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On Sept. 24, 2016, Cassandra Anne Ilich Reed ’10 married Shaun Michael Reed in front of 200 guests in a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony, presided by Father Tumbas and Father Bunjevic at the home of the bride’s parents, Chateau Summerset, in the wine and gold country of Northern California. Cassandra, 28, is a marketing professional in Evergreen, Colorado. She graduated cum laude with multiple degrees (B.S. in political science, B.A. in French and German, minors in Spanish and international studies). Shaun, 34, is a P.E.-licensed mechanical engineer in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The couple enjoyed a monthlong African honeymoon on safari in Ethiopia, sailing around Seychelles Islands, and touring Morocco. They now reside at their home, Sierra Dorado Ranch, in the Rocky Mountains of Golden, Colorado.
You can read the New York Times article about our wedding here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/fashion/weddings/vows-the-gift-of-the-goat-sealed-the-deal.html?_r=0
Richard Navarro ’10, M.S. ’12 is working on Google’s [e]Team, where he focuses on the sustainable operation of the company's European and Asia-Pacific–U.S. facilities. At SCU, he was the electrical lead on the Refract House, the entry to win 3rd place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, for which he designed the electrical system and its solar arrays. This past March, he returned to the Mission campus to give a presentation on sustainable opportunities in office spaces at an Engineering Club event.
Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz J.D. ’10 has been appointed a council member for the City of Morgan Hill. A lifelong resident, Jachimowicz brings legal experience and prior public service to her new role. She writes: “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community I love. I look forward to working with city staff, volunteers, and businesses to ensure Morgan Hill continues to be a safe, vibrant, and successful city.
While attending Santa Clara Law, Jachimowicz held many leadership roles, including president of the Student Bar Association. She conducted a research project in Haiti in 2009 and was named “Student Leader of the Year” in 2010. Jachimowicz is an attorney at Jachimowicz | Pointer, Attorneys at Law, Inc. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010 and concentrates her legal practice in criminal law and civil litigation. Prior to joining the family firm, Jachimowicz clerked for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and served as a congressional assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 of the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, she served as commissioner of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission for more than five years. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, fellow lawyer Josh Jachimowicz J.D. ’11, and their daughter, Penelope.
Anshul Ashok Vyas M.S. ’11, Ph.D. ’16 received his doctorate in electrical engineering after completing his thesis, “Carbon Nanotube Vias for End-of-Roadmap Technology Nodes” under the supervision of Cary Y. Yang.
Nicholas Summary M.S. ’13 is chief of biomedical engineering at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa.
Christine M. Pham ’05, J.D. ’11 was named a 2017 honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. Pham works for NASA at the Ames Research Center and serves as an attorney-advisor in the office of the chief counsel. Additionally, she is the president of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Law Foundation.
Blake Coelho ’11 has released his debut single “Crazy” as Los Angeles indie artist CASPR. Premiering on Atwood Magazine, the song can be streamed via Spotify and SoundCloud and features classically polished vocals and chilling reverberations over an electro-pop-driven beat. The name CASPR relates to Coelho’s pale complexion, which his friends repeatedly referred to growing up—in addition to his own affinity for all things spooky.
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Kenneth Murata ’11 and Lindsay Lee ’12 were married on March 5, 2017, at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu. They were blessed to have family and friends attend, some of whom were SCU alumni.
Cherie (Motobu) Lambrecht ’09 and Greg Lambrecht ’10 welcomed their first child, Claire, on March 17. Scott Motobu ’13 is thrilled to be an uncle for the first time.
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.”
Gabriella Ziccarelli J.D. ’13 has been named Women in Technology’s “Rising Star” for 2017. She was honored at the organization’s 18th annual Leadership Awards on May 11. Women in Technology (WIT) is the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C., region’s technology community. The “Rising Star” award is presented to a woman who has achieved success in the technology field, empowers colleagues to be architects of change in the technology industry, advances women in technology, and is actively involved in extracurricular, community, and civic activities.
Tom Skinner J.D. ’13 works as counsel and assistant in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75. Previously, he served as an associate at Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling LLP as well as a graduate student fellow at the Katherine and George Alexander Law Center tax clinic.
Allie Sibole ’14 is product development engineer for DePuy Synthes, part of the medical devices division of Johnson & Johnson. Her job satisfies a curiosity that came out of her own orthopedic injury while studying at SCU.
She writes, “Right before my sophomore year, I suffered a stress fracture in my femur. Although it healed without any complications, I sustained another stress fracture in the opposite leg two years later. My desire to understand my own injuries better, combined with the biomechanics and anatomy classes I was taking at Santa Clara, sparked my interest in orthopedic medical devices to prevent and treat injuries to bones and muscles.”
“Two weeks before my official graduation from Santa Clara, I started graduate school at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. The yearlong master’s program gave me the opportunity to shadow doctors at the Johns Hopkins medical center, travel to Nepal to observe health care needs in low-resource settings and work on numerous health care projects. One of these projects was a device to detect kidney damage during surgery, which is now being evaluated in two large medical centers, and another was an improved protective suit for health care workers treating Ebola patients, which is now in the process of being manufactured by DuPont.”
“After graduating from Johns Hopkins, I landed a job working in research and development for the world’s No. 1 orthopedics company. In my role, I design and test implants and instruments that surgeons use to treat complex fractures. As part of my job, I’ve also gotten to meet with surgeons from all around the world and spend an extended time period working at my company’s office in Switzerland. It’s rewarding knowing that my work will help patients regain their ability to walk and live pain-free lives.”
“One thing I've learned in my time in industry is that engineering is so much more than being able to set up calculations or make cool designs. It requires teamwork, dedication, and careful consideration of the human impact of engineering decisions. During my time at Santa Clara, I memorized formulas and built robots like any stereotypical engineering student, but I also got to analyze the ethics behind sustainable construction, learn about the challenges of designing for low-resource countries, and apply my skills over the summers in internships I found through career fairs and my professors. Engineering at Santa Clara was never about problem sets; it was about impact—and figuring out what kind of mark we wanted to leave on the world through our chosen field.”
While Sibole was at Santa Clara, she competed for the cross-country and track teams and worked as a student blogger for the Office of Marketing and Communications. Today, she continues to run, and blog, for fun. You can check out more of her writing at https://nevereverstoplearning.wordpress.com/.
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.”
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.
Jack J. McMorrow J.D. ’14 is a family law attorney at Harris Ginsberg LLP in Los Angeles. He was recently elected president of the barristers’ section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He will serve as president-elect before his official term starts September 2018.
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.
John Belisle J.D. ’14 is a litigation associate at Hoge Fenton. You can read more about him at http://www.hogefenton.com/our-people/john-belisle/.
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.
Nicole Hines ’15 is an operations program coordinator with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.