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James De La Rosa (1961)

James (Jim) De La Rosa '61 (EE) is a retired Aerospace Engineer, holding a BSEE from USC Class of 1961. He stands as the first generation American to attend college in his family, though not the first to graduate. De La Rosa attended UCLA from 1949 to 1950, then USC from 1957 to the summer of 1960. Throughout most of these years, he worked full time on radar systems at Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, CA, transitioning to the role of Design Engineer during his last semester. He then embarked on a seventeen-year tenure as a Research Engineer at North American Aviation Missile Division in Downey, CA. During this extensive career, De La Rosa had the privilege of contributing significantly to pivotal aerospace endeavors. He spent four years on the design of the first Cruise Missile fielded by the Air Force during the Cold War with Russia in the 1960s, followed by five years on the Apollo Program, where he played a key role in designing the Apollo Space Capsules that ferried astronauts to the moon and back safely. Subsequently, he dedicated eight years to assisting in the design of the Space Shuttle. De La Rosa's literary contribution includes the book "Building the Apollo Capsules," published by McFarland Publishing on October 6. Through this work, he aims to inspire Hispanic students to pursue studies in science or engineering. His involvement in the Apollo project from 1964 to 1969, aimed at landing American astronauts on the moon before the end of the 1960s, forms a significant backdrop to the narrative. The book delves into the untold story of the Apollo missions, revealing behind-the-scenes events, fabrication procedures, and the individuals involved in building the iconic Apollo Capsules. De La Rosa highlights the contributions of Hispanic engineers and workers in both the design and manufacturing processes of the capsules that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. Additionally, De La Rosa provides insight into his book cover design, courtesy of his publisher. For more information about his book, interested individuals can visit McFarland Publishing's webpage at James De La Rosa, BSEE '61, remains a notable figure in aerospace history.
Submitted: 2024-03-05
Chris Martinez (1994)

Chris Martinez
Chris Martinez '94 (CS) is excited to continue his commitment to social impact as the new Chief Administrator and Strategy Officer for The Resurrection Project (TRP) after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Housing Forward for the past three years. In this new role, Chris leads TRP's leadership team in strategic planning and execution, managing daily administrative operations, and fostering strategic partnerships to enhance TRP's impact and reach. He also continues to serve as Vice President on the board of Habitat for Humanity Chicago and guide blind and paratriathletes, most recently for the Tokyo Marathon.
Submitted: 2024-03-05
Barbara Brenner (1997)

Barbara Brenner MS '97 (Institute of Systems Safety) retired in 2018 after a rewarding career in public sector occupational safety and risk management, primarily within the Cal State University system and the City of Sacramento. She recently completed four years on the Board of Directors at community radio station KVMR in Nevada City, CA. Now residing in Eureka, CA, Barbara is actively involved in working with several non-profit organizations on fund development and project start-ups. Additionally, she volunteers her time on the Community Advisory Board of community radio station KMUD in Redway, CA.
Submitted: 2024-02-29
Dr. Philip A. Iannuzzi, Jr. (1989)

Dr. Philip A. Iannuzzi, Jr.
"Viterbi alum steers a lifelong journey of leadership and learning: from cadet to aerospace industry leader . . . with a devotion to continued education along the way." Phillip Iannuzzi MS '89 (ISSM) interest in a life of leadership and learning began as a college student and Air Force ROTC cadet at Penn State University. That interest led him to pursue a career in the Air Force as an officer and pilot (1984-2008) followed by a career in the aerospace industry with The Boeing Company (2008-2023). He also served as an adjunct faculty instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2010-2012). A career in the military, aerospace industry, and higher education provided opportunities for this 1989 USC alum to serve in a diverse range of leadership roles, from first-level to executive, while pioneering a lifelong path of continued education. Serving as an Air Force officer and pilot, Philip A. Iannuzzi, Jr., commanded, directed, flew, and led combat and combat support missions around the globe, including air power missions over Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War, NATO’s peace-keeping campaign in Kosovo following the 1999 war against Serbia, and the allied air campaign over Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks against the U.S. Prior to retiring as a colonel, Iannuzzi’s assignments included serving as a major command division chief, Pentagon program manager, director of NATO’s international joint operations center, director of global flight operations, and commander of four deployed KC-10 Extender flying squadrons. As a Boeing Company aircrew training center site leader, Iannuzzi led a team of pilot and loadmaster instructors, staff, and maintainers providing ground and flight simulator training to U.S. and international C-17 Globemaster aircrew members. As a senior Boeing training operations leader, he led teams of technical experts located at Boeing production sites across the U.S. responsible for the design, development, delivery, and maintenance of industry- and government-regulated aerospace certification and qualification programs. Serving as a senior educational leader supporting Boeing’s defense, space, and security executive leaders, his team provided workforce development strategies and learning solutions for over 33,000 aerospace professionals. After earning a bachelor of science degree in business from Penn State (1984), education opportunities paved the way for a life of learning, yielding four masters’ degrees and a doctoral degree. He earned his first master’s degree in 1989 from USC, a master of science in systems management, then went on to complete three additional masters’ degrees through full-time, in-residence graduate schools. Those degrees include a master’s in operations management from the Air Force Institute of Technology (1996), master’s in military operations from Air University’s Air Command and Staff College (2000), and master’s in global strategic studies from Air University’s Air War College (2004). He completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership in residence at Delaware Valley University (2020). Dr. Iannuzzi’s awards include the National Defense Transportation Association’s Memorial Medal for Literary Merit (1999), Air University’s Orvil A. Anderson Leadership Research Literary Award (2004), The Boeing Company’s corporate Functional Excellence Award (2012), and Citation of Honor from the Council of the City of Philadelphia (2020). Military service awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Azween Abdullah (1985)

Azween Abdullah
Azween Abdullah (Vasuthevan) '85 (CS), a Stanford University and MIT professional development alumnus, has over thirty years of experience in academia and the commercial sector, including roles as a software engineer, systems analyst, and IT consultant. He holds several patents, has served on editorial boards of high-impact technical journals, and has published over 170 technical works. Currently an adjunct professor at SEGi University, his research interests include cybersecurity and trustworthy computing, and he is a fellow of the British Computer Society and a senior member of IEEE.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Thomas (Tom) Mazzola (1971)

Thomas (Tom) Mazzola
After 52+ years, Tom Mazzola MS '85 (AME) retired in January 2024. After being hired by TRW and providing SETA support to the US Air Force , he joined R&D Associates in Marina del Rey in January 1984 and spent 40 years after that under various corporate banners providing support to what is now the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a Department of Defense agency. It was a long, varied and enjoyable career with lots of analytical and experimental projects along the way, providing support to the national defense of our country. Tom was feted at a luncheon at his final corporate home, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc, as shown in the photo. Tom is very grateful for a wonderful career, all of it started with a solid engineering foundation and by a recommendation from Professor Scott, Aerospace Engineering, that TRW consider hiring him.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Jorge Delgadillo (2014)

Jorge Delgadillo
Clark Construction Group proudly announces the promotion of Jorge Delgadillo '14 (CEE) to Project Executive. With over a decade of experience in the commercial construction industry, Jorge has managed projects totaling over $1.5 billion, ranging from NBA arenas to hospital facilities. Starting as an Engineer with Clark Construction, Jorge quickly advanced through roles, showcasing exceptional dedication and expertise. However, it is Jorge's standout accomplishments that truly set him apart. His leadership on the $128 million SFPD Traffic Co. & Forensic Services Division Project in San Francisco, delivered ahead of schedule and under budget, is a testament to his skill. Another of his career highlights is the Chase Center Arena project in San Francisco, where he was responsible for managing the procurement and installation of high-end architectural finishes in the arena's interior. Jorge's industry experience spans across California from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Known for his strategic vision, leadership, and mentorship, he now steps into the role of Project Executive, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to California's built environment.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Kevin Warasila (2022)

Kevin Warasila
This past November, Kevin Warasila MS '22 (Green Technologies) quit his job in telecom engineering to pursue something he's always enjoyed -- snowboarding! Kevin has spent this past winter teaching people of all ages how to ski and snowboard, and he couldn't be happier!
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Manuel Martin Soriano (2023)

Manuel Martin Soriano
Manuel Martin Soriano MS '23 (ASTE) was honored with early-career achievement awards at JPL and NASA in 2022 and 2023, respectively. These awards recognized his technical leadership and expertise in electromagnetic compatibility engineering for the Psyche mission to a metal world. The spacecraft, which launched in 2023, is currently en route to the asteroid of the same name, with an expected arrival in 2029. Manuel's contributions mark significant milestones in his career and underscore his valuable contributions to the field of space exploration.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Samuel Aspiranti (2018)

Samuel Aspiranti MS '18 (CS), was a member of the activation and assumption of command ceremony of the 533rd Training Squadron Detachment 2 at Keesler Air Force Base. The team will launch a Space Cyber Fundamentals course to enhance their space-specific education and capabilities. This new course, essential for preparing Guardians for their first duty stations, will focus on understanding the space domain and its integration with cyberspace operations, addressing the rapid development of adversarial capabilities in space.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Neil Siegel (1974)

Neil Siegel
Dr. Neil Siegel, Viterbi Ph.D. '11 (ISE) received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Biden. He recently retired as sector vice-president and chief technology officer at Northrop Grumman, and is currently a Viterbi faculty member. His previous honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering, election to the National Academy of Inventors, winning the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, winning the TRW Chairman's Award for Innovation 3 times, and selection as a fellow of 4 professional societies, among many others. He holds nearly 50 issued patents worldwide.
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Anuj Agarwal (2008)

Anuj Agarwal MS '08 (CS) embarked on his entrepreneurial journey by spending four years working on a startup that unfortunately did not succeed. Undeterred by this setback, he persevered and launched a second startup. This venture has proven to be a success, with Anuj leading it for 11 years and counting!
Submitted: 2024-02-28
Rafael Alvarez (1989)

Rafael Alvarez
Rafael Alvarez MS '89 (EE) is pleased to announce that he has been selected for the 2024 Community College Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. The award acknowledges individuals who have shown excellence in advocacy, teaching, or leadership, and have made substantial contributions to the community college enterprise. Further information about the award can be found at:
Submitted: 2024-02-08
Dr. Augustine Esogbue (1968)

Dr. Augustine Esogbue
Dr. Augustine Esogbue PhD '68 (ISE) has been recognized as Chief Esogbue, the Ozorkilolo of Ibusa Kingdom in Delta State, Nigeria.
Submitted: 2023-10-16
Garrett Pendergraft (2001)

Garrett Pendergraft '01 (CS) was recently named the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University, where he has been teaching for 14 years. He also serves as the primary faculty advisor for the Computer Science and Philosophy major. In 2022 he published his first book, Free Will and Human Agency: 50 Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Thought Experiments (Routledge).
Submitted: 2023-09-30
Cenk Temizel (2005)

Cenk Temizel
Cenk Temizel MS '05 (CEMS) has been awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.
Submitted: 2023-09-26
Andrew Emery (2005)

Colonel Andrew Emery MS \'05 (ISE) retired from the US Space Force after more than 24 years of active duty. Col Emery served as a program manager, engineer and space operator in a variety of space mission areas: GPS, space domain awareness, special programs, and missile warning, tracking and surveillance. He finished his career at Space Systems Command in El Segundo, where he was the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Space Sensing.
Submitted: 2023-09-21
Keith Wolzinger (1982)

Keith Wolzinger
Captain Keith Wolzinger MS '82 (ISSM) retired in August 2023 after a 38-year career as a pilot with American Airlines. He spent the last 10 years flying international routes on the Boeing 777. He looks forward to his next career move as a pilot, instructor, consultant, and educator. He also wishes to continue connecting with and mentoring USC Viterbi students of all degree levels.
Submitted: 2023-09-15
Steven Thompson (1993)

Steven  Thompson
Steven Thompson MS '93 (CEMS) started a new opportunity at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) as a Director of Data Engineering in the Cloud and Digital Practice. He leads teams of data engineers and works with clients for data-oriented cloud migrations.
Submitted: 2023-09-12
Salem Al Mudhaf (2021)

Salem Al Mudhaf '21 (ISE) joined McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst in their Middle East Office.
Submitted: 2023-08-27
Terri Chan (1995)

Terri Chan
Terri Chan MS '95 (AME) is an Associate Technical Fellow in Systems Engineering and Autonomy, leading efforts to develop and align Digital and Systems Engineering capabilities. In July 2023, Terri was voted as the Chair of the INCOSE Digital Engineering Information Exchange Working Group, working with leaders across the industry to create a set of standards and architecture frameworks for Digital Engineering. Terri also serves on the University of Washington Systems Engineering Executive Advisory Board. Most importantly, Terri is an at-large USC Alumni Association Board of Governors member. She also sings with the Seattle Symphony Chorale.
Submitted: 2023-08-25
Wanling Jiang (2013)

Wanling Jiang MS '13 (EE) started working at Microsoft Asia Pacific Technology co. Ltd.
Submitted: 2023-08-24
Zachary Dooley (2012)

Zachary Dooley
Zachary Dooley MS '12 (BME) was recently elected to the BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) Board of Directors for a 3-year term. He will work to further BMES's mission to promote a collaborative and inclusive community to advance human health through education, discovery, and translation.
Submitted: 2023-08-23
Ron Sasaki (2009)

Ron Sasaki
Ron Sasaki, ’09 (CHE), joined the Darcy Partners leadership team as General Manager, overseeing strategy and research in Energy & Sustainability technologies. Darcy Partners is a technology scouting and market intelligence firm for the energy industry.
Submitted: 2023-08-22
Maitreyee Likhite (2023)

Maitreyee Likhite
Maitreyee Likhite MS '23 (EE) joined Qualcomm, San Diego on June 26th, 2023, for full-time work as an AI/ML Engineer in the AI/ML IoT Connected Camera Systems team.
Submitted: 2023-08-20
Byron Veasey (1979)

Byron  Veasey
Byron Veasey '79 (ISE) is Data Warehouse Quality Engineering Leas at Hiscox USA in Atlanta, Georgia.
Submitted: 2023-08-20
Kelwyn Pender (1995)

Kelwyn Pender MS '07 (ISE) was promoted to Director, Cyber Technical in Technology Risk Management at Capital One in 2022.
Submitted: 2023-08-20
Marc Habib (2003)

Marc Habib '03 (ISE) is semi-retired from the corporate world after 20 years in November of 2022. Habib started two new corporations in real estate and construction and now helps investors identify, purchase, rehab, and add value to passive income properties. His goal is to help others retire early and achieve better work/life balances.
Submitted: 2023-08-19
Jamie Smith (2021)

Working at Relativity Space, Jamie Smith, '21 (CECS) helped to create embedded firmware running on the Terran 1 rocket. This code, running on over 15 different avionics boxes across the vehicle, conveyed vital sensor data to the flight computer and enabled the rocket to fly past the Karman Line and into space. Jamie is now hard at work on code for Relativity's next vehicle, Terran R.
Submitted: 2023-08-19
Ranjeet Sangle (2010)

Ranjeet Sangle MS '10 (CS) worked at Cisco, San Jose from 2011-2019. He took an internal transfer with Cisco and permanently relocated to India, receiving a promotion to a managerial position. Sangle started an Executive MBA at IIM, Bangalore and will be graduating in April of 2024.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Padma Sundaram (2012)

Padma Sundaram
Padma Sundaram MS '12 (ISE) started a new position as the Vice President of Automotive Technology and Engineering at HCLTech, Troy, Michigan.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Charles Ray (1981)

Charles Ray
Charles Ray MS '81 (ENG) has been a trustee and chair of the Africa Program of Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA since 2020. In 2023, he began teaching an online graduate course, Africa: The Complex Realities, for Arizona State University.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Ashima Sharma (2014)

Ashima Sharma
Ashima Sharma '14 (CEMS) created her own startup, Dreami, in 2021. She experienced how difficult it can be to organically access the mentorship and career support one needs throughout their career. Dreami was founded to bridge the gap between talent and dreams, and since 2021, they have been able to empower mentorship experiences for over 5,000 individuals. Dreami has had wonderful support from backers such as Pivotal Ventures, Techstars and AWS. As of this month, they are very excited to announce that they are now supported by the National Science Foundation and have been selected in the Google for Startups: Women Accelerator to further build ML/AI capabilities for Dreami. Sharma never thought that when she graduated as a chemical engineer that she would become a tech startup founder, but one of the most fulfilling aspects of the journey for her was the immediate and direct impact at scale.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Lacey Kline (2017)

Lacey Kline MS '17 (ISE) now works as a Senior Systems Engineering contractor. His current position supports Virgin Galactic’s newest spaceship, Delta. Kline utilizes the Systems Architecting and Engineering MS daily by applying MBSE methodology and modeling in Cameo.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Ronald Balue (1966)

Ronald Balue '66 (AME) was an aerospace engineer for 5 years. Him and his wife saved up their down payments and invested in apartment buildings. After those 5 years, they were able to live and expand on their real estate holdings, so he quit engineering. They have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren, and they couldn't be happier.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Ranjan Pal (2014)

Ranjan Pal
Ranjan Pal PhD '14 (CS) is a Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also an elected member of the World Economic Forum Group on Cyber-Resilience. While a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science at USC, Ranjan pioneered the field of designing mathematical and algorithmic models that judge the feasibility of cyber-insurance markets to improve global cyber-security. Such theorems that were developed ten years ago have stood the test of time and recently validated to be true in the real cyber-insurance world, gaining traction in multiple circles and even being mentioned by Forbes. Ranjan owes his current MIT position to the PhD work he did at USC during 2008-2014.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Michael Zink (2018)

Michael Zink '18 (ISE) was laid off from Roofstock, a residential real estate investment platform and startup, at the end of March this year due to the downturn in the real estate market. Fortunately, after three months of diligent networking and job searching, Michael was hired as a Senior Product Manager at RentSpree, a tenant screening and rental platform. He is excited to be continuing his journey in the product and Proptech industry. The Trojan network has proven to be as strong as ever and was instrumental in his journey.
Submitted: 2023-08-18
Austin Esogbue (1968)

Austin Esogbue
Professor Emeritus Austin Esogbue, PhD '68 (ISE), was honored by the D'CEM awards; an annual ceremony which celebrates icons, humanitarians, philanthropists, and role models who have represented their communities and society.
Submitted: 2023-06-20
Firouz Naderi (1976)

Firouz Naderi
Dr. Firouz Michael Naderi, PhD '76 (EE), passed away at the age of 77. Dr Naderi was a celebrated figure in the Iranian community and held several technical/management posts at JPL, where he was integral to the development of robotic space missions. Dr. Naderi was honored with the naming of Asteroid 5515 Naderi for his significant contributions to space exploration.
Submitted: 2023-06-20
Stephen Monarque (1984)

Stephen Monarque '84 (AME) retired after 35 years as an engineer with the federal government with the last 22 years with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Submitted: 2023-04-21
Jessica Brown (2022)

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown '22 (CEE) has enjoyed her life post-graduation from USC Viterbi in May of 2022. She works in San Francisco as a Transportation Engineer for the global engineering and design consultancy Arup. Her role is wide ranging covering roadway design, traffic engineering, data analysis, and even aviation. She appreciates the impact transportation has on everyday people. Jessica continues to use the skills she learned in Viterbi and make lasting connections with people across the industry. Jessica is excited to contribute to the development of emerging aviation as an appointed member on the Standing Committee on New Users of Shared Airspace within the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Transportation Research Board. The three-year volunteer role will shape research within the topics of commercial space operations, uncrewed aircraft systems, urban and advanced air mobility.
Submitted: 2023-03-30
Malia Sato (2021)

Malia Sato
Maila Sato '21 (ISE) has been working for a little over a year at Northrop Grumman and has recently rotated to a new Software position within their company's Pathways Rotation Program. Having a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC has opened up opportunities for her in a variety of fields such as Aerospace, Mechanical, and Software Engineering. Maila is excited to see what the future in engineering brings!
Submitted: 2023-03-17
Joseph Gardella (2021)

Joseph Gardella
Joseph Gardella '21 (ISE) has been employed with two different companies during his first two years of postgraduation. Gardella worked about one year for the Tesla automotive division as a Process Engineer in Fremont, CA and lived in Santa Clara. Now, Gardella resides in an apartment in Walnut Creek, CA, and is currently employed with Henkel Corporation at the Aeronautics Adhesive division in Bay Point, CA. His title at Henkel's Aeronautics Adhesive division is Quality Engineer. Gardella believes that it has been an exciting two years since obtaining his undergraduate degree in 2021 and cherishes the time he spent with the friends he met at USC. Gardella looks forward to the future of his career and its continued growth and development.
Submitted: 2023-03-04
Jale Davies (2022)

Jale Davies '22 (AME) is starting their professional career at Boeing Seattle as a liaison engineer working on various aircrafts.
Submitted: 2023-03-02
Marc Tkach (1999)

Marc Tkach
Marc Tkach '99, MS '02 (CEE) has been named a 2023 White House Leadership Development Fellow. The highly competitive one-year fellowship brings senior government leaders to the center of government to build cross-agency leadership experience. Marc is leading the development of a National Secure Data Service from the Science and Statistical Policy office. As a civil/environmental engineer he has spent the last 15 years in design and implementing large scale transport and water delivery programs throughout Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Currently, he is the Director of Infrastructure at the Millenium Challenge Corporation. He lives now in DC with his wife and two boys, Quinn 13 and Nolan 11.
Submitted: 2023-02-28
Will Page (2004)

Will Page '04 (CS) was selected as a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal (2022) for his constitutional litigation and became a Senior Staff Attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City.
Submitted: 2023-02-24
Robert McBride (1992)

Robert McBride
Robert McBride MS '92 (EE) was recently hired as a Senior Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton working in MBSE (model-based system engineering), and bringing much of what I learned at USC to my new position.
Submitted: 2023-02-24
Herming Chiueh (2002)

Herming Chiueh PhD '02, MS '95 (EE) was appointed as Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs, Taiwan, on August 27, 2022.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Jessica Chen (2014)

Jessica Chen '14 (BME) transitioned from a career in medicine to software development and just recently started her first job as a software engineer! She will also welcome a baby girl into her family later this year.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Alan Reynolds (2006)

Alan Reynolds
Alan Reynolds '06 (AME) started a new role at Maxar Technologies - Space as Senior Staff Systems Architecture Engineer - Proposal Project Engineer for Satellite Avionics
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Cenk Temizel (2005)

Cenk Temizel
Cenk Temizel MS '05 (CHEM), has received the Society of Petroleum Engineers 2022 Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award for the Middle East and Africa Region for his technical contributions in this area.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Kanika Jindal (2022)

Kanika Jindal
Kanika Jindal MS '22 (CS) recently joined Microsoft Corporation as a full-time Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Leslie Guandique (2020)

Leslie Guandique
Leslie Guandique '20 (Astro) has designed and built a turbopump rocket engine test facility for development testing the new engines on Astra's Rocket 4 vehicle. Leslie is now managing the team that is engineering ground fluid systems to support Rocket 4 on launch day.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Andru Peters (1985)

Andru Peters MS '85 (ISE), recently researched and published a book entitled: The "History of Camp Lakeview National Guard Training Camp 1881-1931, Lake City, Minnesota." This work effort was a three year long research project.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Karolynn Roome (1999)

Karolynn Roome '99 (BME) is currently a Global Program Manager for a medical device company, KARL STORZ Endoscopy, headquartered in Tuttlingen, Germany.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Thomas Kenna (1993)

Lt Col Kenna MS '93 (SSM) continues in his 3rd year as the Governor's Office of Emergency Services Senior Liaison with the California National Guard for Statewide Covid support. 2023 will see the end of a 40-year military career with his final duty station at Moffett ANGB, serving as the Deputy Group Commander for Maintenance of MC-130J's and HH-60 Pavehawk search and rescue aircraft.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Mauricio Ciudad-Real (1996)

Mauricio Ciudad-Real '96 (CEE) was recently appointed VP of Earthquake Engineering at Kinemetrics, Inc.
Submitted: 2023-02-23
Nadia Bess (2011)

Nadia Bess, '11 (AME) is honored to have received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Distinguished New Engineer Award at WE21 in Indianapolis. The SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in professional organizations and the community, in the first ten years of their career.
Submitted: 2022-06-23
Jasmine Naseri (2016)

Jasmine Naseri
Jasmine Naseri, '16 (EE) received the 2021 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Rising Technical Contributor Award for outstanding contributions to the safety and performance of satellite payload subsystems; and for technical depth, energy, and drive that delivers results under pressure. Read more about Jasmine's accomplishments at:
Submitted: 2021-11-02
Russell Cummings (1982)

The University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) and the DoD Joint Hypersonic Transition Office (JHTO) have announced 18 project awards in 17 topic areas totaling $25.5M over three years. One of the awards is to Russell M. Cummings, '82 (AME), PhD '88 (AME) of the US Air Force Academy for a $1.5M research project titled, “Free Flight Wind Tunnel Experiments and Simulations for Control Jet Applications in Hypersonic Flows.” The project includes partner universities of AFIT, New Mexico State University, University of New South Wales Canberra, and the University of Southern Queensland. The transition partners for the project include Raytheon, Sandia National Labs, and the DoD HPCMP CREATE-AV program, and significant support for the project came from AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate.
Submitted: 2021-10-18
Larry Davis (1979)

Larry Davis, '79 (AME), retired on August 31, 2021 from the US Air Force Civil Service as Deputy Director of the Test Division at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Tennessee.
Submitted: 2021-09-29
Jeremy Allam (2018)

Jeremy Allam, ’18 MS (ENG) co-founded a space technology company called Exo-Space. He is going through their first round of financing and have their first launch into space booked for Q2 of 2022. Here is a link to their funding page:
Submitted: 2021-08-11
Usha Patel (1992)

Usha Patel, '92, '95 (EE) was recognized by United States House of Representatives for her exceptional service to the community and for her work promoting women in engineering.
Submitted: 2021-05-13
Christopher Martinez (1994)

Chris Martine, '94 (CS) retired from the corporate and management consulting world to advance his personal commitment to social justice. As the need for housing stability has grown and there were limited evening and weekend opportunities to serve as a board member of Habitat Chicago and volunteer at other nonprofits, Chris decided to focus his daily professional endeavors working to end homelessness as Chief Operating Officer of Housing Forward, an almost 30-year old nonprofit based in Maywood and Oak Park, IL.
Submitted: 2021-04-19
John H. Daly III (1979)

John H. Daly III, MS '79 (ENG) has been elected to the Board of Trustees for Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. He was elected to this position by over 52,000 voters in Genesee, Livingston, and Lapeer counties.
Submitted: 2021-04-19
Natalie Alvarez (2015)

Natalie Alvarez
Natalie Alvarez, '14 (CEE), MS '15 (CEE), was selected as a "Woman of Influence in Engineering" by the San Diego Business Journal (3/29/21). She is a civil engineer and project manager with Turner Construction in San Diego. Here is the bio that was submitted to the San Diego Business Journal: Natalie Alvarez is a highly motivated engineer. She is a proud San Diego native and Project Manager for Turner’s Special Projects Group. Since beginning her career with Turner in 2014, Alvarez has held a variety of roles in construction management, including VDC coordinator, MEP engineer, and most recently Senior Cost Analyst for all projects in San Diego County. Her project experience spans many market segments, including aviation, commercial and K-12 education in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Building on her leadership experience across California, Alvarez founded the Turner - San Diego Young Professionals group, with the goal of creating a cohesive community of engineering leaders who will become the champions and agents of change for San Diego’s growing market. Through the Young Professionals group, Alvarez hosted a series of informal fireside chats with senior leadership to engage in a personal way with staff, and she co-organized a virtual executive coaching session for Turner West Coast staff. Additionally, Alvarez is actively involved in Turner’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, leading local staff through courageous conversations and study action teams focused on racial justice. She also leads diversity college recruitment efforts at her alma mater. She is passionate about mentoring future engineers and exposing underrepresented students to the industry. Alvarez is a member of SHPE and the San Diego Green Building Council. Alvarez earned her B.S. degree in Civil (Architectural) Engineering and M.S. degree in Green Technologies, both from the University of Southern California.
Submitted: 2021-04-07
Rafael Alvarez (1989)

Rafael Alvarez
Rafael Alvarez, '89 MS (EE), is the Director of the San Diego City College Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program, an academic support program for students transferring to 4-year universities, including USC, in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. He founded the City College MESA Program in 2000. City College is an Hispanic Serving Institution, and the majority of their MESA Program students, a.k.a. Creators, are first-generation in college, economically disadvantaged, and underrepresented in STEM fields. Alvarez is honored to share that he was awarded the 2021 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from the San Diego County Engineering Council, as part of their 2021 Engineering Week Festival! He is humbled by the recognition. Alvarez is also very proud to represent the USC and San Diego City College community, and views the award as a celebration of the many achievements by MESA Creators. It is always very rewarding to see City College students rise to their potential and beyond. Here is the closing statement from his virtual acceptance speech: "The Outstanding Engineering Educator Award inspires me to continue the work of engaging, educating, and empowering the next generation of mathematicians, engineers and scientists. Their success is my reward. Their achievements prove that MESA works!" Please vis for the video of his virtual acceptance speech, featuring pictures of 80+ MESA Creators representing the powerful, successful diversity of San Diego City College!
Submitted: 2021-02-26
Greg Garrabrants (1993)

Greg Garrabrants ‘93 (ISE) is the President and CEO of Axos Bank. Under Greg's leadership, Axos Bank has consistently ranked as one of the highest performing banking institutions in the country – with S&P Global Market Intelligence naming Axos one of the nation's top five public thrifts for 11 years in a row. Prior to joining Axos Bank as President and CEO in 2007, Greg was a senior vice president and the head of corporate business development at the nation’s seventh largest thrift, focusing on entry into new business segments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Greg earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law and his Masters of Business Administration, with the highest distinctions, from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a minor in Economics from the University of Southern California where he graduated with high honors. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the California Bar.
Submitted: 2020-12-11
Ayanna Howard (1994)

Ayanna Howard MS '94, PhD '99 (EE) will become dean of Ohio State University's College of Engineering on March 1, 2021. She will be the first woman to lead the college. Howard will join Ohio State on March 1 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing as well as founder and director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab. Note: She got her MS at Viterbi as well as her PhD. For more, see
Submitted: 2020-12-11
Bahram Asiabanpour (2003)

Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour ‘03 PhD (ISE), a professor at Texas State University, is being recognized by SME with its 2020 Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award. This award, established in 2011, was presented to Dr. Asiabanpour for his continued oversight, engagement and awareness efforts on behalf of SME and its student chapter at Texas State.
Submitted: 2020-11-24
Neal Mitsuyoshi (1991)

Neal Mitsuyoshi ‘91 (CEE) has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. Mitsuyoshi’s previous assignment was Chief of Staff of the Hawaii Army National Guard. He currently serves as the Mobilization Assistant, J4 Logistics and Engineering Directorate at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
Submitted: 2020-11-24
Lester Fettig (1969)

Les Fettig, '69 MS (AME) is the Founder and Managing Director of Mandate Democracy Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation, please contact Les at:
Submitted: 2020-10-29
Clifford Baughn (1987)

Clifford Baughn
Clifford Baughn ‘87 M.S. (ISSM) has retired after a 20-year career serving as the Vice President of Administration at L-3 Technologies, Electron Devices Division.
Submitted: 2020-10-21
Ayanna Howard (1999)

Ayanna Howard
Dr. Ayanna Howard ‘94 M.S., ‘99 PhD (EE) has released a new book – “Sex, Race, and Robots - How to Be Human in the Age of AI”. Drawing on cutting-edge research, and her own experience as one of the few Black women in the field of robotics, Dr. Howard delivers a stirring warning about the risks of AI and robots - but also offers an uplifting message about empowerment and where we need to go next.
Submitted: 2020-09-26
David Frost (1981)

David Frost '81 (ISSM) leveraged his MSSM toolkit to become a successful independent author and Master Fitness Trainer. His first specialty, non-fiction work launched in June: KABOOMER: Thriving and Striving into your Nineties.
Submitted: 2020-09-09
Paul Lippe (1985)

Paul D. Lippe '85 MS (ISSM) has become the Director of Cost Estimating for Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). Fincantieri Marine Group is the U.S. subsidiary of Italian enterprise Fincantieri, one of the world¹s largest shipbuilders, a company employing 19,000 shipbuilding professionals in 20 shipyards on four continents. Fincantieri has a rich history dating back more than 234 years and has built more than 7,000 ships. In Lippe's new position, he is responsible for 4 business units under FMG, US.
Submitted: 2020-09-08
Joshua Chu (2004)

Joshua Chu
Joshua Chu '04 MS (BME) has been named Managing Partner of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie California Offices. Chu has been a member of the firm since 2007 practicing in the area of intellectual property with a focus on the prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. The firm's Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices consist of more than 40 intellectual property attorneys who focus on delivering service in the areas of trademark prosecution, patent prosecution, licensing, opinion work, post-grant proceedings and litigation. Opened in 1954 and 2009 respectively, the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices have a long history of representing clients in California and around the world on some of the most well-known IP matters and cases. Chu succeeds Anne Wang who served in this role from 2016 through 2019. In his new role, Chu will continue to strengthen the firm's long-standing commitment to clients doing business in and out of California, as well as strengthening ties in the local communities in which the firm's attorneys have lived and worked with for decades. In addition to his role as managing partner of the firm's California offices, Chu is a patent attorney who handles the prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications for clients. With a background in engineering and specific experience in biomedical, mechanical, electrical, software and systems engineering, Chu's experience provides him the opportunity to counsel clients on the valuation of their portfolios from both a legal and business perspective. A member of the firm since 2007, Chu currently serves as a member of the firm¹s Strategic Study Group as well as the firm's Associate Compensation and Review Committee. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, his M.S. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College.
Submitted: 2020-09-08
Lael Rudd (2008)

Lael Rudd ‘08 M.S. (BME) recently started as a new Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) working on advanced autonomy for air and space domains. Rudd has also taught controls courses part-time at USC for the Electrical Engineering department.
Submitted: 2020-07-01
Mohammed Al-Ghazal (2015)

Mohammed Al-Ghazal
Mohammed Al-Ghazal '15 MS (ENG) is a digital transformation evangelist. He capitalizes on the digital value chain and environment-friendly technology to deliver energy resources. Al-Ghazal won the Energy Influencer 2020 Award. Please see more info here:
Submitted: 2020-05-29
Ron Maines (1977)

Ron Maines
Ron Maines, MS '77 (ISSM), has been awarded the 2019 FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award which recognizes 50 years of exemplary aviation flight experience, distinguished professionalism and a steadfast commitment to aviation safety. Ron was decorated for bravery as a Marine Aviator in the Vietnam Era, a pilot and senior executive for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Indonesia and Southern California, and his thesis at the University of Southern California was entitled, A Safety System For Mission Aviation Fellowship, which laid the groundwork for a worldwide system for aviation safety for the organization's 135 aircraft flying in 21 countries. He has owned five aircrafts of his own and commuted to work as a strategic leadership consultant across the United States during the past 25 years, working with over 250 organization CEOs and Boards Of Directors.
Submitted: 2020-05-21
John H. Daly III (1979)

John H. Daly III, Ph.D. '79 (ISSM) has assumed the position of Director of Transportation & Infrastructure for the city of Flint, MI and has been re-appointed to the Michigan Infrastructure Council, a State of Michigan Board implementing a state-wide asset management strategy for public infrastructure.
Submitted: 2020-05-21
Alexia Nalewaik (1994)

Alexia Nalewaik, MS ‘94 (CE) has published her second book, ‘Project Cost Recording and Reporting.’ Project reports are a preferred method of communicating with internal or external audiences, and they are also part of the system of control and governance on projects, used to bring attention to issues and prompt action to improve project outcomes. Using principles of risk and stakeholder management, this book discusses the purpose of project reports, and provides examples of the format, content, timing, and audience for various types. The author also identifies sources and types of data required for adequate reporting, offers examples of report formats, graphics, and content, and reflects on typical challenges encountered with project reporting. You can find the book here:
Submitted: 2020-02-25
Susan Martin (2004)

Sarah Martin, ’04 (BME) has joined HealthCorps as the Senior Director of Programs -- a national not for profit founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2003. HealthCorps delivers health education and physical education programming in high need high schools across the country. The curriculum is delivered by recent college graduates with a passion for health and wellness. Martin recently had a paper published about the program's effectiveness in the school setting in The Journal of Child and Adolescent Obesity -- Personalizing the Dietary Guidelines: use of a feedback report to help adolescent students plan health behaviors using a SMART goal approach and was a guest on Education Talk Radio to discuss this innovative programming.
Submitted: 2020-02-25
Scott Goldstein (1997)

Scott Goldstein
Dr. Scott Goldstein, Ph.D. ’97 (EE) won the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Warren White Award for contributions to the design, development, and fielding of multi-domain radar, EW, and cyber systems. He was also promoted to Major General in the U.S. Air Force where he currently serves as a reserve officer.
Submitted: 2020-02-25
Melanie Ziebart (2014)

Melanie Ziebart
Melanie Ziebart, ’14 (ISE) was born and raised in Memphis and is a 2010 graduate of Houston High School where she was selected as the Shelby County scholar athlete of the year. Melanie then attended the University of Southern California on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. She was a distinguish graduate in System Engineering and the ROTC Wing Commander in 2014. She was selected to attend the Air Force's prestigious Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot training (ENJJPT) program. Upon graduating, she flew the F16 Viper at Kunsan Air Base South Korea. A year later, she was nominated to fly our military’s newest stealth fighter jet - the F35 and participated in an exchange program with the Marines at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Melanie is flying with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 ³Green Knights. In January, she was the first Air Force pilot, male or female, to deploy with the Marines on an amphibious warship in the pacific Far East in service to our nation’s defense. Melanie is currently deployed on the USS America.
Submitted: 2020-02-25
Edwin Siswanto (1996)

On November 15, 2019, Edwin Siswanto, ’96 MBAMS (ISE), was promoted to Procurement Division Head at Lippo Cikarang Tbk. In his new role, Siswanto will oversee the Corporate Purchasing Department, Project Purchasing Department, and the Major Bulk Material Purchase Department for the Meikarta mega real estate development project in East Jakarta. The Lippo Group is one of Asia's largest and most diversified conglomerates, Indonesia's largest services group, and one of the largest real estate developers in Indonesia.
Submitted: 2019-12-04
Russell M. Cummings (1988)

Russell M. Cummings
Russell M. Cummings, '88 PhD, will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Pendray Aerospace Literature Award for 2020 at the AIAA SciTech Meeting in Orlando Florida in January 2020. The citation for the award reads "For being the lead author on a ground breaking undergraduate text that introduces computational fluid dynamics to aeronautical engineering students." The book, published by Cambridge University Press, is "Applied Computational Aerodynamics: A Modern Engineering Approach."
Submitted: 2019-11-15
Allen Herbert (1994)

Allen Herbert ’94 BSAME, VP of Business Development & Strategy at NanoRacks LLC, the world’s leading provider of commercial access to space, is pleased to announce that it’s opening and staffing its first office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi’s Hub71, a global tech ecosystem driven by Mubadala Investment Company, backed by the Abu Dhabi Government’s Ghadan 21 program. This expansion highlights NanoRacks commitment to the growing space sector in the UAE and will offer end-to-end customer service and technical advice for a fast-developing customer base in the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia region.
Submitted: 2019-11-15
Uduak-Joe Ntuk (2011)

Uduak-Joe Ntuk
Uduak-Joe Ntuk, '11 MS Petroleum Engineering, was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newson as the State Oil and Gas Supervisor responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) on October 12, 2019. The Division prioritizes protecting the public and the environment in its oversight of the oil, natural gas, and geothermal industries in California. DOGGR uses science and sound engineering practices to regulate the drilling, operation, and permanent closure of energy resource wells. DOGGR also regulates certain pipelines and facilities associated with production and injection. As of January 1, 2020, DOGGR will be renamed the Geologic Energy Management Division (GEMD). GEMD will have a new mission that includes protecting public health. safety, and environmental quality, including the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions. Prior to his appointment, Ntuk has served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles. He was responsible for oversight and policy of oil fields, gas storage facilities, petroleum refineries and pipeline franchise agreements. A technical professional with both public and private sector energy experience, Ntuk provided technical advice to the Mayor, City Council, and various City Departments. Prior to joining the City of Los Angeles, he worked for Tyco, General Electric, Chevron and the City of Long Beach. Ntuk earned his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering - Smart Oilfield Operations here at USC and his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He also teaches part-time in the Chemical Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach and serves as on the Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD).
Submitted: 2019-11-15
Brian Goldbeck (1985)

Brian Goldbeck
Brian Goldbeck MS ‘85 (ISSM) called on U.S. Ambassador Klecheski during a July visit to Mongolia. There he met with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar, and gave a presentation entitled “President Bush’s 2005 Mongolia Visit: A Bilateral Relations Milestone” ( at the American Center of Mongolia Studies. Goldbeck served in Ulaanbaatar as the deputy ambassador 2005-2008.
Submitted: 2019-10-22
Terri Watson (1989)

Terri Watson, MS ’89 (ISSM), has been appointed as President of the National Outdoor Leadership School. She will be the sixth person to lead the school since its founding in 1965 and is the first woman to do so. Watson comes to NOLS with 28 years of corporate and nonprofit leadership experience. She currently holds the position of CEO at LightHawk, a national nonprofit based in Colorado that supports significant conservation initiatives with a network of volunteer pilots and air crafts to advance environmental causes.
Submitted: 2019-10-14
John B. Parkinson, Jr. (1987)

John B. Parkinson, Jr.,’87 (ISSM) has been appointed as Lecturer in Discipline at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, where he is currently teaching in the masters of science program in construction administration.
Submitted: 2019-08-14
Paul Schwartz (1976)

Paul Schwartz, ’76 BSME will be retiring after 42 years as Chief Engineer of the USC Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research.
Submitted: 2019-08-14
Jonathan Sauder (2011)

Jonathan Sauder, MS ’11, ’Ph.D. ’13 (ENG) currently works at NASA JPL and is a part-time lecturer here at USC. Sauder received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for demonstrating innovative technologies to enable a new class of space missions. This is the highest early career award an engineer can receive from the US government.
Submitted: 2019-08-14
Kelly J. Johansen (1980)

Kelly J. Johansen
Kelly J. Johansen, MSEE ’80 was recently inducted into Omaha’s Benson High School Hall of Fame for his career as a computer engineer and missile scientist. Johansen retired in 2018 after 44 years in the defense industry with Hughes Aircraft Company, XonTech Inc., and the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Submitted: 2019-08-14
Douglas Piper (1975)

Doug Piper, ’75, ISSM, retired from the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) after 30-years. He previously served four years as a United States Air Force Officer and received the Air Force Commendation Medal twice and was a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officer School. Piper taught accounting for 19 years at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) and at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Submitted: 2019-08-14
IImars Dambergs (1975)

LTC Ilmars (Herb) Dambergs, US Army (Ret.), MS '75 (ENG), was inducted into The United States Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame on April 29, 2019 at a ceremony that was held at Fort Benning, GA.
Submitted: 2019-05-15
Joseph R. Gutheinz, Jr. (1984)

Joseph R. Gutheinz, Jr., '84 MS (ENG), was selected as a Distinguished Alumni by California State University, Sacramento where he earned two of his six college degrees. Joe is a former Army Aviator, NASA OIG Senior Special Agent, and is currently the General Partner for the Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP. He is recognized as an authority on stolen and missing moon rocks and when he was a Senior Special Agent for NASA OIG he and his team of agents seized the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock, the subject of the upcoming movie "Operation Lunar Eclipse".
Submitted: 2019-05-15
Roberto Medrano (1980)

Roberto Medrano
In 2018, Roberto Covarrubias Medrano, '80 (ENG), was named one of the Top 100 Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC). He was also awarded The Maestros Award for Professional Achievement from Latinos Leaders Magazine, and the Innovator of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.
Submitted: 2019-05-14
Mario Didonna (2011)

Mario Didonna, '11, MS ‘11 (ENG), was selected as employee of the month for the Advanced Platforms Operating Unit at Northrop Grumman. Mario currently works as a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman at their Manhattan Beach, CA office.
Submitted: 2019-05-14
Derek Hyde (1995)

Derek Hyde
On November 7, 2018, The Milwaukee Brewers named Derek Hyde, '95 (ENG), as Vice President of Information Technology. In his new role, Hyde will lead and oversee all aspects of the Information Technology Department for the Brewers. He will coordinate a department that will service the evolving demands of the organization, including the Business and Baseball Operations Departments and the organization’s Minor League affiliates. In addition, Hyde is now responsible for all areas of the team’s IT infrastructure, including the development of cutting-edge technology, system design and security.
Submitted: 2019-02-22
Keith Outwater (1992)

Keith Outwater, '92 MSEE, is currently an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.
Submitted: 2019-02-22
Spencer Moss (2014)

Spencer Moss, '14 BS Industrial & Systems Engineering, '15 MS Financial Engineering, is currently an investment professional at The Compass Group, a private equity firm that takes controlling positions in leading middle-market businesses in the consumer and industrial sectors. Moss provides support throughout the evaluation, structuring, negotiation, and execution of new platform and add-on investments. Prior to joining The Compass Group, he was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group, focused on advisory and acquisition financing for large cap leveraged buyouts. Moss graduated magna cum laude from USC with a BS in industrial and systems engineering and a MS in financial engineering.
Submitted: 2018-11-20
William E. Stephens (1977)

William E. Stephens, '77, '80 MS, '81 Ph.D, recently retired after a career in telecommunications and defense contracting companies. His last positions were chief scientist and program manager. Stephens is currently teaching as an adjunct professor of engineering at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.
Submitted: 2018-11-08
Barry Tilton (1985)

Barry Tilton, '85 (EE), was just elected by the membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) as Director-Elect for Region 2 (Mid-Atlantic Region). He will serve on the Board of Directors from 2019-2022. Tilton is also currently the CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Vricon, Inc., which is working with the USC ICT and Dornsife SSI on advances in 3D Global Imaging.
Submitted: 2018-11-08
Lawrence R. Pratt (1987)

Lawrence R. Pratt, '87 MSSM (ENG), retired to San Diego, CA after working for the Navy for 50 years, the first 27 in uniform on Active Duty. Pratt is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and is the father of Erika Pratt Chua, '98 (BUS), '03 MPA (SPP).
Submitted: 2018-11-08
Edwin Siswanto (1996)

Upon completion of the TOTO Japan Tower project, Edwin Siswanto, '96 MS (ISE), joined the Lippo Group in September of 2018. He will serve as the Procurement Head for Lippo Cikarang Tbk’s Meikarta mega real estate development project in east Jakarta.
Submitted: 2018-10-02
John H. Daly, III (1979)

John H. Daly, III, '79 MS (ENG), was appointed to serve on the Michigan Infrastructure Council, which oversees the development, planning, and budgeting for all public infrastructure in Michigan.
Submitted: 2018-08-16
Carl (Justin) Newton (1995)

Carl (Justin) Newton
Justin Newton, ’95 BS ISE, is currently the executive in charge of project management, planning, and controls at Walt Disney Imagineering, the unique innovative design arm of The Walt Disney Company. He is responsible for providing global leadership for the Project Management Studio, including the management, planning, cost control, and conceptual estimating for projects. Within the studio he is responsible for innovation, process improvement, risk management, casting, talent development, and cost and schedule certainty, supporting all Walt Disney Imagineering projects – including Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Since joining Walt Disney Imagineering in 2015, Justin has supported a number of innovative projects, including heavy focus on executive support for the Avatar and Star Wars franchises. Prior to joining Walt Disney Imagineering Justin worked at Fluor Corporation, where he was responsible for leading multiple projects domestically and internationally, and developed talent, practices and standards, and other discipline initiatives.
Submitted: 2018-07-24
Ryan Shaw (2008)

Ryan Shaw
In April 2018, Western Municipal Water District (Western) named Ryan Shaw, '08 (ENG), a seasoned public-sector leader with nearly 15 years of water resource management experience, as its new director of the Water Resources Department. Shaw joined Western in 2016 in the position of deputy director of the Water Resources Department. During his tenure, he has been a part of a team that has successfully negotiated two historic local reliability projects: the Santa Ana River Conservation and Conjunctive Use Program (SARCCUP), which provides dry-year water supply reliability, and a long-term water purchase agreement with the City of Riverside, which provides Western with access to roughly 40 percent of its retail water supply. As director of water resources, Shaw will oversee the department’s project and contract management, program compliance, and water and environmental resource functions. Additionally, he will oversee the development and implementation of the District’s Urban Water Management Plan and Watermaster data and reporting. Shaw has extensive experience in facilitating state-wide policy and regional water supply planning. Prior to Western, he served as the water resource manager for the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company and worked as a senior associate engineer for the Planning and Environmental Compliance Department at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency.
Submitted: 2018-06-04
Larry M. Davis (1979)

Larry M. Davis, '79 (ENG), is currently the Deputy Director for the Test Systems Sustainment Division at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee. Davis is responsible for maintaining and modernizing aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, environmental chambers, ballistic ranges, and other specialized ground test units that support the development of aerospace vehicles.
Submitted: 2018-05-18
Joseph Gutheinz, Jr. (1984)

Joseph Gutheinz, Jr.
Joe Gutheinz, 84 ISSM, earned his masters of science degree in systems management from USC while attending and graduating from the U.S. Army flight School. His degree from USC was one of six college degrees, eight teaching credentials, and eleven law licenses he would earn. In 1990 Gutheinz became a senior special agent (criminal investigator) for NASA’s Office of Inspector General and handled some of the most significant cases in NASA history, as either the case agent or task force leader. Today he is taking time off from running his law practice to film television shows, documentaries, and movies about his prior cases. He also gives speeches about those cases. On June 19, 2017, Gutheinz gave a speech about the largest count indictment and conviction in NASA history where he led a nine agency federal task force investigation. The Speech was at the 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Nashville, Tennessee and was titled “Stealing Space: Defrauding NASA“ and was on Omniplan and 11 other companies he investigated (the attached picture is of him standing preparing to give the speech, as a senior special agent for NASA, to Russia’s economic advisors on the Omniplan case). On October 31, 2017, he gave a speech at the University of Aruba in Aruba, on “Operation Lunar Eclipse and the Moon Rock Project”. Operation Lunar Eclipse was about his under-cover sting operation where he went undercover to recover the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock, priced at $5 million dollar, which he was successful. The Moon Rock Project is about a graduate project where he had students track down and find missing Apollo era moon rocks. The students ending up finding 79 rocks. On May 18th, 2018 in Washington, D.C Gutheinz will give a speech about his investigation on the Russian Mir Space Station fire and collision; his investigation of the Russian Space Program; and about alleged political corruption within both the Russian and NASA’s space programs. His speech will be given at the International Air Transportation Safety - Board Conference in Washington, D.C., about a block from the U.S. Capital.
Submitted: 2018-05-02
Allen Herbert (1994)

Allen Herbert
Allen Herbert, '94 BS Aerospace Engineering, is currently the Vice President Business Development & Strategy for Nanoracks, LLC. Nanoracks is a space services company that sends satellites and research payloads to the International Space Station and is the leader in private space station development. Herbert also handles special projects and business development for Africa & the Middle East.
Submitted: 2018-04-24
Robert Delizo, P.E. (2012)

Robert Delizo, '12 MSEE, is currently the Manager of Resources and Scheduling at Western Area Power Administration - Sierra Nevada Region, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, in Folsom, California.
Submitted: 2018-04-14
Herag Haleblian (1987)

Herag Haleblian
Herag Haleblian, '87 BS (ENG), '91 MBA, is currently in the process of starting a new non-profit. The Spectrum Works will be a non-profit organization that is dedicated to transitioning gifted individuals on the Autism spectrum into valuable talent for corporations. We are currently in our incubation phase focusing on: getting organized, expanding our network, conducting pilots, completing special projects, and getting funded. For more information about The Spectrum Works, please visit:
Submitted: 2018-03-15
Stephen Beck von Peccoz (1983)

Stephen Beck von Peccoz
Stephen Beck von Peccoz, '83 BS ISE, became Chief Staff Officer of Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR) West in October 2017. Working in San Diego, CA, he is the principal advisor for all operational Information Warfare (IW) Type Commander man, train, equip, and readiness initiatives for Information Forces who report to Commander, US Fleet Forces and Commander, US Pacific Fleet. In this role Beck von Peccoz addresses a broad range of IW issues and highly complex operational challenges in command, control, and communications; cyberspace operations and electromagnetic spectrum warfare; information operations; intelligence and cryptology; meteorology and oceanography; and space systems organizations and operations.
Submitted: 2018-02-21
B D (Doug) Pearson, Jr (1983)

After 59 years and 9 months, B.D. (Doug) Pearson, Jr., '83 MS ISSM, is now fully retired from the NASA Ames Research Center. For 40 years he worked as a civil servant and later as a part time volunteer (for 1 year) and then became a contractor employee. His initial work was as a wind tunnel operator, evolving to data analysis of both wind tunnel and space experiments, and then to IT acquisition and budget planning.
Submitted: 2018-02-10
Michael Martorano (1971)

Michael Martorano, '71 MSEE, currently leads the MDA/Aegis BMD EDT test and evaluation team at NAWCWD Pt. Mugu in California. His primary role includes leading a national team (consisting of multiple government agencies and multiple contractors) is to collect and analyze target and missile data to confirm that SM-3 BK 1B/II missile interceptors launched from Aegis BMD cruisers and destroyers engage ballistic targets successfully during DT and OT flight test mission scenarios. This also includes verifying nominal target trajectories and that staging events are all nominal and replicate actual threats, as well as, confirm that nominal missile fly out trajectories, including all missile staging events, such as lethal intercepts, are nominal and within rigorous specifications. These objectives are a key part of the DT and OT flight test missions needed to meet milestone decisions for missile acquisition and fleet deployment. Martorano recently contributed to helping to make milestone decisions for SM-3 BLK 1B and SM-3 BLK IIA missile acquisition, procurement and fleet deployment.
Submitted: 2018-01-27
Dilong Wu (2017)

Dilong Wu, '17 MSEE, is currently a software engineer in Huawei, China.
Submitted: 2018-01-27
Randal Romell (2006)

After running a family fund in emerging markets, Randal Romell, '06 MSCS, recently moved back to the Southern California to join a boutique real estate investment firm to streamline and grow their business.
Submitted: 2018-01-25
Fouad Sebaa (1977)

Fouad Sebaa
Fouad Sebaa, '77 MS (ENG), will soon be retiring from his position at the University of Tlemcen.
Submitted: 2018-01-25
Sharon Stultz-Karim (1980)

Sharon  Stultz-Karim
Sharon P. Stultz-Karim (aka: Turk), '80 (ENG), is an International Arbitrator; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; an International Arbitration Advocate; an International Oil & Gas Legal Consultant; and a Petroleum Engineer with 30 years of combined experience in legal consultancy on international arbitration, international oil and gas law, and upstream (exploration and production) production and reservoir engineering. She is currently Head of Arbitration and Chief Operations Officer at Bin Sevan Advocates and Legal Consultants in Dubai, UAE.
Submitted: 2018-01-24
Joseph Hower (1995)

Joseph Hower
Joseph Hower, '85 MSAME, was elected as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Business Federation AQMD/CARB Coalition, and is now the Chair of the FuturePorts Board of Directors. He is currently a Principal and Southwest Air Quality Practice Leader at Ramboll, a 13000+ employee consulting and engineering firm.
Submitted: 2018-01-24
Mihit Shah (2015)

Mihit Shah
After graduating from USC Viterbi, Mihit Shah, '15 (ENG), worked in the field for Oil & Energy for a year in California and India. He then moved to Imperial College London, U.K. to obtain a degree in MiM (Master in Management). While in the U.K., Shah worked as an intern with BP. He is currently working as a Consultant in the U.A.E.
Submitted: 2018-01-24
Paul Lippe (1985)

Paul Tippe, '85 ISSM, Retired from the U.S. Navy Civil Service and Defense Contracting after many years as an Operations Research Analyst and Earned Value Management performing Acquisition Management in Submarine Production, Air Traffic Control Systems, Missile Defense and the Space Shuttle Program. Tippe now plans to consult with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Program.
Submitted: 2018-01-24
Barry Tilton (1985)

In July of 2017, Barry Tilton, P.E., PMP, '85 BSEE, left direct support of the U.S. Government to become the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Vricon LLC., the premier developer of accurate 3D information about our world ( Tilton is also currently a Fellow of the American Geographical Society and a Senior Member of both IEEE and AIAA.
Submitted: 2018-01-24
Kody Ferguson (2017)

Kody Ferguson
Kody Ferguson, '17 BSEE, enjoyed a fun-filled summer after graduation interning at Google on the Daydream Hardware team prototyping their next generation virtual reality headsets. He returned to USC for the 2017-2018 school year to finish his progressive masters in electrical engineering and will be starting at Google full-time next Fall. Ferguson's career may be leading him away from Southern California, but he can't wait to connect with the Trojan network in Northern California and utilize the skills Viterbi has instilled in him.
Submitted: 2018-01-24
Douglas Webster (1983)

Douglas Webster
Dr. Doug Webster, '83 MS (ENG), was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Education. He was sworn into office on Jan. 9, 2018. Webster is a widely recognized expert in enterprise risk management and the leading co-founder of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management. He served a career as a U.S. Air Force officer followed by over 20 years of service working in or consulting to the U.S. federal government. His prior service includes roles as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Deputy Director of the Department of Defense Business Transformation Agency, and the Director of Risk Management at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Webster is the co-author of books on organizational change management, performance management, and risk management, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Submitted: 2018-01-14
Ishwardutt Parulkar (1988)

Dr. Ishwar Parulkar, '88 Ph.D. (ENG), is the Chief Architect for Connectivity at Amazon working at the intersection of some new initiatives across smart devices, mobile networks and cloud computing to develop new products and services for Amazon’s customers. Prior to Amazon, Parulkar was a Distinguished Engineer, CTO for Cisco India, and the Chief Architect for Service Provider Access and Mobility business vertical. A product line of routers he developed from India won the NASSCOM and Economic Times awards for innovation in 2012. Prior to that Parulkar started his career at Apple and was as a Distinguished Engineer with Sun Microsystems. Over the years, Parulkar has contributed to several innovations and technology inflections in the tech industry in the areas of consumer devices, data center computing and mobile networks. Recently, he was elected as a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering on 2017 in recognition of his contributions in these fields.
Submitted: 2017-12-13
Matthew Eric Hanson (1980)

Matthew Eric Hanson
On September 1, 2017, Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics hired Matthew Hanson '80 BSAME, '82 MSAME, and '98 Ph.D. AME, as the new director of the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chapman University.
Submitted: 2017-11-07
Michael Martorano (1971)

Michael Martorano
Michael Martorano, '71 MSEE, is a nationally recognized expert in unmanned systems, cruise missiles, anti-air-warfare, and ballistic missile defense. During his career, Martorano played a key role as a test leader in the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Flight testing and led the initial testing of the Navy Pioneer UAV, as well as the first UAV flight test aboard USS Iowa. He established the NAVAIR Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Test and Evaluation Office and led a national Aegis BMD/Joint Standard Missile-3 Cooperative Development/Japanese Defense Force missile team in the successful launch of the first two SM-3 Block IIA missiles from a vertical launching site on San Nicolas Island. Martorano also conducted the first F/A-18 flight test for ballistic missile tracking with an IR sensor. In 2010, Martorano was recognized with the Dr. Manuel Garcia Memorial Award; he was named as a NAVAIR Fellow in 2012; honored with the VX-30 Flight Test Engineer Awar that same year; and was presented with the the Michelson Laboratory Award in 2015. Martorano was also presented with his 45-year length of service certificate and SECNAV letter from Rear Admiral Brian Corey of the U.S. Navy.
Submitted: 2017-11-07
Ellisen Turner (1997)

On September 6, 2017, Ellisen Turner, '97 (ENG), was elected as Irell & Manella LLP's next Managing Partner. While in his new role, Turner will continue to practice in the firm¹s litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Before joining Irell & Manella, he clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Payne of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to his career in law, Turner worked as a software engineer for AlliedSignal Aerospace (now Honeywell International Inc.), Hewlett-Packard, and in IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory.
Submitted: 2017-11-07
David Tice (1982)

David Tice. '82 BS (ENG), started TiceVision, an independent consultancy to advise clients about media adoption and use. Tice will also be writing a blog and a book on media topics. He recently left the media practice of GfK, a global leader in market research, after 23 years.
Submitted: 2017-11-07
Jay "Scott" Goldstein (1997)

Brigadier General Scott Goldstein, USAF, '97 Ph.D. (ENG), is currently assigned in his reserve capacity as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander of the 24th Air Force and the Commander of Air Forces Cyber in San Antonio, TX. In his civilian capacity, Dr. Goldstein is the Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at ENSCO, Inc, Falls Church, VA. Goldstein remains active serving on the Army Science Board and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group.
Submitted: 2017-11-07
David Ho (1970)

David Ho
David Ho, '70 BSISE, has been named an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Now retired, Ho has served on the Board of Directors for the Behlen Manufacturing Company, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission. Read more about Ho's award at:
Submitted: 2017-11-07
Claudio Herrera (2016)

Claudio Herrera
Claudo Herrera, '16 BSEE, is currently a Software Engineer in Silicon Beach, CA. Since graduating from USC Viterbi, Herrera has had the opportunity to work with some of the latest technologies; present key successes to the entire technology organization; and speak to UCLA study abroad students as a recent grad in the technology space. Herrera says that he "can honestly say [he] wouldn’t be where [he] is at or where [he] is headed if it wasn’t for the preparation [he] received at Viterbi." he also says that "the USC experience and culture is one you'll be proud of your whole life" and that he "can't wait to pay it forward".
Submitted: 2017-10-30
Debbie Senesky (2001)

Debbie Senesky, '01 BSME, is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. Her research was recently featured on "The Future of Everything" radio show, which can be found at:
Submitted: 2017-10-21
Christina Bernstein (2005)

Christina Bernstein
Christina Bernstein, '15 MS BME, founded BB Medical Surgical, Inc. in 2007 (a certified Trojan and woman-owned small business). In partnership with LA Biomed she is happy to announce that they received a grant to develop the SAAVI pediatric device! This will be funded by CTIP at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Teaming up with LA Biomed’s world famous researchers will allow BB Medical Surgical, Inc. to start the path toward commercializing a pediatric device. SAAVI temporary airway delivers surfactant, in a simple, intuitive design. Very low birth weight babies need lots of specialized medical care and equipment. SAAVI solves the problem of getting surfactant to their not yet fully developed lungs. It’s also an easy to deploy airway that can be made for adults. Phase 1 NIH grant application is the next step. BB Medical Surgical and LA Biomed are continuing their collaboration to develop the clinical protocols needed, and will identify clinical trial sites. About BB Medical Surgical, Inc. BB Medical Surgical offers MedTech manufacturers an effective, efficient and economical path to U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance. The company brings proven success in MedTech engineering, manufacturing operations, regulatory/quality and marketing/sales.
Submitted: 2017-09-19
Fan Fei (2017)

Fan Fei, '17 MS CS, currently works for Amazon.
Submitted: 2017-08-28
Erin Fowler (2011)

Erin Fowler, '11 BS ASTE and '12 MS AME, works at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in the Controls Branch of the Naval Center for Space Technology.
Submitted: 2017-08-28
Karanjeet Singh (2017)

Karanjeet Singh, '17 MS CS, recently joined Apple Inc. as a Data Scientist (Siri Search).
Submitted: 2017-08-27
Sanjiv Gupta (2000)

Sanjiv Gupta, '00 MSEE, is currently a Chief Engineer at Northrop Grumman in San Diego, CA.
Submitted: 2017-08-19
Michael Martorano (1970)

Michael Martorano, '70 MSEE, is currently serving in the role as the engineering test lead for NAVAIR Ballistic Missile Defense Missile Flight Testing at NAWCD in Pt. Mugu, CA and at PMRF in Kauai HI. Martorano was selected as a NAVAIR Fellow in 2012. He was presented the U.S. Navy 45-year LOS Award by the SECNAV, and RDML Brian Corey, Commanding Officer of NAWCWD Pt. Mugu on August 17, 2017.
Submitted: 2017-08-18
William (Bill) Bradley Ball (1978)

William (Bill) Bradley Ball, '78 ISSM, worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army as an Engineer. After a great career he retired after 20 years of service.
Submitted: 2017-08-17
Paul Morissette (1980)

Paul Morissette, '80 (ENG), is currently a Software Developer for the Fountain Group at Raytheon, Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA. Previously, Morissette was the Civil Service, Electrical Engineer (Software Development), DP-04 for the Dept. of the Navy, (NAWCWD) in China Lake, CA.
Submitted: 2017-08-17
Clint Sylvestre (2009)

Clint Sylvestre, '09 MS (ENG), is currently working at Boeing as their 747/767 Electrical Design Engineering Manager and has celebrated 10 years of service with the company.
Submitted: 2017-08-17
Dale Joiner (1980)

Dale Joiner, '80 MSSM, retired as a Senior Engineering Department Manager at Raytheon Missile Systems Company. Joiner had a 32-year career with General Dynamics, Hughes and Raytheon Corporations.
Submitted: 2017-08-17
Jonathan Matey (1995)

Jonathan Matey
Jonathan Matey, '95 BSAME, retired from the U.S. Army in the summer of 2017 after more than 22 years of active duty service. Currently, Matey is working for Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the U.S. Air Force in the development of the next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) user equipment at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Submitted: 2017-08-15
Mike Pugh (1989)

Mike Pugh
Michael J. Pugh, '89 MS ISSM, has joined RingCentral [Nasdaq: RNG] as its V.P. of Collaboration Solutions after serving as j2 Global's [Nasdaq: JCOM] V.P. of Marketing and leader of its cloud communication business.
Submitted: 2017-08-13
Eric Dong (2016)

Eric (Xiaojun) Dong, '06 BSCS and '07 MSCS, is currently a Software Engineer at Hyperloop One.
Submitted: 2017-08-12
Chit Saraswat (2015)

Chit Saraswat
Chit Saraswat, '15 BSAME, is currently participating in a 3-year engineering rotational program at the Northrop Grumman Corporation. This experience has allowed Saraswat to work in systems engineering, project management, and RF design engineering - working at all scales of the space systems product life cycle. He is finishing up the second half of his program and is starting to line up his permanent assignment. Saraswat would like young engineers to know that they should try to branch out as much as possible in the early years of their careers; multiply your network, and be willing to step into uncharted territories.
Submitted: 2017-08-11
Michael Bhatt (2015)

Michael Bhatt, '15 MSCS, is currently working on an unannounced project at 505 Games as a Gameplay Programmer.
Submitted: 2017-08-10
Ritika Rustagi (2017)

Ritika Rustagi, '17 MSCS, is currently a Computer Scientist at Adobe.
Submitted: 2017-08-10
Kristin Shumake (2011)

Kristin Shumake, '11 BSAME, has been promoted to Senior Solution Engineer at Salesforce, supporting their mid-commercial business unit. She has now been with the company for 4 years at their Chicago, IL office. Shumake works across all different types of businesses and helps them with their technology evaluations by coordinating their architecture workshops; business process reviews; and customized demonstrations.
Submitted: 2017-08-10
Robert P. Thompson (1945)

In 1943, Robert P. Thompson, '45 BSME, was ordered by the U.S. Navy to report to USC to join the V-12 contingent. A child of the great depression, Thompson had only dreamed of ever being able to attend there. He studied hard; joined in with fraternity and extra-courricular activities; graduated; and went on to become an officer in the U.S. Navy. The highlight of his career was participation as Target Coordination Officer on one of many target vessels - the USS Banner in Operation Crossroads, where he participated in the two atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Upon separation form the Navy he joined North American Aviation's new Aerophysics Laboratory (the for-runner of Rocketdyne and others). Thompson became an early expert in liquid fueled rocket engines from the modified German V-2 to the engines used on the Atlas, Redstone, Jupiter missiles and others. The highlight of his rocket engine career was leading the preliminary analysis and design of the Huge F-1 engine, five of which were used on the Apollo moon exploration missions. Eventually he went to work for JPL in the 1960's. Thompson played a critical role in the success of the first Mars Flyby - Mariner 4 and later the Viking Mars lander, and Voyagers I and II. Having evolved into engineering management he eventually formed an early power wheelchair company, Solo Products, Inc. When that company was sold he retired to a life made possible by a great education at the university of his dreams. Meanwhile, one of Thompson's sons and grandsons also became mechanical engineers. His son published a story from his life titled "A Space Pioneer" available on Amazon.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Kenell (Ken) Touryan (1959)

After graduating from USC, Kenell (Ken) Touryan, '89 MSAME, obtained his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University. Touryan is now retired from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he worked in upper management. Currently he is a visiting professor at the American University of Armenia (an affiliate of UC Berkeley) teaching Energy Efficiency and Alternate Energy courses.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
David Herriott (1989)

David Herriot, '89 BSAME, recently started a new role as a senior mechanical engineer at Bastion Technologies in Houston, TX. He is currently supporting design activities for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Kent Estes (1979)

Kent  Estes
Kent Estes, '79 MSCE and '03 Ph.D. CE, is currently a Principal Structural Engineer for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Nikhil Javeri (2017)

Nikhil Javeri, '07 MSEE, started working at EmbodyVR as a Research Engineer. EmbodyVR works towards generating personalized 3D audio experiences for VR/AR enthusiasts.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Derek Hyde (1995)

Derek Hyde
Derek Hyde, '95 BSAME, currently leads the product development and technology operations as CTO for headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Hyde's mission is to facilitate the growth and integration of information technologies to better our daily lives. He has over 20 years of management, IT consulting, and software development in the insurance, research, industrial, and government sectors. Hyde has been vested in web and technology since starting his career as a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Dasmany Deniz (2017)

In May 2017 (2 weeks after commencement), Dasmany Deniz '17 BSBME, started working as a full-time clinical research coordinator.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Merritt Morris (2004)

Since graduating from USC, Merritt Morris, '04 BSAME, forged a career path in the automotive industry. After spending a few years in the automotive aftermarket performance industry she joined General Motors to work on electric powertrain development. After GM consolidated engineering work from Southern California to Michigan she went to work at Honeywell Turbo where she continued to work on vehicle powertrain electrification. Eventually Morris found herself back together with many of her former colleagues from GM at a new electric vehicle start up, Faraday Future (FF). At FF she is involved in powertrain testing and validation. Recently, FF tested their systems at the Pike's Peak Hillclimb event in Colorado where they managed to set a record for production intent electric vehicles.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Jordan Banafsheha (2017)

Jordan Banafsheha, '17 BSCS, recently started working as a Product Manager at Tinder.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Tanya Candia (1982)

Tanya Candia, '82 MS ISSM, has been promoted to a Senior Member of IEEE, (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). Her five-book series, "Stating your Startup", as well as her autobiography, was published by IEEE. Candia will be a featured speaker at the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on October 7th and 8th (2017)
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Robert Menke (1994)

Robert Menke, '94 MSEE, is currently the Mission Assurance Manager for the Psyche Project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). His mission will send an orbiter to Psyche, which is a rare all metal asteroid between Mars and Jupiter that may be the remnants of a planet core.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Mary Stark (1985)

Mary Stark
Mary Stark, '85 MS ISSM, created Mary McElhinney Stark, LLC., which will provide fiscal consultancy services to California public schools. It will begin to provide services in September of 2017.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Gunnar Gundersen (2004)

Gunnar Gunderson, '04 (ENG), and his wife Wendi Mangiagli Gundersen, '03 (LAS), started a new law firm this year (2017) named Gundersen & Gundersen LLP. The law firm is focused on estate plans, business formation/succession, and intellectual property. For more information, please visit their website at:
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Daniel Handjojo (1988)

Daniel Handjojo, '88 MSAME, is currently a Sr. Systems Engineer for the Display CVD Group at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, CA.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
James Kemp (2004)

James O. Kemp, '04 BSISE, is currently working for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Robert Eaglet (1970)

Robert Eaglet, '70 Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 1991. From 1991 until 2009, he consulted for 40 industry and government clients as "Eaglet International Associates" with headquarters in McLean, VA.
Submitted: 2017-08-09
Ashwin Sathe (2008)

Ashwin Sathe
Ashwin Sathe '08 (ENG), recently graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with an MBA. He currently lives in Chicago and is working as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Sathe hopes to leverage his engineering background with new business skills to help companies across a variety of industries. He is passionate about working at the crossroads of analytics, design, engineering, and business to create products for consumer.
Submitted: 2017-05-22
Carl Berglund (1952)

Carl Berglund '52 (ENG) was recently profiled by the Planetary Society, the preeminent space science and exploration organization that was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Louis Friedman, and Bruce Murray and is currently led by CEO Bill Nye. The feature details Berglund’s role in NASA’s complex 1976 project that intended to send a solar sail to Halley’s Comet. The ambitious plan was for a spacecraft equipped with a square sheet of Mylar -- nearly a kilometer wide -- to harness the pressure of sunlight for propulsion and rendezvous with the world’s most famous projectile. During his work on the project while at JPL, Berglund amassed meeting notes, schematics and overhead slides which are available at:
Submitted: 2017-05-19
Zheng Yang (2015)

Zheng Yang '15 MS, '16 Ph.D., has been named one of 10 2017 New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Yang is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in urban informatics lab at Stanford University.
Submitted: 2017-05-18
Gunnar Gundersen (2004)

Gunnar Gundersen '04 (ENG) and Wendi Mangiagli Gundersen '03 (LAS) have created a firm focusing on estate plans, business succession, intellectual property, and litigation. Gunnar and Wendi met at USC and were married after graduation.
Submitted: 2017-05-17
Scott Harger (1991)

Scott Harger
Scott Harger MSSM ¹91 (Systems Management), Range Conservationist for the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona, recently received the Good Hand Award from the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, and the Two Chiefs Award from the USDA¹s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the United States Forest Service.
Submitted: 2017-05-17
John Latas (1982)

John Latas ¹82 (ENG) retired from Netjets Aviation after 25 years in the cockpit. He currently lives with his wife in St. Augustine Beach, FL.
Submitted: 2017-05-17
Andrew Borba (2014)

Andrew Borba '14 (ENG) is a Software Development Engineer II at Amazon in Seattle, Washington.
Submitted: 2017-05-17
William R. Wilcox (1956)

William R. Wilcox
On May 13, 2017 William R. Wilcox '56 ENG was named distinguished professor emeritus at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. During his 42 years at Clarkson, Wilcox's accomplishments included serving as Chair for their chemical engineering department; leading the efforts to organize a materials research center, which in 1987 became a New York State Center for Advanced Technology; being named as Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and serving as Dean of Engineering.
Submitted: 2017-05-16
John H. Daly III (1979)

John H. Daly III
John H. Daly, III '79 MS, has served as the Manager Director of the Genesee County Road Commission in Michigan since 1999. On April 20, 2017, he has awarded a FULBRIGHT SPECIALIST GRANT by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the Academic Discipline of Engineering Education to study Public Infrastructure Asset Management at the University of Waterloo in Canada during 2017.
Submitted: 2017-04-26
Jeremy Hercher (2007)

Jeremy Hercher ’07 BSCS, is a Computer Programmer/Developer for Avanade, a Seattle based company that works to deliver innovative services and solutions to enterprises worldwide using the Microsoft platform. He currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife.
Submitted: 2017-03-31
Jinal Jhaveri (2002)

Jinal Jhaveri
On November 28, 2016, EducationWorks, Philadelphia's premier organization for providing academic support, career readiness, and enrichment programming to children and young adults, announced the addition of Jinal Jhaveri MS '02 (ENG), CEO and co-founder of SchoolMint, to its board of directors. Jhaveri is the co-founder and CEO of SchoolMint, an online enrollment and school choice platform for K-12 schools used by thousands of schools in 100+ cities, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, and four countries. He moved from India to the United States to pursue his graduate studies and earned masters degrees in computer science and computational biology & bioinformatics from USC. He has worked at a number of startups and organizations, such as MySpace, the Climate Corporation, and Lawrence Berkley National Lab, before starting his first company, Log(n) with his wife. SchoolMint was founded by the two shortly afterward, inspired by Jhaveri's own experience enrolling his daughter into pre-school. In his spare time, he is also an angel investor in several venture funds and late stage companies impacting millions of lives.
Submitted: 2017-02-15
Brian Selvy (2009)

Brian Selvy
Brian Selvy MS '09 (ENG), recently transitioned into the Systems Engineering Manager position for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) after spending the previous four years as the project's Sr. Systems Engineer. In his new role, Selvy is responsible for the direction and execution of the project's overall systems engineering, analysis, and simulations efforts. He is heavily involved in the project¹s use of Model Base Systems Engineering (MBSE). Additionally, Selvy serves as the project's Risk and Opportunity Review Board Chair and the Change Control Board Chair. He also serves as LSST's and AURA's representative to the Object Management Group (OMG) where he is currently participating in updates to the Systems Modeling Standard (SysML). Prior to coming to LSST, Selvy worked in the aerospace industry for 10 years as a Project Engineer and Systems Engineer at companies such as Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Rocketdyne, and Paragon Space Development Corporation. He has published papers on general systems engineering MBSE methodology, verification and validation processes and MBSE methodologies, and Operations Planning MBSE methodologies. Selvy has a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in addition to an M.S. degree in systems architecting and engineering from USC. He is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), SPIE, and AIAA. He currently serves at the INCOSE Southern Arizona (SOAR) Chapter¹s Treasurer for 2017. Selvy also holds the OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional (OCSMP) certification at the Model Builder - Fundamental level.
Submitted: 2017-02-15
Brian Goldbeck (1985)

Brian Goldbeck
Brian L. Goldbeck MS '85 (ENG), was acknowledged by State Department Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy at his November 2016 retirement ceremony in Washington D.C. for his 32+ years of service including postings to South Korea, North Yemen, Ethiopia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, and Guangzhou in China as well as Washington, D.C.
Submitted: 2017-02-15
Melanie Lang (2007)

Melanie Lang
Melanie Lang MS '07 (ENG), is the Co-Founder of the startup Formalloy, a 3D Metal Printing company based out of San Diego. The Laser Metal Deposition machine that was released in 2016 has recently generated orders for both machines and services work from customers such as NASA, University of California San Diego (UCSD), tool manufacturers, and several small businesses. Melanie also serves on the Executive Committee for Navy League San Diego as the VP of Legislative Affairs.
Submitted: 2017-02-15
Sean Kell (1991)

Sean Kell
On January 31, 2017 Nativis Inc., a clinical stage life science bio-electronic company developing non-invasive, safe and highly effective treatments for cancers and other serious diseases, today announced that Sean Kell '91 BSEE, has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Kell is currently the Chief Executive Officer of A Place for Mom, Inc., the leading senior living referral service in the U.S. and Canada; he is responsible for guiding the strategic vision, operations and overall management of the company. He previously served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of, where he managed all aspects of brand marketing, e-commerce, finance, human resources, and product development. He has also held senior executive and general management roles at and Starbucks Coffee Company, in addition to McKinsey and Company. At Starbucks, he led the office coffee, e-commerce, government and military markets. He was instrumental in implementing innovative technology, product development and marketing programs across these companies that contributed to strong growth at each business. Kell holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from The University of Chicago Kell holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from The University of Chicago, in addition to a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC.
Submitted: 2017-02-06
Cem Carak (2013)

Cem Carak
Cem Carak MS' 13 (ENG), is currently working on a new exciting startup called "WhatTuDu". It is a mobile application that will help people discover activities to do nearby and are matched with like-minded people to do these together. The app will match you with either your friends or with new and like-minded people. For more information about "WatTuDu" and to sign up to their Private Launch in Los Angeles and San Diego, visit
Submitted: 2016-12-07
Russell Cummings (1988)

Russell M. Cummings, Ph.D. '99 (ENG), was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. The RAeS was founded in 1866 and currently has over 22,500 worldwide members and is an international, multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.
Submitted: 2016-11-16
Clarence Tam (1985)

Clarence Tam, '85 (ENG), received his MD degree in 1995 from the Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Eye Institute in 1999. His first practice at the Marshfield Clinic spanned 15 years specializing in cataract surgery. In 2014, Dr. Tam joined the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic to deliver ophthalmology services to Agnesian Health Care. He now serves as the chairman of the department of ophthalmology and is the chief of surgical eye services for St. Agnes Hospital. During his career, Dr. Tam received the SightPath Medical "Top Surgeon" award on four different occasions for excellence in cataract surgery. He, his wife and two children reside in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Submitted: 2016-11-03
Patrick Fuscoe (1972)

Patrick Fuscoe
CEO of Fuscoe Engineering, Inc., Patrick Fuscoe, PE, '72 (ENG), was honored with the “Founder’s Award” at the 11th annual Augie’s Quest Tradition of Hope Gala 2016 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Augie's Quest is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for ALS. Fuscoe is Augie’s long time friend and a staunch supporter of Augie’s Quest since its inception.
Submitted: 2016-09-22
Geraldine Knatz (1977)

Geraldine Knatz, '77 MSCEE, co-authored a book entitled "Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor". On September 17, 2016, she and her co-author will be honored with the Bruckman Award for Excellence in a Book about Los Angeles.
Submitted: 2016-08-22
Zhengming Yang (1995)

Zhengming Yang, '95 Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 "Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award" for Western North America Regional Sections of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The SPE’s regional awards are designed to recognize those members who’ve contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society, as well as those who’ve made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the regional level
Submitted: 2016-08-18
Cenk Temizel (2005)

Cenk Temizel
Cenk Temizel '05 M.S. Petroleum Engineering, was recently honored by Area Energy for "his exceptional work and contribution to the petroleum industry" at the 2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Also, an article that Temizel co-wrote entitled "Efficient Use of Data Analytics in Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs" was named as one of the Top Most Downloaded Articles by OnePetro, ranking at #11.
Submitted: 2016-08-18
Bruce Yep (1979)

Bruce Yep '79 (ENG) retired in May 2015 after 30 years with The Boeing Company as an aerospace engineer and serving over 5 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service.
Submitted: 2016-08-08
Douglas Thiessen (1983)

Douglas Thiessen
Douglas A. Thiessen, P.E., D.P.E., M.ASCE, '83 BSCE, is the Managing Director of Engineering for the Port of Long Beach. Recently he presented an abstract he co-authored entitled “Owner, Operator, Engineer: A Joint Approach for the Design, Construction, and Start-Up of the Long Beach Middle Harbor Automated Container Terminal” at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Ports 2016 conference in New Orleans. The planning, development, and start-up of North America’s most advanced and environmentally responsible “green” automated terminal required a level of team collaboration unlike that of previous large terminal project deliveries in the United States to date. The challenges crossed typical boundaries of engineering, technology, and equipment manufacturing, which, in the past, were not at issue with the design prerogatives of conventional marine container terminals. Unlike traditional port development whereby a terminal is built with discrete wharf, buildings, container yard, rail yard, and gate, the automated Middle Harbor terminal features are fully integrated and linked electronically. The terminal’s operating system manages all features of the facility’s equipment and productivity; therefore, during development no activity could be accomplished without the full integration of all features. This paper addressed the challenges unique to delivering a fully integrated automated container terminal facility that will handle in excess of 3 million, 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) when all phases are complete. To read more go to: Photos courtesy of the Port of Long Beach.
Submitted: 2016-08-08
Glenn Tanner (1977)

Glenn R. Tanner, PE, '77 BSAME, and his firm "Maximum Energy Professionals" (, were named national "2016 Energy Star Service Provider of the Year" by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Established in 1990, Marketable Engineered Projects, LLC, dba MAXIMUM ENERGY PROFESSIONALS (“MEP”) provides Energy Star and LEED certification procedures, including Level I and Level II energy audits and commissioning services. The company is also a full service mechanical, electrical, plumbing (M-E-P) and energy-conservation design firm. The company is also a Certified Local Small Business Enterprise, as well as GSA Certified. MEP specializes in building and rehabilitating of mechanical / heating ventilation & air conditioning and plumbing facilities, combining comprehensive energy evaluations and project design services for large commercial, industrial, institutional, medical, hospitality, and educational facilities. In addition, MEP is extremely experienced in due diligence property condition assessment reports.
Submitted: 2016-08-07
Matthew Mescall (1998)

Matthew Mescall, IV, '98 BSCEE, is now the Vice President of Technical Operations at CoreSite where he works with customers that have complex IT deployments. CoreSite is a data center colocation provider that delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions in eight U.S. markets.
Submitted: 2016-08-04
Joseph Hower (1995)

Joseph Hower
Joe Hower, '95 MSAME, is currently the Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed, Energy and Environment Committee, and of the BizFed Coalition. BizFed is a Grass Roots Alliance of over 150 Top LA County Groups mobilizing over 250,000 Businesses. In this role Hower provides leadership for BizFed's efforts to improve the ability of business to thrive while also improving the environment. Hower is also Vice-President of FuturePorts (, a company that works to ensure a balanced course meets Southern California’s economic, environmental and social goals through the green growth of its Ports.
Submitted: 2016-08-03
Aaron Harris (2015)

Aaron R. Harris, '95 BSAME, is celebrating 1-year as a software development engineer at!
Submitted: 2016-08-03
Sanjay Krishnan (1998)

Sanjay Krishnan, '98 MSEE, currently works at Google on OS platforms, hardware and machine learning.
Submitted: 2016-08-03
Parag Chaudhari (2014)

Parag Chaudhari, '14 MSCS, is currently working for Amazon Web Services in Palo Alto, CA.
Submitted: 2016-08-03

Gary Ginsburg, '79 M.S. Systems Engineering, served 32 years in the U.S. Army. Currently he volunteers for several organizations, such as the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, NY; the Fort Drum Retiree Soldier Council in Fort Drum, NY; and he serves as the President of the board of directors for his townhouse association in Webster, NY. During the football season Ginsberg can be found at MetLife Stadium as he is a New York Giants season ticket holder.
Submitted: 2016-08-03
George Chambers (1986)

After receiving an M.S in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1986, George Chambers continued to work as a Systems Engineer at Hughes Aircraft Co., Ground Systems Group, on a variety of programs. In between hours, Chambers published several papers relating to systems engineering. After he retired in 1992, he started researching and writing naval history books, the latest being: "World War II as seen through the Eyes of United States Navy Cruisers". He and his wife continue to travel by car, ship or plane.
Submitted: 2016-08-03
Sumo Liu (2015)

Sumo (Susie) Liu, '15 MSEE, was promoted after six months working at Benchmark Analytics & Consulting, Inc. Liu states that even though she is not in school any more, she still wears her USC hoodies and there is a USC sticker on her car. Liu stated that she always reminds herself that no matter what happens, all she needs to do is to keep FIGHTING ON!
Submitted: 2016-08-03
Charles Drotts (2007)

Charles Drotts
Charles Drotts, '07 BSCEE, was promoted to the Director of Preconstruction at ROEM Development Corporation, located in Santa Clara, CA
Submitted: 2016-08-02
Andre Lin (2009)

Since graduating from USC Viterbi, Andre Lin '09 BSISE, has been working in the consumer/sports product industry in Hong Kong & Shanghai. His focus is on product marketing for footwear. In 2015, Lin enrolled in Hong Kong University of Science & Technology's MBA program. The program is a one-year program and will allow Lin to finish his program as an exchange student at USC in the Fall of 2016. Lin is excited about returning to USC!
Submitted: 2016-08-02
Derek Hyde (1995)

Derek Hyde
Derek Hyde, '95 BSAME, currently leads the product development and technology operations AS CTO for headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. (, it the largest independent agent on-line platform and unlike other websites currently available to insurance prospects his site offers the ability to evaluate multiple insurance companies and the chance to select an independent agent who’ll advocate on their behalf, which is an advantage many consumers find irresistible). During his career, Hyde has over 20 years of management, IT consulting, and software development in the insurance, research, industrial, and government sectors. Hyde has been vested in web and technology since starting his career as a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
Submitted: 2016-08-02
Gavan Wilhite (2010)

Gavan Wilhite
In 2016, Gavan Wilhite '10 BSCS was named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30". Wilhite is the founder of AltspaceVR, a Bay Area-based virtual reality software company that allows people to interact online as naturally as if they were together physically.
Submitted: 2016-05-26
Christine Heyninck-Jantz (1985)

Christine Heyninck-Jantz '85 (ENG) is continuing her work in the medical device field at Medtronic where she is applying her engineering and program management expertise in developing and commercializing prosthetic heart valves. Of special note, Christine led a cross functional team to launch the world's first pulmonic transcatheter valve. This heart valve is delivered via a catheter, sparing the patient an open heart procedure. These valves are primarily used for children born with congenital heart defects. The valve and delivery system spare these children multiple open heart procedures across their lifetime to replace valves that become defective as they age. This device won the prestigious Prix Galien USA award in 2012 for the best medical technology product. She is now working on a new surgical heart valve currently in a global clinical trial. Christine finds her work both challenging and rewarding. Her career has been well suited to leverage both the life sciences and engineering skills learned through the BME program at USC.
Submitted: 2016-04-04
Matt Cordner (1997)

Matt Cordner
Matt Cordner ’97 BSCS is a Senior FX Artist at Blizzard Animation. Cordner creates award-winning, film-quality CG visuals that tell the stories and lore behind Blizzard’s video game franchises. As an FX artist, he creates full-motion renders of a wide range of phenomenon including water and tidal waves, simulated swarms of aliens and soldiers battling, lightning, smoke, flames, and mystical energy. Prior to Blizzard Animation, Cordner worked on several major motion-picture films as an artist and a software engineer. In 2013, along with two other colleagues, he received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences "...for the invention and publication of the Pose Space Deformation technique. Pose Space Deformation (PSD) introduced the use of novel sparse data interpolation techniques to the task of shape interpolation. The controllability and ease of achieving artistic intent have led to PSD being a foundational technique in the creation of computer-generated characters".
Submitted: 2016-03-29
Ayanna Howard (1994)

Ayanna Howard
Ayanna Howard ’94 MSEE, ’99 Ph.D. was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 A. Nico Habermann Award for her sustained commitment to increasing diversity, combined with her distinction in research. Howard has also been recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider and named to The Root 2015, a list of 100 African-Americans responsible for the year’s most significant moments, movements and ideas. Currently Howard is a faculty member at Georgia Tech and CTO of Zyrobotics, a university startup. Additionally, she serves as the principal investigator of an NSF National Research Traineeship grant for Healthcare Robotics Technologies that aims to increase the appeal of STEM fields to a wide range of people.
Submitted: 2016-03-03
J. Derek Allen (2006)

J. Derek Allen
After a decade in the industry, following graduation from USC Viterbi's MCM (Masters in Construction Management) program, Derek Allen '06, has founded a new real estate development company called LandForge, Inc. The company is based in Salt Lake City, UT with operations there and in Northern California. LandForge identifies, acquires, and profitably transitions underutilized properties to their highest and best use. These places bring together diverse people, foster relationships, and inspire people to become vested in, value, and maintain the space, thereby creating Places People Love. LandForge is currently developing mixed use residential and commercial buildings slated to break ground in 2016.
Submitted: 2016-02-16
Zachary Dooley (2012)

Zac Dooley '12 MSBME is currently working at SeaSpine Inc. (located in Carlsbad, CA) as a Sr. Test Engineer. At SeaSpine he is responsible for running their in-house mechanical testing laboratory.
Submitted: 2016-02-16
Sharon Stultz-Karim (1980)

Sharon Stultz-Karim
Sharon Stultz-Karim '80 BSPtE, is an international commercial arbitrator specializing in international oil and gas and international construction disputes. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is listed as an arbitrator with the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), the Dubai International Financial Center - London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA), and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center (ADCCAC). Sharon has been living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2006.
Submitted: 2016-02-12
David Wang (1987)

David Wang
David Wang ’87 BSEE and ’90 MSEE has joined Mayer Brown¹s Palo Alto office as a partner in our Intellectual Property practice, where he will focus on complex patent litigation matters on behalf of companies in the US and Asia particularly on matters involving electrical engineering and high technology. David joined the firm from Winston & Strawn.
Submitted: 2016-02-12
John (Nick) Skimas, II (1988)

John (Nick) Skimas II, '88 BS ENG, was recently promoted to Sr. Mgr. of IT for North Region Infrastructure at Georgia-Pacific. Skimas is responsible for the IT infrastructure at 8 large pulp and paper mills for the company and is based out of the Camas, WA.
Submitted: 2016-02-12
Michael Saxton (1989)

Michael Saxton
Mike Saxton '89 BSISE is the Chief Commerical Officer for Orange EV, which has successfully introduced the first commercially available electric terminal truck (aka spotter, hostler, tractor) approved for sale in the state of California as a heavy duty electric vehicle.
Submitted: 2016-02-12
Charles Ray (1981)

Charles Ray
Charles Ray '81 ISSM retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2012 after 30 years of service, having served twice as U.S. Ambassador (to Cambodia and Zimbabwe) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs. Ray is now a lecturer at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (at Johns Hopkins University) in foreign affairs, teaching a workshop on professional writing for Rangel Scholars at Howard University. He also does public speaking on leadership and foreign affairs. A prolific writer, Ray has also published more than 60 books of fiction and non-fiction, most notably a fictional account of the life of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi. He is also the chairman of the board of the Cold War Museum (Vint Hill, VA); a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy; the American Foreign Service Association, and is the communications director for the Association of Black American Ambassadors.
Submitted: 2016-01-30
Chetan Goyal (2005)

Chetan Goyal
Chetan Goyal '05 MSEE moved to India to start an Early Childhood Education Center. Goyal has plans to change it to a K-12 as he continues to the grow the school. For more information about Goyal's new endeavor you may go to
Submitted: 2016-01-29
Panagiotis Galiotos (2004)

Panagiotis Galiotos '04 MSEE is currently a Program Leader at Athens Metropolitan College.
Submitted: 2016-01-28
Mary Stark (1985)

Mary Stark
Mary Stark '85 (BS Systems Management) is currently the Chief Business Official of Cold Spring School District. She is also their K 12 financial consultant.
Submitted: 2016-01-24
Jason Wallace (2014)

Jason Wallace
Jason Jackson Wallace, '14 MS Astronautical Engineering, joined Phase Four, a Los Angeles-based space technology start-up, as its Head of Business Operations. Phase Four is building the next generation of satellite plasma propulsion technology to advance space development through unprecedented innovation and cost effectiveness.
Submitted: 2016-01-23
W. Kent Hedges (1991)

W. Kent Hedges '91 (BSCEE) is currently a Regional Project Manager for UHS, Inc., the largest private behavioral health provider in the United States.
Submitted: 2016-01-22
Karan Sheth (2007)

Karan Sheth
Karan Sheth '07 (MSCS), co-founded DIY cloud platform ( which allows users to design and build an event app for FREE to engage attendees, exhibitors, sponsors for a 365-networking.
Submitted: 2016-01-21
Robert Yuill (1984)

Bob Yuill '84 (MSISSM)is the President & CEO of YUILL Strategic Solutions, LLC which supports the United States Government with Defense and Federal contracting staff in multiple states.
Submitted: 2016-01-21
Mohamed Mustafa Khimani (2015)

Mohamed Mustafa Khimani '15 (MSCS) is currently working as a Software Development Engineer at
Submitted: 2016-01-21
Gerry Broker (1985)

Gerry Broker '85 (MSISSM) is currently an Airbus A330 pilot for Delta Airlines.
Submitted: 2016-01-21
Boqing Gong (2015)

Boqing Gong
Boqing Gong '15 (Ph.D. Computer Science) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Research in Computer Vision at the University of Central Florida. His research lies at the intersection of machine learning and computer vision, and has been focusing on domain adaptation, zero-shot/transfer learning, and visual analytics of objects, attributes, and human activities.
Submitted: 2016-01-21
Amy Lin (2009)

Amy  Lin
Amy Lin '09 BSCS was named as Forbes Magazine's 2016 30 Under 30. Amy co-founded Blendspace, an education technology company that provides teachers access to create lessons from digital content. The company was acquired by TES in 2014.
Submitted: 2016-01-12
Kai Stephan (2009)

Kai Stephan
Kai Stephan '09, who received his B.S. in mechanical engineering, is one of Forbes Magazine's 2016 30 Under 30. Kai is the Founder and CEO of Pegasus Solar, a company that engineers and manufactures solar rooftop installation systems. See Kai on the 30 Under 30 list at: and For more information on Pegasus Solar, please visit:
Submitted: 2016-01-11
Patrick Fuscoe (1972)

Patrick Fuscoe
Fuscoe Engineering, Inc. is pleased to announce that Patrick Fuscoe, BSCEE '72, PE will deliver a presentation entitled, “The True Value of Water: A Precious Resource”, for the American Institute of Architects, Orange County Chapter (AIAOC) on Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m. at LPA, Inc.’s offices in Irvine. The True Value of Water Seminar will focus on the importance of water as well as the effects of the current drought and the economics of water in the State of California. Pat will also provide several case studies of creative designs that use less domestic water, those that allow water to be utilized more than once and designs to capture water for use. Pat is uniquely qualified to deliver this informative presentation. He is the founder and CEO of Fuscoe Engineering, Inc. and over the course of his 35-year career, Pat has been the lead engineer on milestone assignments throughout Southern California. He initiates planning for all of Fuscoe Engineering’s larger projects, overseeing the progress of each development and offering creative direction, guidance and support. Pat’s years of practice have led him to realize the value of full circle thinking® and the practicality of using a more eco-adaptive® approach to engineering by thoughtfully integrating the built into the natural environment in a creative and responsive manner. To that end, he added a Water Practice Group to the Fuscoe team that offers water quality, stormwater management and wetland restoration services to Fuscoe’s clientele. Pat also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Institute, a community-based, non-profit charitable organization that educates 350,000 visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. Pat has been recognized with numerous awards over the years, including ASCE-OC’s Engineer of the Year Award, Orange County Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award and various Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Submitted: 2015-11-03
Byron Veasey (1979)

Byron Veasey
Byron Veasey '79 BSISE is the Principal of Quality Assurance of the Enterprise Data Warehouse at E*Trade Financial in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Submitted: 2015-09-29
Charles Ralston (2006)

Charles Ralston (BSAE ’06 and MBA ’13) is an entrepreneur and travel aficionado living in Manhattan Beach, CA. After spending 9 years in the enterprise software industry in startups to large publicly-traded companies, he founded an online travel startup, TripStreak. Launched in September 2015, it is the only flight search that lets you rank and save your travel priorities, delivering results catered to your preferences. To try it out for yourself, please visit
Submitted: 2015-09-04
Paul Epps (1989)

Paul Epps '89 (MSCS) is a writer and programmer living in Orange County, CA. He has just published the book "Thus Spoke the Programmer: A Fictional Memoir" which is now available on Amazon and Leanpub.
Submitted: 2015-08-03
Steve Brogan (2005)

In July 2015, Stephen Brogan, MS 2005 Engineering Management, became the Commander of the 72nd Comptroller Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. He is responsible for 145 personnel as Chief Financial Officer of the base where he plans and executes a $278M operating budget and provides financial customer service to over 65,000 military, civilians, retirees and Reserve personnel. His unit certifies over $14 billion annually and 45 other associate units on base.
Submitted: 2015-07-28
Brian L. Goldbeck (1985)

Brian L. Goldbeck
Brian L. Goldbeck '85 (MSSM), concludes his 32 year career with the State Department. He arrived at his final assignment in Manila in August 2012 to assume the duties of Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM, the Deputy Ambassador) for the U.S. Embassy in Manila, where he served until March 2015. He is a Minister Counselor (two-star equivalent) career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service. Previously, Mr. Goldbeck served as the U.S. Consul General in Guangzhou, China (covering four provinces, 300 million people, and 46 cities of more than a million) from 2009 to 2012, and as the DCM at the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 2005 to 2008. From 2003 to 2005, he was the DCM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Goldbeck was the Political Section Deputy in Seoul, South Korea, and from 1996 to 2000, he was the Economic/Political Section Deputy at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, China. From 1993 to 1996, he served as the U.S. State Department’s liaison to the World Bank, and from 1991 to 1993 handled trade issues in the Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. Goldbeck also served at U.S. Embassies in (then-North) Yemen as the Economic/Commercial Chief from 1986 to 1988 and in South Korea as a Consular and Human Resources Officer from 1984 to 1986, after joining the Foreign Service in 1983. Prior to joining the U.S. State Department, Goldbeck taught at an international school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and also served as a U.S. Army and Army Reserve Officer. He plans to retire in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, Ms. Narangerel Shirendev.
Submitted: 2015-07-15
Rohit Chawda (2015)

Rohit Chawda
Rohit Chawda '15 (MSEE) is currently working at Apple Inc. as a Physical Design Engineer.
Submitted: 2015-07-13
Mayra Jimenez (2013)

Mayra Jimenez '13 (MSCEE), recently took a new job at BKG Structural Engineers in Redwood City, CA. She is currently working on residential design as a project engineer and loves it!
Submitted: 2015-07-07
Cenk Temizel (2005)

Cenk Temizel
After receiving his Master's degree from USC, Cenk Temizel '05 MS Petroleum Engineering, went to Stanford University and did research on Heavy Oil Recovery. Since then he has worked overseas for Schlumberger and Halliburton on the optimization of recovery of different assets, as well as smart field projects. While at Halliburton, he received their Technology Innovation Award in 2012, following 2 patents issued with 2 pending. Currently, Temizel is working as a reservoir engineer in Bakersfield, CA at AERA (a Shell-ExxonMobil Affiliate) and serves as a technical editor for Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal and PetroWiki.
Submitted: 2015-07-06
Michael Mann (1969)

Michael Mann
After a career as an aerospace executive and serial entrepreneur, Michael M. Mann, '69 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, founded a corporate development group that is currently focused on assisting high tech ventures out of universities. He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Transient Plasma Systems, Inc. (TPS), which launched from Viterbi Professor Martin Gundersen's Pule Power Laboratory. The TPS ignition technology represents a disruptive breakthrough in ignition technology that has demonstrated major increases the efficiency in gasoline and natural gas engines, while simultaneously dramatically reducing emissions. The company has won a number of awards, and is working with leading companies in the transportation field to bring the technology to market. The technology also has promising applications in medicine and agriculture. Dr. Mann has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Daniel Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where he developed and taught a graduate class in the Strategic Management of Technology. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Caltech Associates, and on the Chair's Council for the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Thomas Kenna (1993)

Thomas Kenna, '93 MS Systems Management, was recently appointed Director of Transportation supporting UC Santa Barbara. He is also continuing his service with the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a LTC commander supporting the C-130 J aircraft. He is also currently working on his Air War College studies, as well as addition and subtraction with his twin six year-old girls who are headed to the 2nd grade!
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Christopher Kittides (1963)

Christopher Kittides PE, NCEES, '63 (BSCE) and '65 (MSCE), recently retired from BEI Associates Inc., a Detroit based Architectural/Engineering firm where he was the long-time Chairman and CEO, as well as majority owner. He is a past Chairman of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, a past Chairman of the Michigan Board of Licensed Engineers and Land Surveyors, and a past Chairman of the Detroit City Planning Commission among many professional and civic involvements.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Ken Post (1975)

Ken Post
Kenneth Post '75 (BSEE) now owns and operates a hearing aid franchise called Zounds of Laguna Hills. It is located in Laguna Hills CA.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Matt Lewis (2009)

Matthew Lewis '09 (BSAME), '14 (MSAME) is a Lead Systems Engineer in the technical development, systems integration, and behind-the-wheel testing of Delphi Automotive's autonomous vehicle development program. In March 2015 one of Delphi's vehicles completed the first coast-to-coast autonomous drive from San Francisco to New York.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
James F. Kirk (1969)

James Kirk '69 (MSEE), served in the United States Air Force as a Radar Bomb Navigation Technician in the 85th Bomb Squad/47th Bomb Wing in England. He served on Flying status, NAA, in the B-45 Aircraft Non-Combat Crew in 1951. From 1952 to 1954 James attended the Brooklyn Technical High School and studied chemistry. He was a Burroughs Field Engineer on Datatron Computers in 1958. James attended UCLA Engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1960. He served as a Field Engineer Inertial Guidance for North American Avia and traveled around the world with the United States Navy flying NAA A5A Vigilante Aircraft. James graduated from USC Viterbi School of Engineering with a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969 and achieved his California Electrical Engineering License (#7805) in 1972 while teaching E.E. subjects at Cerritos College and other schools. James went back to school at Western State College of Law for his JDL and graduated in June 1975. He joined the California Bar in January 1977, joined the Patent Bar in 1977,and worked at the Tax Court in 1978. He transferred from Power Electronics Circuit Design Engineering at Rockwell International to the Corporate Law department in January 1980. James retired in January of 1990. He started at Litton Corporate in January of 1990 and retired again in May of 1998. James has been in private patent law practice ever since. James remains a pilot logging 2000 hours as a single engine landing pilot and commuted from Long Beach to Van Nuys back to Long Beach to work for 8 years to avoid freeway traffic. He is still writing patent applications. James has lived in Huntington Harbor since 1987 and is now in our third waterfront house. His wife Claire is a semi-retired actor who still works from time to time on commercials, films, and other featured parts.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Alexander Sie To (2013)

Alexander Sie To '13 (MSCS) is currently an IT Network and Security Consultant. Sie To would like for his fellow alumni to know that "Everything that I have been learned from USC brings me to the front line and help me to tackle every rocky road that I have faced in my career". Currently, he is planning to move to Asia and hopes that he can bring the Trojans Spirit with him and become more successful in Asia.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Manish Jain (2013)

Manish Jain
Manish Jain '11 (MSCS) and '13 (PhDCS), is the co-founder and CTO of Armorway, Inc., a start-up based in Santa Monica.
Submitted: 2015-07-02
Patrick Fuscoe (1972)

Patrick Fuscoe
The prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded Life Membership status to Patrick Fuscoe, PE, CEO of Fuscoe Engineering, Inc. at the recent ASCE-Los Angeles branch’s Annual Life Member Brunch. This event honors those Los Angeles section members who have advanced to Life Member status in the Society and recognizes their outstanding career achievements. Over the course of his career, Pat has overseen milestone projects such as Dana Point Harbor Revitalization, Laguna Beach-Bluebird Canyon Landslide Repair, Broadcom Corporate Campus, Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts Façade, Anaheim Canyon Urban Greening/Specific Plan, Lido Village Hotel, Village of Woodbridge, Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse, Newport Banning Ranch Coastal Community and Santa Monica’s Tongva Park, among many others. Fuscoe Engineering, Inc. is a reputable, award-winning company providing civil engineering for land development and public infrastructure, using an eco-adaptive® approach. Specialty practices include survey and mapping; stormwater management; sustainable site design; and GIS & technology services.
Submitted: 2015-05-15
Paul Knutzen (2003)

Paul Knutzen
Paul Knutzen, PE, '03 (ENG), has been named the 2014 Tri-Cities Engineer of the Year. Knutzen was recognized for his technical contributions to local projects and his active involvement in the various professional and community organizations. He is currently the Manager for the Meier Architecture Engineering Civil Group. Knutzen is a Past President for the Columbia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and assisted in the recent formation of both a WSU Tri-Cities Student Chapter and a Younger Member’s Forum.
Submitted: 2015-03-10

Samuel Araiza (BSCS '13) is currently working at YP as a Software Engineer in Glendale, CA.
Submitted: 2015-02-08
Christina Bernstein (2005)

Christina Bernstein
Christina Bernstein (BME '05) just launched a PR campaign for BB Medical Surgical. Her company specializes in medical device commercialization at a reasonable cost and are familiar with FDA regulations and act as U.S. Agents and filers for small USA and foreign medical device companies. BB Medical Surgical also produce medical supplies in the USA and are now listing them on a GSA schedule.
Submitted: 2015-02-04
Victoria Pilko (2010)

Victoria Pilko
Victoria Pilko (MSCE '10), received the Public Sector Engineer of Merit from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County Chapter. Her project received two awards: The Project Achievement Award from the Orange County Engineering Council and the Construction Project Award from the ASCE. Victoria currently serves as a scholarship chair for the Alumni Club of South Orange County; in addition to being vice president for the Orange County Science Engineering Fair.
Submitted: 2015-02-03
Jason Belvill (2012)

Jason Belvill, received his degree an MS in Engineering Mangement in 2012. After receiving his degree from USC Viterbi he moved to Colorado Springs, CO and taught Technological Innovation for the U.S. Air Force Academy. He recently founded a company called BodySpec ( in 2014, which focuses on mobile body composition and body fat testing using a low-dose X-Ray machine called a DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry).
Submitted: 2015-02-02
Ralph Mauriello (1961)

Ralph Mauriello
Ralph Mauriello (BSEE '61) has had two careers; one as a professional baseball player and the other as an engineer. He played for 8 years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and even had a shot at the big leagues, appearing in 3 games in 1958. As an engineer, he spent over 30 years with Litton Industries, as a computer designer/systems analyst, and 9 years running his own consultant firm. Ralph is now retired and is fully involved in singing. He has been a soloist for, among others, The Valley Master Chorale, The Village Voices, The Simi Valley Master Chorale, LA Solo Repertory Orchestra etc. Ralph has sung The Star Spangled Banner at the Forum and Staples Center for the Lakers and the Kings, and at Dodgers Stadium for the Dodgers. He has also performed in numerous community theater productions of Broadway musicals. Ralph has also performed, in two operas, with the West Coast Opera company. Currently Ralph is a featured soloist for the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church choir. And recently, he created and developed a set of one-man 30-minute shows for special events.
Submitted: 2015-01-29
Corwin Bell (1980)

Corwin Bell
Al Bell (MSISE '80) has just released his second book, "'Saltiest Sailor' & Other Sketches," which is in the same vein as his earlier book, "'Sea Story!' & Other Sketches." Both books are collections of essays and stories, many humorous. Both include sketches that have won national writing awards.
Submitted: 2015-01-29
Mark Sahlin (1986)

Mark Sahlin (MSEE '86) currently works at John Deere in Urbandale, IA as a technical leader in Model Based System Design. He also graduated from MIT with a Certificate in Systems Design Management.
Submitted: 2015-01-28
Rafi Halajian (2012)

Rafi Halajian
After graduating from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil And Environmental Engineering with a bachelor's degree, Rafi Halajian (BSCEE '12, MSCEE '13) started working for Swinerton Builders construction Company as an on-site project engineer. While at Swinerton, he decided to obtain a master's degree in Civil Engineering at USC Viterbi and finished the program within a year. Two and half years later and with two LAUSD high school development projects on his resume, Halajian decided to switch to Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company and work on the USC Village project. Currently, he holds the role of senior project engineer working on the USC Village Construction Site. Working on a project for USC gives him great feelings to be on his Alma Mater campus once again, and to give back to the Trojan Family.
Submitted: 2015-01-28
Shawn Gong (2011)

Shawn Gong
Shawn Gong (MSISE '11) is currently the 4D Product / Project Manager at DAQRI. His LinkedIn profile can be found at:
Submitted: 2015-01-26
George J. Chambers (1986)

George J. Chambers (MSSM '86) is currently retired from Raytheon. He is completing a 575 page history of the 83 U.S. Navy cruisers that served during World War II.
Submitted: 2015-01-24
Matt Lewis (2009)

Matt Lewis (BSAME '09, MSAME '13) was promoted to Systems Engineer for Automated and Autonomous Vehicles at Delphi Automotive's Silicon Valley lab. Delphi's vehicle platform debuted at CES 2015, won Mashable's best of CES award, and was featured in ABC news, Popular Science, CNET, PBS, and several international news outlets.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Neil Mehta (2007)

Neil Mehta (MSEE '07) worked as an electrical engineer in Southern California upon graduating from USC Viterbi, but moved to Singapore in 2013 to pursue an MBA. While working on his MBA, Mehta created a technology start-up in Singapore. The company is developing some hardware and software, and recently closed seed funding. In the future, they will be looking to do partnerships with software/data scientists and professors (machine learning, analytics, IoT). Mehta is looking to learn how to connect with members of the Trojan network, despite being far away in Asia.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Linda Thomas (2005)

Linda Thomas (MSISE '05), is a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow who was profiled in the company's 2014 Environmental Report for her work in chemical risk management. To view the article please visit:
Submitted: 2015-01-23

Ching-Chien Cheng (MSEE '08) is currently a Senior application consultant at Synopsys Inc.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Jean-Pierre Abello (1992)

Jean-Pierre Abello
Jean-Pierre Abello (MSCS '92, MSEE '92), is the Director of R&D Engineering at Nielsen Global Technology & Innovation Center. He has Served as a judge for the 2015 CES Innovation Awards, in the Embedded Technologies category, and became an active member of the Television Academy, in the Interactive Media Peer Group.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Haroot Abramian (2001)

Haroot Abramian
Haroot Abramian (MSCS '01) is currently working in the ITS department at USC as a Data Warehouse Architect and ETL Developer.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Robert Sandberg (2010)

Robert Sandberg (BSCEE '10, MSCEE '11) recently left his position at Clark Construction Group to take on the roll of Assistant Project Manager for the Los Angeles based general contractor and construction services provider C.W. Driver where he will be working on a Life Sciences Building at Loyola Marymount University.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Suhas Rao (2010)

Suhas Rao
Suhas Rao (MSISE '10) joined the Strategic Procurement team at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power as a Strategic Procurement Analyst.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Nick Helmer (2013)

Nick Helmer who received both a BS and MS in Astronautics and Space Technology, was accepted into and currently enrolled in the United States Air Force fighter pilot training program at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Heis part of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program (ENJJPT).
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Prasanna Kumar Dhandapani (2014)

Prasanna Kumar Dhandapani (MSCS '14) is currently an App Integration Specialist at Bitium.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Mark Carbonella (2007)

Mark Carbonella
Mark Carbonella (BSAME '07) currently works for the large property insurance carrier, FM Global, and was recently promoted into a management position within the company. He is now a manager of new field engineers and is a voice to hire new candidates within the company.
Submitted: 2015-01-23
Thomas Kenna (1993)

Thomas Kenna (MSISE '93) was recently appointed Director of Transportation & Parking Services at UC Santa Barbara. He also serves on the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Council.
Submitted: 2014-12-23
Sukrutha Bhadouria (2007)

Sukrutha Bhadouria
Sukrutha Bhadouria,'07 (ENG), was recently named one of the "30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech" by Business Insider. She is a senior member of the technical staff at Salesforce and is also the Managing Director of the very popular Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners.
Submitted: 2014-10-17
Warren Pottebaum (1996)

Warren Pottebaum
Warren Pottebaum, P.E., S.E., '96 ENG, has been promoted to vice president in the San Francisco office of Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm.
Submitted: 2014-09-25
Aaron Tucker (1997)

Aaron Tucker
Lt. Col. Aaron Tucker '97 ENG, completed a one-year deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan in command of the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. There, he helped develop a fixed-wing airlift capability (C-208 and C-130 aircraft) for the Afghan Air Force. He will return to his duties as the Deputy Chief, Turbine Engines Division at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
Submitted: 2014-09-20
zafer babur (1986)

zafer babur
Zafer Babur '86 ENG, joined Turkish Airlines in 2010 as a Program Manager where he was responsible for complex contract construction, reviews and lengthy paradigm shift projects in pricing and revenue management. Since 2014 he has been working as an Architect and Projects Management Services Manager at Turkish Airlines.
Submitted: 2014-09-17
Edwin Siswanto (1996)

After 5 years as Manager / Project Cost Controller at Babcock Power Inc., Edwin Siswanto '96 (ENG), joined Fluor Corporation's Oil Division in 2007. Assigned to various petroleum projects in Middle East and South East Asia for 6 years, currently Edwin is assigned to Fluor's mega petrochemical construction for a joint venture between Saudi Aramco Petroleum and DOW Chemicals as their Lead USA Expatriate / Cost Controller in Jubail Industrial, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. USC Engineering degree has been very beneficial to advance my career, not to mention my mentors are USC Alumni as well. Reflecting on my 18 years career, I should have taken some Petroleum Engineering classes at USC. Edwin J. Siswanto BS UCLA Electrical Engineering 1994 MS USC Industrial Engineering 1996 MBA USC Finance 1996 Los Angeles, California, USA
Submitted: 2014-07-31
Donald Muehlbach Jr. (1981)

Donald Muehlbach Jr.
Dr. Donald S. Muehlbach Jr., '81 (ENG), a professor of system engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, was presented the Rear Admiral John Jay Schiefflelin Award for Excellence in teaching on June 17, 2014. This award is presented annually to the top professor as named by students and faculty out of a teaching staff of 1,200.
Submitted: 2014-07-07
John Skimas II (1988)

John "Nick" Skimas II, '88 (ENG) has recently been promoted to NW Regional IT Manager for Georgia-Pacific is located at the Camas, WA mill and is responsible for 4 facilities.
Submitted: 2014-07-05
Ellisen Turner (1997)

Ellisen Turner
Ellisen Turner, '97 (ENG) is an intellectual property litigator whose practice also includes patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings, as well as intellectual property transactions. Ellisen has been responsible for successful briefs in both the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also successfully represented clients as both claimants and respondents in patent infringement proceedings before the International Trade Commission. On April 9, 2014, the Century City Bar Association (CCBA) named Irell & Manella LLP partner Ellisen S. Turner as the 2014 "Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year." In 2011, Ellisen was named one of the top 20 attorneys in California under the age of 40. That same year, Law360 also named him a "Rising Star" and listed him among the five IP attorneys under 40 to watch in the nation. Ellisen was also named a 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer after being previously listed as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation every year since 2007.
Submitted: 2014-05-14
Lisa Ann Rapp (1979)

Lisa Ann Rapp
Lisa Ann Rapp, PWLF, '79 (ENG) was recently named to the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leaders. Rapp is the Director of Public Works for the City of Lakewood in California. As director she had helped to lead the completion of a $21 million project for the expansion and renovation of the Lakewood Sherriff Station. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities, a member of the TAC for the Los Angeles County NPDES MS4 permit, and the California Contract Cities Association committee on Public Works Contracting for Service.
Submitted: 2014-04-28
Gerald Brandon (1978)

Gerald Brandon M.S. '78 (ENG) has worked on health care material management, served 12 years in the U.S. Army and worked for 30 years in civilian hospitals. He retired on Feb 28, 2013 at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, NC. As Director of Material Management.
Submitted: 2014-04-03
Kyle Patterson (2009)

Kyle Patterson
Kyle Patterson, BSCEE'09 & MSCEE '10, has been honored to receive two noteworthy awards. He received the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Young Engineer Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a licensed professional engineer under the age of 30. Additionally, Patterson was chosen as one of OC Metro Magazine's 40 Under 40, which feature 40 influential professionals under the age of 40 in the Orange County area.
Submitted: 2014-03-31
Nadia Bess (2011)

Nadia Bess (BSAME '11) chaired the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Sonora Region Conference. This conference, held in San Diego, CA this past March, hosted over 400 engineers (including students from USC Viterbi) for a weekend of breakout sessions and technical tours, as well as a keynote address from the CEO of the Southern California Gas Company, Anne Smith. As a result of her efforts within the Society of Women Engineers, Nadia recently received the Young Engineer Award from the Orange County Engineering Council.
Submitted: 2014-03-28
Thomas Isenburg (1995)

Thomas Isenburg
Thomas Isenburg (BSAME '95) recently moved from Product Development Engineering Management (focusing on tablet and smartphone product design) to Long Range Product Planning within Intel Corporation's Business Management Group. "T.A." will be celebrating 14 years at Intel in April.
Submitted: 2014-03-28
Christopher Jacobs (1971)

Christopher Jacobs
Dr. Christopher Jacobs, who received his masters in computer science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at USC Viterbi, invented and patented a breakthrough in diabetes testing with a painless lancing instrument, called Genteel. The instrument allows diabetics, or those on blood thinners, to obtain their required drop of test blood comfortably and reliable, not just on calloused, sensitive fingers, but from anywhere on the body. Genteel is optimum for anyone to whom the fear and pain of lancing prevents them from testing as often as they should, such as the newly diagnosed, children, or where alternate site testing is preferred. For more information, please visit Genteel LLC is located in Midland, Texas.
Submitted: 2014-03-27
Jason Billing (2006)

Jason G. Billing (BSEE '06) of Houston, Texas, recently became a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Submitted: 2014-03-27
Mark Ruzon (1994)

Mark Ruzon (BSCS '94) and colleagues from Google Research won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference in 2013 for their paper, "Fast, Accurate Detection of 100,000 Object Classes on a Single Machine." Mark is currently a software engineer at Google working on Street View.
Submitted: 2014-03-26
Mark Battjes (1999)

Major Mark Battjes (BSEE '99) has been selected for the U.S. Army Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program. Major Battjes will begin his studies for a Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2014.
Submitted: 2014-03-26
Daniel Handjojo (1988)

Daniel Handjojo, MSAME '88, is working at Applied Materials in Santa Clara, CA.
Submitted: 2014-03-26
Conrad Newberry (1957)

Conrad F. Newberry, BEME '57 (Aeronautical Sequence) was inducted as a Fellow into the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) on June 25, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Newberry is professor emeritus at both the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Aerospace Engineering Department) and the Naval Postgraduate School (Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics). In 2013, Dr. Newberry authored a case study chapter entitled Skyhawk: A Cessna Legend, appearing in the textbook Fundamentals of Aircraft and Airship Design, Volume Two-Airship Design and Case Studies, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Submitted: 2013-09-06
Al Morelli (1981)

Al Morelli MSISE '81, CEO of Searchtec, was appointed to the lean manufacturing advisory group for the Institute of Industrial Engineers in Orange County. The industry committee solicits advice and recommendations from employers, labor organizations and the public to advise the manufacturing community on policies and issues related to manufacturing, workforce training, measures for improving productivity and strategies for competing in the global economy.
Submitted: 2013-09-06
Damion Desai (2001)

Damion Desai
Damion Desai BSCS '01 is celebrating his 13th year at Intel with a new role where he manages all aspects of the Intel relationship with the Cisco Mobility Business Group. He resides in Los Gatos CA with his wife Michelle and son Chancellor (Viterbi class of 2025!)
Submitted: 2013-09-06