Headquartered in San Diego, Cymer develops technology to aid in the manufacture of semiconductor chips that power virtually every consumer electronic device. Alums of UCSD, co-founders Bob Akins and Rick Sandstrom, have continued their long-standing relationship with, and commitment to, the university. Cymer has funded scholarships for the Jacobs School of Engineering and endowed a chair—along with other philanthropic involvement—to support the school and further UC San Diego’s position as a top educational institution. Cymer is committed to giving back to the San Diego community with support for civic, cultural, educational, environmental and health initiatives, and is proud to be the naming sponsor for the Center for Controls Systems and Dynamics.
General Atomics, founded in 1955 and based in San Diego, California, specializes in diversified research, development, and manufacturing in defense, energy, and other advanced technologies. GA’s Electromagnetic Systems division is a premier developer and supplier of electromagnetic technologies for all services in the Department of Defense, including major contracts for electromagnetic aircraft launch systems, aircraft arresting gear systems, integrated power conversion systems, superconducting dc propulsion motors, and magnetic levitation (maglev). Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of unmanned aerial systems.