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Class of 2004

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Date Submitted: 06/06/2012
Doug Hofmann, '04
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering & Science Directorate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institut

I received my Ph.D. in Materials Science from Caltech in 2008. I worked in industry after I graduated and in 2010, I was hired at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the Section Technologist for Mechanical Fabrication. I founded the new Metallurgy Facility at JPL in 2012. I am a Lecturer and Visiting Associate at Caltech and I co-advise 4 Caltech graduate students in Materials Science and Applied Physics.

Palos Verdes, before our engagement party Click here to view a larger image
Palos Verdes, before our engagement party

Date Submitted: 09/15/2010
Mahmoud Faghihi, '04
Structural Engineering
Project Engineer, Englekirk Companies

Eventhough 2010 did not bring the anticipated economic recovery, it was still a great year. I got engaged to beautiful Nellie A. and will be getting married next year. I've been busy with multiple projects under construction and several hotels and high rises under conceptual design phase. One of the long anticipated and exciting projects that I'm proud to have been a part of, Santa Monica Place Mall, finally opened to the public on Aug 2010. I'm also proud to be involved in design of the 5 story concrete building on the shake table at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center in San Diego and work along with my past professor in UCSD.

Date Submitted: 09/05/2008
Gary Lac, '04
Computer Science and Engineering
Technical Project Lead/Manager, Cogent Systems.

Gary married his girlfriend, whom he met at UCSD! They got married this October!

Date Submitted: 07/23/2008
Phanat Hean, '04
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Scientist, PETNET Solutions, Inc.

Phanat works with radiopharmaceuticals... pretty soon he "will be bulletproof, gain telekinetic powers, be able to levitate or glow in the dark - not so good when sitting in a movie theater".

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June 2004 Graduation - My parents and me

Date Submitted: 05/20/2007
William L. Hui, '04
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp.

In the last 2 years and 4 months, I have been working on the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program at Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) in El Segundo. My job is to convert fuel and electrical schematics into 3D models. I am also responsible in coordinating with our partners/counterparts Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. In addition, I am currently working on a master's degree in Product Development Systems from USC as a part time graduate student.

Date Submitted: 10/19/2006
Mahmoud Faghihi, '04
Structural Engineering
Design Engineer, Englekirk Companies

Working on a few high rise buildings in los angeles area.

Date Submitted: 09/20/2006
Ryan Sit, '04
Computer Science and Engineering

I have launched my own company, Drop Shots (, an online subscription-based service for family and friends to share and comment on personal digital media such as photos and videos.

Date Submitted: 08/14/2006
Emiko Miyamoto, '04
Clinical Research Coordinator, Stanford University School of Medicine

I received M.S. Bioengineering from Stanford in March '06, and I'm working at Stanford Medical School in Neonatology as Clinical Research Coordinator.

Date Submitted: 07/28/2006
Ezequiel Montanez, '04
Structural Engineering
Metropolitan Water District

My wife Patricia and I are proud to announce the arrival of our second child, a healthy baby boy weighing 8 lbs-3oz and measuring 20-inches. Our boy's name is Ezequiel Paul. Our daughter Julia is now enjoying her new role as the big sister.

Date Submitted: 06/04/2006
Jay Joseph, '04

I am currently working as an engineer in Boston Scientific at the Electrophysiology division in San Jose. I am also attending San Jose State University part time, working on a Masters in Engineering Management.

Date Submitted: 04/24/2006
Eric Kelley, '04
Structural Engineering
P.E., Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

Since leaving UCSD in 2004, I've worked as a bridge design engineer in California, Oregon and Washington. Currently, our design team is beginning the design of a new bascule bridge, a type of moveable bridge, in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

Date Submitted: 03/16/2006
Ryan Herrell, '04
Structural Engineering
Regional Manager, Fibrwrap Construction, Inc.

While finishing my undergraduate work at UCSD, I began working for Fyfe Co. a FRP/Composites manufacturer in San Diego. Fyfe Co. supplies much of the materials used in composites testing at UCSD. At Fyfe Co., I performed engineering design of composites to help meet the needs of engineers in California, Nevada, and Arizona. At the completion of 2004 I was offered to assume the position of Regional Manager for the Southern California office of Fibrwrap Construction (Fyfe Co. certified contracting arm). Fibrwrap Construction is a design build company that focuses itself on being a turn key company for concrete restorations/strengthening, and seismic rehabilitation. I now oversee all projects in Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona, from the initial development, design, contracting, construction, and conclusion. Combining my engineering knowledge with business experience has helped me to be able to solve engineering problems that could not be solved or are uneconomical using conventional construction methods.