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GRD Engineering '75
Hemant Thapar ’73 M.S. ’75 has been awarded the School of Engineering’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his advancement of electrical and computer science and engineering and his service to the School of Engineering. Thapar is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of OmniTier. He previously founded and led two successful startups, DataPath Systems and Link_A_Media Devices. Together, these startups delivered many “industry firsts” in controllers for data storage and data recovery and system-on-a-chip technologies, contributing to the shipment of over 100 million chips for hard disk drives and solid state drives. Thapar received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He is the recipient of three best paper awards and was elected an IEEE Fellow.
Philip L. Gregory J.D./MBA ’80 has received the Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award from Santa Clara School of Law, which honors a distinguished member of the law school community who is devoted to the highest ideals of the profession and has made significant contributions to the University, the community, and the law. Gregory recently launched his own firm, the Gregory Law Group, based in Redwood City. His practice emphasizes complex business and environmental litigation, including antitrust, financial fraud, employment, securities, and intellectual property matters. His practice draws from his vast array of experience, including serving as the articles editor for the Santa Clara Law Review and the first chair of the State Bar’s Trade Secrets Subcommittee. Gregory is co-lead counsel on a federal lawsuit by a group of 21 young people who claim the federal government is affirmatively violating their constitutional right to a stable climate with fossil fuel energy policies that promote climate change—Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al. (District of Oregon). In March, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case can proceed toward trial. Gregory continues to serve as a judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He also serves as a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Gregory is a master of the bench and former president with the Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court. He is a fellow with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to 500 active trial lawyers in the United States under the age of 70. Gregory also is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been a Super Lawyer since 2007 and holds the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Gregory has written articles for and lectured before bar associations, law school classes, and colleges on a wide variety of subjects, including e-commerce, source code escrows, and legal ethics. He has been a partner with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP; Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley; and Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. He has also worked for Spectra Laboratories, Inc., where he served as general counsel; vice president, legal and regulatory affairs; and corporate compliance officer. He started his legal career as an associate with Fenwick & West. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and government from Bowdoin College. He has served on the boards of a number of civic and services organizations in the Bay Area, including Samaritan House of San Mateo County, and as former chairman of the board of EHC LifeBuilders.
Colleen T. Davies-Ronan J.D. ’83 has received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from Santa Clara School of Law, which recognizes outstanding achievements of law school alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession, community, and in service to humanity. Davies-Ronan is senior counsel at Reed Smith and a member of the firm’s life sciences health industry group. During her 35-year career, she has been a partner at both Reed Smith and the firm with which it merged—Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May. For ten years, she served on Reed Smith’s senior management team as global chair of the litigation department and head of legal personnel. During this time, the firm underwent rapid global expansion across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, growing to 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices around the world. She has focused her litigation practice on complex product liability and commercial defense, and her experience includes national counsel roles and the management of enterprise risk for pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer product manufacturers. She has been recognized by Chambers USA for both product liability defense and life sciences; named by the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Daily Journal as among the Top Women Litigators; and featured as one of California’s top women rainmakers by California Law Business. She is a member of Santa Clara Law’s Advisory Board and serves as chair of its Executive Committee. A UC Davis undergraduate alumni who majored in English language and literature, she is married to Joe Ronan, formerly general counsel and senior vice president of government affairs at Calpine, and they are the proud parents of Katie (a Boston College graduate) and Patrick (a junior at Columbia University).
Marc Monte ’88 was inducted into the Cabrillo College Hall of Fame as a community contributor in February 2018 as part of the second inaugural class of inductees.
Eric Nemechek ’90 writes, “Apologizing for the delay in submitting our fantastic family news, we’ve been a little busy. Imarried Katherine Sperry on July 6, 2013, in Katherine’s hometown of Seattle. Surrounded and supported by three generations of family and friends, the ceremony was held at the Seattle Tennis Club. Essentially a giant family reunion, we were also blessed to have friends in attendance from our grade school, high school, college, and post-college grown-up lives. A few months prior to Tommy Nemechek (Regis Jesuit class of ’18) starting his first year of high school, Katherine and I welcomed Tommy’s baby brother, Andrew (Regis Jesuit class of ’32), on April 17, 2014. Katherine graduated from Gonzaga, so basketball season can be a little rough around our house in Littleton, Colorado. Tommy will be attending UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, International Relations program, in fall 2018.”
Shauna L. Chastain ’91 J.D. ’96 has been appointed to the Solano County Superior Court as a judge. Chastain has been a sole practitioner since 2007. She was an associate at Mattice Law Offices from 1998 to 2007 and at the Law Offices of Lynne Yates-Carter from 1996 to 1998. She is certified as a family law specialist.
Former COO Tom Schott ’93 has been promoted to president and CEO of Cupertino Electric, Inc., a nationally ranked electrical engineering and construction company. Schott has been with the company for 24 years and remains a member of the company’s board of directors.
Amy Montagne ’93 is Nike’s new VP, GM of Global Categories. A 13-year Nike veteran, she has held senior management roles across Nike including, most recently, VP, GM of the Global Nike Women’s category. She was previously VP, GM of Global Merchandising and also held positions of increasing responsibility in North America, Women’s Training and Sportswear. She also serves on SCU’s Advisory Board of the Leavey School of Business Retail Management Institute.
Katey Dallosto ’93 writes, “My fellow classmate, Christina Mifsud ’93, and I had a wonderful time in Florence, Italy. She is a knowledgeable tour guide and will customize any tour on the needs of her clients. While I was in Rome, I presented my new book, Fortune Cookie Leadership. It was a wonderful trip! Grazie Mille!”
Mark Ravizza, S.J., M.Div. ’99 has been named a general counselor for the Society of Jesus by Father General Arturo Sosa. Fr. Mark previously served as an associate professor of philosophy at SCU and has been deeply involved in the Casa programs in El Salvador and the Philippines.
Erika Canchola ’02, a partner at the entertainment law firm Ramo Law PC, is among 75 honorees in the Los Angeles Business Journal special supplement honoring the city’s most influential women attorneys. Canchola regularly handles film financing, corporate formations, trademark and copyright fillings, contract negotiation, production financing and production legal. Her recent work highlights include representing the producers of the Academy Award–nominated films Call Me By Your Name and The Disaster Artist. She also represented five films nominated for Independent Spirit Awards.
Aletia Flaherty ’03 has joined Rizen Creative as an account manager. She has experience in marketing and media planning, particularly working with clients in the nonprofit sector. Before joining Rizen, Flaherty was the senior customer success manager at Jelli in Boise, Idaho.
Matt Weyand ’05 has been promoted to division chief at the Louisville Metro Public Defender. In his new role, he will supervise a team of public defenders.
Karen W. Schulz J.D. ’10 has received the Young Alumnus Rising Star Award from Santa Clara School of Law, which recognizes a law graduate who has distinguished himself/herself after less than ten years in practice—and has made a positive impact in the community through service and commitment to the law. Schulz has a passion for providing much-needed legal services to the low-income communities in the Bay Area. At Santa Clara Law, Schulz enrolled in Skills I and II classes at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC) under the mentorship of Professor Lynette Parker, and she continued to volunteer there even after becoming licensed. At KGACLC, Schulz’s first pro bono client retained her in 2011, and that experience cemented the formation of her nonprofit organization, Step Forward Foundation, which began serving clients in the San Jose area. In 2013, Schulz developed a close partnership with Community Solutions in Morgan Hill, and she moved the headquarters there. Step Forward now serves hundreds of clients per year on a pro bono basis, focusing on Santa Clara and San Benito Counties, and has the support of hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant funding. Schulz serves as managing attorney and employs a team of eight. Step Forward was an initial partner in the Santa Clara County Family Justice Centers, which provide free legal consultations to victims of domestic violence, and is led by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Since 2013, Step Forward has been a member of the South Bay Coalition To End Human Trafficking, and Schulz has provided dozens of trainings on human trafficking to social services agencies and other attorneys. A 2006 graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in political science, Schulz lives in Campbell with her husband, Brandon, two-year-old daughter Evelyn, and newborn daughter, Adrienne.
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.
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.
Lauren Oliver ’18 received a Richard J. Riordan Award, which recognizes contributions to community service. Oliver has served as a peer advisor in the School of Engineering as well as a Global Social Benefit Fellow, working with Teach a Man to Fish in Uganda, an NGO that works with over 450 schools across the country to implement and support entrepreneurship programs. In her junior year, she was captain of SCU women’s ultimate frisbee team.
Uchechukwu Agwu ’18 received a University Student Life Award, which recognizes his contributions to the overall quality of life at SCU. Agwu served as the president of SCU’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, has been a member of Igwebuike, participated in a trip to Rwanda with SCU’s Engineers Without Borders group, and was the student representative on the Director of Campus Ministry search committee.