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Jaiswal, Manav

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. 

submitted Mar. 15, 2017 2:18P
Iritani, Daniel

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. 

submitted Apr. 19, 2017 2:29P


Riel-Carden, Erica

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.

Contact Erica
submitted Jan. 12, 2017 12:09P
GRD Law '15
Mora-Castrellon, Christian

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.

submitted May. 9, 2017 1:19P
Mirza, Sarah

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.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 11:48A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '15
Irudayaraj, Dominic Sundararaj

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.”

Contact Dominic Sundararaj
submitted Apr. 4, 2017 11:10P
Hines, Nicole

Nicole Hines ’15 is an operations program coordinator with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.

submitted Mar. 25, 2017 5:43P
Haschef, Anthony

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."

submitted Jan. 16, 2017 8:06A
Garcia, Alex

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."

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 1:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '15
Franceschini, Katherine

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. 

submitted May. 15, 2017 5:31P
Cresci, Matt

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.

submitted May. 19, 2017 4:07P
Chalasani, Tejaswini

Tejaswini Chalasani M.S. ’15 coauthored the paper “Exterior prefabricated panelized walls platform optimization,” which has been accepted for publication in Automation in Construction.

submitted Feb. 5, 2017 7:08P


Morrison, Azadeh

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.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:54P
Mateo, Lizbeth

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.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 10:50A
Leatherberry, Jacob

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.


submitted Feb. 5, 2017 5:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '16
Khojasteh, Ryan

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.”

Contact Ryan
submitted Feb. 13, 2017 2:56P
Hardy, Gus

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.

submitted Apr. 20, 2017 1:49P
Amuchie, Nnennaya

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.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 10:21A


Kiohara, Casey

Casey Kiyohara ’17 will be attending the Ph.D. bioengineering program at the University of Washington, starting September 2017.

submitted Jan. 22, 2017 10:16A


Rodriguez, James

James J. Rodriguez J.D. ’78 was recognized by Continental Who's Who among Pinnacle Professionals in the field of law. James is an Attorney at Valley Law Center, Inc. Possessing over 35 years of experience representing clients across the area, James is a seasoned attorney in practice at Valley Law Center since 1996. A Tax Specialist, certified by the California State Bar, his areas of concentration include estate planning and probate law, real estate, and taxation.

Inducted into 2015 Elite American Lawyers and recognized as a 2014 Industry Expert Top Lawyer, James keeps abreast of the latest in law through his professional memberships with the State of California Bar and Santa Clara County Bar Association. James attained his Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He holds an additional MBA in Finance from UCLA as well as an LLM, Master of Laws in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

submitted Dec. 7, 2016 1:50P
Rice, Benjamin

Ben Rice '09 is the Associate Manager for Consumer Electronics at Walmart eCommerce.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 11:15A
Potts, Samantha

Samantha Potts '03 is an inclusion specialist intern at High Tech High School, in San Diego, Calif. Combining her dual passions in exploration and education, Sam moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, for a year, post college to work as an intern in the Child Development & Diversity program at the same school Sam studied abroad with in college. Upon returning to the United States, Sam moved back to her native Utah and spent the following decade working in both private therapeutic and public school education in the realm of special education and support services. Although Sam enjoys working with all students with unique learning profiles and needs, she has especially enjoyed working with ASD students. The next adventure in Sam’s life brings her to California for the second time, where she is excited to join the Inclusion Department at HTHI and work at school dedicated to a PBL learning method. In her spare time Sam enjoys spending time with her dog, Bella, and swimming in the ocean. Her goal is to combine those two pastimes and teach Bella to go Stand Up Paddle boarding with her. Otherwise Sam can be seen pursuing her hobbies of hiking and biking around San Diego, and reading and perfecting the perfect gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:40A
Mowrer, Stig

Stig Patrick Mowrer ’06 married Elizabeth Brette Allen and on Feb. 17 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Alisa Fuentes, a staff member in the City Clerk's Office, officiated. The bride, 32, who goes by Brette, helps manage advertising for luxury fashion brands at Google in Manhattan. She graduated from the University of Colorado. She is a daughter of Frances M. Allen and John M. Allen of Sanibel Island, Florida. She is a descendant of Henry Jarvis Raymond, the founding editor of The New-York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times. The groom, 33, who goes by Patrick, oversees the development of apps at Updater, a company in Manhattan that helps with tasks related to moving. He is the son of Kerstin M. Brunnstrom of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Jacques E. Mowrer of San Francisco. The couple met in 2013 at a mutual friend's party in Brooklyn. 

submitted Mar. 25, 2017 6:00P
Mahan, Patricia

Patricia Mahan J.D. '80 has been elected to the Santa Clara City Council. She was born and raised in Santa Clara. She owns a private practice, specializing in tax and estate planning. Patricia is married to John Boyles, a retired San Jose police sergeant, and they have one son, Colin, who is attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Her stepson Sean Boyles and his wife Roan Victor, both artists, own and operate “The Arsenal,” an art class and supply store. She served on the city council for three terms from 1994-2002, and again in 2010. Mahan was also mayor of Santa Clara from 2002-2010. 

submitted Dec. 16, 2016 2:58P
Long, David

Republican David C. Long J.D. ’83 won reelection to the Indiana State Senate representing the 16th district, a seat he has held since 1996. He serves as the leader of the Indiana State Senate. Prior to his election to the Senate, David Long served 1988–1995 as a member of the Fort Wayne Common Council from the Fourth District. He is married to Melissa, former news anchor at Channel 21 in Fort Wayne, and has two children, Adam and Erik.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 10:20A
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