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A self-described “renegade” whose heroes include Margaret Thatcher and the underdogs described in Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Amy Yao MBA '11 is a data science supply chain strategist for Seagate Technology. This role is partly due to the challenging courses and inspiring faculty at the Leavey School of Business. She says her coursework, including one exploring neuroscience and sales and one called “Spirits of the New Workplace,” continues to open doors to new fields. “Learning regression analysis in John Heineke’s class has paved the way to my involvement in data science today,” she notes.
As supply chain strategist at Seagate, she is deploying big data methods to ensure the hard drive leader is the first to utilize advance planning systems, and was recently a speaker for the Gartner Supply Chain Forum.
She also sees the supply chain management function becoming central to profitability, especially in the global technology capital of the world. “Supply chain management is so much more than the traditional notion of warehousing and physical distribution. It’s an exciting discipline that has matured over the last few decades, and is about to be even more complex and interesting with the emergence of IoT (“Internet of Things”) and data science application for operations.”
Yao thinks SCU is perfectly positioned to create an emerging generation of supply chain managers, offering the only graduate degree in the discipline in northern California. “Silicon Valley is teeming with companies that are competing in the high tech industry, which has characteristically fast product life cycle and thrives on innovation. Supply chain management is a great skillset to have to be an operational caretaker as well as a growth partner,” she says.
In February, Clare Wylie '11 participated in a STEM panel at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Clare currently works at Lyra Health, a digital health company in the Bay Area, as Service Operations Manager. Lyra Health’s mission is to transform mental health care through technology with a human touch — to get more patients the care they need when they need it. She works for a fellow Santa Clara graduate, Steve Blake '86.
Daniel A. Reyes '11 has published his first novel, The Essences, the first of a trilogy series. The Essences is a riveting story that follows the lowly angel Uriel as he gradually finds himself wedged in the early stages of a rebellion in Heaven. Tasked with a special duty from God, himself, he embarks on a journey of special importance all while trying to avoid the dark prophecy from being fulfilled. All while, Satan, God's most beautiful Archangel, embarks on a journey of his own, wishing to kickstart the dark angelic prophecy by stealing the archangels' weapons, the essences, including his own, the trident of persuasion. Now available on Amazon.com/1514491877. Daniel resides in Morgan Hill, CA.
Robert "Bert" Girdner '11 and his wife, Cicily, proudly welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Grace Girdner, on Feb. 8, 2016. The Girdner Family hopes Abby will be a fourth-generation Bronco, following in the footsteps of her father, her grandfather (Gregory Girdner '83), and her great-grandmother (June Girdner, who attended from '57-'59 as a nursing student). Godparents are Gregory Semenza '11 and Sara Jones M.A. '16.
Jessica Gagnon M.A. '11 just completed her PhD in education at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Born to fight: The university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students in the United Kingdom." She earned an uncommon unconditional pass/no corrections following her viva voca/defense. Her research was recently featured in The Times Higher.
Adrien De Leener '11 signed a pro contract with WRT Audi for the Blancpain Endurance Series (european endurance racing). He completed his MBA at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School this past April.
Morgan Stinson '13 and Jack Schneeman '13 were married on April 23, 2016, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack and Morgan first met while at SCU but later found out they grew up down the street from each other in the Twin Cities. Morgan is currently in Physician Assistant graduate school at St. Catherine University and Jack works in private equity in Minneapolis but will be getting deployed to Egypt this summer with the Minnesota National Guard. Wishing all you Broncos the best and greetings from the North!
Joshua Ronen '13 is currently completing his studies at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. He is in his third year clinical clerkships in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at RUSM he has served as the president of the Student Government Association, representing a student body of 1,500 at the school's island campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Shane Rogers '13 and Brian Holm ’00 are founders of Hive Design, which offers consultation and design services to other companies. Hive has also created and launched three of its own products: Eligo—a “smart hydration” unit offering athletes hands-free selection of water and/or electrolytes from a single reservoir; RPM Speed Rope—sophisticated mechanics paired with cool design that does for jump ropes what Nike did for sneakers; and their latest brainchild, Edwin—"a modern minimal wallet inspired by the binder clip." Edwin was designed with the help of Bryan Herrera '14.
Rogers and Holm previously spent years working together at a medical device company where they gathered lots of experience designing products. Holm also managed the fabrication shop and designed the mechanical aspects of exhibits for San Jose's Tech Museum, tested the viability of fuel cell vehicles in Germany, and before graduating from SCU, led the team that pioneered the School of Engineering's Roverwerx Rover program.
Amanda Dewey '13 and Kristian Borofka '14 were married on June 18, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. They were married by Dr. Laura Ellingson, professor of communication and women's and gender studies. The bridal party included Allison Kamiya '13 and Sarah McClammy '14. Ushers included Devin Wakefield '13 and Kelsey Ford '14. Ceremony music was performed by Christopher Wemp '13 and Claire Kunkle '14.
Karl Cook '13 continues to ride horses professionally. He has been riding since age 8 and has won numerous competitions. He considered quitting the sport after some poor performances in 2012, but he realized he could not imagine life without horses. After spending two months training in France, he changed his sitting style and hand positioning, and is having success on the track.
Alina Adams '13 is the CEO of Artveoli, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup that makes buildings healthier by converting CO2 into fresh Oxygen. Along with her co-founder, Anastasia Neddersen M.S '10, the duo participated in the latest Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield, a venture pitch and demo competition in New York City.
Dylan Porter '14 is director of engineering at Byington Steel, a Santa Clara–based heat-treating company. He has been working for the company for two years. The Byingtons allowed him to use their furnaces for his Capstone Project -- an independent study project required for graduation -- when he was at Santa Clara University. That simple exchange opened doors for him, he said.
Marissa L. Minnick '14 began her job as governance coordinator at SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) in Los Angeles in March 2016. Marissa was an English and Women's and Gender Studies double major during her time at Santa Clara.
Marilena Lamp B.S. '08, MBA '14 has joined the Donor Relations team at SCU as assistant director, responsible for University recognition societies and programs (President's Club, Loyal Bronco, etc.) and capital recognition (plaques, signage, and other naming opportunities). While an undergraduate at Santa Clara, Marilena led and facilitated training for student Orientation leaders. Since then, she has worked in marketing and sales for the San Jose Giants, Le Boulanger, and Testarossa Winery.
Xiaoyun Yang M.S. '15 works in the operations department at Apple in Silicon Valley. She attributes her success to her studies at the Leavey School of Business. "I had a chance to dive into the finance world," Yang says, "learning about different subjects from good professors. The courses were very practical. They pushed you to your limits, taking a theory and trying to apply it practically. In most courses you had to complete a project, which meant rolling up your sleeves and working with team members. It challenged your analytical skills and people skills, and for an international student like me, it was a good transition to the American business world.”
Also helping with that transition, she says, was the significant degree of career counseling and support from the University’s career office. "You really got a taste of what you need to do to get hired in your field. The career counselors did things like setting up career panels, teaching you how to use Linkedin, and showing how to prepare for a job interview.”
The MS Finance program, Yang says, “really prepared me in terms of speaking, presentation, communication, and understanding what’s happening in the business world. But what I really treasure most about it was the people I met — the professors and outstanding students. They were great people who helped me become better.”
Eric Stackpole M.S. '15, co-founder of OpenROV and creator of the OpenROV (open-source remotely operated vehicle) submarine, a low-cost underwater robot, was interviewed by YouTube channel, Tested, at the Maker Faire in May. The intention of OpenROV is to democratize underwater exploration by making tools capable of exploring the deep available to anyone. Stackpole has worked on numerous other projects that utilize telerobotics as a means for exploration, including piloting ROV submarines under the Ross Sea in Antarctica and developing low-cost spacecraft used to carry out scientific missions in low earth orbit. Check out his interview about OpenROV's new Trident Underwater Drone. Also read why Stackpole was named a White House Champion of Change, here.
In February, the Washington Post published an essay by Mohit Nalavadi '15, about how his studies at Santa Clara translated to life-affirming work with Engineers without Borders. In Honduras, he helped iterate designs to deliver clean water to a rural community in Honduras, and last year he assisted in engineering a more efficient way to make clay tiles in Rwanda. Back in Silicon Valley, Nalavadi contemplates the dichotomies of innovating here and elsewhere. He writes, "I still drive down 101, looking at all the tech companies, wondering if 'making the world a better place' is just a worn-out marketing campaign—or whether it is handing someone a wrench and saying, 'You can do this.'”
Alyssa Kleiner '15, a recent soccer alum, has been acquired by the Washington Spirit from the Portland Thorns. In exchange, Portland is receiving defender Katherine Reynolds '10. Kleiner made her NWSL debut in 2015 and played in eight matches, including four starts, for Portland. At Santa Clara University, she helped her team to an NCAA Tournament as well as the 10th West Coast Conference championship. Says Spirit general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra, “I was impressed with Alyssa’s play last season. We believe that she has tremendous potential and will challenge for a starting role.”
Daniel Hunt '15 is one month away from finishing up his year as a Jesuit Volunteer through JVC and will continue working in education in Milwaukee, WI.