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NASA Ames Mars Center Alumni Event - Thursday, May 13

NASA Ames - Mars Center

You are invited to "Escape to Mars!". The event kicks-off at 6:30 with a Reception and Lecture in the Lecture Hall. At 7:30, there is a Tour of the Mars Center. The tour will be conducted by Mars Expert Andrew Gonzales, who after graduating from SCU in 1975 with a BS in Civil Engineering (BSCE), worked for the Navy and private sector until 1984, when he joined NASA at Ames to work on window tunnel upgrades and repairs. Always captivated by the space program, Andy took a "temporary" assignment with an advance life support concepts development group. It was during this time he participated in a major study of a reference Mars mission. Eventually, he became interested in Mars Airplanes. He now mentors young employees and students, a group he appreciates as his son heads towards college, and gives talks on Mars Airplanes. To R.S.V.P. contact the SCU Alumni Office at 408-554-6800.

Ray AbuZayyad, MSEE '90, member of the School of Engineering's Industry Advisory Board, an early and important leader in IBM's development of data-storage technology, and a longtime supporter of the Tech Museum of Innovation, died March 23 after a long illness. He was 66. Born in Palestine in 1937, Mr. AbuZayyad immigrated to the United States after high school and eventually settled in Fremont. With an engineering degree from the University of California-Berkeley, he joined IBM in 1962 and became a leader for the company in the nascent field of hard-disk drives and commercial data-storage technology. He was a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the School of Engineering.

Besides his wife and son, Bassel of San Luis Obispo, Mr. AbuZayyad's survivors include his daughter, Randa, a college student. He has a sister in Berkeley and four other siblings living in the United States and overseas.

Donations may be made to the Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 South Market St., San Jose, Calif. 95113


Frank Bellecci ‘77U, Civil Engineering graduate, President of Bay Counties Civil Engineering and Land Surveyors Association, presenting Dan Pitt with a $10K gift to the Leo Ruth CELSOC Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mr. Ruth was a 1938 SCU civil engineering graduate known throughout the Valley for both his engineering and public service achievements. This new scholarship has been established in Ruth’s name to provide financial assistance to current and future SCU civil engineering students.

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