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50 Years. 50th Anniversary Gala. "A light that is Endless." BYU's Role in the Future of Science and Technology.

50th Anniversary Gala: Join Virtually

Friday, February 23
6:30 PM

Please join us virtually join the 50th Anniversary Gala on Friday, February 23. The livestream begins at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time at

The highlight of the program will be a panel of alumni leaders discussing BYU's role in the future of science and technology. Philip Low, Carlos Martins, and President Shane Reese have graciously agreed to be panelists. Our dean will also share exciting advancements and highlights from our college and seven departments. As we honor our past, we also look forward to BYU's bright future and the role we each play in helping the next generation of students.

The gala theme is “A Light That is Endless” from Mosiah 16:9. It reflects our BYU community’s commitment to emulate the Savior as we strive to emit a unique light for the benefit of the world. Our alumni are leaders in science and technology, and we are proud of their impact. They are a light for the world as they serve, lift, and lead in their disciplines and communities.


Dr. Philip S. Low has dedicated over 45 years to designing targeted imaging and therapeutic agents for human diseases. He has over 360 patents and patents pending and has founded seven companies to commercialize his discoveries. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from BYU and his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California San Diego. Low and his wife Joan have five children and 18 grandchildren.
Carlos Martins founded Wizard Language Institute, the largest chain of language schools in the world, and is a leading businessman in his home country of Brazil. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Awaken the Millionaire Within and Refugees. Martins graduated from BYU in statistics and computer science. He and his wife of 44 years, Vânia, have six children and 19 grandchildren.
C. Shane Reese is the 14th president of BYU and former dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. President Reese earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics from BYU and a doctorate in statistics from TexasA&M University. He worked in the Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory prior to entering academia. President Reese and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children.