at the University's annual Alumni Celebration on June 2, 2012. This year's honorees range from a game-changing scientist who has created innovative drugs, to an angel investor who has  been the driving force behind campaigns for the Rady School of Business, to a National Geographic star explorer, to a couple whose philanthropy has deeply impacted the University community.

Outstanding Alumnus
William A. Lee, M.Sc. '79, Ph.D. '82

Dr. William A. Lee is senior vice president, research and pharmaceutical development, at Gilead Sciences, the second largest research-based biopharmaceutical company in the world. He has over 20 years of research and product development experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is co-inventor of Roche’s Cellcept, a drug prescribed to patients who have kidney, heart or liver transplants. Lee also led Gilead’s efforts in HIV research, drug therapy and discovery, and holds several other patents as a co-inventor. Learn More

Distinguished Leadership
Jan Tuttleman, M.B.A. '06

Jan Tuttleman is the former vice president of marketing for Huya Bioscience International, and a business development and licensing consultant for Progenetor, Inc. She has been an angel investor in early stage life science companies in San Diego and has devoted significant time and resources to UC San Diego’s Rady School of Business, where she currently serves on its Dean’s Advisory Council. She led Rady’s 2006 Class Campaign effort in raising $250,000 and has been a generous contributor to the school ever since graduation, including establishing the Michael Kriegler Endowed Lectureship and Graduate Fellowship in memory of her late husband. Learn More

Emerging Leader
Albert Yu-Min Lin, Muir '04, M.S. '05, Ph.D. '08

Albert Yu-Min Lin is a research scientist at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology-enabled exploration. He is currently involved in a major international multidisciplinary effort known as “The Search for Genghis Khan.” Lin and his team have conducted several expeditions in Mongolia, and have zeroed in on what they believe may indeed be the last resting place of Genghis Khan. Learn More

Honorary Alumni
Darcy and Robert Bingham

Darcy and Robert Bingham established the Darcy and Robert Bingham Endowed Scholarship, which supports UC San Diego undergraduate students who work while attending school. Darcy’s dedication to service has especially impacted the campus community. A self-proclaimed “philanthropreneur,” she is passionate about combining her entrepreneurial knowledge and philanthropic spirit to create new opportunities and ways of giving back to the University. While serving as director of operations in UC San Diego’s department of recreation, and chair of the UCSD Staff Association, Bingham was one of several strategic organizers of the first Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars, now an annual event that has raised more than $2 million, providing scholarships for more than 800 students over the last 14 years. Learn More