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1977

UGRD Engineering '77
Beck, Robin (Senigaglia)

Robin (Senigaglia) Beck '77 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Santa Clara, Beck went on to earn her master’s degree from Stanford University. For more than 35 years she has led an exemplary career, highlighted by her time as Project Engineer and Engineering Manager at Aerotherm Corporation, and more recently as Lead Engineer at NASA AMES Research Center. As NASA’s Cognizant Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory thermal protection systems, she led the team that designed the heat shield for the Curiosity rover's spacecraft that successfully survived the heat of entry into Mars’ atmosphere in August, 2012. Since then she has continued to advance the development of conformal ablative thermal protection materials, and is lead or co-author on numerous scholarly research publications within her field.

 
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:09A

1984

UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Carey, Kate
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) announced that Kate Carey '84 will be joining the organization as vice president, federal government relations. Carey joins PCI following a three year sabbatical from professional life.
 
Carey has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years as a strategic government relations and public policy attorney. Most recently, she served as vice president and head of federal government relations for MetLife.
 
Carey holds a B.A. degree from the University of Santa Clara. She completed her J.D. from Catholic University and an L.L.M. from Georgetown. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
 
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:58P

1985

UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Michael C. Wehr '85 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
As a civil engineering student, Wehr was commissioned as a second lieutenant though ROTC at SCU in 1985, followed by marrying his college sweetheart, Deborah D. Kalisz ’84, in 1986.  He later obtained his master’s degree from the University of Texas and graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He served as a Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Highly decorated during his four combat tours (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and others), engineering highlights include command of the 307th Engineer Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. Following his command of the South Pacific Division in San Francisco, California, he is currently in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program impacting 41% of the United States and including 1.25 million square miles, 31 states, and 2 Canadian provinces. Mike and Deb are blessed with two terrific children, Rachel (24) and Chuck (21).
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:13A
'85
Blach, Mike
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mike Blach '85, president and CEO of Blach Construction, one of its first ‘Power Executives.’ The journal cited Blach’s successful leadership of the company, as well as his commitment to many community nonprofits, as reasons for his inclusion on its inaugural list of Silicon Valley’s most influential business leaders.
 
Blach, 53, is in excellent company. The list included Silicon Valley titans such as Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Elon Musk of Tesla. 
 
Blach has led the San Jose-based general contracting firm Blach Construction for nearly three decades. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, builds several landmark projects every year and continues to be recognized with top state and national awards in safety, innovation, project execution and corporate philanthropy. Moreover, the Business Journal also has just named Blach Construction as one of the Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:54P

1988

GRD Law '88
Goyette, Anne

Anne Lawlor Goyette J.D. '88 is a full-time special master and mediator who has been managing and resolving complex litigation and civil disputes in federal and state courts and outside formal litigation for the past 18 years. Her cases involve business, commercial, construction, environmental, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, real property, tort and other matters. Goyette's office is in Burlingame.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:33A

2011

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '11
Gagnon, Jessica

Jessica Gagnon M.A. '11 just completed her PhD in education at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Born to fight: The university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students in the United Kingdom." She earned an uncommon unconditional pass/no corrections following her viva voca/defense. Her research was recently featured in The Times Higher.

Contact Jessica
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessgagnon
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 9:29A

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Giorgetti, Rick

 

Rick Giorgetti '70 has been honored with the prestigious Ignatian Award from Santa Clara University. The Ignatian Award acknowledges university alumni who live the ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion through service to others. Previous Ignatian Award Recipients include Frank Boitano 69' MB '74, Kevin Eagleson '70, Leon Panetta '60 JD '63 Roxanne Vane '78, and Edward Panelli '53 JD '55.
 
"The Alumni Association is proud to honor individuals who have brought distinction to Santa Clara University through service to others,” said Kathy Kale, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at SCU. “Rick is definitely one of those unsung heroes who is making a difference in the world. He deserves to be recognized," said Ms. Kale.
 
“Rick’s volunteer efforts encompassing education, community, professional, and church embody the Ignatian purpose,” said Leo Quilici, a former Silicon Valley financial executive, who nominated Mr. Giorgetti for the Award. “This award is a fitting tribute to his giving and caring for others.”
 
“Being recognized by my alma mater, the Jesuit Community, and my good friend and classmate is truly a humbling experience,” said Giorgetti. “I am embracing this honor as a tribute to the organizations that allowed me to be a part of their efforts towards the betterment of humanity.”
 
For over 40 years, Giorgetti has been active in community service involving seven beneficiary organizations including Santa Clara University’s Bronco Bench Foundation, Sacred Heart Nativity School, Silicon Valley Chapter of Financial Executives International, Presentation High School, and the Rotary Club of San Jose.
 
“Rick is a role model for all Bay Area business executives,” said Ragu Bhargava, CEO of Global Upside, where Giorgetti serves as  VP of staffing. “This award is a testament to his character and his passion for making a difference in the world. I’m proud to have him as part of the Global Upside family.”
submitted Apr. 7, 2016 5:46A

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