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UGRD Arts & Sciences '13
McKnight-Smith, Hallie (McKnight)

Hallie McKnight-Smith ’13, M.A. ’19 and Sean Smith ’13 wed June 23, 2018, at Sacred Heart Church in Sacramento. Many Broncos were in attendance and several were in the wedding party. Hallie and Sean live in San Jose. 

submitted Aug. 2, 2018 11:22A
Gage, Jackie
Jazz singer Jackie Gage performing at

Jackie Gage ’13 returned to the Bay Area for a jazz concert held at City Lights Theater Company in February 2018 and performed at Santa Clara’s Golden Circle scholarship fundraiser. Living in NYC, the jazz vocalist has played at The Mint and Blue Whale in Los Angeles, California, BB King’s in New York, Minton’s in Harlem, and was also a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist.

submitted Apr. 20, 2018 9:32A


GRD Engineering '14
Williams, Blake

Blake Williams ’12, M.S. ’14, has been promoted to the rank of “Scientist” with leadership roles in the Bay Area biotech company Medikine, a title usually offered to a researcher with a Ph.D. and extensive experience and achievement.

submitted May. 21, 2018 12:55P
Wentz, Carole

Carole Wentz ’14 is retiring from her position as a senior administrative assistant at SCU. She has been at the University for 18 years. Wentz writes, “Looking forward to traveling and finally visiting Africa for the first time next year!”

submitted Jul. 10, 2018 11:18A
GRD Law '14
Shanahan, Nicole

Nicole Shanahan J.D. ’14 was named one of 18 millennials changing the face of legal tech by Legaltech News. She is founder of ClearAccessIP, an integrated patent management and collaboration software. 

Contact Nicole
submitted Jun. 26, 2018 2:45P
UGRD Engineering '14
Lu, Michelle (La Bine)
Newlyweds Brian Lu and Michelle La Bine

Brian G. Lu ’15 married Michelle M. La Bine ’14 on Sept. 18, 2017, at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. They met while working on a civil engineering group project at SCU in 2012.  

Contact Michelle
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submitted May. 21, 2018 1:03P
GRD Leavey/MBA '14
Cook, Chris

Chris Cook MBA ’14 has been promoted to director of operations for the Monterey Peninsula at California American Water. A native of the Monterey area, Cook came to California American Water in 2015 as assistant engineering manager and was promoted to engineering manager the following year. He has more than 13 years of experience in engineering, project, and workforce management. He also served for two years with the Peace Corps in Guinea.

submitted Aug. 10, 2018 9:10A


GRD Law '15
Livingston, Kendra

Kendra Livingston J.D. ’15 is joining Santa Clara Law as director of external relations. She previously worked as a legal analyst for HomeBase, a nonprofit law firm in San Francisco dedicated to reducing homelessness.

submitted Aug. 11, 2018 9:24A
Huerta, Sofia
After four seasons playing for the Chicago Red Stars, Sofia Huerta ’15 is bringing her talents to Texas. She will take the field next season with the Houston Dash.
submitted Jun. 22, 2018 4:45A
Carnesecca, Anthony

Anthony Carnesecca ’15 was hired as the economic development coordinator for the city of Los Altos. He will help spearhead the Downtown Vision project—an effort to boost economic growth in downtown Los Altos while also preserving the tradition and history of the city.

submitted Aug. 22, 2018 2:45P
GRD Engineering '15
Blanco, Matt

Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA ’18 and advisory board member Krzysztof Izdebski participated in the VII World Voice Consortium Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, and attended a conference in Florence, Italy, which focused on medical applications of voice. They gave two lectures and led a roundtable discussion on readiness to use mobile devices in voice research and data gathering.

submitted Apr. 20, 2018 10:53A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '16
Vargas, Breana
Breana M. Vargas

Breana Marie Vargas ’16, completed her Master of Public Health degree summa cum laude and is continuing her education through a Doctor of Medicine degree.  

submitted May. 26, 2018 10:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '16
Vargas, Brittni
Brittni A. Vargas

Brittni Ann Vargas ’16 graduated with a Master of Criminal Justice degree summa cum laude and will be continuing her education through a Juris Doctor degree. 

submitted May. 26, 2018 10:03P
Tucker, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Tucker ’16, an electrical engineering master's student, has won the Engineering Excellence Award. 

submitted Jul. 2, 2018 11:07A
GRD Law '16
Mateo, Lizbeth

Lizbeth Mateo J.D. ’16, an attorney and immigrant rights activist, was appointed by Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, or “Cal-SOAP,” a committee to help students from underserved communities go to college. She is the first undocumented immigrant appointed to a California post.

submitted Apr. 20, 2018 9:48A
GRD Law '16
Jackson, Austin

Austin Jackson J.D. ’16 is an attorney with the Structure Law Group. He represents clients in complex business and commercial litigation, transactional work, and alternative dispute resolution. 

Contact Austin
submitted Jun. 26, 2018 3:10P
UGRD Engineering '16
Chen, Travis

Travis Chen ’16, a computer science and engineering student, has won the Engineering Excellence Award.

submitted Jul. 9, 2018 3:23P
Back, Jason

Jason Back ’16 returns to Santa Clara as a corporate and foundation relations associate for University Relations. He was previously part of Tesla’s product specialist and owner advisor team. As an undergraduate, Back served as an Associated Student Government parliamentarian and was the co-captain of the SCU club swim team.

submitted May. 5, 2018 11:21A


UGRD Engineering '17
Sekaran, Srinivaas (Sekaran)

Srini Sekaran ’17 is the founder of Gavano, a company providing power analytics for enterprise infrastructure that has recently raised a round of seed capital.  

Contact Srinivaas
submitted Jul. 17, 2018 9:52P
McDonnell, Cooper

Cooper McDonnell ’17 was part of the team that made the launch of Falcon Heavy, the newest and most powerful rocket from SpaceX, successful. 

submitted Apr. 28, 2018 1:50P
UGRD Engineering '17
Galvin, JJ

JJ Galvin ’17 organized a meeting between six emerging Israeli leaders participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and School of Engineering faculty, students, and alumni. Attendees included Martin Prado ’16, M.S. ’22Jun Chang ’18Elena Fromer ’18Taylor Mau ’18; and Samantha Morehead ’18. The group toured Refract House, SCU’s 3rd-place winning entry in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition, and discussed rEvolve House, SCU's 1st-place winning entry in California’s 2016 Tiny House competition. 

submitted May. 21, 2018 12:45P
UGRD Engineering '17
Findlay, Matthew

Matthew Findlay ’17, M.S. ’19 and Daniel Freitas ’17, M.S. ’18, along with Maryam Mobed-Miremadi and Korin Wheeler, published a paper aimed at improving targeted nano-medicines and diagnostics, which was selected for the cover of Environmental Science: Nano.

submitted May. 31, 2018 9:45A
UGRD Engineering '17
Cummings, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Cummings ’17 has been admitted to Columbia Law School beginning fall 2018. She writes, “SCU truly prepared me by providing access to supportive, dynamic professors in the bioengineering department. I am grateful that my experiences as an SCU bioengineering student, a community facilitator for SCU Residence Life, and a rower for SCU Women’s Crew led me to this next chapter.”

submitted Jun. 9, 2018 10:44A
GRD Law '17
Benjamin, Brit

Brit Janeway Benjamin J.D. ’17 and Patri Aaron Forwalter-Friedman were married on Feb. 10, 2018, by Rabbi Meredith Cahn at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Both husband and wife will be taking each other’s last names as middle names; thus, Brit will go by Friedman Benjamin. She works as an associate at Meakins Law in Berkeley.

submitted May. 31, 2018 9:29A
GRD Law '17
Benjamin, Brit

Brit Janeway Benjamin J.D. ’17 married Patri Aaron Forwalter-Friedman on Feb. 10, 2018, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. She is an associate at Meakins Law in Berkeley. 

Contact Brit
submitted Jun. 26, 2018 4:03P
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