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Blake Williams ’12, M.S. ’14, has been promoted to the rank of “Scientist” with leadership roles in the Bay Area biotech company Medikine, a title usually offered to a researcher with a Ph.D. and extensive experience and achievement.
Carole Wentz ’14 is retiring from her position as a senior administrative assistant at SCU. She has been at the University for 18 years. Wentz writes, “Looking forward to traveling and finally visiting Africa for the first time next year!”
Nicole Shanahan J.D. ’14 was named one of 18 millennials changing the face of legal tech by Legaltech News. She is founder of ClearAccessIP, an integrated patent management and collaboration software.
Brian G. Lu ’15 married Michelle M. La Bine ’14 on Sept. 18, 2017, at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. They met while working on a civil engineering group project at SCU in 2012.
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Chris Cook MBA ’14 has been promoted to director of operations for the Monterey Peninsula at California American Water. A native of the Monterey area, Cook came to California American Water in 2015 as assistant engineering manager and was promoted to engineering manager the following year. He has more than 13 years of experience in engineering, project, and workforce management. He also served for two years with the Peace Corps in Guinea.
Kendra Livingston J.D. ’15 is joining Santa Clara Law as director of external relations. She previously worked as a legal analyst for HomeBase, a nonprofit law firm in San Francisco dedicated to reducing homelessness.
Anthony Carnesecca ’15 was hired as the economic development coordinator for the city of Los Altos. He will help spearhead the Downtown Vision project—an effort to boost economic growth in downtown Los Altos while also preserving the tradition and history of the city.
Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA ’18 and advisory board member Krzysztof Izdebski participated in the VII World Voice Consortium Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, and attended a conference in Florence, Italy, which focused on medical applications of voice. They gave two lectures and led a roundtable discussion on readiness to use mobile devices in voice research and data gathering.
Breana Marie Vargas ’16, completed her Master of Public Health degree summa cum laude and is continuing her education through a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Brittni Ann Vargas ’16 graduated with a Master of Criminal Justice degree summa cum laude and will be continuing her education through a Juris Doctor degree.
Nathaniel Tucker ’16, an electrical engineering master's student, has won the Engineering Excellence Award.
Lizbeth Mateo J.D. ’16, an attorney and immigrant rights activist, was appointed by Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, or “Cal-SOAP,” a committee to help students from underserved communities go to college. She is the first undocumented immigrant appointed to a California post.
Austin Jackson J.D. ’16 is an attorney with the Structure Law Group. He represents clients in complex business and commercial litigation, transactional work, and alternative dispute resolution.
Travis Chen ’16, a computer science and engineering student, has won the Engineering Excellence Award.
Jason Back ’16 returns to Santa Clara as a corporate and foundation relations associate for University Relations. He was previously part of Tesla’s product specialist and owner advisor team. As an undergraduate, Back served as an Associated Student Government parliamentarian and was the co-captain of the SCU club swim team.
Srini Sekaran ’17 is the founder of Gavano, a company providing power analytics for enterprise infrastructure that has recently raised a round of seed capital.
Cooper McDonnell ’17 was part of the team that made the launch of Falcon Heavy, the newest and most powerful rocket from SpaceX, successful.
JJ Galvin ’17 organized a meeting between six emerging Israeli leaders participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and School of Engineering faculty, students, and alumni. Attendees included Martin Prado ’16, M.S. ’22; Jun Chang ’18; Elena Fromer ’18; Taylor Mau ’18; and Samantha Morehead ’18. The group toured Refract House, SCU’s 3rd-place winning entry in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition, and discussed rEvolve House, SCU's 1st-place winning entry in California’s 2016 Tiny House competition.
Matthew Findlay ’17, M.S. ’19 and Daniel Freitas ’17, M.S. ’18, along with Maryam Mobed-Miremadi and Korin Wheeler, published a paper aimed at improving targeted nano-medicines and diagnostics, which was selected for the cover of Environmental Science: Nano.
Jacqueline Cummings ’17 has been admitted to Columbia Law School beginning fall 2018. She writes, “SCU truly prepared me by providing access to supportive, dynamic professors in the bioengineering department. I am grateful that my experiences as an SCU bioengineering student, a community facilitator for SCU Residence Life, and a rower for SCU Women’s Crew led me to this next chapter.”
Brit Janeway Benjamin J.D. ’17 and Patri Aaron Forwalter-Friedman were married on Feb. 10, 2018, by Rabbi Meredith Cahn at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Both husband and wife will be taking each other’s last names as middle names; thus, Brit will go by Friedman Benjamin. She works as an associate at Meakins Law in Berkeley.
Brit Janeway Benjamin J.D. ’17 married Patri Aaron Forwalter-Friedman on Feb. 10, 2018, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. She is an associate at Meakins Law in Berkeley.
Elizabeth Batiuk ’17 has been accepted into the M.D. program at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine for fall 2018. She was a bioengineering major, involved with Society of Women Engineers, and was a Jean Donovan Fellow while at Santa Clara.
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