Engineering Alumni

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Each year, another talented group of engineering students graduate from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Some go on to graduate school and some are quickly employed — in fact 98% are employed within six months of graduating. Here is a sample selection of our alum.


Harmonie Edelson (ISYE) is a Sr. Associate Business Excellence Specialist in Thermo Fisher Scientific's (formerly Life Technologies) Operations Rotational Program. Her first rotation is in Global Planning.


Jessica Buckley is in graduate school seeking an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
Stacy Castner (ME) is an affiliate engineer in Facility Engineering at Verizon Terremark in Miami, Florida.
Vanessa Donnelly (ME) is a system test and qualification engineer for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in San Diego, Calif.
Christian Fetters (ME) was recently promoted to Deputy Program Manager at Alliant Techsystems (ATK). He is responsible for the technical, financial, and schedule performance of aerospace programs.
Clark Fleming (ME) is a residential PV designer for SolarCity in Redwood City, Calif.
Marie Yvonne Piette works as an enterprise applications software engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Sierra Madre, Calif.
Josh Schroeder (ISYE) is a logistics analyst with Zodiac Pool Systems in San Diego, Calif.
Colleen Sevier works as a mechanical engineer for General Atomics in Santee, Calif.


Matt Gigli (EE) accepted a new position as Software Developer with the Wireless Modem Firmware team in the QTI group at Qualcomm. He recently finished his Masters of Advanced Studies in Wireless Embedded Systems at UCSD.
Martin de la Herran works for Telefonica Digital focusing on strategy for global cloud services in Madrid, Spain.
Andrew David Disotell is an industrial engineer for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in San Diego, Calif.
Leah Fairhead is an electrical engineer with Shell Oil/Motiva - Convent Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Andrea Warren is an associate engineer at Cobham Defense Electronics in San Diego, Calif.


Brandon Blom is an engineer at Qualcomm in San Diego, Calif.
Ryan Boufford is a propulsion engineer at Boeing in Long Beach, Calif.
Tiara Chapel is a senior multi-discipline systems engineer with The MITRE Corporation in Arlington, Virginia.
David James Leyva is a mechanical engineer with Transaction Printhead Group in San Diego, Calif.
Tiffany Mendoza (ISYE) is an industrial engineer for General Atomics in San Diego, Calif.
Jenna Rohrbacker (ME) is a design engineer with UTC Aerospace Systems in San Diego, Calif.
Chase Michael Tushaus (ISYE) is a quality engineer in product validation at SpaceX in Los Angeles, Calif.
Casey Weiss (ME) is a design engineer in the R&D Irons Group at TaylorMade Golf Company in Carlsbad, Calif. He is excited to be learning more about design and the world of golf club manufacturing.


Michael Buelsing (ME) started the "Leaders for Global Operations" (LGO) program at MIT in June. LGO is a dual degree fellowship program with the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Engineering.
Rachael McKay (ISyE) is currently working as the only ‘engineer’ for the US distribution center of Lululemon Athletica.
Lauren Cronin (ISYE) is a systems engineer at BAE Systems I&S, Rancho Bernardo, in San Marcos, Calif.
Averi Thomas is a service support manager at Bloom Energy in Mountain View, Calif.


Karl Riesen (EE) was recently promoted to Manager of SOC Applications Group at Western Digital in Irvine, CA.
Rich Sanchez (EE) is with SPAWAR Systems Center — Pacific (Navy research lab) in San Diego where he works on satellite communication systems for military tactical and strategic forces. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering. He is also a founding member of the local MAES professional chapter; an outreach organization that promotes the development of STEM leaders in the academic, executive, and technical communities.


Jason Gasmin (ME) was recently promoted to a Manual Filtration Solutions Manager at Eaton in February. He is now responsible for managing a team of technical sales specialists, design engineers, and project coordinators for Eaton’s cast and bag filtration product lines.
Patrick Wijaya (ISYE) started his own company, Orion Prolight, a professional lighting, rigging and multimedia production company in his home country of Indonesia.


Ali Almatrouk (EE) is CEO of Makers, Inc. in Kuwait. He founded the company in 2009. He was recently elected as a Board Member for the American Business Council - Kuwait


Erin Alex (formerly Fullinwider) (EE ) works at AMA Consulting Engineers in Los Angeles. Emerson College, a project on which Erin was the lead electrical engineer, recently won the grand prize at the Los Angeles Architects Awards.
Michelle Esteban (EE) recently accepted a new position with Hewlett-Packard as Patent Counsel in their legal department.


Melody Ablola (ISYE) was awarded an Arup University scholarship to attend the opening weekend of the 2014 Venice Biennale. This year's Biennale is entitled 'Fundamentals' and focuses on the evolution of architecture over the last 100 years. The prize allowed Melody and an architect partner to spend 3 days in Venice viewing the pavilions and exhibitions to discuss architectural design and to promote engineering collaboration. She continues to advise on operational performance and logistics at Arup.


Matthew Craig (ISYE) is Director of Meat and Seafood for Meijer, Inc. He recently joined the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering's new advisory board.
Andrew Putnam (EE) is the lead research engineer for Microsoft’s Catapult system, which provides a way to “massively increase the computing capabilities of its data centers,” according to a June 2014 article in The Register. The paper he contributed to that represents several years of work is entitled, “A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large-Scale Datacenter Services.”


Sally Mahdavi (EE) was promoted to Project Engineering Manager at General Atomics.
Ika Santoso (ISyE) works at Bank Central Asia where she is a credit card unit business officer.


Ricardo Valerdi (EE), Associate Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona, recently started a company called the Science of Sport to work with professional sports teams to promote STEM education. So far, they’ve established Science of Baseball programs with MLB teams (Red Sox, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Padres, and Angels) and a Science of Soccer program with one MLS team (LA Galaxy).
Emiliano Gallego (ISYE) is General Manager at Pagasa, LLC, a leading pasta and cookie company based in Mexico that delivers its products throughout Mexico, the United States and Canada. He recently joined the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering's new advisory board.


Vu Lac (EE) is a field applications engineer with Laird Technologies. Laird provides electro-mechanical shielding products. He and his wife, Caroline, have a son, Aiden.


Commander Tom Mack (EE) transferred to the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office at SPAWAR San Diego where he is working as a systems engineer for the next generation satellite communications system.


Mauricio Lopez-Hodoyan (EE) is vice president of strategy and analysis of QCT (Chipsets). In 2014, he received the first Alumni Honors award from USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

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