They dared to think big and imagine the impossible, passing on an enduring spirit of creativity and innovation. The extraordinary future they imagined is today’s UC Irvine.
Michael V. and Brenda Drake
Michael V. Drake, M.D., chancellor emeritus and Brenda Drake, Esq., have been visionary leaders of UCI and deserving recipients of the 2017 UCI Medal.
2015 UCI Medal Awards
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we glance back to honor all the Medalists who have contributed to the bright past and brilliant future of UCI.
Shaping the Future
THANK YOU! With you as our partner, we celebrate our 50th anniversary and the successful completion of our $1 billion Shaping the Future campaign.
Charles D. Martin
At UC Irvine, Martin helped institute and is chairman emeritus of The Paul Merage School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of comparative literature and English Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is an internationally acclaimed novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, academic and social activist from Kenya.
Cheryll and Richard Ruszat
The Ruszats have been an integral part of the ongoing success of UC Irvine’s $1 billion Shaping the Future campaign, which has raised more than $800 million with two years to completion.
Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.
Faculty member renowned for her groundbreaking work on the malleability of human memory; named the most influential female psychologist of the 20th century
Sue and Bill Gross
Bill Gross is one of the world’s most prominent investors; the couple made UC Irvine’s world-leading stem cell research center possible
David Tsoong, M.D., and Betty Tu, M.D.
Major supporters at UC Irvine who helped lead the construction of UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and guide UC Irvine into the future
Larry Overman, Ph.D.
One of the world’s preeminent organic chemists and beloved mentor to UC Irvine students
Business innovator whose philanthropy and leadership enabled UC Irvine to develop world-class cardiovascular technologies
Manuel Gomez, Ph.D; UCI M.A. ’78
A former UC Irvine vice chancellor for student affairs who led California in expanding opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the UC system
Barbara Davidson ’69
A member of UC Irvine’s inaugural class, she served the campus for 42 years, most recently as associate chancellor
Allergan Inc. chairman & CEO who created a global model at UC Irvine for private partnerships with universities
Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D.
Founder of UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center and green-energy research pioneer
Salma Chehabi ’13 and Hazem Chehabi, M.D.
Together they have provided service, resources and expertise for more than three decades
Susan V. Bryant, Ph.D.
Former vice chancellor of research who pioneered scientific practices at UC Irvine and is a world leader in limb regeneration research
Laurel Wilkening, Ph.D.
UC Irvine’s third chancellor led the campus to its top-50 research ranking and membership in the Association of American Universities
Fariborz Masseh, Ph.D.
Founder of UC system’s first interdisciplinary center dedicated to Persian Studies
William Parker, Ph.D.
Professor who transformed fundamental physics and campus housing models through five decades of service to UC Irvine
Anthony James B.S. ’73, Ph.D. ’79
UC Irvine vector biologist who leads the world in fighting malaria and dengue fever