My Last Lecture Award

More than 50 years ago, notable UCLA professors were given the chance to put all of their life lessons and advice for students into one “last lecture.”
In 2010, the Alumni Scholars Club (ASC) brought back this tradition through the My Last Lecture Award. This award was established to honor a UCLA professor who is an inspiration to students.
On May 18, ASC will host an award ceremony where the winning professor will give an inspiring lecture on the question posed to the original lecturers more than 50 years ago: What would you tell your audience if you had but one lecture to give – your last lecture on this earth?


Carey Nachenberg ’95, M.S. ’95
Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science
UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Carey Nachenberg ’95, M.S. ’95 is a leading cybersecurity expert and co-inventor of Norton Antivirus, the world’s most popular computer security product. Nachenberg was named one of Computerworld magazine’s “40 Under 40: 40 Innovative IT People to Watch,” and was awarded the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Award for his innovations in the security field. Recently, Nachenberg took on a position as principal engineer at Lyft. He is also a writer and published his first novel in 2015 called “The Florentine Deception.” During his free time, he enjoys rock climbing at the local crags with friends and students.

Ceremony and Lecture

Tuesday, May 18
7 – 9 p.m. via Zoom                                                                       
For those who were unable to attend, you can watch the recorded ceremony below:

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“My Last Lecture did more than just allow me to learn concrete facts from a professor’s area of expertise; it also gave me a window into the often unexposed side of academia – the humanity of being an intellectual.”

Wesley Wong

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