SSU has 444 physics graduates, of whom 332 (75%) are listed here. While not totally representative, this list does show what many physics graduates do.
Kevin Ablett (’83) is a software engineer for Bender RBT Inc.
Chris Addiego (’98) is an Optical Engineer at L-3 Communications, He formerly worked at JDSU in Santa Rosa.
Marc Afifi (’89) teaches physics and chemistry at Pacific Grove High School in Pacific Grove, CA. He earned an M.S. in science education at Montana State University in 2005.
Clifford Alapa (’00) is an engineer at JDSU in Santa Rosa.
Eileen Leidel Albertsen (’77) teaches ice skating at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe, NM and runs a jewelry-making business.
Siana Hurwitt Alcorn (’97) was for many years a group manager, managing software to acess validate, analyze, visualize, and report aerometric data, at Sonoma Technology, Inc. in Petaluma.
Jason I. Alexander (’92) when last heard from was general and technical executive manager of a startup company, Vivaray, in San Jose. Formerly a marketing manager of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays for OSRAM in San Jose, he earned an M.S. in physics in 1995 at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Cristhyan Alfaro (’12) is a laboratory technician at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Kenneth Aline (’81) is a materials and process engineer with Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto. He has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and numerous other satellites.
George Amorino (’86) died of cancer 13 September 2008. He was an assistant professor in radiation oncology at the University of Virginia, where he did research in the radiosensitization of prostate cancer. He earned his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular radiobiology at Colorado State University in 1995 and his M.S. in biomedical engineering from California State University, Sacramento in 1988. (photo)
Scott Anderson (’78) is web designer and writer at Notch by Notch, a consultant at IBM and a programmer for Wild Duck, LLC. He is also the editor and primary author of Science for People. He is author or coauthor of several science-related books.
Philippe Argouarch (’88) is an internet consultant in France, where he runs a regional press agency. Formerly manager of the International Herald Tribune website in Paris, he has also been a senior software engineer with quios.com, an application programmer/analyst with Wells Fargo Online Financial Services and a computer graphic specialist and accelerator system operator at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Frederick Arioli, Jr. (’75) is a quality engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Palo Alto. He has worked on software for several space missions, including the Spitzer Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
James Aroyan (’87) is the principal of JRJ Simulation & Design, providing consulting services in physical, numerical, and biological modeling. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1996 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he developed 3-D bioacoustic simulations for modeling dolphin biosonar and hearing . He continues to do research in bioacoustic modeling, dolphin biosonar, and marine mammal hearing.
Marcus Asaro (’01) is a researcher in Sacramento. He earned an M.S. in physics at San Francisco State University in 2004, and did further graduate work in physics at the University of California, Riverside.
Katie Badham (’13) is an intern working on femtosecond laser ablation at Raydiance in Petaluma.
Brandon Baker (’13) is an RF test engineer at Yupana LLC in Walnut Creek.
Thomas Barbour (’78) is the senior manager of global clinical applications and IT liaison for the biostatistics and clinical data management groups of Allergan in Irvine, CA. He also writes a blog.
Norman Basham (’85) is writing Apps for the iPhone and iPad.
Shawna Moyer Baskin (’02), is office manager at DeepNet Computer Consulting LLC. She was formerly Diagnostic Test Engineer with Alcatel-Lucent.
Steven Becerra (’98) is CEO of Mockworld, a developer of Real-Time 3D First-Person Shooter and Multiuser Games. He also operates the online games portal Shockwave3D.com.
Danielle Beddow (’07) is teaching English in Taipei, Taiwan, where she is also an engineering consultant to East tender Optoelectronics Corp. She was formerly a senior engineering technician at View, Inc. (formerly Soladigm, Inc.) in Santa Rosa.
Keith Benguiat (’75) is director of the engineering support division at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Richland, Washington.
Paula Bennett (’86) is a nurse in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Rocklin, CA. She has taken classes in photography and took the photos of the Department’s reunion in 2001.
J. Scott Berry (’00) is a software engineer. He has worked at Rentrak in Portland, OR. He earned a second bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2011 at Cameron University in Oklahoma, and he formerly developed software for Tridactyl, LLC, a start-up company specializing in I-Phone apps.
Russel Best (’86) is a physician assistant in the Emergency Department of the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. He earned a Master of Medical Science degree at Midwestern University in 1999. Formerly wastewater permits manager for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, he has also worked in the department of public works in Santa Paula and has been a lecturer in civil engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he received his M.S. in civil and environmental engineering in 1989.
Michael Brown Bick (’85) is a tutor in Hawaii. He earned an M.S. in physics at San José State University in 2000, and did further graduate study in physics at the University of California, Riverside.
Teresa Bippert-Plymate (’84) until recently worked at Steward Observatory as Interferometry Technical Specialist for the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer. She was previously the technical writer for the SOLIS project at the National Solar Observatory. Her first project was with the Multiband Imager for the Spitzer Space Telescope as the group's technical specialist.
Allyson Bishop (’86) is a homemaker and real estate investor in Germany. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical physics at UCLA in 1994 after winning a fellowship upon graduation from SSU.
Tom Bittancourt (’03) is a metrology process engineer at GE/PrimeStar Solar in Arvada, CO.
Ron Bleau (’79) passed away 2 January 2013 in Florida, where he had written that he enjoyed spoiling grandkids, assisting his wife Dianne with her two APHA Paint horses, riding and working on motorcycles and working on his tan. He was busy teaching the basics of physics and astronomy to several of his grandchildren and was an active Cub Scout Den Leader. He had retired in 2008 as a Senior Staff Research Engineer from the Skunk Works in Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. (photo)
Anthony Blume (’92) is a research and development engineer doing microwave design for Tektronix in Beaverton OR. He formerly worked for many years for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent.
Earl Boysen (’75) retired to Port Townsend, WA after various engineering positions in the semiconductor industry. He is the author of a blog on nanotechnology and the websites BuildingGadgets.com and UnderstandingNano.com. He has coauthored several books on electronics and nanotechnology, of which the most recent is Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects.
Kevin Bransford (’09) is a coach and training specialist in Lake Oswego, OR.
Keith Brister (’82) is a research beamline scientist and a senior research associate at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an associate research professor in Northwestern University’s Synchrotron Research Center. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics at Cornell University in 1989. He was formerly a staff scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source.
Patrick Brown (’08) is a project engineer at Deposition Sciences, Inc. in Santa Rosa.
Charles Bullen (’75) is retired and living in Auburn, CA. He was formerly the owner of a computer networking/service/consulting firm, Olympic Computer Services, Inc., serving the marine industry in the Northwest. Before that he was a radio electronics officer in the merchant marine.
Ben Burress (’85) is at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, where he is a staff astronomer and content developer. Formerly head observer at the Naval Prototype Optical Interferometer Observatory, an editor and writer on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, and a telescope operator on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, he has also taught high school mathematics and physics as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.
John Philip Cabaud (’80) is the principal of Serve Rite, an engineering services firm in Sonoma. He was formerly an engineer at Thermo Jarrel-Ash.
William F. Cabrall (’76) is a lead engineer with the Boeing Company in Colorado. He earned an M.B.A. in finance at the University of Denver in 1985.
Jesse A. Campagna (’04) is the epidemiologist in the emerging infections program in the Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration. He earned a Masters in Public Health, specializing in both Epidemiology and International Health, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009.
Miriam Carolin (’82) passed away 12 August 2010. She was a volunteer at the SSU Observatory for many years after her graduation, and she earned an M.A. in history at SSU in 1990 with a thesis on astronomer Heber D. Curtis. She also earned a B.A. in history at the University of Cincinnati many years before coming to SSU.
Charles Carpenter (’84) is a programmer with Western Industrial X-ray, Inc. in Fairfield.
Robert Chavez (’03) is teaching conceptual physics at San Francisco State University. He has also taught at physics and astronomy at the College of Marin , SSU, and Santa Rosa Jr. College. He holds previous B.S. (UC Berkeley) and M.S. (Stanford) degrees in electrical engineering.
Lisa Christensen (’94) is a technical writer and editor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, where she was formerly an accelerator operator. She earned a teaching credential and a master’s degree at Stanford University in 1995.
Bruce Clark (’86) is a senior quality engineer with TheraSense, now part of Abbott Diabetes Care, in Alameda.
Andrew Clawson (’05) is the product line manager for optical products at OptoSigma in Santa Ana.
Patrick Colbus (’05) was a process engineer doing molecular beam epitaxy and ion implantation in the High Frequency Technology Center at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa.
John Collins (’03) is an equipment technician for the School of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry at Sonoma State University. Formerly he was the principal of Gizmophile, an eBay store. He sold much of the surplus equipment from Darwin Hall when the building was emptied for remodelling.
Peter Conwell (’76) is an associate professor of physics at Westminster College in Utah. He earned his Ph.D. in computational physics at the University of Utah.
Christopher Cook (’88) is a thin film process development consultant in Massachusetts. Formerly dicrector of thin films development at Axsun Technologies, he previously built a thin film laboratory while simultaneously working at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and earning an M.S. in electro-optics engineering at Tufts University. He worked at Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. while a student at SSU.
Cherie Copeland (’95) when last heard from was a test engineer at Advanced Fibre Communications in Petaluma.
Melissa Crain Geissinger (’07) is the principal of New Skin Media, Santa Rosa, which specializes in website development, branding, and marketing for professional photographers. She also does photography.
Stephan Crandall (’82) is now an artist and photographer. He formerly managed a team of engineers for Polaris Networks in San Jose.
Gregory M. Crawford (’88) works in biotechnology sales with Novo Nordisk, a manufacturer of rDNA origin medications for the treatment of diabetes. He lives in Tracy.
Christopher Crosher (’01) is a Staff Engineer with Schafer Corporation in Albuquerque. He was formerly a graduate student and research assistant in the department of chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico.
Phil Cullen (’89) is a senior consultant with Manex, a non-profit NIST affiliate, helping small to mid-sized manufacturers to be more competitive. He earned an M.B.A. degree at Santa Clara University in 2008.
Antoinette Matthies Davis (’84) is the executive director of the Activities & Attractions Association of Hawaii, where she directed the creation of a Central Reservation/Global Distribution system for Hawaii’s activities & attractions: http://www.PonoRez.com. She earned an M.B.A. at the University of Hawaii in 2002.
Greg Davis (’90) is the lab technician in the Engineering/Physics Department at Santa Rosa Jr. College.
Jon Davis (’89) is a senior account support consultant for Hewlett Packard in Virginia, providing HP-UX Software Support for the AOL/Time Warner account.
Matt Davis (’93) teaches physics at Santa Rosa High School.
Tiffany Davis [formerly Borders] (’04) is a student at Animation Mentor, now living in Emeryville. She worked as a research and instrument analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute from 2008 to 2013 . She earned her M.S. in astronomy at San Diego State University in 2008. Formerly a telescope operator at the Very Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM, she worked at NRAO and also at the Hubble Space Telescope during summers while a student at SSU. She has been featured on the Hubble website.
Dakota Decker (’08) is a a development engineer in the propulsion department at SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA. He earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering at UCLA in 2009.
Susan Milligan DeFelice (’98) is an estate and trust manager with Lifetime Advocacy Plus in Seattle.
Richard K. DeFreez (’80) is a senior scientist for both Met One Instruments, Inc. in Grants Pass, OR and Photon Systems, Inc. in Covina, CA. He has held similar posts at MesoSystem Technology and Hach Homeland Security Technologies in Grants Pass, OR. He has also been on the faculty of Linfield Research Institute and the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. in applied physics in 1985. He was honored as one of Sonoma State University’s Distinguished Alumni in 1995.
Alan DeMars (’78) is a member of the DSP/BIOS Kernel development team at Texas Instruments in Santa Barbara, CA. He was formerly manager of DSP applications development with Ericsson IP Network Edge & Access in Santa Barbara. He received an M.S. in scientific instrumentation at UC Santa Barbara in 1980.
Joanne del Corral (’83) has been a lecturer in the SSU Department of Physics and Astronomy since graduation. She teaches several introductory laboratory courses.
Jeremy Dixon (’07) is an engineer with Soladigm, Inc. in Olive Branch, MS.
J. Robert Dobbson [formerly Mark Robinson] (’93) is the physical sciences technician at College of Marin.
Bill Dover (’95) is Director of Business Development for Edmund Industrial Optics.
Joel Drake (’82) is a Program Manager at General Atomics in the San Diego area.
Adolfo Duarte (’97) is an engineer with Advanced Projects International, Petaluma. He travels the world designing and implementing computer networks using satellite links to provide access to remote places.
Michael Duncan (’09) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at California State University, Fresno. He does research in experimental particle physics at CERN. He plans to go on for a Ph.D. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Alan Duquette (’93) is a quality supervisor at Amy’s Kitchen in Santa Rosa. He was formerly the quality manager at Dynatex International, a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment and materials in Santa Rosa.
Adam Dye (’09) is a full-time mathematician at International Game Technology in Reno and a part-time graduate student in mathematics at the University of Nevada, Reno
Douglas Epperson (’88) teaches physics, astronomy, and other science courses at West Valley College in Saratoga. He was formerly a lecturer in physics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2001 after doing research at the HERA accelerator in Hamburg, Germany. He earned his master’s degree in physics at San Francisco State University.
Lance Erickson (’80) is a professor of applied aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Florida in 1987.
Christopher Espenlaub (’86) retired in 2009 after 33 years as a psychiatric technician at the Sonoma Developmental Center.
Crystal Ewen (’12) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in applied physics at Northern Arizona University. She is also a software engineering intern at Raytheon.
Jim Eyer (’83) is a part time senior analyst with Distributed Utility Associates in Livermore. He is also a consulting analyst with Strategen and the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in Berkeley. Jim is also principal of his own consulting firm, E&I Consulting, in Oakland. He provides consulting services involving benefits, markets, applications and R&D related to 1) electrical generation fueled by renewable energy and 2) distributed energy resources (DERs) including distributed electrical generation and storage. A three-time candidate for Congress, he earned a B.A. with a double major in physics and management and he earned an M.A. in management at SSU.
Jarod Fahle (’12) is an acoustic test engineer at SGS in Lenexa, KS.
Keyvan Farahani (’85) is the Chief of the Imaging Guided Interventions Branch of the Cancer Imaging Program in the National Cancer Institute. He was formerly an assistant professor of radiological sciences and biomedical physics at UCLA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1993.
Richard Ferguson (’87) is a pilot with United Airlines, flying to Latin America from Miami. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force after graduation from SSU.
Davy Figaro (’91) is a physicist at PNI Corporation developing new orientation algorithms and working with magnetic sensing technology. Previously he worked as an electrical engineering consultant developing a custom RF network analyzer, and before that for seven years as a microwave engineer at Agilent Technologies.
Michael Fink (’93) teaches mathematics and science at Cooley Middle School in Roseville. Formerly a teacher at Cross & Crown Middle School in Rohnert Park, he earned his teaching credential at SSU in 1994.
Timothy Finnegan (’84) is a self-employed tax consultant in Kansas. He earned an M.S. in nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1986.
Winston Fisher (’09) is an an intern engineer at Zeiss XRM in Okaland. He was formerly an account executive at Ricoh Americas Corporation.
Elizabeth “Libby” Hays Flower (’93) is running a horse farm in Tennessee and practicing emergency medicine all over the country. For many years a physician practicing emergency medicine in Willits, she earned her M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco in 1997 and did her residency in Santa Rosa.
Justin Flory (’02) is a graduate student and research assistant pursuing a Ph.D. in the new Biological Design program at Arizona State University. After graduation he worked seven years as an engineer in the diabetes care division of Abbott in Alameda and at Symmetricom, Inc. in Santa Rosa. He also played in the American Philharmonic — Sonoma County.
Matthew Fontana (’12) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in chemistry at UCLA.
Leon Fossett, Sr. (’00) is a profesional real estate investor in Albany, OR. He was formerly a research and development engineer with Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis, Oregon.
Lydia Fowler (’82) is a tax specialist at H&R Block. She was formerly a pilot with United and other airlines.
Scott Fraser (’95) is teaching physics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He earned a Ph.D. in physics, with a dissertation on black holes and extra dimensions, at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. Previously he earned a certificate of advanced study in theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge after spending a year at the University of Heidelberg on a Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
Sean Fraser (’95) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at the University of California, Riverside. He has taught physics and astronomy at Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA. He was previously a lecturer in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his M.A. in 2002. He earned a certificate of advanced study in theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge in 1996 after spending a year at the University of Heidelberg on a Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
Marta Fuentes (’05) is teaching physical science at Making Waves Academy in Richmond. She earned her teaching credential at San Francisco State University in 2012. She was formerly a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at the University of Iowa and later worked in business.
Bill Garcia (’10) is a field service engineer at AlsoEnergy in Lafayette, CO.
Jim Garrett (’90) is substitute teaching in Bend, OR after nine years of teaching physics and physical science at Petaluma High School.
Alan Gilbert (’77) retired in 2008 as a programmer analyst and software engineer. After graduation he taught math and science in Swaziland as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Blaine Gilbreth (’10) is a graduate student in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Goldkind (’82) is a consultant on management and process engineering with Rebecca Robinson Associates, Inc. in Rough and Ready, CA. He also does consulting in optics.
Dennis Goodrow (’78) is a senior technical staff member at IBM Tivoli in Emeryville, developing products and services that enable enterprises to manage the security and compliance of desktops, servers, and mobile computing devices.
Paul Goodwin (’71) was chief scientist of Variance Dynamical Corp. in Kasilof, Alaska when he passed away on 21 October 2008. He earned a Ph.D. in geophysics at the University of Alaska, where he taught courses in philosophy and developed a physics program for the Alaska native community. He was at one time president of Earth Science Consulting and Technology Corp. and of the Fairbanks Native Association, Inc. He was also a consultant in mathematical neuropsychology in Anchorage.
Ross Goodwin (’78) is a managing partner with the Bennett Valley Group, Inc., a marketing and consulting firm in Santa Rosa, and also teaches business courses at College of Marin and Dominican College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SSU Alumni Association. He was formerly an account executive with Socratic Technologies, a market research firm in San Francisco and for many years a business customer research consultant for Hewlett-Packard. A former chair of the Bennett Valley School Board, he earned an M.B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1980.
Daniel Gospe (’04) is chief operating officer at dmi Networking Solutions in Santa Rosa.
Charles Granger (’08) is a graduate student in optics at the University of Rochester. In 2013 he earned an M.S. in physics at San Diego State University, concentrating on electro-optics.
Tim Graves (’01) is a business analyst with Pacific Pulmonary Services in Novato. For ten years he was an educational developer and information technology consultant on the NASA Education and Public Outreach team at Sonoma State University.
David Gray (’05) is the Equipment Division Manager at Deposition Sciences Inc. in Santa Rosa.
Barbara Allen Greene (’75) passed away 23 March 2008. She studied in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in psychology at SSU. She worked in alternate energy and computer programming.
Sean Greenwalt (’05) is a security guard in Santa Rosa. He was formerly assistant project manager at Solaris Inc., an installer of solar photovoltaic systems in Sebastopol, CA.
Douglas Greenwood (’81) is an internet sofware consultant in Tahoe City.
Robert Greeson (’89) is a Commander in the U.S. Navy.Formerly a naval pilot, he now uses his physics background to conduct analysis on underwater acoustics.
Steve Grossberg (’92) teaches mathematics at Churchill High School in Eugene, OR. From 2004-06 he taught high school mathematics, including International Baccalaureate courses, at the European School in Heredia, Costa Rica. Previously he taught math and science at Geyserville Educational Park, along with numerous courses for Sonoma State University’s PreCollege Programs.
Michael Grzesik (’00) is a graduate student in physics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Brooke Haag (’01) is a physics instructor at Hartnell College. She earned her Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the University of California, Davis in 2009.
Milton Hagler (’85) is one of the founding partners of Corigo, Inc., and is CTO, responsible for all software engineering, architecture and design. Located in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Corigo specializes in a SaaS web-based Vietnamese payroll system with integrated project management. Previously he founded VietCAD, which sells Autodesk products and provides CAD/CAM support and training in that country.
Zee Betty Hakimoglu (’75) is President and CEO of ClearOne Communications. In 2007 she won Frost & Sullivan’s 2007 Audio Conferencing CEO of the Year award. Formerly vice president for product line management of Oplink Communications in San Jose, she earned an M.S. in physics at Drexel University in 1979. She was chosen as one of SSU’s Distinguished Alumni in 2011.
Daniel R. Hale (’96) teaches physics and astronomy at Folsom Lake College. He earned an M.S. in physics at Michigan State University.
Luke Haley (’11) is a process engineer at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa.
John J. Hall (’80) is teaching middle and high school science and math in Sonoma County. He earned his teaching credential at SSU in 1998 after working as a thin film design and project engineer at Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc., Santa Rosa for 15 years.
Barnell Hampton (’98) when last heard from was a software qualification engineer with Next Level Communications in Rohnert Park and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Brooks Hanley (’12) is a graduate student and graduate teaching associate at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where is he pursuing both an MS in electrical engineering and an MBA.
Elizabeth Harmony (’05) is a laboratory technician at Broadcom in Petaluma, working in Ethernet Passive Optical Networking (EPON) testing.
Roy W. Harthorn (’78) is a building safety and code consultant in Santa Barbara. With grants from the state and federal governments he published a book on methods for the temporary shoring and stabilization of earthquake-damaged historic buildings. He is a former chief of building and safety for the city of Santa Barbara and is currently a member of the California State Historic Building Safety Board.
David K. Hawk (’77) is retired from his position as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale.
John H. Hayes (’97) was until recently a computer specialist with the high energy astrophysics division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA. He works with the user support group of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Harvey Hecht (’92) is the information technology manager for Service Employees International Union Local 1021 in northern California. He earned a master's degree in computer science at Regis University in 2006, and he is now a Ph.D. candidate in applied computer science at NorthCentral University.
Michael W. Helm (’82) is a network engineer working on the Energy Sciences Network at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Don Herriot (’72) is now the owner of ABV Anderson Bine and Vine in Anderson, SC. He was the director of Innovista Partnerships, the research district established by the University of South Carolina from 2010 to 2013. He retired in 2009 from his position as head of Global Chemical Operations for Swiss drug maker Roche Pharmaceuticals. He was responsible for the production of Roche's chemically produced pharmaceutical active ingredients at four factories in Europe and two in the US. He has also served as chairman of the South Carolina Governor’s Task Force on Workforce Education, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the School Foundation. He serves on the board of the Palmetto Institute, and he was one of SSU’s Distinguished Alumni in 2003. In 2005 he was further honored with the Ashpy P. Lowrimore award of the United Way of Florence County.
Richard Hertz (’78) is the principal of Hertz Research, a polling and software company in Bodega Bay. Currently he is also teaching a course in the SSU Department of Political Science, in which he earned his M.A. in 1989.
Roman Hewette (’05) is working on biomedical equipment as a member of the U.S. Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base. He will soon move to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he will join the 9th Space Operations Squadron to work on space operations.
Victoria Moore Hewitt (’87) and her husband own and operate a thoroughbred horse farm, Arundel Farm, in Paris, Kentucky. They are also authors, whose first novel won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for fantasy and romance. She was formerly the principal of Lawrence Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa.
Jeremy Hieb (’03) is an electric powertrain engineer at Zero Motorcycles in Scotts Valley.
Laurel Allen Highland (’83) is a teaching assistant, teaching science at Forestville Elementary School. She was formerly an engineer at Optoelectronics.
Jim Hill (’71) retired in 1999 from teaching physics at Piner High School in Santa Rosa. He is a past president of the Northern California/Nevada section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Logan Z. Hill (’06) is a security operations technician with EdgeWave.
Victor Hipkiss (’96) is an engineer at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa.
Daniel Hogan (’99) is an officer in the U.S. Navy, currently the communications officer aboard the USS Pennsylvania, a nuclear submarine based in Bangor, Washington.
Ian Holland (’95) is a counselor working with the Academy of Healing Arts for Teens, running groups to raise social and emotional intelligence. He formerly worked in the alcohol and drug program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Ben Hood (’90) is principal of Designed Solutions, a worldwide software consulting firm based in Colorado.
Henry Hoppe (’74) and his wife operate a tour business in Napa.
Lynn Marie Hubbard (’75) is an environmental scientist at the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority. The recipient of a National Center for Atmospheric Research fellowship upon graduation from SSU, she earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California, Riverside.
Monika Ivancic (’93) is the associate director of the Magnetic Resonance Facility in the Chemistry Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Formerly a postdoctoral researcher in biochemistry at the University of Vermont, she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University in 2001.
Ashley Janny [formerly Wiren] (’04) is an engineer at Boeing in Kent, WA. She is also an officer in the Washington National Guard in a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear unit. She earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005.
Holly Jessop (’93) is the lead statistician in the Worker Health & Safety Branch of the Department of Pesticide Regulation in the California Environmental Protection Agency. She is also a Ph.D. student in epidemiology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She earned an M.S. in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in 2008 and a second M.S., in public health, at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2011. She formerly worked in the Education and Public Outreach program of the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Miriam Jewell [formerly Tobin] (’90) and her husband operate the Jewell Ranch in Sebastopol, where they have apple orchards, grape vineyards, and a trucking business.
Steve Jilka (’71) is a project manager with Teradata in San Diego.
Kevin John (’07) is an educational science support assistant in SSU’s Education and Public Outreach Group.
Chris Johnson (’09) is teaching physics at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA.
John R. Johnson (’80) is retired after working as an hardware or software engineer at Ford Aerospace, Rockwell Avionics, Lockheed Space Operations Company, Daden Engineering and KW Microwave in southern California. He designed hardware and software components and systems..
Jon M. Jurgovan (’85) is a senior patent attorney and partner in the Electronics and Computer Technology Group of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta. He earned an M.S. in electronic engineering at California State University, Fullerton and a J.D. at Washington & Lee University in Virginia.
Rick Kamen (’80) is running three on-line businesses: HeirloomStories.com, which sells his book of stories by his father, AutographedByAuthor.com, which connects readers with authors, and Elderhood.com, for the “third stage of life.” He is also a docent at Torrey Pines State Reserve and the Museum of Man.
Alon Katz (’93) is a founder of the Boulder Developer Collaborative, LLC, and a web applications developer at Headsets.com
Jeff Kavanaugh (’94) is an associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta and the director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program. Formerly a postdoctoral researcher in the department of geography at the University of California at Berkeley, he earned his Ph.D. in earth and ocean sciences at the University of British Columbia in 2000. His research in glacier dynamics has taken him to the Yukon, Antarctica, and points in between.
David M. Kelson (’80) is the principal of David Kelson Sound, Inc., which provides full production sound and production video assist services for the motion picture and television industries.
Bruce Kemmell (’72) has taught physics and mathematics at several colleges in New Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of New Mexico in 1992.
Tim Kimball (’92) is a data archive specialist at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Kerry King (’87) passed away in November 2007 after tutoring mathematics, chemistry, and physics at Santa Rosa Jr. College for many years. She earned a degree in accounting and worked in that field before coming to SSU. She was proud to be an SSU physics graduate.
Bill Kobabe (’90) is teaching fifth grade at Woodland Star Charter School in Sonoma. He has been the principal of Bill Kobabe Woodworking in Petaluma and a teacher of woodworking and physics at several schools.
Paul Kohlmann (’92) is a senior engineer and manager of the science and technology labs for Flex Products, a division of JDSU in Santa Rosa. In 2009 he graduated from the Empire College School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar.
Bruce Kuhlman (’81, physics and biology) passed away 8 August 2010. He was an engineer who worked at Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. and several other companies, the last being Cierra Photonics in Santa Rosa. He was also known as a tennis player.
John Lacombe (’83) is the network administrator for Pacific Lists, Inc., a list brokerage and management company in Corte Madera.
Robert Lahaderne (’94) is a Senior Quality Manager at Endologix Inc. in southern California. He was formerly an engineering manager with the Design Assurance team at Medtronic Endovascular in Santa Rosa and a senior process engineer at SpectraSwitch, Inc., he earned an M.B.A. at the University of San Francisco in 2007.
David J. Lamb (’94) is an advanced physics research specialist in the Optical Systems Division of 3M in St. Paul, MN, where he is currently working on applications development for LCD TVs and desktop monitors and managing a group of application engineers who are dedicated to improving display energy efficiency while maintaining visual performance and quality. He received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1999, where he worked on the use of Fresnel lenses in a proposed space-based extensive air shower observatory called the Orbiting Wide-angle Light-collector (OWL).
David Lapp (’84) teaches physics and calculus at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA, and has taught part-time at SSU. He spent 2002-03 at Tufts University where he wrote a book, The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments, while holding a prestigious Wright Fellowship. He earned his M.S. in physics in 1990 at DePaul University.
Kenneth Larson (’69) is a professor emeritus of computer science at Southern Oregon University, now living in Corvallis, OR. He earned an M.A. in mathematics at SSU in 1970 and a Ph.D. in information and computer science at the University of California, Irvine in 1977.
Rodney Lee (’97) teaches courses in physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy at Chemeketa Community College in Santiam, OR. He is also currently working on a second master's degree in chemical and life sciences at the University of Maryland. Formerly at Marin Catholic High School, he earned his teaching credential at SSU in 1999 and an M.S. in astronomy at Swinburne University of Technology in 2003.
Paul LeFebvre is a thin film engineering consultant in Oregon. He worked as an engineer at JDSU in Santa Rosa for more than thirty years and then as an engineering manager at Deposition Sciences, Inc. for two.
Orion Leland (’08) is a process engineer at Twin Creeks Technologies in San Jose.
Mark Lenhart (’94) was formerly a quality control technician with ARM Systems in Cotati.
Valerie J. Leppert (’87) is an associate professor in the School of Engineering of the University of California, Merced and a Visiting Associate Professor in the department of chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Davis. She earned her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University in 1994.
Linda Lindsley (’02) was formerly a graduate student and research assistant in science and engineering of materials at Arizona State University.
Joseph Lingad (’02) is a videographer and producer for the Wall Street Journal in New York City. He received certification in film production from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in 2008.
Mark Loguillo (’03) is an Instrument Systems Scientific Associate at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He was formerly a systems engineer with United Space Alliance working with hazardous gas detection systems in and around the space shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center.
Eric Lundy (’09) is a manufacturing process engineer at Alluxa (formerly Sirrus Technology) in Santa Rosa. He earned an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012.
Amy Weber Madruga (’97) is a full-time mom in Monument, CO. Formerly an engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. in Petaluma and Next Level Communications, Inc. in Rohnert Park, she has served as a member of the executive board of the SSU Alumni Association.
Gregory Madruga (’96) is a senior systems analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Monument, CO. He was formerly an assistant vice president for network services at North American Mortgage Company, where he managed the voice and data networks for the company’s 300 branch offices.
Julia Maisen (’03) is the online giving coordinator coordinator at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey.
Jeanie Mar (’05) earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007.
Mario Marckwordt (’95) is an aerospace engineer at the University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory. He earned his M.S. in physics at San Francisco State University in 1997. (photo)
Patricia Marriott (’67) is retired. She worked for IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Electronic Arts, Adobe, and other companies in various software development, marketing, and excecutive positions. The Department’s first graduate, she earned an M.S. in computer science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1976.
David E. Marshall (’88) is an information technology consultant, private pilot, and aircraft owner. He currently manages the IT support group in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences at Humboldt State University, where he earned an M.S. in mathematical modeling in 1998.
Donald W. Martin (’83) retired this year after fourteen years as an instructional assistant in mathematics at Berkeley City College. He had previously taught in a prison and at Solano Community College and worked as a telescope operator at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Kenneth Martinelli (’09) is a quality engineer with Sonoma Photonics, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp., in Santa Rosa.
Nancy Mason [formerly Kunnari] (’90) is an engineer at Atmel Corporation in San Jose.
Michael May (’04) is a project design engineer for Alliant Techsystems in Maryland working on missile and launch vehicle programs.
James A. McBride (’75) is an independent wealth management advisor in Petaluma. He did similar work for 18 years with Merrill Lynch in Santa Rosa and has been the business editor of KFTY Channel 50. A past president of the SSU Alumni Association, he earned a second bachelor’s degree in mathematics at SSU in 1976 and an MBA at Pepperdine University in 1983.
Michael McBride (’75) is retired. He was formerly a regional sales representative for Gallagher Fluid Seals and a sales manager with Research Electro-Optics, Inc. A past president of the SSU Alumni Association, he earned his M.A. at the American Graduate School of International Management in 1977.
Corey McCarthy (’04) is a pilot with Atlantic Southeast Airlines. He graduated from the Commercial Airline Pilot Training program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2005.
Ryan McDaniel (’07) is an engineer at Deposition Sciences, Inc. in Santa Rosa and is also helping out the astronomy program at SSU.
Jennifer McIntosh-Wright [formerly Wright] (’83) is a quality engineer at JDSU, Santa Rosa.
Douglas McKenzie (’83) is an applications and sales engineer at Dillon/Quality Plus, Inc. He is also the guitarist for the Pulsators.
Timothy McKernan (’05) is a lifecycle support engineer working on solar electric inverters for Fronius International GmbH in Wels, Austria.
Andrew E. McLean (’75) is a Senior Account Executive for SPSS, Inc. selling data mining and analytical software to the financial industry.
Alexander McMahon (’07) is a network engineer at Apex Systems. Formerly a software engineer for 3D Research Corp. in Maryland, he is now working on a master's degree in system engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Tom McMahon (’85) works at the University of Arizona, where he has been the project manager for the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, and for two instruments for the Giant Magellan Telescope. He was previously principal systems engineer of the Multiband Imager for the Spitzer space Telescope, and he has worked on several other major instruments.
Scott McWilliams (’91) is director of laser development at Photodigm Inc. in Richardson, TX, where he develops indium phosphide-based surface-emitting lasers for telecom applications. He earned an M.S.E. in electronic materials and devices at San José State University in 1996.
Nickolas Melville (’93) is a a senior engineer building batteries for satellites with Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto. He earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering at UC Davis in 1995.
David E. Miller (’96) is a graduate student in experimental particle physics at Purdue University, where he received his M.S. in 2000. He is now based at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory while conducting research at Fermilab..
Kalie Miller (’12) is a structural analyst working on the KC-46 tanker program with the Boeing company in Everett, Washington.
Iad Mirshad (’89) is an applications engineer with Therma-Wave, Inc., a maker of metrology systems in Fremont. He earned a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics at the University of California, Davis in 1995.
Richard Montgomery (’81) is a professor and past chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he works on the N-body problem of classical mechanics. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.
Frank Moraes (’90) is an author. He earned a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology in 1995.
Fausto Morales (’90) is the Director of Organization at Neo Metrics, a Business Intelligence consultancy based in Madrid, Spain. He also invents and publishes logic puzzles, and was interviewed recently for the “Once a Physicist” column in the June 2010 issue of Physics World. He earned an M.S. in physics at the University of Michigan in 1991 and an M.S. in mathematics at Bowling Green State University in 1993.
Brett Morgan (’82) is the Chief Technology Officer at Global Payout, Inc. in San Diego.
Sharon Gilkison Morganelli (’76) is a disclosure analyst with Jones Hall, a municipal bond law firm in San Francisco.
Douglas A. Morris (’78) is the president of Polaris Battery Laboratories, LLC, a lithium ion processing center, and also of EnerSol, Inc. a consulting business focused on batteries and energy systems, both in the Portland, OR area. He is also a board advisor or partner to several other companies in energy systems, and he is co-chairman of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Finance Steering Committee. He was formerly vice president of Motorola's Energy Systems Group in Lawrenceville, GA.
Kathleen Morrison (’11) is teaching physical science in San Rafael. She earned her teaching credential at SSU in 2012.
Stephen K. Mosier (’90) is an anesthesiologist associated with the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his M.D. at the State University of New York at Brooklyn in 1998 and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.
David Munton (’82) conducts research in the Space and Geophysics Laboratory of the Applied Research Laboratories of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1991.
James Musto (’88) is Information System Manager at the Pacific Coast Tariff Bureau in Alameda, CA.
Chuck Neely (’13) is an associate engineer at Deposition Sciences, Inc. in Santa Rosa.
John C. Nelson (’76) is a an independent consultant in nanotechnology. He was formerly a senior research specialist with the 3M Display and Graphics Business Laboratory in Petaluma.
Leslie Kormier Nelson (’96) is a project scientist at WZI Inc., an environmental engineering and consulting firm in Bakersfield, CA. She is working towards an M.S. in Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Donald Nemec (’75) is a retired laboratory technician in Kingman, AZ.
Daniel Nicholas (’06) is a technical services engineer at EandM in Healdsburg.
David Nielsen (’74) retired in 2005 from his position as a computer systems supervisor in the Division of Emergency Services and Homeland Security of the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Leif Noble (’01) is a sales and marketing analyst at HydroPoint Data Systems in Petaluma. He also consults on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and finance. He was a business banker for Wells Fargo in Santa Rosa.
John P. Norton (’74) is a reporter, covering chemical demilitarization, technology and schools for the Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, Colorado.
Dan Nottingham (’89) is a marketing manager for Kronos, Inc. in Chelmsford, MA. He formerly participated in rocket-launching experiments for the Boston University Center for Space Physics.
Lauren J. Novatne (’89) is the physics instructor at Reedley College. She earned her M.S. in physics at California State University, Fresno in 1999.
Zachary Nuño (’07) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at California State University, Long Beach, writing his master’s thesis on Apertureless Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy. He will begin work on a Ph.D. at the University of California, Merced in Fall 2011.
Bill Oakes (’96) is an engineering manager at Medtronic in Santa Rosa. He was formerly a manufacturing manager at JDSU in Santa Rosa.
Laura Odeh (’00) earned an M.F.A. in the New York University Graduate Acting Program and is now acting in New York City. Formerly a marketing engineer in the electronics and solutions group at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa, she was SSU’s student commencement speaker in 2000.
Bruce Odekirk (’78) is Director of SiC Technology at Microsemi PPG in Oregon. Former positions include vice president of engineering of Zeus Semiconductor and vice president of technology for Sarif, both in Vancouver, Washington. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology in 1982.
Dan O’Donnell (’83) is the Information Systems Security Officer for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica.
Ryan Olson (’07) is a student in the Naturopathic Doctor program at Bastyr University in San Diego. He has worked as a youth camp coordinator for Cal Adventures.
Art Onwan (’93) is teaching math and science at Bangkok Christian College in Thailand. Formerly a nuclear medical science officer in the health physics department at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., he earned an M.S. in physics at the University of North Dakota.
Chris Ott (’85) is the principal of Christopher’s Designs, a residential design studio in Santa Rosa, and the director of marketing for the International Footbag Players’ Association.
Ed Ott (’01) is teaching physics, chemistry, technology, and forensics at Pottstown High School in Pottstown, PA. He earned his teaching credential in 2002 at SSU.
Benjamin J. Owen (’93) is a professor of physics and director of the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at Pennsylvania State University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013 “for leadership in understanding how neutron stars can produce gravitational waves, for creating better methods to search for these waves, and for demonstrating how gravitational wave observations can be used to probe the structure and dynamics of neutron stars.” He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1998 at Caltech, where he was awarded the Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize “awarded annually to the Caltech PhD candidate whose research is judged to exhibit the greatest degree of originality as evidenced by its potential for opening up new avenues of human thought and endeavor as well as by the ingenuity with which it has been carried out.” He was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship upon graduation from SSU.
John Palmerlee (’85) is an independent contractor holding the position of senior software engineer with The Workhorse Group. He is also writing a science fiction novel. A pilot, he is on the board of the CAFE Foundation.
James A. Patrick (’83) is a military pilot based in Arizona and currently serving in Afghanistan.
Danny Paulson (’02) is a Realtor in Sebastopol. Formerly a science teacher at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, he earned his teaching credential at Sonoma State University in 2003.
Andrew Peri(’91) has taught part-time in the department of geography and human environmenthttp://geog.sfsu.edu/ at San Francisco State University, where he earned an M.A. in 2005. The former executive director for the Bay Model Association in Sausalito, he also is working as an advocacy coordinator for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and as a campaigner for Green Sangha (www.greensangha.org) where he co-directs their "Rethinking Plastics".
Richard Peters (’06) is a patent attorney and head of intellectual property practice at Inventus Law in Palo Alto. He earned his law degree at the University of New Mexico before coming to SSU.
Eileen Philips (’74) is a retired programmer living in Novato.
David Piazza (’91) is teaching science at Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan. He has also taught physical sciences at the Branson School in Ross. and at El Molino High School in Forestville since earning his teaching credential at SSU. He earned a master’s degree in science education at the University of Washington in 1999.
Jim Pisano (’82) is a software engineer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA, where he develops software for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.
Bert Plambeck (’78) is senior marketing manager with KLA-Tencor Corp. in San Jose. He has published papers on overlay metrology and the implementation of coherence probe microscopy.
Claude Plymate (’81) is Telescope Engineer/Chief Observer for the Big Bear Solar Observatory 1.6-meter New Solar Telescope. He was formerly site manager of the National Solar Observatory’s McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope at Kitt Peak. He received the AURA Technology and Innovation Award in 2001 and earned an M.S. in astronomy from the University of Western Sydney in 2003.
Jeff Porter (’83) is now working in the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He formerly did high energy physics research in the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Washington. Before that he was database leader for the Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC (STAR) experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1995 at the University of California, Davis while participating in the DiLepton Spectrometer experiment.
Robert Porter (’71) is a retired international business and product development consultant living in Sebastopol. He earned his Ph.D. in psychophysiology at World College and University, UNESCO, in 1982.
Austin Powell (’11) is working for Legion Freightlines in Santa Rosa.
John Proud (’73) taught physics and astronomy for many years at Punahou School in Honolulu, where he chaired the science department and was director of the school’s challenge ropes course.
Peter Quinliven (’04) is working for PG&E in San Francisco. Formerly an energy analyst with the California Energy Commission, he earned an M.S. in physics at the University of California, Davis in 2005.
Ryan Quitzow-James (’05) is a graduate student in physics at the University of Oregon, where he earned his master’s degree in 2008 and is now working in the LIGO group.
Johannes Raab (’79) is an auditor with a large insurance company in Munich, Germany. he earned a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1987 and did postdoctoral research at CERN, the University of Mainz, and the Max Planck Institute.
Roberto Ramirez (’72) has retired after teaching mathematics and physics for many years at Windsor High School and bilingual mathematics and science in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at SSU. Honored with a $15,000 Outstanding High School Teachers of America award by the Carlston Family Foundation in 2001, he was one of SSU’s Distinguished Alumni in 2002.
Linda Rarey (’88) is a nuclear medicine technologist at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She also performs PET/CT scans for DMS, a mobile imaging company. For eighteen years she was a clinical coordinator and instructor in Radiologic Technology at Santa Rosa Junior College and a lecturer at SSU. She earned a master’s degree in an interdisciplinary major, Aging and Medical Facilities, at SSU in 1997.
Chris Ray (’87) is a professor of physics and astronomy at St. Mary’s College of California. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1994 at the University of California, Davis.
Jim Rector (’76) has retired after 23 years as a network operations specialist with Sprint in Sacramento. He now works part-time for the California Department of Parks and Recreation at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.
John G. Reinecke (’84) is an engineer/scientist buying and building state of the art spectral measurement equipment to accurately measure the thin film coatings at JDS Uniphase. He was awarded a patent for contributions to a hand held instrument for measuring the color shift by angle of ink on $20 bills.
Katherine Rhode (’89) is an associate professor of astronomy at Indiana University. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program award by the National Science Foundation. She was formerly an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, dividing her time between Yale University, where she earned her Ph.D. in astronomy in 2003, and Wesleyan University, where she earned an M.S. in astronomy in 1997.
Kenneth Ritley (’88) is now the head of global IT operations–Server/StorageNetwork for Sulzer in Winterthur, Switzerland. He was formerly a manager with the SBB, which is the Swiss National Railway. He earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Illinois in 1998 and afterward was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mallory Roberts (’94) is a visiting professor at New York University Abu Dhabi and an astrophysicist with Eureka Scientific. He also makes science-themed documentary films with Les Films Kookaburra. He earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics at Stanford University in 2000.
Willie Rodriquez (’97) is District Manager of Burney Water District in Burney, CA. He was formerly a product safety engineer at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa.
Michael Rogen (’84) is retired after many years with Maxon Precision Motors, Inc., Burlingame, where he was vice president of electronics sales and marketing. He is now consulting in Shanghai, China.
Peter Rooney (’86) is working with the Fratelli Group, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. He was formerly the deputy staff director of the House of Representatives Committee on Science. From 1999 -2002 he was the founding Executive Director of the Forum on Technology & Innovation. As the American Physical Society’s Congressional Fellow for 1998 he worked in the office of Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, San Diego, where he was an IBM fellow.
Josh Rose (’07) is a Product Engineer for TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. in Santa Rosa.
Tina Dearmin Rosenberg (’92) is a preschool teacher at the Santa Rosa Junior College Children’s Center.
W. Chris Rostel (’96) is program manager for the special products group at Deposition Sciences, Inc. in Santa Rosa. He is also a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Scott Rowlands (BS, 6/86) is a product manager for JDSU in Santa Rosa.
Lou Sanchez-Chopitea (’88) is a senior quality analyst engineer at Riverbed Technology in Sunnyvale. He was formerly a software engineer at Xilinx in San Jose. and a control systems programmer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Jeff Sandberg (’90) is Water Conservation Programs Coordinator for the City of Portland Bureau of Water Works. He works in the engineering department performing water efficiency surveys and providing technical assistance to the commercial sector.
Gabriela Sanz-Douglass (’08) is a graduate student and research asssistant in aerospace engineering at San Diego State University. In spring 2013 she worked at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.
Jerilynn Schisser (’03) is a laboratory technician for Veolia Water at the Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant. She has been a chemist at Analytical Sciences in Petaluma and a quality engineer at Triformix. She has also taught physics and chemistry at Bethel High School in Vallejo and worked as an optical engineer developing three-dimensional graphics systems with Real D in Beverly Hills.
Jacques Schlumberger (’82) is president of Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine Estate in Healdsburg. He and his wife Barbara were recognized by SSU with an Alumni Community Achievement Award in 2007.
Else-Marie Schmidt (’94) is a senior engineer at Agilent EEsof EDA in Santa Rosa.
Greg Seeger (’74) is the owner of Sport Select, providing software to ski areas and sporting goods stores.
Niles Severy (’71) is a professor at Napa Valley College, where he teaches physics, engineering, and mathematics. He is the director of two projects run by consortia of community colleges: the Network Training Academy Collaborative and the Certified Software Developer Specialist 2+2 Collaborative. He earned an M.S. in geology at the University of Colorado.
Alexander Sevilla (’07) is an electronics techician at Deposition Sciences, Inc. in Santa Rosa. He formerly worked on the design and construction of electric vehicles for Thunderstruck Motors in Santa Rosa.
Hugh Shacklett (’92) retired from his position as program manager for environmental cleanup (PCBs) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1996. He is now a teaching assistant in the Special Education program at Rancho Cotate High School, where he helps teach 9th grade physical science.
Lorie Siebler (’03) is the Assistant Department Director of the Resource and Referral Department for the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County.
Peter Sieck (’82) is a consultant in thin film design and manufacture for R&D and production groups. He was for many years a senior scientist with AFG Development Corporation in Petaluma, where he developed new window coatings for buildings and cars.
Mary Silber (’81) is a professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. She earned her Ph.D. in physics at the University of California at Berkeley.
Sarah Silva (’02) is the proprietor of A Pet's Vacation in Sebastopol. She was formerly the program manager in the NASA Education and Public Outreach Team at Sonoma State University.
Tim Silver is an independent translator of Japanese working in Tokyo. He earned a master's degree in international relations at the University of California, San Diego.
Gray Slater (’04) was until recently working with electron beam coating machines at Research Electro-Optics, Inc. in Boulder, CO.
Stephanie “Steph” Snedden (’83) is an astronomer at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico working on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. An employee of New Mexico State University, she earned her Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
James Snyder (’97) is a research engineer in the Applied Optics Laboratory at SRI International in Menlo Park. Formerly he was a program manager at Deposition Sciences Inc. in Santa Rosa.
Paul Somerville (’93) is a partner in MojoJava, a combination Cafe/Motorcycle shop in San Francisco. He has also been a project manager for Coherent, Inc. in Santa Clara and a motorcycle racer. (photo)
Keith Soreng (’81) is the principal of Golden Gates, a Petaluma-based company that specializes in custom automatic gates and entry systems.
Greg Sprehn (’93) and his wife provide technical and scientific consulting services to medical device startups as Rivendell Heights, Inc. He has been a physicist in remote sensing, chief scientist in radiological imaging, and vice president of engineering in ophthalmic imaging. He has been awarded several patents in image processing and fiber-optics.
Bob Steele (’71) founded Motion Engineering, Inc. in Santa Barbara in 1990. Now chief technical officer, he is using skills that had their start with an NCR Century 200 computer at Sonoma State. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1977 at UC Santa Barbara.
Lee Steele (’85) is a technical writer in Silicon Valley. He worked recently on NASA’'s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
Tyana Stiegler (’03) earned a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics at Texas A&M University in 2013. She worked on the LUX (Large Underground Xenon Detector) Project, a dark matter direct detection experiment in South Dakota. She earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of California, Davis.
Joshua Stortz (’12) is an assistant A/V technical manager at AvaCon, Inc. and the principal and executive producer of the Vesuvius Group, LLC, an international collaborative of creatives specializing in developing online environments for community-building.
Mary Stowell [formerly Howland] (’86) is works in ophthalmic lens design and new product development in the San Diego area. She was for many years an optical engineering manager at Signet Armorlite, Inc., a manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses in San Marcos.
Daniel Swearingen (’91) is the Director of Studio Operations of Autistry Studios, a non-profit organization to help teens and young adults with social, communication, and learning differences become successful independent adults, in Marin County. A long-time programmer, webmaster, and businessman, he earned a master’s degree in physics at California State University, Northridge in 1991, and a second master’s in astronomy at Indiana University in 1997.
Geoffrey Syphers (’93) is the chief executive officer of Sonoma Clean Power, the new, locally controlled electricity provider in Sonoma County. He was formerly chief stainability officer of Codding Enterprises in Rohnert Park, managing the transition to sustainable development through awareness education, training, policies and certification of all construction at Sonoma Mountain Village. He earned his M.S. in Energy Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1994.
Ryan Taylor (’07) is a senior engineering technician at Soladigm, Inc. in Santa Rosa.
Kevin Thomas (’02) is a police officer working for the California State University system.
William C. Tomlinson (’83) is the systems administrator for Royce Instruments, Inc., a producer of test instruments used in the research and development of new silicon chips. He earned a second B.A., in management, at SSU in 1992, and an MBA, with a specialization in MIS, at the University of Arizona in 1994.
Tedman Torres (’04) is an officer in the U.S. Navy. He recently completed a tour as the electrical officer in the engineering department of the U.S.S. Preble and is now in the nuclear propulsion program. He was formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, FL. He earned his Ph.D. in biological physics at Arizona State University in 2009 with a dissertation on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
David Turkington (’85) is now sermi-retired. He was formerly the project coordinator for the National Center for Data Mining/Laboratory for Advanced Computing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned an MBA in 1996. He has taught English in Japan and high school mathematics and physics as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.
Kris Tyson (’05) is a product development supervisor in 3M’s Optical Systems Division in St. Paul, MN, where he leads product development teams developing the next generation of LCD-based optical films for smartphones. He earned a master’s degree in management of technology at the University of Minnesota in 2012.
Raymond Ubelhart (’91) is a software scientist for Harris Corporation in southern California. He earned an M.S. in computer and engineering science at SSU in 2004. He has also worked in the Communications Solutions Group at Agilent Technologies and at Sola Optical USA Inc., Petaluma.
Clyde Underwood (’74) is a quality assurance engineer with the electronic products and solutions group in the signal sources product generation unit of Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa.
Michelle Valencia [formerly Jones] (’03) is teaching observational astronomy at Mendocino College. She has been a docent at Taylor Observatory in Kelseyville.
Paul Vanderbilt (’76) is an integrated circuit designer of 40+ Gbps communications chips with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in San Diego.
Tomas Vera (’84) is a software engineer working in the Sacramento area. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduation from SSU.
Keith Waxman (’90) is an instructor of astronomy and head of the astronomy program at Santa Rosa Jr. College. He was formerly a part-time lecturer there, at San Francisco State University, where he earned an M.S. in earth and space science in 1994, and at SSU.
Eric Weiss (’91) is Director of Technical Services for Uplogix, a management company in Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Washington in 1998 with research in experimental particle physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Brenton White (’84) is the principal of Brenton White Company in Loveland, CO. He was formerly a product manager in measurement and automation software technology for Agilent Technologies in Loveland.
Mark Wiedeman (’09) is a remote solar designer for Sungevity Solar Home Specialists in Oakland, CA. He uses satellite imagery to remotely determine the solar potential of rooftops and uses point recognition software to design and place digital solar arrays.
Suryadi Wijono (’94) is senior marketing manager for polyamides and foams at BASF in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Dan Wilcox (’89) is a research support specialist at Cornell University’s Space Sciences Lab. He was for many years an electronics technician at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii.
Jamie Williams (’06) is a youth program coordinator for Women’s Mountain Passages, a non-profit agency devoted to improving the lives of women and youth in Quincy, CA.
Steve Williamson (’73) is a principal of MCTS, a consultant for manufacturing companies implementing productivity improvement and employee involvement. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in physics at UCLA in 1975.
Geoffrey A. Wilson (’84) is a research physicist working on bioparticle detection at Hach Homeland Security Technologies in Grants Pass, OR. He formerly worked at Coherent Technologies in Boulder, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology in 1992.
Zachary Wiren (’02) is working in health physics at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He earned a Ph.D. in physics at Oregon State University in 2008.
Alan J. Witten (’99) retired from his position as manager of inside sales at DEY L.P., a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Napa, in 2003. He is now active in community and charitable organizations in Lincoln, CA.
Laura Withnell (’00) is an asphalt quality control technician in Battleground, WA.
Anna Wojtowicz (’13) is a research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she is developing software for enhancing nuclear reactor simulation modeling and data analysis.
Justin Wolfe (’01) is a component engineer for mirrors and polarizers at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Formerly an engineer at Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc., Santa Rosa, he earned an M.S. in optical sciences at the University of Arizona.
R. Gary Wong (’75) is a chiropractor in Santa Rosa. He is Board certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics, a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, and a California Qualified Medical Examiner.
Katherine “Katy” Wyman (’09) is a technical assistant in the Director’s Office for the Chandra X-Ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. She earned a master's degree in astronomy at Wesleyan University in 2011. A poster based on her thesis research won a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the June 2012 meeting of the American Astronomical Society. She did research in radio astronomy at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in summer 2009.
Bradley Yearwood (’09) is a senior software engineer at Calix Networks, Petaluma.
Michael Youmans (’07) is a manufacturing engineer at Spectra-Physics in Sunnyvale.
Ryan Young (’10) is a sales engineer at AER Worldwide in Fremont.
Gary Zupan (’69) is an engineer working for the Food and Drug Administration on approval and regulation of medical devices with embedded software such as MRI, CAT-scan, ultrasound, pacemakers, infusion pumps and dialysis. He was formerly a consulting software engineer with Legendary Systems, Inc. and was a self-employed software engineer for many years. He earned an M.Ed. at Hyles-Anderson College in 1983.