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Class of 1998

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Daren Deffenbaugh Click here to view a larger image

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.

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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!