Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlights feature outstanding UC Santa Barbara alumni succeeding in their careers, proud of their Gaucho heritage.

Nominate your fellow Gauchos for the Alumni Spotlight series! Fill out the Alumni Spotlight Nomination form (PDF, 225 KB) and email it to

Joseph M. Acaba ’90, NASA Astronaut, Science Teacher, Hydrogeologist
Artist Brandon Sonntag Borgia `93
Qualcomm President Derek Aberle ’92 is at the forefront of mobile innovation.
Owner & Designer of Kinship Cap Co. Monique Ritter '11
Olé LA President Michael Citron `10 leads UCSB’s fastest-growing young alumni group
Ariel Bournes, '12, uses art to connect community and law enforcement at UCSB