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Cal Aggie Alumni Association

Cal Aggie Alumni Association
 

Distinguished Achievement Award

This award honors a graduate of UC Davis whose entire lifetime since graduation reflects exemplary and outstanding performance and achievements. Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) a culmination of lifetime achievements, 2) service to the university and 3) community and public service.

The 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award recipient is Francis Lee '74 .

Lee ’74 is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for exemplary conduct and achievement. He was only 16 when his family moved from China to Sacramento and enrolled him into high school without his knowing English. That did not deter him. He was accepted into UC Davis and held three jobs concurrently while earning his degree.

He graduated with honors from UC Davis and went to work for Synaptics, Inc.—a Santa Clara-based company that develops gesture-based computing 
sensors that are used in such products as laptop touch pads and smartphones touch screens. After two decades, Lee became the company’s Chief Executive Officer in 1998 and built the company to be a worldwide leader of touch screen technology.

Lee returns regularly to the UC Davis campus to mentor students and serves on the College of 
Engineering’s Dean’s Executive Committee.


Previous recipients:

2013 Martin Yan '73, M.S. '77
2012 Thomas Nesbitt '75, M.D. '79
2011 Dr. John Osborn '64

2010 Mary Catherine Swanson, Cred. '67
2009 Zelma Long
2008 Jon R. Jessen '56
2007 John Patrick Jordan '55, Ph.D. '63
2005 Koichiro Aramaki, M.S. '78

2004 Joseph W. Lin, Ph.D. '75
2003 Augustine Gallego, M.A. '76 & Richard Rominger '49 & Evelyne Rominger '51
2002 Delaine Eastin '69

2001 Jack Thomson '46 and Chris "Floyd" Zaiger '52
2000 John H. Pryor '37
1999 Carolyn F. Wall '63, M.A. '65, Ph.D. '71
1998 George B.E. West '53, D.V.M. '57, M.P.V.M. '77
1997 Floyd D. Shimomura '70, J.D. '73

1996 Robert B. Bushnell '53, D.V.M. '56
1995 Vincent E. Petrucci '47, M.S. '48
1994 Roy Saigo '62
1993 Wendall Kilgore '51, Ph.D. '58
1992 Clarence W. Jones '39

1991 William B. Hewitt '33, M.S. '34, Ph.D. '36
1990 Eugene Boone '32
1989 John B. Shirley '50, D.V.M. '52
1988 George H. Wilson '15
1987 William Jewett '31 & Lindsay 'Red' Jewett '32
1986 Bert Crane '56
1985 Abdalla A. Abdalla, M.S. '59, Ph.D. '63
1984 Harold E. Kendall '29
1983 William F. Allewelt Jr. '50
1982 John W. Oswald '42
1981 Robert E. Osborne '26

1980 Gordie C. 'Jack' Hanna '28