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UCSD receives $1.2 million gift from two alumni

The University of California, San Diego has announced a $1.2 million gift from two alumni, the husband-and-wife pair Richard Sandstrom and Sandra Timmons.

Sandstrom and Timmons have pledged the donation in support of graduate students at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and undergraduate scholarships, a UC San Diego release stated. The gift will send $700,000 to the Jacobs School graduate program, creating the Sandstrom Graduate Fellowship in Engineering. The remaining $500,000 will be used to establish the Timmstrom Scholars endowment for undergraduate scholarships, which will augment the existing Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program.

“Sandy and I believe UC San Diego is an amazing school; it is a place to get a great education but one that has gotten much more expensive since we were there,” Sandstrom said. “Having access to an education from UC San Diego is having access to the American dream.”

Sandrom, the co-founder of Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI), attended UC San Diego throughout the 1970s, studying applied mathematics and engineering science. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1972, his master's degree in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1979. He founded Cymer Inc. — a developer of deep ultraviolet light sources used by chipmakers to pattern semiconductor chips or integrated circuits — with fellow UCSD alumnus Bob Akins.

Timmons earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the university in 1981. She later became a television producer and writer before focusing on community service.

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Cymer Inc.

Company Website

17075 Thornmint Ct.
San Diego, CA 92127

Cymer Inc. Executive(s):

Robert Akins

  • Chief Executive Officer

Edward Brown

  • Chief Operating Officer, President

Richard Sandstrom

  • Co-Founder

Paul Bowman

  • Chief Financial Officer

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