UCSD Alumni


Alumni Celebration 2016


The 2016 UC San Diego Alumni Celebration, on Saturday, June 4, will mark the 38th year UCSD Alumni has recognized the accomplishments of the Triton Family.

This year’s scroll of honorees are beyond brilliant and are sure to inspire and awe you with their accomplishments. They include a Nobel Prize Winner, Navy Rear Admiral, City of San Diego Council President, a language creator, and an entrepreneur.

Time & Location:

RIMAC Arena, UC San Diego
6 p.m. | Reception with custom cocktails from Snake Oil, inspired by our honorees
7 p.m. | Dinner, entertainment and awards presentation

Parking instructions will be provided upon RSVP.


$250 - General Ticket
$2,000 - Table of 8
$2,500 - Table of 10
Sponsorship: Pioneer Level (includes 10 seats) - $5,000

Proceeds go to support student scholarships. $125 of each ticket is not tax-deductible.

If you have any inquiries, please contact Helen Ly, (858) 534-5176, hmly@ucsd.edu.

Registration is now closed.

For UC San Diego department ticket and table purchases, click here.

2016 Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni


Bruce Beutler, ’76, Biological Sciences
Bruce Beutler is an immunologist, geneticist and a professor and director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Jules Hoffman for their discoveries surrounding the activation of innate immunity.

Timothy Gallaudet, M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’01, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet has been instrumental in the development of the U.S. Navy’s climate change policy. He provides naval leadership on all issues related to oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, precise time, climate change, the Arctic, maritime domain awareness and geospatial and celestial referencing.

Sherri Lightner, ’72, M.S. ’78, Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Sherri Lightner serves as Council President for the City of San Diego. She is the first female engineer to serve on the Council, and the first female Council President. She has served as the councilmember for District One, which includes La Jolla and UC San Diego, since December 2008. Her priorities include economic development and expanding the tech, cyber tech and blue tech industries in San Diego.

Emerging Leaders


David Peterson, M.A. ’05, Linguistics
David Peterson is a writer and language creator, best known for creating the Dothraki and High Valyrian languages for the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. In 2011, he became the alien language and culture consultant for the Syfy original series, Defiance. He is also the language creator of Syfy’s Dominion. He is the author of Living Language: Dothraki and The Art of Language Invention.

Ashley Van Zeeland, M.B.A. ’12, Rady School of Management
Ashley Van Zeeland is co-founder and CEO of Cypher Genomics, a San Diego-based company revolutionizing human health through genomic interpretation. Today, she is chief technology officer at Human Longevity, Inc., which acquired Cypher Genomics, to help build the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of genomic, phenotypic and clinical data, transforming the practice of medicine.