Three Things to Know about UC Davis’ New Chancellor Gary May

The UC Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Gary May to the position of chancellor at the University of California, Davis, on February 23, 2017. Here are three things to know about the incoming chancellor, whose term will begin on August 1.

1. May has spent more than half his life at Georgia Tech. He first attended as an undergraduate student, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985. He went on to pursue graduate work at UC Berkeley, and in 1991, the same year he completed his PhD, he joined the faculty of Georgia Tech, where he has served ever since. Positions he has held while at Georgia Tech include the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his current role as dean of the university’s College of Engineering.

2. May has received many honors throughout his career. They include accolades from Georgia Tech, including the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (1993), the Outstanding Service Award (1999), and the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2004). In recognition of his dedication to mentorship, the American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded him the Mentor Award in 2006. Most recently, May received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama in 2015.

3. May credits Lego sets, Star Trek, science-fiction stories, and comic books with sparking his enthusiasm for the STEM fields as a child. His early interest would eventually lead him to those mentors and role models who encouraged him to pursue engineering as a career.

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