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Matt Oscamou '01, founder and president of Frontier Snacks, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Leavey School of Business Winter CIE Entrepreneur Forum, Monday, Feb. 8. His company makes bite-size, nutritious energy snacks that are gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free, and are non-GMO verified. They are available at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores.
Maria Patricia Miranda '06 writes that she completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2013, and is now a practicing primary care doctor at Tri-River Family Health Center in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. She is an assistant professor in medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School precepting medical students and internal medicine residents. She currently resides in Boston.
Alexandria Shearer '13 has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to further her work on applications in heterogeneous computing. During her time at SCU, she was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the University Honors Program. She was also a SWE ViaSat Scholar, a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, and she won an NSF Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship. Alexandria expects to complete her Ph.D. at U.C. San Diego in 2018.
Melissa Bica '14 has created a data mining tool called RendezView. Using Twitter data, the program helps data analysts by displaying relationships, patterns, and new insights that are often lost or missed when looking through a database or an Excel spreadsheet.
As a Computer Science PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder, Bica studies crisis informatics—a type of human-centered computing with real-world applications for social benefit. Bica got her first taste of using computer science for social benefit in a class at Santa Clara taught by Silvia Figueira, an associate professor of computer engineering and director of the on-campus Frugal Innovation Lab. Under the direction of Figueria, Bica and her classmates created computer applications for social benefit and the first of now many applications that aid the homeless.
Another experience, which was one of the most significant parts of her undergraduate career, was the fellowship she did through the Global Social Benefit Institute–which is housed under the newly renamed Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. In the summer of 2013, Bica traveled to rural India where she worked with two social enterprises, Anudip and iMerit, to provide technology training to women.
According to Bica, RendezView is still in the prototype phase, but ideally she would like to see it developed into a website that would allow users to upload their own data and run the program on it.
Bridget Mackay J.D. '95 was recently profiled on Petaluma360.com for her commitment to the local community. Bridget served as a deputy district attorney for both Solano and Sonoma counties for nearly 10 years. When she switched to estate planning, Mackay found herself with time to devote to local causes.
One cause that appealed to her was an opportunity to join the Petaluma Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit local schools. She's now President of the Board of Directors. Mackay helps oversee two Alphabet Soup thrift stores and serves as the chair of the planned giving committee and has used her legal skills to develop the Planned Giving program, as well as helped the committee establish a system for donors to give through their wills, trusts, IRA’s and life insurance policies.
In 2014 she earned the title of Best Attorney in the Petaluma People’s Choice Award. Her hobbies: skiing, scuba diving, and traveling on vacation with her husband and two daughters, especially if the travel involves skiing or scuba diving.