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Hussein Yahfoufi '05

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
I am currently the Vice President of Technology & Corporate Service at a solar company called OneRoof Energy in San Diego. I run the entire technology division for the company which I built from the ground up. I manage a team of software engineers, help desk technicians, product managers, designers and infrastructure engineers. On a personal level, I am married to Jessica Yahfoufi and have a 5 year old son named Xander Yahfoufi.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
The International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition with Professor Murphy and Mark Judd was one of the most fun and memorable experiences from my USD days.  We had a great team, some of whom I still keep in touch with and we won first place in all categories.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
Hmm… It’s a toss-up between the cafe in the Joan Kroc (which had the best croissants in San Diego so I spent a lot of mornings there) and the fountain area which seems to be nicer every time I visit.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I had a lot of great professors that taught great classes at USD, some of the most impactful professors were Ellen Cook and Robin Murphy. My favorite and one I spent a lot of time with was Dr. Rivetti. I took every class Rivetti had to offer and even got approval to take his a graduate class.  His classes were always insightful, interactive and focused on the real life implication of things.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I joined a rotary club soon after graduation and had the Dean of the School of Business join us for breakfast and share the USD story.  I am also currently working with our HR department and the USD career services department to launch an internship program at OneRoof Energy.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Enjoy it!  Alcalá Park is an amazing place; I wish I would have spent more time on campus. I also finished my degree in less than 4 years as I couldn’t wait to join the real world and start working… Also something I don’t recommend! Take the time to enjoy your studies, learn as much as you can and to appreciate the beauty of San Diego and the USD community.

Interested in connecting with Hussein? Check out his website at http://husseinyahfoufi.com or follow him on Twitter (@husseinyahfoufi)

 

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