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Kiely Kreitzberg '14 served as an executive producer of the documentary Mission for Good: Esperanza. She is passionate about using the tools of microfinance and micro-savings to empower women and their families in developing nations. First exposed to microfinance while working with rural communities in India, Kiely fell in love with the multi-faceted impact of this movement and economic empowerment tool. A recent international alumna of the Augustinian Volunteers in Peru, she is now starting a nonprofit learning farm in Oregon.
Lillian C. Kautz '14, winner of the Anna Halprin choreography award from the SCU Dance Dept. and the SCU Quinn Martin scholarship for dance and theatre, is the new choreographer for StarStrucktheatre.org in Fremont, CA. She currently choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a cast of sixty.
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Manav Jaiswal M.S. ’16 and computer engineering advisors Nam Ling and Yuhong Liu received the Best Paper Award for “Design and Implementation of a Greener Home Automation System” at the Ninth IEEE International Conference on Ubi-media Computing.
While studying the Internet of Things (IoT) as a computer engineering master’s student, Jaiswal wondered if he could create a system to not only save power but also change users’ behavior. He writes: “The idea was inspired by a bachelor’s project I did in India. In my town, our power would be cut off for hours at a time. The technology of IoT was not yet available in 2013–14, so my family used batteries and inverters and relied on solar appliances when power was not available. I wanted to find a way to use less power so it would be available for future use.”
The paper describes the design and implementation of an intelligent framework in IoT that can handle tasks of thermostat and humidity control similar to other products currently on the market for about $250, but can also do much more for less.
Daniel Iritani ’14 returns to SCU as director of external relations for the College of Arts and Sciences. Iritani spent the last four years working for U.S. Representative Ami Bera. During this time, he raised more than $4 million to ensure the success of a $14 million campaign. Iritani brings a proven track record of identifying, cultivating, and stewarding new donors to the College as it continues to build its fundraising arm.
Erica Riel-Carden J.D. '15 provides advisory services on AgTech & FoodTech opportunities both in the startup market and public sector. Her experiences range from farm supervision to commercialization of Ag and Food technologies. Her technical background includes law, horticulture, floriculture, and laboratory benchwork.
Erica has prepared companies for regulatory compliance, intellectual property licensing transactions, financing transactions, due diligence, and corporate cleanup. She regularly speaks and writes for private and corporate venture funds, international cooperatives, incubators and accelerators, university collaborations, & trade organizations.
Before law school, Erica grew wholesale Ericaceous flowers in northern Ohio and assisted with preservation of ornamental plant germplasm for the USDA-ARS. Erica currently sits on the advisory board for the SCU Food and Agribusiness Institute at the Leavey School of Business.
Christian Mora-Castrellon J.D. ’15 works in legislation as a congressional staffer for the office of U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75. As a graduate student, she spent a spring break in Puerto Rico investigating health and environmental concerns left behind by the U.S. Navy. Together with a small group of students for the International Human Rights Clinic, she produced a brief that was heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Sarah Mirza J.D. '15 is an associate in Patent Group at Fenwick & West. While at the School of Law, she was the winner of the annual Jan Jancin Award for top intellectual-property law student in the nation. The award is given by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sarah is the second Santa Clara Law graduate to receive the award since AIPLEF began awarding it in 1998. During her tenure at Santa Clara Law, Sarah won the prestigious Mabie Award for the Outstanding Graduate of her class, was a research assistant for Professor Brian Love, and was a pupil of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court.
Dominic S. Irudayaraj, S.J., STL ’12, STD ’15 is a senior lecturer and senior research fellow teaching biblical courses in Hekima University College, Nairobi. He is a Jesuit priest of Andhra Province, India, and writes that he’s “glad to be in this green city (Nairobi) with its passion for the Bible—both in class and in the pastoral fields, sharing what JST-SCU has imparted in the area of biblical studies.”
Nicole Hines ’15 is an operations program coordinator with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.
Anthony Hascheff '15 is a Community/Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay (and a Global Fellow to Indonesia in 2013, and recipient of the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award). He writes, "I have been in Paraguay for almost a year and am starting catch my rhythm within my community and the projects that I am working on. I live in María Auxiliadora, a city of over 30,000 in the southern part of Paraguay, near the borders of Brazil and Argentina. "My main projects include: teaching English to community members, teaching high school students business and how to develop a business plan, advising small businesses on everything from budgeting to internet marketing, coaching the local high school basketball team, and most recently, starting a community organization aimed at developing youth leaders. "We recently completed our first full day camp where our participants set their own definition of the word ‘leader’, participated in team-building activities and learned new skills through a ‘learning stations’ circuit. Outside of the camp, I host Saturday morning activities where the local youth come to my house and do everything from make fictional news casts to discuss gender inequality. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you receive very little money so the toothy grins, positive energy, and “thank-yous” from children serve as your salary. And to be honest, I wouldn’t want to receive my pay in any other form.
"This job is definitely not without its ups and downs but seeing 40 kids running around in your yard, playing soccer and discussing what it means to be a leader makes it all worth while. Peace Corps truly is the hardest job you’ll ever love."
The concept of "simple living" is more than a motto for Alex Garcia '15--it's a practice. She commutes to Mountain View for work at Google from Felton, where she shares a 400-square foot house with her boyfried. She defines "simple living as "finding joy out of non-material things and being practical about what I need. I don’t need super elaborate plans or things to feel satisfied. 'Simple living' is important because it has allowed me to be happy with what I have." To those wanting to live more simply, Alex suggests taking inventory of what they have and asking themselves, when faced with a purchase, “Do I have something that already serves this purpose?” She says this can lead to having "second thoughts about whether you really need a new sweater, or whether you really want to eat something super processed with a million unpronounceable ingredients."
Katie Franceschini ’15 graduated with her Master of Arts in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California (USC ’17). She is returning to the South Bay to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy with a strong interest in pediatric mental health.
During his time at SCU, Matt Cresci ’15 balanced being a student and a racecar driver. Less than two years after he graduated, he was awarded a $100,000 Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship, which allowed him to race in the Global MX-5 Cup. Cresci has partnered with Slipstream Performance for the 2017 season.
Tejaswini Chalasani M.S. ’15 coauthored the paper “Exterior prefabricated panelized walls platform optimization,” which has been accepted for publication in Automation in Construction.
Nathaniel Tucker ’16, M.S. ’17 was accepted into the electrical engineering Ph.D. program with full support at UC Santa Barbara. He will be studying control theory and smart infrastructure. He graduated as the top electrical engineering student in 2016.
Azadeh Morrison J.D. ’16 has won the annual Jan Jancin Award for top intellectual-property law student in the country from the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. While a law student, Morrison was on the Dean’s List and served as an Academic Success Program fellow as well as the associate editor of the High Tech Law Journal. She also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, the High Tech Excellence Award, and the Inez Mabie Award for Outstanding Graduate in 2016. Morrison worked as an intern in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and as a judicial extern for the Hon. Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On Nov. 1, she joined the patent litigation group at Cooley in Palo Alto.
Lizbeth Mateo J.D. ’16 is an immigration-rights activist and organizer who continues to be interviewed by, quoted in, or published on Huffington Post, Telemundo, Univision, KPFA/Pacifica Radio, Hoy Los Angeles, TruthDig, and La Gran Epoca about her battle to stay in the United States under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Lizbeth was one of the first five undocumented youth to engage in civil disobedience and was part of the “Dream 9” from the “Bring them Home” campaign in 2013.
Jacob Leatherberry ’16 reports that the solar microgrid he designed with Nico Metais ’16 and installed in the village of Alafiarou in rural northeastern Benin, Africa, is still up and running. In fact, it has more than doubled. Following graduation in 2016, Leatherberry returned to Alafiarou with Constant Bossou, S.J. to expand this microgrid and build an upgraded version based on research he conducted at the Latimer Solar Energy lab on campus. With both microgrids expanding steadily, at least 315 people in Alafiarou now have lights and can charge their cell phones. Originally for senior design, the project was done under the advisement of Jim Reites, S.J., and electrical engineering professor Tim Healy.
A first-year law student at UC Hastings, Ryan Khojasteh ’16 has been unanimously appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to the Immigrants Rights Commission. The commission advises the mayor and board on issues and policies related to immigrants who live or work in San Francisco. He thanks Professor Montfort and Professor Pellettieri for preparing him to achieve this goal. Khojasteh writes: “The values and lessons I have learned at Santa Clara created a sense of urgency within me to do whatever I could to combat the divisive and discriminatory rhetoric so often used throughout this tumultuous election cycle … What I would like for the Santa Clara community to take away from this is that if I can do it, anyone can.”
Gus Hardy ’16 is a Jesuit volunteer at the largest homeless shelter in Montana. He says it’s a hard job requiring a great deal of empathy—a “people skill” not easy for him to come by because he was born with autism. Hardy was the valedictorian at SCU in 2016 and inspired classmates by proving people with autism can achieve great success in college. “In my work I have been called ‘cold,’ ‘impersonal,’ (and far worse) about as many times as I have been told that I am doing the work of God,” he says. But no matter what, “I look each person in the eye and try with everything I can muster to create the empathic connection that seems to come so easily to other people.” Hardy chronicled his path to service with a first-person essay in America magazine, which can be viewed here.
Nnennaya Amuchie JD ’16, MBA ’16 has published “'The Forgotten Victims': How Racialized Gender Stereotypes Lead to Police Violence Against Black Women and Girls—Incorporating an Analysis of Police Violence Into Feminist Jurisprudence and Community Activism” in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 14: Iss. 3, Article 8. She is an If/When/How reproductive justice fellow at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, in the Washington, D.C., area.
Nnennaya Amuchie J.D./MBA ’16 published her first book, Ako na Uche: A short collection of poems from the ancestors. In its first week, it was the No. 1 new release in African poetry on Amazon. Amuchie is a social justice attorney and a fellow of the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity.
Casey Kiyohara ’17 will be attending the Ph.D. bioengineering program at the University of Washington, starting September 2017.
The Maddy Institute at Fresno State named Nanki Bhullar ’17 a 2017 Wonderful Public Service Graduate fellow. A Sikh-American daughter of immigrant farmers and a Fresno, California, native, Bhullar is earning dual master’s degrees in social work and public health (focusing on community health sciences) at UCLA. After completing her Ph.D., she plans to return home to work with a public interest agency furthering minority wellbeing and mental health in the community. Through a $112,000 scholarship funded by The Wonderful Company, the fellowship aims to educate the next generation of San Joaquin Valley leaders by helping Bhullar and other students complete graduate degrees and return home to support the Valley through their careers.