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Aleksander Zecevic M.S. '90, Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
As professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University for the past 20 years, Dr. Zecevic also serves as associate dean for Graduate Engineering Programs. His research in the control of complex dynamic systems has resulted in a book and more than 40 publications in leading journals. His interest in the intersection between science and religion has opened the door to a constructive dialogue that transcends simplistic arguments of religious fundamentalism and radical secularism, and has resulted in the publication of two books on the subject, as well as the development of a unique course, "Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion." An excellent educator and a deeply thoughtful collaborator, Dr. Zecevic's search for truth, beauty, and knowledge honor Santa Clara's Jesuit tradition.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:08P
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Scott Stone MBA ’90 is running for Adams County Clerk/Recorder in Illinois. He is a native of Quincy, Ill., married to his wife, Michelle, and they have two young children.
He is a graduate of Quincy High School, has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Illinois, and his MBA from Santa Clara University. He comes from a family of business owners (Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, Illinois Watch Company and Collision Solutions) that led him to manage his own construction company, Stone & Sons Construction, after his engineering career in Silicon Valley and at Glenayre Corporation.
Stone got into politics six years ago and has helped numerous conservative candidates while being active with the Republican Party. In 2010, Stone served as the Adams County coordinator for Bobby Schilling’s successful congressional campaign.
In 2009, Stone joined the Quincy School Board Finance Committee and was elected to the full School Board in 2011. While on the School Board, Stone has chaired the discipline policy sub-committee creating new policies for each of the school buildings, and establishing a new attitude toward personal responsibility that was previously absent. Stone also served as a member of the contract negotiations team.
"In this capacity, I worked hard to make sure those taxpayers were well served and worked to control spending," Stone said.
He is a longtime and active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Great River Referral Group. He has also been a long time member of Lambert Lodge and Quincy Consistory.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:40A
Herman, Sandy (Dallas)
Sandy (Dallas) Herman ’90 writes, "The Herman family (husband Mike and three sons: Jack, 11, Nicholas, 7, and Luke, 5) has embarked on a new adventure, recently moving to the Montreux Golf Community located atop Mt. Rose, about 20 minutes from Incline Village in Lake Tahoe. Mike is VP of Business Development at Ruvato (based out of Incline Village) and when I am not chasing our three kids around, I spend time doing human resources consulting."
submitted Jun. 2, 2013 7:24A
GRD Engineering '90
Joseph Angelo Gulino M.S. '90 writes, "We moved from San Jose to Laramie, Wyo., in January 2008. I worked for an extension program at the University of Wyoming for almost five years. Both of our children attended the University of Wyoming and live in Wyoming. We now have two grandchildren and another due in February 2014. I started JAG Engineering, LLC in Laramie at the beginning of 2013."
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 5:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Nicholas Murphy, eldest son of Brendan ’91 and Nina ’91, graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif. in May 2013. His brother Matthew completed his freshman year at the same school.
submitted Apr. 26, 2013 11:51A
World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.
Chastain is best known for scoring the penalty kick goal that won the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup and for her passionate celebration in the moments following. Her success earned her a spot as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People that year, while the photo of her celebration was named one of the 100 greatest sports photos of all time by Sports Illustrated. She took home a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal in 2004 games.
More recent, Chastain co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative in 2005 with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which women athletes bring health, hope, and wholeness to the community. The initiative offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.
“Brandi epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “She is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls.”
Chastain was named an All-American twice in soccer during her time as a student. She was also the assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1994 to 2000 and is currently in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach.
She will receive an honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:27P
GRD Engineering '91
Subhash Bhatia M.S. ’91 joins Acesse Corporation as chief technology officer in the Santa Clara, CA office. Within this role, Bhatia will manage the company’s technological developments and build research and development centers in Silicon Valley, India, and China.
Bhatia comes to Acesse with over 20 years of product and technology strategy and management experience. His extensive resume includes: CTO at ProconGPS, EVP at Mobile Content Network, Division Chief of Staff and Senior Director at Yahoo!, VP Business Systems and eCommerce at Infoseek/Disney, Senior Manager at Oracle, and most recently as a technology consultant for Pleygo, AngiesList, CoreMobile Networks, and AlwaysOnVacation. This background has helped Bhatia make an easy transition into his current position as CTO with Acesse.
Educated in India, Canada, and California, Bhatia possesses a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Instrumentation from University of Baroda, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:49A
UGRD Engineering '92
Oscar Zavaleta ’92 started Montez Group Inc., an engineering consulting firm specializing in Quality Control/Quality Assurance.
submitted Jun. 27, 2013 3:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '92
Lisa Stevens ’92
was recently profiled at newsok.com
. She is the head of small business banking at Wells Fargo & Co. and president for West Coast Regional Banking. She's married with three kids and lives in Pasadena, Calif.
submitted Jul. 29, 2013 11:44A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '92
Xavier Romano M.A. ’92 writes, "After taking on a consultancy in Saudi Arabia during the 'Arab Spring' near the Yemen boarder, and witnessing one Tahrir Square protest in Cairo, I found myself back in California in April 2012 taking on the role as Fresno campus director of Alliant International University. After more than a year in Fresno I have a newfound respect for Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and a dozen years in the 'wilderness' of Illinois while at Knox College! Good to be back in California—and my time in the Middle East prepped me well for the heat of Central California. ;-)"
Xavier E. Romano
Director, Fresno Campus
Alliant International University
Fresno CA 93727
submitted May. 28, 2013 5:19P
Luis Rodriguez ’89, J.D. ’92 is the first Latino and the first active public defender elected to be president of the State Bar of California, which regulates more than 237,000 attorneys in the state.
"I'm the first Latino and that's something to celebrate, especially in the state of California but at the same time, it's a stark reminder of how long it takes for certain groups to move up and become part of the leadership of the community," said Rodriguez.
The Los Angeles native, who was the first in his family to attend college, came to believe the best way to help his family and give the disadvantaged a voice was by getting a formal education and becoming an advocate of the legal system.
Rodriguez was admitted to the State Bar in 1994. He is a former president of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the Latino Public Defenders Association.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:50A
GRD Leavey/MBA '92
Paul Lindblad ’88, MBA ’92 writes, "At the start of the year we relocated to Shanghai where I have taken over responsiblity for Wacker Chemical's business in China. My wife Monica ’90 and my two daugters are settling back into Asia, though they are missing friends in Germany. They still get to summer and see family at Christmas at our place in Incline Village, but China is a far cry from Germany!"
submitted Aug. 5, 2013 7:59P
UGRD Leavey Business '92
Fedeli, Lisa (Kellers)
Nick Fedeli ’92 and Lisa (Kellers) Fedeli ’92 welcome Cormac Frank Fedeli, born April 11, 2013. Big brother, Aengus, could not be more elated! The family lives in Reno, Nev. where Nick is the Controller for Campus Dining/Chartwells at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Lisa stays-at-home with the two boys and two basset hounds.
submitted Aug. 19, 2013 2:31P
Biafore, Lani (Biafore)
Lani L. Biafore ’92 is serving as In-House Staff Attorney for Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Upper Arlington, Ohio. While at Santa Clara, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She, daughter Lia, and husband, Dr. Michael S. O'Mara, moved to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2012.
submitted Jul. 8, 2013 8:10A
GRD Leavey/MBA '92
Adrian Amelse MBA ’92 is running for County Board, District 20, in Vernon County, Wisconsin. He has 22 years of experience in manufacturing, product marketing, engineering, and business unit general management positions at Apple Computer and Cisco Systems. Amelse and his wife Donna also own Amelse Farms in Viola.
"I am an objective problem solver seeking to make a positive contribution to Vernon County government," he says. "We purchased our farm outside of Viola 14 years ago and have an active interest in our community. A key tenet of my candidacy is to listen and learn from the community to properly represent our district. I have met with nearly 250 households over the past two months and have many more people to meet. If elected, I will put the residents of our district first and make decisions based on data vs. personal opinion or self interests."
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 12:07P
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Yi, Helen (Yi)
Helen K. Yi '93 and James S. Choi welcomed their second son on April 16, 2013. Aaron David Choi was born on April 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and joins proud big brother Andrew. Helen continues to serve as General Counsel for The Matteson Companies, a peninsula based property management, development and investment company.
submitted May. 25, 2013 4:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Kevin Smith ’93 is the vice president of software development for Ellucian, a leading provider of software and services for Higher Education institutions. Kevin currently resides near Washington D.C. with his wife Kate, and their 3 boys - Jackson, Sean, and Daniel.
submitted Sep. 27, 2013 11:43A
Timothy K. Shih Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
Since obtaining his Ph.D. at Santa Clara, Dr. Shih has become a full professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Central University, which is ranked among the top eight research institutions in Taiwan. Throughout his career, he has made major research contributions in the areas of intelligent distance learning and video technology on video repair and special effects production, garnering numerous international research and best paper awards. A prolific researcher, he has more than 480 publications and is the founder of theInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies, where he served as coeditor-in-chief. He also served as associate editor and area editor for more than 40 journals, including IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:05P
UGRD Engineering '93
Paul M. Nuti ’93 and business partner Alborz Wozniak opened a new environmental engineering consulting firm called Veritas Environmental Consulting, Inc. in June 2013. The new firm is located in Pleasant Hill, California, and consults nationally to variety of private and public clients. Paul and wife Elizabeth (Goebel) Nuti ’93 live in Pleasant Hill with their two children, Julia and Emma.
submitted Oct. 8, 2013 10:13A
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Kennedy, Tracey (Smith)
Tracey (Smith) Kennedy ’93 and her husband Dan and their two children, Jordan and Parker, recently moved to Austin, Texas in June 2013. Tracey now works for Cox Media Group as a Client Solutions Director.
submitted Dec. 29, 2013 7:23P
GRD Law '93
Keith Jordan ’89, J.D. ’93 writes, "I work for an amazing company that is a disruptive game-changer for the betterment of business and employees. I partner with other companies and look for ways to bring value to their business with a measurable ROI. I determine how I can improve a company's 'PIERS': Productivity, Image, Expenses, Revenue, Safety, Security, Stability."
submitted May. 17, 2013 3:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Melanie Gangle ’93 and husband James Dewey are overjoyed to announce the adoption of their daughter, Maria Hypatia, on June 15, 2012.
submitted Jun. 12, 2013 2:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
De Mattei, Lisa
Lisa DeMattei ’93 and Koray Ergur are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Zeynep Sophia Ergur, on June 8, 2013. The family lives in San Francisco, Calif.
submitted Sep. 27, 2013 5:01P
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