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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.
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Katherine Burkhuch ’14 and Michael Busch ’12 were married in Mission Santa Clara on Feb. 3, 2018.
Shannon Price ’15 is thrilled to announce that her debut novel, The Red Bridge Wars, has been acquired by editor Diana Gill at Tor Teen. The book is a reimagining of The Iliad set in a version of modern-day San Francisco, where three gangs rule the city streets. The plot follows one grieving teen who joins the “wars” to seek vengeance for her younger brother, but finds herself torn between old love and new loyalty. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Nathaniel Tucker ’16, an electrical engineering master's student, has won the Engineering Excellence Award.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper McDonnell ’17 was part of the team that made the launch of Falcon Heavy, the newest and most powerful rocket from SpaceX, successful.
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. ’22; Jun Chang ’18; Elena Fromer ’18; Taylor 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Elizabeth Batiuk ’17 has been accepted into the M.D. program at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine for fall 2018. She was a bioengineering major, involved with Society of Women Engineers, and was a Jean Donovan Fellow while at Santa Clara.
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Brandon Sanchez ’18 has been selected to serve as a 2018–19 Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellow for America Media, the leading editorial provider of content on Catholic thinking, at Fordham University Lincoln Center. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sanchez studied history at SCU. Somewhat a political junkie (and a brazen idealist), he has worked on campaigns and in government. He spent his junior year at Oxford University, where distance from home afforded him the opportunity to reflect on 21st-century American life and write an extended riff on the subject, which won the Mansfield College Essay Prize. He is interested in complicating widely accepted narratives, bridging divides, and exploring interactions between institutions and people.
Tatum Prosswimmer ’18 was accepted into the molecular engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Washington. In addition to a full scholarship, Prosswimmer has also been selected for the prestigious College of Engineering Dean’s Fellowship for four years.
Lauren Oliver ’18 received a Richard J. Riordan Award, which recognizes contributions to community service. Oliver has served as a peer advisor in the School of Engineering as well as a Global Social Benefit Fellow, working with Teach a Man to Fish in Uganda, an NGO that works with over 450 schools across the country to implement and support entrepreneurship programs. In her junior year, she was captain of SCU women’s ultimate frisbee team.
Amanda Nolan ’18 has been accepted into the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for the applied behavior analysis M.S. program. She is the founder of A Reaching Hand: Each one Teach one to Reach one, a nonprofit that counsels adolescents who have been bullied or have experienced homelessness or mental illness.
Taylor Mau ’18 has joined the University Innovation Fellows, a global program empowering student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and design thinking.
Audrey Gozali ’18 was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of the “New Faces of Civil Engineering.” ASCE acknowledged her academic achievements as well as commitment to serving others. The daughter of immigrants from Indonesia, Gozali often visited her parents’ hometown and was dismayed by the inequity of access to clean and safe drinking water, inspiring her to become a civil engineer. Through a Jean Donovan Fellowship this past summer, she worked in Argentina, living out her dream to connect her civil engineering background with environmental justice. For her senior project, she is focusing on implementing a rainwater catchment and purification system in Tanzania.
GoFundMe page to get a working prototype up and running at SCU: https://www.gofundme.com/clean-water-amp-energy-for-buturi