CEO Robert Akins, one of Cymer Inc.'s co-founders, has always bet on the future.
Since his days as a student at the University of California at San Diego, where he earned three degrees, Akins has held a passion for technology. His interests have served the semiconductor industry well since the early days when he and fellow UCSD student Richard Sandstrom took a gamble in 1986 and founded Cymer with only three employees.
Now the company is one of the biggest players in the industry. Its technology influences nearly all major chipmakers as Cymer's Excimer lasers are being used in deep-ultraviolet photolithography systems, which in turn are placed into cameras, computers and iPods. Just to make sure that the pursuit and development of tomorrow's technological advancements aren't waylaid, Cymer donated $175,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars Program at UCSD earlier this year in honor of the company's 20th anniversary.
As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Patricia Trauth developed a deep appreciation of art from her mother, and nature from her maternal grandfather. Today, as principal landscape architect in the San Diego office of AECOM, a global interdisciplinary architecture, engineering and construction firm, she uses her artistic skills by designing public spaces with natural elements for the betterment of the public.
As the youngest of five children growing up in a traditional Latino home in El Monte, Calif., Patricia Prado-Olmos was raised in a supportive and nurturing environment and taught the value of a good education. Throughout her career as an educator and in her current position as vice president of the Division of Community Engagement for California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), she has helped create a similar supportive and nurturing environment for students and the conditions to help them succeed in their educational endeavors.
Greg Wenzel, executive vice president and lead for digital solutions and C4ISR at Booz Allen Hamilton, talks about the modern digital ecosystem and Internet of Things that can create an enterprise effect across the federal government and military orgnizations through secure interoperability for efficiency and effectiveness.