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Peter Phung Phu Nghiem M.S. ’87, M.S. ’14, Ph.D. ’17 was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering after completing his thesis, “Towards Efficient Resource Provisioning in Hadoop” under the supervision of Silvia M. Figueira.
Sophie Meyer ’17 is pursuing a one-year master’s degree at Oxford University. Upon completion, she will apply for a fellowship with the California State Assembly to prepare for her career in education reform. While at Santa Clara, Meyer served as a research assistant in the political science department, interned for the California State Assembly, and was the Michael Shallo Prize winner for outstanding achievement in political science.
Erika Francks ’17 is the valedictorian for the Class of 2017. She was actively involved during her time at SCU, serving as a Global fellow, a Global Social Benefit fellow, and a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative fellow. Francks will start working for Accenture as a consulting analyst in San Francisco in October.
She writes, “I was a Global fellow the summer after my sophomore year and I went to Kolkata, India, to work for the Association for Social and Environmental Development (ASED). ASED is an environmental NGO and they have a program called the Green Rhinos that works with middle school–age students to teach them about biodiversity and the environment and help them develop their own conservation projects. As a Global fellow, my partner Lauren and I mainly made a promotional video for the Green Rhinos program and we helped out with social media and other things as well!
The summer after my junior year I went back to Kolkata as a Global Social Benefit fellow, this time working for ONergy Solar, which is a social enterprise that works to bring renewable energy to both rural and urban areas in east India. They have a huge range of products, including everything from small solar lanterns to solar irrigation pumps to solar microgrids. My partners Carson, Nate, and I wrote case studies on their different products based on observations and interviews from our field research, put together one video to assist ONergy in gaining investment and two promotional videos for customers, revamped their human resources manuals, and compiled a list of potential investors. We went out to rural villages each week to conduct on-camera interviews with customers, employees, and partners of ONergy to better understand the organization’s impact.
Right now I’m backpacking around Iceland with my dad, and I will start working at Accenture in October!”
Francis Estacio ’16, M.S. ’17 and Taylor Mau ’18 presented a poster, “NanoGrid: A path to energy efficiency and renewable energy,” at IEEE SusTech 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lidia Diaz-Fong ’17 served as the student body president for the 2016–17 academic year and held internships through the U.S. House of Representatives and the City of San José. She was also part of LEAD—a program developed to help support first-generation college students.
Neil Datar ’17 was awarded the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award at commencement. Datar was actively involved in the SCU community, serving on Associated Student Government all four years, including senate chair his senior year. Datar is also part of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies. He will begin law school at Duke University this fall.
Alex Choulos ’17 co-authored a journal paper with researchers at Yahoo Research and Drexel University titled “Product review summarization through question retrieval and diversification.” The paper, published in Information Retrieval Journal, uses a recurrent deep neural network to measure the “answerability” of questions with respect to product reviews.
Grace Chesmore ’17 has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in physics at the University of Michigan, where she will work in an astrophysics lab. She will visit the Atacama Desert in Chile to assist in the construction of a new telescope as part of her program. During her time at SCU, Chesmore was a student researcher in the physics department; part of the Society of Physics Students, the University Honors Program, and the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society; and president of the Woman in Physics club.
Yong Chen Ph.D. ’17 was awarded a Ph.D. in computer engineering after completing his thesis, “Supernode Transformation on Parallel Systems with Distributed Memory—An Analytical Approach” under the supervision of Weijia Shang.
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.