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2000s

Mohammed Al-Adeeb (B.S. 2004 EECS)
Mohammed  Al-Adeeb
will begin working on his MA in political science at Georgetown University during the fall of 2008. Mohammed spent two years in public service, empowering California’s Muslim-American citizens to engage in local politics and media. Of Iraqi origin, his ambition was to complete a doctorate in engineering and return to Iraq to teach at Baghdad University in order to contribute to the well-being of the Iraqi people. But, with the current situation in his home country, Mohammed said he believes there is a greater need for good public servants who have an understanding of the United States and Iraq.
James M. Alpert (B.S. 2004 EECS)
James M. Alpert
James is practicing intellectual property law with Posz Law Group in Reston, Virginia. He previously was associated with Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP in Falls Church and also worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He can be reached a jalpert@poszlaw.com.
Matthew Avery (B.S. 2001 Material Science, B.S. 2001 ChemE)
Matthew Avery of Palo Alto, California, received his J.D., summa cum laude, from UC Hastings in May 2009, graduating second in his class. In October, he won the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Past President’s Award for his studies of intellectual property law and his contributions to academic literature. He is now working at Baker Botts L.L.P. as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property group.
GEORGE A. BAN-WEISS (B.S. 2003 ME, M.S. 2005 ME, Ph.D. 2008 ME)
GEORGE A. BAN-WEISS
of Palo Alto is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford’s Carnegie Institution for Science, investigating the impact of aerosols and land-use change on global climate. Also a successful jazz bassist, he plays with the San Francisco–based Mads Tolling Quartet, which released a new CD in October, and previously recorded two CDs with the Mitch Marcus Quintet. For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/georgebanweiss.
Nikki Barratt (PhD 2000 Env Eng Sci)
Nikki  Barratt
moved to Sonoma County 5 years after graduating from Berkeley, where she lived in the redwoods, helped found two local non-profit watershed restoration groups, worked at two local colleges, got married (Jeff Heitmann, American University, ’90) and had two kids (Jackson, born ‘96 and Hawkins, born ‘99). She traveled to teach in Bahrain, Zambia and Madagascar, also conducting research on sustainable cassava production, drinking water quality in local villages and conservation of open space. Barratt and her family have since moved back to the U.S., and are living in a beach house on the Jersey shore. She is currently teaching at Burlington County College in New Jersey and helping out in their new NASA Environment Center.
DINO DI CARLO (B.S. 2002 BioE, Ph.D. 2006 BioE)
DINO DI CARLO
is an assistant professor of bioengineering at UCLA, with six graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow working in his lab on new methods in microfluidics for early cancer diagnostics and personalized cancer therapy. He writes, “One of the motivations is an inexpensive blood test for early detection of cancer, which can lead to very effective life-saving treatments before cancer spreads.” Most recently, DiCarlo received a NIH Director's New Innovator award for 2010.
WAKOVA A. CARTER (B.S. 2000 EECS)
writes, “I am living in Houston, Texas, and working for oilfield services company Schlumberger as a project manager. When I’m not working, I enjoy the Southern sun at the pool.”
GREG DALTON (B.S. 2003 ME)
GREG  DALTON

is an aerospace engineer at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory, where he works on satellite instruments for space exploration. He's now involved in NASA's THEMIS project, which sent five satellites into space in February 2007 to determine what triggers geomagnetic substorms, the phenomena responsible for the northern and southern lights. "The fun starts when the parts return from the machine shop and I begin to build," he writes. "Then I test the finished product in a vibration lab and thermal vacuum chambers that reproduce a space environment." He recently travelled to San Diego's Mt. Palomar to deliver an infrared telescope he helped build that will hunt for nearby small stars and detect any orbiting Earth-like planets.

JONATHAN D. ELKIN (B.S. 2003 ME, M.Eng 2006 Ocean Engineering)
JONATHAN D. ELKIN
of Tiburon, California, is a captain for the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry between San Francisco and Vallejo, Oakland/Alameda, Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island. Under his command are the Gemini green ferry and a high-speed, water jet–propelled boat out of Pier 39. He’s also a naval architect at Jeppesen Marine, a division of Boeing, where he works on software for large ships to plan transoceanic routes that avoid foul weather, conserve fuel and arrive on time. He received the 2008 Graduate Paper Honor Prize from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers for his paper, Hydrodynamic peculiarities of catamaran-like hull sections.
MUSTAFA ERGEN (B.S. 2002 EECS, Ph.D. 2004 EECS)
of Oakland, California, wrote his second book five years after he graduated. Entitled Mobile Broadband—Including WiMAX and LTE, the book covers mobile broadband communication and upcoming 4G systems, the topics Ergen has been involved in heavily through his startup.
LOUCYNDA P. ESCOBAR (B.S. 2005 ME)

is a quality engineer at Cisco Systems in San Jose. She's planning to pursue an MBA beginning in fall 2009.

FRANK D. GENNARI (M.S. 2001, Ph.D. 2004 EECS)
is founder and chief technology officer of the design for manufacturability startup CommandCAD, recently purchased by Cadence Design Systems. EECS professor Kurt Keutzer is technical advisor to the company.
MEHMET GUMUS (M.S. 2002 IEOR, Ph.D. 2007 IEOR)

became an assistant professor last September at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Gumus is married and has a young child.

CHRISTY S. HURLBURT (B.S. 2000 EECS)

is living in San Francisco. She recently got a job managing a service team at Medtronic and writes that she's "enjoying life as a Cal grad."

NICOLE E. HURLEY (B.S. 2002 BioE)

received her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta last December.

Jerry Fairley Jr. (Ph.D 2000 MSE)
is assistant professor at the University of Idaho Department of Geological Sciences.
EUGENE RYU KANEKO (B.S. 2001 ME)

of San Diego is a product engineer at OXO International, the consumer goods company. "I work closely with industrial designers developing innovative kitchenware products," he writes, including brands such as OXO Good Grips.

Hannah Koon (B.S. 2006 EECS)
is working at Cisco as a systems engineer, where she finds ways to align IT technologies to customers' business strategies and empower both individuals and company infrastructure. She is planning to pursue an MBA in the next few years.
FLORIN CONSTANTIN LAPUSTEA (B.S. 2006 CEE)
previously worked for Bechtel Corporation in Romania and is now doing highway design projects for URS Corporation, the global engineering, construction and technical services firm. florin@berkeley.edu
DEREK FAI MING LEI (B.S. 2003 EECS)
of Oakland, California, writes, “Go ahead, show the world some techie love!” dereklei@gmail.com
Adam C. Leigland (Master of Science 2001 Civil Engineering, Master of City Planning 2002)

Adam is chief engineer at Aviano Air Base, Italy, where he is responsible for comprehensive planning, design, and construction of USAF and NATO infrastructure and facilities in Italy. He recently won the Society of American Military Engineers Tudor Medal for outstanding contributions to engineering, design, construction, and planning for the past three years and demonstrated leadership in managing projects or organizations.

ANTHONY S. LEVANDOWSKI (B.S. 2002 IEOR, M.S. 2003 IEOR)
ANTHONY S. LEVANDOWSKI

took his robotic motorcycle, Ghostrider, all the way to Washington, D.C., to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The modified motorcycle, which balances, navigates and rights itself independently, was on display from early December through late January as part of the "Treasures of American History" exhibition presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (see photo). Levandowski designed and built the vehicle with the Cal Blue Team to compete in the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004 and 2005. www.ghostriderrobot.com

Misha Leybovich (B.S. 2005 Eng. Physics)
Misha  Leybovich
of Atlanta, Georgia, began working on his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and technology policy at MIT this fall. Before settling into graduate school, he spent five months traveling through four continents and 20 countries in a tour that featured, among other highlights, a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and running with the bulls in Pamplona. He also spent five months working at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo and worked as hiking director at Camp Oski at the Lair of the Golden Bear, Berkeley's family camp in the Stanislaus National Forest. He writes, "Getting to live and hike in the wilderness on a regular basis as well as meet hundreds of cool alums and befriend the dozens of amazing fellow staffers made for the best summer job I've ever had."
RUI MA (B.S. 2004 EECS)

of Shanghai, China, completed three years of technology investment banking and is now a member of the real estate investing team at Morgan Stanley Shanghai.

Gaurav Moudgil (MS 2005 Civil Engineering)
Gaurav  Moudgil

did an internship with HCG Associates after graduating in 2005. In late 2005, he started Global C Inc back home in New Delhi, India. Global C is a a full service Development Consulting Firm that provides Representation and Project Management services for Project Developers, Lenders and Users.

Brent Nelson (BS 2002 Mechanical Engineering)

joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northern Arizona University after holding an NAE CASEE engineering education postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biologically-Inspired Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Heena Patel (B.S. 2006 Civil and Environmental Engineering)
is living in India. She writes, "First I spent a year doing water and sanitation work in slums and now am studying tabla and philosophy."
Shadrach Roundy (M.S. 2000, Ph.D. 2003, ME)
a lecturer at Australian National University, was cited in the TR100,
VINCENT RUBINO (B.S. 2001 BioE)
VINCENT  RUBINO
worked at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in Berkeley for seven years in equipment validation, facility engineering and quality assurance. His last project was QA support for construction and qualification of a $50M biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Since 2007 he has lived in South Korea, where he is the first and only foreigner to work at his Korean research institute, specializing in nanotoxicity studies. He is also a South Korean delegate to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 229: Nanotechnologies and is ISO project leader for developing a regulatory guide for nanomaterials.
EDOUARD L. SERVAN-SCHREIBER (Ph.D. 2000 EECS)
EDOUARD L. SERVAN-SCHREIBER
is assistant director of advanced analytics at Teradata in Massy, France. He writes, “Being a student at Cal made me feel like I was in the center of the world. Even if the work was intense, it made sense to everyone to do a lot of that work in cafes. Professors would give their office hours in cafes, which I thought (as a Parisian) was the pinnacle of civilization.” http://www.grad.berkeley.edu/spotlight/servan-schreiber.shtml
PRIYA SREEDHARAN (M.S. 2001 ME, Ph.D. 2007 ME)
of Plymouth, Michigan, is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working with the Office of Atmospheric Programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
ELIZABETH A. VARGIS (B.S. 2004 BioE)
ELIZABETH A. VARGIS

is in a biomedical engineering Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is studying the use of optical spectroscopy to identify tissue changes due to brain and cervical cancers.

QIAN WANG (M.S. 2000 CEE)
writes, “I just bought a house in the beautiful city of Chino Hills in Southern California. I’m working toward obtaining my structural engineering title and license.”
ALISEYA WRIGHT (M.S. 2005 CS)
ALISEYA  WRIGHT
of Oakland, California, took a brief pause from creating innovative web video applications at Yahoo! to create . . . a baby! Mya Yasmine Mokeddem was born on March 28, 2009.
Mike Tao Zhang (PhD 2001 IEOR)
Mike Tao Zhang
Mike moved back to Bay Area lately after worked for Intel for 5+ years in China and the US. Currently he is a Sr. Manager at Spansion and Vice President of the US-China Green Energy Council. After 10 years in the semiconductor industry, he won the Li Foundation Heritage Prize for Outstanding Achievement (2007) and the IEEE RAS Early Career Award in Robotics and Automation (2008). Go bears!

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