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Sean P. Peisert Click here to view a larger image

Date Submitted: 01/11/2010
Sean P. Peisert, '99
Computer Science and Engineering
Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Peisert has recently been jointly appointed as a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an Assistant Adjunct Professor at University of California, Davis, where he does computer security research.

 Eli and me on the left and Dave Carta and Sam Click here to view a larger image
Eli and me on the left and Dave Carta and Sam

Date Submitted: 08/06/2007
Doug Chang, '99
Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UCSD

When I'm not working at UCSD in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, I'm working at home with my new son Eli Simon Chang. Raising a child is one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it's certainly one of the most worthwhile. Things are very special because the best man in my wedding, Dave Carta, also had a son recently.

Date Submitted: 07/26/2007
David Lubitz, '99
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Professor, University of Guelph School of Engineering

I Married Rebecca Gordon (met at UCSD) in 2002 and we now have two boys, Danny 2.5 years and Joshua 4 months. After UCSD, moved north through the UC system until finishing a PhD at UC Davis in 2005. Moved to the Great White North last year and started as Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), doing wind energy-related research.

Sonya Summerour Clemmons, Ph.D., MBA Sonya Summerour Clemmons, Ph.D., MBA

Date Submitted: 12/21/2006
Dr. Sonya Summerour Clemmons, '99 (maiden name Summerour)
President & CEO, SSC Enterprises Biopharma Business Solutions

Winner of San Diego Business Journal's 2006 "Women Who Mean Business" Award

Featured in November 2006 supplement/issue of "The Scientist" magazine

Date Submitted: 12/06/2005
Mariusz Olszewski, '99

I recently finished my surgical internship at Naval Hospital, San Diego. Currently I'm serving with the Marines at Camp Pendleton. Also, I got married in February 2006.

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Date Submitted: 01/27/2012
Daren Deffenbaugh, '98
Staff Engineer, DePuy Orthopaedics

I just reached a milestone of 10 years with DePuy. DePuy is in the process of launching a new knee platform for which I have had a key role in developing. I am now transitioning to a leadership role for development of a line extension to this new knee platform product. In November of 2011, my wife and I move into a home in the historic district of Winona Lake, Indiana.

Fil (left) after hooding computer science PhD student Jacob Ratkiewicz (right) Click here to view a larger image
Fil (left) after hooding computer science PhD student Jacob Ratkiewicz (right)

Date Submitted: 08/12/2011
Filippo Menczer, '98
Computer Science and Engineering
Professor of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

I was promoted to full professor in the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington

Date Submitted: 06/05/2009
Wing Sum Cheung, '98
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Engineer, URS Corporation

My wife Brenda and I have a daughter Rachel (now almost 4). We are currently living in the suburb of Baltimore. Joined URS Corp in 06 and I design Baggage Handling System for airports.

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Date Submitted: 03/11/2009
Larry Faria, '98
Structural Engineering
Structural Discipline Practice Leader, CH2M HILL

Faria (pictured in upper right) was recently appointed as the Structural Discipline Practice Leader for CH2M HILL's Government Facilities & Infrastructure group. Faria and his wife, Ausa, recently welcomed their second child, Madison Anne, in July 2008. She joins her 5 year old big sister, Lauren Michelle.

Daren Deffenbaugh Click here to view a larger image

Date Submitted: 05/02/2008
Daren Deffenbaugh, '98
Sr. Project Engineer, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

On Saturday, April 26th, Daren's granddaughter, Elizabeth Belle Gainey, was born.

He just completed teaching his first course at Indiana Institute of Technology. Later, this August, he will begin studies in pursuit of an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University through the online program, Kelley Direct.

Frank Jacobitz with Robert Hecht-Nielsen at the NEW Banquet Click here to view a larger image
Frank Jacobitz with Robert Hecht-Nielsen at the NEW Banquet

Date Submitted: 03/12/2008
Frank Jacobitz, '98
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Associate Professor, University of San Diego

Frank Jacobitz, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of San Diego, has been selected for the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award of the San Diego County Engineering Council. The award was presented at the National Engineering Week Banquet on February 22nd, 2008.

Date Submitted: 02/20/2008
Larry Faria, P.E., '98
Structural Engineering
Structural Technology Practice Leader, CH2M HILL

Mr. Faria was recently promoted to the role of Structural Technology Practice Leader for the Government Facilities - Architectural and Engineering division of CH2M HILL in Dallas, TX. His responsibilities include developing and implementing structural engineering best practices and technology initiatives for the corporation. He also serves as the lead structural engineer for federal government facilities located around the world that are designed for anti-terrorism force protection and progressive collapse mitigation.

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Sonan and his family

Date Submitted: 09/19/2007
Samir Sahgal, '98
Senior Manager, International Operations, The Boeing Company

On April 3, 2007, Samir Sahgal and his wife welcomed their son Sonan Bahadur Sahgal into this world. Samir Sahgal is in his third year of international government relations work at Boeing. His wife recently began a new position as a healthcare associate for a consulting company in Alexandria, VA.

Date Submitted: 01/09/2007
James Hurt, '98
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Staff Engineer, Qualcomm Incorporated

James is working as a Staff Engineer at Qualcomm, in the Modem Technology Systems Group. James has been with Qualcomm since 1997, and has greatly enjoyed his time with the company. His wife (Seung Hurt) (maiden name Park, also a UCSD Jacobs School alumni BS Computer Science 1999), recently had a baby girl and are the proud parents of 2 girls now!

Date Submitted: 08/07/2006
Larry Faria, '98
Structural Engineering
Structural Project Engineer, CH2M HILL

I was promoted to Structural Project Engineer with CH2M HILL and am working under their Government & Facilities Infrastructure Business Group in their Dallas office.

Date Submitted: 07/17/2006
Michael Fino, '98

(1998 Bioengineering BS, 2000 ME) After almost 8 years in various research and process development positions at a La Jolla tissue engineering company, I left in 2004 to start a Bioprocess Technology program at MiraCosta College. the program uses a hands-on, lab-based curriculum to develop compentencies in fundamental skills universal to biotechnology/bioprocessing labs.

Date Submitted: 06/23/2006
Samir Sahgal, '98

I became Senior Manager, International Operations for Boeing in November 2005. I am responsible for providing support to the Commercial Aircraft division on international sales campaigns and other issues affecting Boeing's aircraft business. I monitor and follow relevant legislation, regulatory and policy issues to help advance the international commercial airplane business goals and objectives in Washington D.C. I also represent company interests with foreign embassies, as well as professional trade and industry organizations, international suppliers, and foreign airline customers.

Andrew Huffmaster

Date Submitted: 04/28/2006
Andrew Huffmaster, '98
Hantel Technologies

I graduated in 1998 from UCSD with a BS in Bioengineering, and immediately started at the Neurovascular division of Boston Scientific Corporation in Fremont, CA, where I worked for 7.5 years in the development of neuro endovascular medical devices. At the beginning of March of this year I started a new job at Hantel Technologies in Hayward, CA, which is a contract development and manufacturing company serving the medical device industry. As if that wasn't enough change, my wife Elisabeth just last week gave birth to our first child, Nathaniel, on Easter Sunday! Elisabeth also graduated from UCSD with a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience in 1999 and we married in Oakland in 2004. I've attached a picture of my son and I!

Date Submitted: 11/04/2005
David Taquino, '98
Structural Engineering
Principal, HT Design Group

I started a structural design firm with a partner, and have been very busy ever since! My wife, Kristen, and I have two great boys, Ryan (4) and Colin (2). Time to take the SE next year, better start studying!

Date Submitted: 06/04/2007
Robert Hackett, '97
Computer Science and Engineering
Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Avionics

Rob completed his MBA in 2005 and is now working for Panasonic Avionics as a Senior Product Manager for in-flight games. After one year in charge of Panasonics's games division, his product line has grown to over $4 million in recurring sales.

Date Submitted: 05/30/2007
T. Todd Elvins, '97
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Vice President, Engineering, PacketVideo

From 1997 to 2001, Todd co-founded and sold two startup technology companies. Todd directed product management at Oracle from 2001 thru 2005, and then in 2006 he joined PacketVideo where he is VP Engineering of client application software. In his spare time, Todd advises early stage technology companies, and advocates community-driven sustainability and renewable energy technologies.

Daniel Hartmann

Date Submitted: 06/06/2006
Daniel Hartmann, '97
Electrical and Computer Engineering

I received ECE MS in 1997 and Ph.D. in 2001, currently at GlaxoSmithKline which formed from the merger of GlaxoWelcome with SmithKlineBeacham. I work for the Technology Development department, developing instruments for drug discovery. More important is that I just got married in December to a woman named Andrea.

Date Submitted: 10/20/2005
Darryl Hild, '97
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-Founder, TestEdge, Inc.

After working for Cadence for almost 7 years, I co-founded a semiconductor test engineering services company called TestEdge ( in December of 2002. TestEdge is based here in San Diego and focuses on delivering experienced IC test engineering services for digital, analog, mixed-signal, and RF devices.

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Date Submitted: 02/04/2012
Jon Haller, '96
Structural Engineering
Production Lead, Lockheed Martin

In Denver working for Lockheed Martin in manufacturing. Happily married with two boys who are 7 and 5. Currently pursuing an MS in Mechatronic Systems Engineering at the University of Denver.

Date Submitted: 02/10/2011
Frank Fan, '96
Structural Engineering

After 9 years working at Callaway Golf in Carlsbad, I went back to school and currently I am studying aerospace engineering in the East Coast.

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Date Submitted: 04/01/2010
Walter Korman, '96
Computer Science and Engineering
Software Engineer, Google

Walter joined Google as a Software Engineer this February 2010, working at their Mountain View campus. He works closely with another UCSD CS alum, Chip Chapin, who is actively involved in engineering recruiting for Google.

Date Submitted: 10/06/2009
Jonathan Haller, '96
Structural Engineering
Production Lead Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Jon moved to the Denver area earlier in 2009 to accept a position as Production Lead Engineer at Lockheed Martin.

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Date Submitted: 05/05/2008
Jon Haller, '96
Structural Engineering
Program Manager, Entrega Systems Group Inc.

Jon currently works as a Program Manager at Entrega Systems Group, Inc. building custom software applications for a variety of clients and recently completed the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

He is happily married and has two sons, Alex and Zac, who are three and one, respectively.

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Date Submitted: 11/21/2007
Frances Yap, '96 (maiden name Cachuela)
Process & Prototype Development Manager, Medtronic MiniMed

For the last nine years, Frances has been working on products for diabetics at Medtronic MiniMed. She married, Dr. Darren Yap (Tulane) who has a daughter, Alexandria, in 2004. 2006 brought a baby girl, Tiffany, and an MBA from the University of La Verne.

Don Gurskis

Date Submitted: 11/17/2006
Don Gurskis, '96

Don Gurskis and Arlene Yang are proud to announce the newest addition to their family, Aidan Kai, born August 28, 2005. Don is working for Arbor Surgical as Director of R&D specializing in designing heart valves and Arlene is an R&D engineer working on polymer stents for Abbott Vascular. They live in the Bay Area.

Date Submitted: 08/15/2006
David Ottow, '96
Computer Science and Engineering
Assistant Vice President, Countrywide Securities

I just got married to Jennifer Dugan, an Executive Pastry Chef. Also, I've started working at Countrywide Securities developing and supporting a roll-out of a derivatives platform for hedging and trading new financial instruments.

Date Submitted: 11/19/2005
Marie Jue, '96
Computer Science and Engineering
QA Automation Manager, eBay

Joined PayPal in Nov. 2003 as the QA Manager for PayPal's international sites. Recently moved into new role as QA Manager of Automation where I am driving PayPal's overall test automation strategy.

Date Submitted: 10/19/2008
Stanley Peng, '94
Electrical and Computer Engineering

After graduating from UCSD in ’94, Stanley Peng earned his MSEE from USC in Dec. '97. Currently, he works with a high-tech company managing design projects in next generation ASICs for internet products. An avid athlete, Stanley has finished several marathons and triathlons over the past few years and works as a PSIA skiing instructor during winter. "It's not about getting a degree and getting a job, but doing things that get some degrees out of yourself." He enjoys long-trip driving and eventually will drive an RV around America.

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Date Submitted: 10/23/2007
Rick Batt, '94
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
VP, Intellectual Property, Broncus Technologies, Inc.

Rick Batt recently became the Vice President, Intellectual Property, at Broncus Technologies. This medical device company in Mountain View, CA develops interventional bronchoscopy devices for lung diseases, including emphysema. Rick lives in the Bay Area with his wife Angel Batt, UCSD class of ‘92, daughter Kayley 3 and son Tanner (5 and pictured here with dad).

Date Submitted: 06/02/2007
Richard Schlatter, '94
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cheif Aircraft Operations, NASA Headquarters

Currently the Cheif of Aircraft Operations for NASA. After obtaining a MS in Aerospace Structures in 1994, Schlatter lead Aeronautical Engineering Programs in the US Coast Guard before retiring as Commander at Air Station Atlantic City, NJ. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Programs for helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, a subidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space company (EADS).

Date Submitted: 07/19/2006
Michael Eveland, '94
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Working locally at Hewlett-Packard in Rancho Bernardo since graduating 12 years ago. Changed career from EE work to Computer Science (Firmware Programming) about 5 years ago. Having fun raising three active boys with my high school sweetheart Lisa!

Date Submitted: 08/03/2012
Sunil Dalal, '93
Program Manager, Abbott Medical Optics

Sunil Dalal was promoted to R&D Program Manager in the Medical Optics Division of Abbott Laboraties. Previously, he was Senior R&D Project Manager in the Hematology Division of Abbott Diagnostics. Sunil is responsible for charting the course of next generation laser vision correction technologies.

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Date Submitted: 03/02/2011
Richard Marymee, '93
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Systems Engineer, Boeing

I have been working for Boeing since 1996 (first with McDonnell Douglas) performing modeling and simulation of air vehicles using 3DOF and great modeling tools.

Date Submitted: 01/10/2009
Gregg Spagnolo, '93
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Vice President, AECOM

I'm living outside Washington DC with wife Sandy and two boys Sam(5) and Anthony(3).

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Dalal family in Kauai

Date Submitted: 10/28/2008
Sunil Dalal, '93
Senior R&D Manager, Abbott Laboratories

Sunil returned to the San Francisco Bay Area last February, and started working for Abbott Laboratories as a Senior R&D Manager in the New Product Development Department in Abbott's Diagnostics Division. His family spent 10 relaxing days in Kauai to round out an otherwise busy summer. His 4 year old daughter Naia and 1 year old son Milan got to see sea turtles and monk seals come up to them right on the beach!

Date Submitted: 09/24/2008
Eric Takeuchi, '93
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Business Development, Daylight Solutions

With his wife Kathryn (UCSD Class of 1994), they have a daughter, Megan (5) and son, Kevin (3). Megan has recently started kindergarten and has joined the "Black Belt Club" for her Tae Kwon Do hobby. Kevin has started soccer and loves his preschool. Eric continues his work with Daylight Solutions, focused on molecular detection and imaging. Daylight is commercializing technology that will someday be able to provide non-invasive glucose monitoring solutions to the world's diabetics as well as diagnosis of disease through breath analysis.

Date Submitted: 04/18/2007
Sunil Dalal, '93
Principal IS Analyst, Amgen

Sunil S. Dalal and his wife Sonal Pandya-Dalal are happy to announce the birth of their son, Milan, born March 5, 2007. Milan joins big sister Naia.

Date Submitted: 04/16/2007
Eric Takeuchi, '93
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Business Development Manager, Daylight Solutions

Eric has found a new career opportunity with Daylight Solutions, focused on molecular detection and imaging. Daylight is commercializing technology that will someday be able to provide non-invasive glucose monitoring solutions to the world's diabetics as well as diagnosis of disease through breath analysis. With his wife Kathryn (UCSD Class of 1996), they have a daughter, Megan (4) and son, Kevin (2).

Date Submitted: 11/03/2006
Philippe Lalonde, '93
Structural Engineering
President, Lalonde Engineering Inc

After 2 years of moonlighting I have launched Lalonde Engineering Inc Structural Consulting Engineering. I am approaching the consulting engineering world from a modern viewpoint where "sticks-and-bricks" offices will give way to Wi-Fi networks and internet communication with clients. I am available to my clients through cell phone and email and nearly all aspects of the design process can be handled through the internet using software enhancements. It appears to be catching on. The future of engineering consulting is tele-commuting and not more cubicles.

Date Submitted: 08/06/2006
Mark Yuen, '93
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wind River Systems

I Joined Wind River Systems, which is a leader in the Embedded Systems software and tools space. Our VxWorks and Linux platforms make system development faster and more cost effective for application software developers.

Date Submitted: 07/25/2006
Newton Armstrong, '93
Structural Engineering
Project Engineer, Caltrans

Currently, I'm working as a bridge designer to replace an existing bridge along the I-15 managed lane corridor in San Diego. I'm also providing construction support to various bridge construction projects in Orange County.

Date Submitted: 04/13/2006
Michael Alston, '93
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael is a Principal Engineer in the Silicon Technology Group of ARM Physical IP, Inc. He also an instructor, and member of the Curriculum Committee, for the Professional Certificate program in Semiconductor Engineering at UCSD Extension. Christine is a scientific homemaker and who volunteers at University City H.S. and leads a book club. Daughter, Liana, is a junior and a student leader at UC Riverside. Son, Tyler, is a UCHS junior and nationally-ranked fencer meticulously plotting his escape from the nest.

Date Submitted: 01/14/2011
Rick Batt, '92
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Partner, Convergent Law Group LLP

Rick Batt recently joined Convergent Law Group LLP ( as a partner and advises companies on creating, bolstering and managing their intellectual property, namely patents. Rick's specialty is in the medical device and diagnostic areas. Rick lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife Angel (class of 92) and their three children.

Date Submitted: 08/17/2010
Kosal Krishnan, '92
Structural Engineering
Vice President, AECOM

Kosal was recently appointed Vice President and now heads the Federal Marine program for AECOM throughout North America and the Pacific.

Date Submitted: 04/11/2007
Limin He, '92
Structural Engineering
Technical Manager, DMJM Harris

Dr. He joined DMJM Harris in Orange recently to work with his former classmat Kosal Krishnan. He works on various highway bridge projects and enjoys playing with his grandchildren April (4 yrs.) and Aaron (yr.& half) when he is visiting his daughter's family in San Diego.

Date Submitted: 04/08/2007
Kosal Krishnan, '92
Structural Engineering
Associate Vice President, DMJM Harris

Dr. Krishnan is an Associate Vice President and manages the Structural Engineering group of DMJM Harris in Orange, California. He is currently managing a major wharf upgrade and backlands improvement project at the Port of Los Angeles.

Date Submitted: 12/12/2011
Michael Meadows, '91
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael Meadows was honored by the California Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at University of California San Diego by selection for membership as an "Eminent Engineer". This recognition is granted to distinguished engineers ten years or more after graduation.

Date Submitted: 01/03/2007
Michele Vaineharrison, '91 (maiden name Vaine)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Senior Software Engineer, CACI

2007 brings 10th year as Senior Software Engineer at CACI. Technical Lead on the Navy Comptroller Financial Resource Management System (FRMS II). Celebration of 15 year wedding anniversary.

Date Submitted: 07/29/2006
Edward Ng, '91
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc.

After graduation, I worked for Hughes Aircraft before pursuing MS/MBA in Engineering/Finance at Boston University in 1995. I Switched to financial services and now I oversee marketing and client service for financial institutions at BlackRock in New York. Married for 8 years with two children (3 and 1).

Date Submitted: 05/26/2006
Vanessa Yingling, '91
Assistant Professor, Temple University

I have recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Temple University. This will afford me the opportunity to continue my research interests in bone strength development. I have 2 kids (3 years old and 9 Months).

Michael Bessette

Date Submitted: 11/17/2006
Michael Bessette, '90

Bessette is serving as the medical director for Hudson County, NJ SWAT and as the associate director for the Emergency Department of Bayonne Medical Center, where he is updating the software systems for his fourth emergency department

Date Submitted: 04/10/2006
Young Cho, '90
Computer Science and Engineering
Staff Engineer, Qualcomm, Inc.

Been working at Qualcomm for the last three years. Our oldest daughter, Karis, started first grande. Our younger, Caleb, is an energetic 2 year old.

Date Submitted: 04/07/2006
Duke Hong, '90
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Senior Architect, Akamai Technologies

Duke continued his education at UCI earning a Ph.D. focused on high speed computer networks. He is currently directing Internet performance analysis at Akamai Technologies and back at the UCSD Rady School of Business.