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Cal Aggie Alumni Association

Cal Aggie Alumni Association
 

Young Alumnus(a) Award

This award honors a graduate of UC Davis who has received his or her first degree within the past 10 years and has made outstanding contributions professionally, to the community or to UC Davis. Specific criteria used during the selection process include 1) contributions to profession, 2) UC Davis volunteerism and 3) community and public service.

The 2014 Young Alumnus Award recipient is Jason Lucash '06.

Lucash ’06 launched his first business selling candy in front of his parent’s home when he was in the fifth grade. Now, thanks to his UC Davis education—including a degree in managerial economics and internships—and his continued entrepreneurial spirit, he is the co-founder of OrigAudio—a premium audio products company that offers innovative solutions for music portability. The company’s origami-style speaker was named in a 2012 Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best 50 Inventions.’ After being featured on ABC’s SharkTank, the company’s products are now sold in 5,000 stores worldwide.

Lucash lectures to university students around the country and helps support several local charities. His successes garnered him the Young Alumnus Award that honors outstanding professional contributions to the community or to UC Davis within 10 years of graduation.


Previous recipients:

2013 John Bissell '08
2012 Jakob Suski '05
2011 Zeb Hogan, Ph.D. '04
2010 Marc Facciotti '97
2009 John Thomas "J.T." O'Sullivan '01
2008 Tracy Caldwell, Ph.D. '97
2007 Ernesto Sandoval '96
2005 Dawn Imamoto, Cred. '95
2004 Christina V. Kirk Kazhe '93
2003 Tamara Thornell '93
2002 Christine A. Smith '94, M.S. '96, M.B.A. '96, Ph.D. '97
2001 Paul Chapao Lo '91
2000 Jennifer L. Fearing '93
1999 Michael W. Dawson '92
1998 Elizabeth Nolan Fielding '88
1997 Daniel E. E. Hayes, Jr., Ph.D. '91
1996 Mark Stanley Ghilarducci '87
1995 Darryl Covington Hunter '84
1994 Melinda Guzman-Moore '85, J.D. '88
1993 Constance Chang-Hasnain '82
1992 Jeffrey L. Tanji, M.D. '82
1991 Kenneth W. Campbell, D.D.S. '79
1990 Cynthia M. Friend '77
1989 Balazs I. Bodai, M.D. '77
1988 Peter K. Thor '76, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '80
1987 Steven Mackey '78
1986 Sarah Joan Woerner '72, M.D. '76
1985 John Vickery '72
1984 Jackie Speier '72
1983 Peggy Sears McLaughlin '72, M.S. '74
1982 Gordon S. Baranco '69, J.D. '72
1981 Rolf J. Benirschke '77
1980 Dennis L. Vanderpol '69
1979 Michael L. Campbell '68