UC Davis Today: From rocket science to California justice

Adam Steltzner holding a model of the Mars spacecraft

From rocket science to California justice: UC Davis prepares students for success

Even in tough economic times, most UC Davis students earning bachelor’s degrees find jobs in their chosen fields or go on to graduate school.

Consider Adam Steltzner, a co-investigator for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory team who helped engineer the Mars rover Curiosity mission. Steltzner earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Davis.

Another success story is Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court, an alumna who earned her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and a law degree from our School of Law.

Steltzner and Cantil-Sakauye are but two examples of the many alumni who have benefited from a high-quality UC Davis education.

In fact, the latest survey of recent alumni found that 37 percent who received a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 2007-08 went on to graduate school. For the remainder, more than half (52 percent) were employed with full-time work a year after getting their degree — a considerable feat since job seekers in 2009 faced a difficult job market. 

At UC Davis, students have opportunities to grow, learn and one day apply their academic knowledge in the marketplace of ideas and industry.

UC Davis alumnus Adam Steltzner, the Mars Science Laboratory entry, descent and landing phase lead at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, demonstrates how a spacecraft lands the Curiosity rover on Mars. NASA/Bill Ingalls photo

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