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2010

'10
Zwart, Baylee

Baylee Zwart ’10 designs 18k-gold fine jewelry that helps benefit ocean-related causes, in partnership with the Sausalito Marine Mammal Center. For every purchase, 10 pounds of food is donated to the Center—whose mission is to save and rehabilitate endangered marine mammals. Zwart’s collections are presented each season at Paris and New York Fashion Week and are sold at luxury retailers including Matches Fashion, Moda Operandi, Dover Street Market, and her own website, AzleeJewelry.com. Before starting AZLEE, Zwart led sustainability in product design at TOMS—a shoe company that donates one pair of shoes for every purchase made.

Contact Baylee
To learn more, please visit AzleeJewelry.com.
submitted May. 23, 2017 5:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Villa, Ruben

Ruben Dario Villa ’10 is making headlines for his mosaic of Frida Kahlo. Titled Frida4587, the piece is made up of 4,587 pieces of Chiclet gum. Villa writes, “My Frida piece is an expression of my personality. It’s nostalgic. It’s vibrant. It’s catchy and kitschy at the same time.” In addition to his artistic pursuits, Villa works as a visual designer for Google Maps. It was this very experience that inspired the mosaic. He is also founder and CEO of Fúchila Fresheners, a Chicano and Latino pop culture–inspired line of air fresheners. (Fúchila is a phrase used when something is smelly or off-putting.) But Villa isn’t done yet. He’s planning to create another Chiclet mosaic of La Virgen de Guadalupe—and land a Guinness World Record for it. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:26A
GRD Leavey/MBA '10
Sirupa, Swetha

Swetha Sirupa MBA ’10 recently made the move from Oracle to BlackBerry, accepting a position as a marketing strategist specializing in cybersecurity (IoT) and enterprise cloud. Throughout her career, Sirupa has focused on enabling companies to achieve market establishment and expansion goals through go-to-market enablers. She has more than seven years of progressive experience in product marketing and customer and sales support.

submitted Jun. 27, 2017 2:41A
GRD Engineering '10
Shepard, John

John T. Shepard ’06, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’16 was awarded a doctorate in mechanical engineering from after completing his thesis, “A Framework for Collaborative Multi-Task, Multi-Robot Missions” under the supervision of Christopher Kitts.  

submitted Jul. 30, 2017 6:40P
'10
Reed, Cassandra (Ilich)

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.

Contact Cassandra
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
submitted Mar. 5, 2017 2:08P
'10
Navarro, Richard

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.

submitted Mar. 8, 2017 3:35P
'10
Kahl, Linda (Wuestenhube)

Linda (Wuestehube) Kahl J.D. '10 is senior counsel and director of OSI (Ownership, Sharing, and Innovation) at the BioBricks Foundation, a public benefit organization whose mission is "to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet." Linda’s work focuses on legal frameworks, policies, and infrastructure for the development of foundational biotechnologies that will enable local biological solutions to global challenges in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and the environment. 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 11:56A
'10
Jachimowicz, Caitlin

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. 

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 7:54A
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Archer, Stephen

On May 21, 2016, Brittani Conley '10 and Stephen Archer '09 were married at a vintage bed and breakfast in Northern California amongst loved ones, including many fellow SCU alums from classes '07-'13.

submitted Feb. 1, 2017 2:53P

2011

UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
WalkerLieb, Zach

Zach WalkerLieb '11 named top 30 Under 30 Realtors in the world by Coldwell Banker International for the year of 2016. Zach lives in his home town, fabulous Las Vegas.

Contact Zach
Cell: 702-743-9998
submitted Dec. 15, 2016 10:52P
GRD Engineering '11
Vyas, Anshul

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.  

submitted Jul. 30, 2017 6:05P
GRD Engineering '11
Summary, Nicholas

Nicholas Summary M.S. ’13 is chief of biomedical engineering at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa.

submitted Mar. 21, 2017 2:08P
'11
Santos, Michael

Friends since childhood, Michael Santos '11 and Darren Harter '11 run The Futures Project, a private Bay Area foundation that provides financial grants to organizations and individuals. Its focus is on community growth and fostering opportunity by promoting education, youth development, and juvenile justice. The goal of The Futures Project is to support grassroots activism by bringing awareness to people making a difference in the community and highlighting the work that they do. Michael is president of The Futures Project and also works at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco. Darren is CFO and Secretary of The Futures Project and also is an assurance manager at Moss Adams LLP.

 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 7:32A
'11
Plescia, Marisa (Plescia)

Marisa Plescia '11 is currently living in France and Italy completing her graduate studies in cosmetic and fragrance chemistry. She has learned formulation of skin care products, color cosmetics, and perfumery and hopes to work in R&D.

Contact Marisa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-plescia-207b93a2
submitted Nov. 7, 2016 1:42P
GRD Law '11
Pham, Christine

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. 

submitted Jul. 30, 2017 6:29P
'11
Patel, Amit

Amit Patel '09, M.S. '11 is a certified LEED Green Associate and Engineer in Training. He is a project engineer at SunPower Corporation, in San Jose, and an engineer and manager of the Drafting Department at A1 Solar Power. On campus in November, he and Angelica Escruceria M.S. '13 gave a talk to the Energy Club about their work designing residential and agricultural solar projects.

submitted Nov. 7, 2016 12:10P
'11
Maples, Jason

Jason Maples J.D. '11, LLM '12 is a legal data expert for legal analytics and patent data science company Lex Machina. He previously served as a paralegal in the U.S. Army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he handled military, criminal, administrative and humanitarian law issues and managed journalists embedded with combat units. 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 8:35A
'11
Coelho, Blake
Debut single "Crazy"

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.

Contact Blake
instagram.com/casprmusic twitter.com/casprmusic facebook.com/casprmusic
submitted Apr. 18, 2017 12:32P

2012

'12
Sypek, Elle

Elle Sypek ’12 lives in Denver, Colorado, where she works with STRIVE Preparatory Schools and helps at-risk youth and their families. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on mental health and migration studies. Before moving to Denver, Sypek twice volunteered at Aarti Home, a Global Fellows Program partner organization in India. A shelter for abandoned children, primarily girls, Aarti works on a United Nations–funded project attempting to end infanticide as well as female feticide.

submitted Sep. 9, 2017 3:54P
'12
Rogers, Nathan

Nathan Rogers '12 may be construction manager on the Google Fiber project in Raleigh, North Carolina, but his real mission is to help others. In late 2015 Rogers co-founded Well Constructed, a 501(c)3 NGO dedicated to providing clean drinking water to Ghana's poorest rural regions. He took a week off from Google to launch the project in Bolgatanga, in the country's remote northeast. "The water situation is pretty bleak up there," he reported then; "I witnessed a physical altercation between three women, fighting for the last dirty water at the bottom of a dry stream... Our contractor completed construction and commissioned our first well, which will provide clean drinking water to about a thousand people."

By spring's end, Well Constructed had built seven wells serving about 7,000 people in Ghana's Upper East Region, all within 20 miles of the library built by SCU students. Rogers is currently taking a six-month leave of absence from Google to advance this and other projects, such as raising interest and awareness in STEM education and careers, working with Junior Achievement Africa to create a 12-week STEM Campaign for junior high and high school students in Sub-Saharan Africa, and teaching weekly coding classes to students in a small school outside the capital of Accra. To contribute—a mere $100 provides clean water to 30 children who can remain in class longer instead of walking miles to fetch water—visit wellconstructed.org.

submitted Oct. 21, 2016 4:40P
'12
Peck, Quinn

Quinn Peck B.S., M.S. ’12 is a senior engineer with Arup. He has been involved in the design of building structures across a wide range of markets and project types, including high-end commercial office buildings, developer-lead high-rise towers, academic laboratories, and modular structures. Peck specializes in design of reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete as well as steel and heavy timber structural systems. As senior engineer, he is responsible for close collaboration with architects and contractors throughout the design and construction process, management of project design deliverables, and development of contract documents.

submitted Feb. 11, 2017 1:06P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Orlando, Lauren

Lauren Orlando '12 writes, "I am currently going into my fifth year working at Yelp, Inc. I have had the privilege to work in three major cities -- San Francisco, New York City, and now Chicago -- and live in four other countries. Travel is by far my biggest accomplishment so far, just returning from Ireland this Jan. 2017 completing my 13th country thus far.

Contact Lauren
Lauren O. https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenorlando
submitted Jan. 30, 2017 11:44P
'12
Navarro, Richard
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