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Nicole Shanahan J.D. '14 is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP, an innovation strategy platform that dramatically accelerates the idea to market process. ClearAccessIP uses artificial intelligence to automate many of the costs related to creating a patent portfolio, managing data, analyzing inventions, and engaging in collaborative transactions. She is a Stanford CodeX Fellow and has been featured in ABA Law Journal, Huffington Post, and MOGUL for her tremendous work in legal technology. She says, "While in law school I participated in research of the patent system and worked with Professor Chien to identify key weaknesses in both patent law and the transactional marketplace for patents. I finally dug into creating the company while in law school, after my research led me to take a stance on where the future of this industry is headed (or should head). The more time I spent around patent data, the more I realized the value in aggregating it and creating standard processes of analysis around the patented technologies... I’ve always been attracted to the concept that you can own an idea, and that ideas can lead to people coming together to build something, and that something can potentially change the course of human history. I feel that it’s important that lawyers don’t just 'practice law' but actually serve as guardians of progress, and improving the patent system is just one small piece of this large puzzle.” Nicole also does a lot of yoga, paddle boarding, snowboarding, swimming, running, cooking, meditation, and kite boarding.
Mark-Phillip Pebworth ’14 is a biomedical sciences graduate student at UCSF, studying brain development in the lab of Arnold Kriegstein. Last spring, he won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. But more importantly, as he puts it, “I married Hanna Reisdorff on Sept. 5, 2016, and we're having a great time settling into San Francisco.”
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.
Lillian Kautz on facebook and LinkedIn www.eternaldance.com
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.
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., ’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."
Tejaswini Chalasani M.S. ’15 coauthored the paper “Exterior prefabricated panelized walls platform optimization,” which has been accepted for publication in Automation in Construction.
Azadeh Morrison J.D. ’16 is the winner of the annual Jan Jancin Award for the top intellectual-property law student in the nation.
The award is given by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to the top law student in the nation who has most excelled in the study of intellectual property law. Morrison is the third Santa Clara Law graduate to receive the award since AIPLEF began awarding it in 1998. Sarah Mirza J.D. ’15 won the Jan Jancin in 2015, and Linda Wuestehube Kahl J.D. ’10 won the Jan Jancin Award in 2010. In addition, Nancy Cheng J.D. ’11 won the Past President’s Award from AIPLEF in 2011 (considered to be the runner-up to the Jan Jancin).
Morrison holds a master of science in chemical engineering from San Jose State University, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Morrison earned her J.D. in 2016 from Santa Clara Law, where she served as a fellow in the Academic Success Program and also served as the Associate Editor of the High Tech Law Journal. While a law student, she was on the Dean’s List and received several other awards, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, the High Tech Excellence Award, and the Inez Mabie Award for the Outstanding Graduate in 2016. She also 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. As of November 1, Morrison will be joining the patent litigation group at Cooley in Palo Alto.
Morrison says she is grateful for her experience at Santa Clara Law. “Santa Clara Law is not just a law school—it’s a community of people dedicated to your success. If you are willing to work hard and use the resources available to you, the sky is the limit.”
“The unique practical courses offered under the high tech program are invaluable in preparing students for a real-life career in IP,” adds Morrison. “For example, students work with real clients on IP-related transactional matters in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and in IP Litigation class students go through every step of litigating a patent,” she says. “In short, Santa Clara Law students learn by doing, a fact that many employers are aware of and appreciate. In addition, our IP faculty are not only well-recognized scholars in their fields, they take time to get to know students, mentor them, and provide guidance in law school and even after graduation.”
In addition, Morrison says she appreciates the extensive Santa Clara Law alumni network. “I learned early on that our alumni carry the SCU values to their practice and are approachable and open to mentoring and coaching the students,” she says. Plus, she adds, “Santa Clara Law’s excellent reputation in Silicon Valley’s legal community has been developed over many years by the hard work, skill, and intelligence of its alumni. This is a priceless advantage for the students.”
Santa Clara Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg congratulated Morrison on the award. “We are so proud of Azadeh for this outstanding achievement, and we congratulate her on her continued success and wish her all the best in her career. Santa Clara Law is proud that so many of our graduates have been honored with this award, and I deeply appreciate the faculty, staff, alumni, and donors who have worked diligently to keep our IP program a robust training ground and one of the best in the nation.”
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.”
Colleen Henn '16 is a coastal defender and a Blue Water Task Force intern at Surfrider Foundation. She says, "I started with Surfrider by monitoring water quality at seven new sampling sites in Eastern Long Island. I began organizing outreach events like community workshops and weekly beach cleanups, creating information sheets about the importance of water quality and and clean beaches. My morals just align with Surfrider, so I have incorporated many more Surfrider initiatives into my day-to-day life. I’m even helping my family to make our yard an Ocean Friendly Garden." "The biggest thing that I preach is respect for our natural surroundings. I live in a community that is 100% surrounded by water. We depend on our beaches for our livelihood, recreation, and future, so it is essential that we respect it. In my opinion, the easiest way to reduce the pressure we place on marine ecosystems is to deny single-use products (plastic water bottles, bags at the grocery store, coffee cups, straws, etc). This summer, I organized weekly beach cleanups to motivate community members to help reduce marine debris. If you foster habits within people, they will be more mindful about their resource use and subsequent impact on their surroundings. A lot of times, people don’t fully understand their impact, but just simply investing in reusable products and picking up any bit of litter on the beach, adds up to a huge impact. Plus, you’re setting an example for everyone around you."
"Remain open to change, and stay mindful of both the small and big pictures. Never point fingers, simply educate and you've done your part. I'm optimistic about our future."
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.
Casey Kiyohara ’17 will be attending the Ph.D. bioengineering program at the University of Washington, starting September 2017.
Daniel Wilson '97 is a dentist with Cascade Dental, in Vancouver, Washington. He has been practicing in the Northwest since graduating from OHSU School of Dentistry in 2001. He completed a General Practice Residency in 2002 at the VA Hospital in Portland, and has been in private practice ever since. After struggling with 4 head and neck surgeries for a highly aggressive tumor in the base of his tongue, Dr. Wilson elected to undergo chemotherapy and radiation in June 2014 and sold his half of his practice, Nutter & Wilson, PLLC. After some time off, he joined Cascade Dental in November 2014. Dr. Wilson is a mentor for CEREC Doctors and has a passion for utilizing technology in dentistry. His wife, Dr. Kristine Aadland, both travel extensively teaching and sharing their passion and knowledge with other dentists locally and in the United States.
When not working, Dan will often be seen chasing around his 4 children with their sports and activities. He has been active coaching the boys or sometimes serving on the board for their activities. He and his wife love the outdoors and enjoy golfing, tennis, running, water sports, and snow skiing. As time permits, he loves to cook, read and enjoy a generously poured glass of red wine.
Hans Schwarz '80 is Qorvo's corporate vice president of business development and strategy, responsible for facilitating company-level strategy development and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to the merger of TriQuint and RFMD to form Qorvo, Mr. Schwarz was RFMD's corporate vice president of business development, a position he held since joining RFMD in October 2011. Prior to RFMD, Mr. Schwarz was with c365, Inc., a web-based energy analytic start-up company he founded in 2009. From 2007 to 2009 he served as a managing director of a late-stage private crossover venture fund. Mr. Schwarz previously served as VP of Business and Strategy development as well as held business development and market development positions with Xilinx Inc., a supplier of software and programmable logic devices, from 1992 until 2007.