The thought of this magazine finally being in your hands makes me want to pause this
letter and jump up and down for a little while, out of sheer elation that something so long
in coming, the product of many minds working many months, has reached its ultimate
The new Triton is here. And to celebrate the magazine’s latest iteration, we’ve given this
issue the theme of “What’s Next,” showcasing all that UC San Diego and its alumni have
in store for the future. It’s the thread that runs through our features, from examining our
new life with drones and the implications of a new life with climate change, to alumni
breathing new life into our local economy by planting roots and building companies next
door to campus.
“What’s Next” is also at the heart of our new signature department, The 4Front, which
highlights how UC San Diego is poised to change the world via four research themes
outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan. You’ll see how Triton research can impact
cultures around the world, as well as revolutionize your next electric car, even your
Along with the high caliber of stories to follow, I hope you’ll notice an equal measure of
UC San Diego spirit on every page. my aim for this new magazine is to capture the unique
voice I hear on campus every day, and in so many ways—a wave crashing on the beach,
the eucalyptus leaves rustling, the wheels of a skateboard whizzing a student downhill.
So this is the new Triton magazine. I’d love to know what you think of it. Yet just because
it has now reached your hands doesn’t mean the journey is over. I hope you’ll help these
stories live on by spreading the word about what you learn in these pages, let people know
what’s next for the world, and take pride that your university, your fellow Tritons, and you
too are making it happen.
LETTER FROM THE EdITOR
P.s.: Can you help me out?
I’m new to UC San Diego, so I’m hoping
you tell me what being a Triton is all
about. Use #Thats Triton to express
what’s “Triton” to you. It could be a
memory from campus days, or the
spirit that lives on in your life now. Did
you pull an all-nighter to nail the exam
and then hit Blacks? #Thats Triton. Did
you eat California burritos for every
meal until your company went public?
#Thats Triton So what’s yours?