Even at a young age, Kate Rubins’ passion for science gave her a drive and focus beyond her years, one that led her to UC San Diego before her trajectory would leave this planet.

As point person for San Diego’s Cleantech Initiative, UC San Diego alumnus Jacques Chirazi has steered city’s strides in sustainability.

In the past decade, UC San Diego engineers have 3D printed a variety of devices ranging from rocket engines, to robots, to structures inspired by the seahorse’s tail. Now, nanoengineers have added a new item to that list: a 3D printed blood vessel network.

From city council to the admiral’s seat, from genetic ingenuity to inventing the Dothraki language—and not to mention winning the Nobel Prize—this year’s alumni honorees are truly cause for celebration.