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Showing class notes submitted in the last month by graduates in the 1990s
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
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 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."
Read the full profile in the Vernon Country Broadcaster.
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 12:07P
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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 Arts & Sciences '94
Rosanna Guadagno Loewald ’94 and her husband, Tonio Loewald, welcomed twin girls, Romilly Jane and Jaelle Marie in March 2008. Rosanna and her family are moving to Dallas, Texas, where Rosanna has accepted a tenured position as an associate professor of Emerging Media and Communication and an associate professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Dallas.
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 10:28A
UGRD Engineering '99
Jeffrey ’99 and Sarah Tarantino welcomed Edward "Teddy" Tarantino to their family on January 23, 2014. Teddy joined big sister, Katherine. Jeff also celebrated his 10th Anniversary with Erler & Kalinowski, Inc.
submitted Apr. 1, 2014 2:11P