UCI Samueli School of Engineering Award Recipient
Dr. Hakhu is currently the Executive Corporate Officer, Chairman and CEO of HORIBA Instruments Incorporated of United States of America and France, he is also Executive Corporate Officer of HORIBA, Ltd. (Japan). HORIBA is a worldwide manufacturer of diagnostic and test instrumentation in the fields of Semiconductor, Medical, Automotive, Scientific and Environmental. HORIBA employs close to 8,000 staff worldwide.
Dr. Hakhu has taught at the India Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, University of California Irvine, California State Long Beach, and has given lectures at Stanford University-CA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Hakhu holds a Bachelor of Science from J&K University, a Bachelor of Engineering from India Institute of Sciences (IISc), a Masters in Solid State Engineering from IIT Roorkee, India, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, and is in the Hall of Fame of University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Hakhu is married to his wife, Nalini, and together they are blessed with a daughter-Nisha, son-in-law-Pat, son-Navneet and two granddaughters, Talia and Zyla.
Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences Award Recipient
Vincent Steckler, Avast’s chief executive officer and one of its directors, helped transform the company from a sub-$20 million regional business into a $750 million full-service global security provider seeking to make the Internet safe from cyberattacks.
Prior to joining Avast in 2009, Steckler was senior vice president of worldwide consumer sales at Symantec Corp., which he joined in 2000 as vice president of public sector business. In that role, he started Symantec’s business of serving U.S. local, state and federal governments. He also held the position of vice president for Asia/Pacific and Japan, responsible for all enterprise and consumer business in that region. Before joining Symantec, Steckler had 20 years of experience in software development, systems analysis and engineering, project management and business development.
In addition to his ICS degree, Steckler earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at UCI.