SSU has 476 physics graduates, of whom 364 (76%) are listed here. While not totally representative, this list does show what many physics graduates do.
Peter Hiep A (’15) is the production coordinator at Seedles LLC in San Rafael.
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) is the worldwide senior business development manager at IMRA America, Inc. He has worked at several companies in the laser field since earning 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) passed away 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 Wells Fargo Online Financial Services and a computer graphic specialist and accelerator system operator at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Frederick Arioli, Jr. (’75) retired in 2014 after many years as an engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Palo Alto. He 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 part-time mathematics instructor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. 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 electro-optical engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Palo Alto, CA. She earned an M.S. in physics at San Diego State University. She is also an optical engineering intern at Cymer in San Diego. She formerly interned at Raydiance in Petaluma.
Brandon Baker (’13) is a distributed antenna system technician with Ridge Communications in San Ramon. He formerly worked for Yupana LLC in Walnut Creek.
Safura Baporia (’14) is a business process analyst at Autodesk, Inc. in Mill Valley.
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) was CEO of Mockworld, a developer of Real-Time 3D First-Person Shooter and Multiuser Games. He also operated the online games portal Shockwave3D.com.
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 the Sacramento area. 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.
Allyson Bishop (’86) is a self-employed property manager in San Francisco. 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 test engineer at EchoStar Corporation in Colorado. He was formerly 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 manufacturing engineer at Alluxa, Inc. in Santa Rosa. He previously worked at Deposition Sciences, Inc. in Santa Rosa.
Charles Bullen (’75) is retired from the merchant marine, where he was a radio electronics officer. Now living in Auburn, CA, he is the owner of a computer networking/service/consulting firm, Olympic Computer Services, Inc., serving the marine industry in the Northwest.
Ben Burress (’85) is at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, where he writes and produces planetarium shows, develops exhibits and public programs, and writes a biweekly blog on the KQED Science site. 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.
Demitri Call (’76) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at the University of Nevada, Reno. He served as an intern with the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives during the summer of 2016.
Jesse A. Campagna (’04) is a senior epidemiologist for the state of Tennessee. 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.
Antonio Cazarez (’14) is a dealer at Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park.
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.
Kitty Chelton (’81) is a somatics trainer in Sebastopol. She earned an M.A. in biophysics at the University of California, Davis in 1984.
Lisa Christensen (’94) is a controlled document specialist 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.
Arnie Christiansen (’74) is the principal of Computerized Data Systems, Inc, a consultant firm in Houston.
Bruce Clark (’86) is a senior quality engineer with TheraSense, now part of Abbott Diabetes Care, in Alameda.
Andrew Clawson (’05) is a senior coating engineer at II-VI Optical Systems, Inc. in Murrieta, CA.
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 until an industrial accident.
John Collins (’03) retired in 2015 as equipment technician for the School of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry at Sonoma State University. He is now working on his art and music career in Port Angeles, WA.
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 principal engineer at Edmund Optics in New Jersey. Formerly director 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 [formerly Montague] (’95) is a manager at Winsoft in Santa Ana.
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 account management with Novo Nordisk, a manufacturer of rDNA origin medications for the treatment of diabetes. He lives in Tracy.
Collin Crites (‘14) will be a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at Montana State University starting in August 2017.
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) passed away on 3 May 2015. He was a senior consultant with Manex, a non-profit NIST affiliate, helping small to mid-sized manufacturers to be more competitive. He had previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at Read Write systems. He earned an M.B.A. degree at Santa Clara University in 2008.
Michelle Renée Curtis (’04) is a reliability technician currently on assignment at Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa.
Antoinette "Toni" Davis [formerly Matthies] (’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: pono rez. She earned an M.B.A. at the University of Hawaii in 2002.
Greg Davis (’90) is the lab technician in the Chemistry & Physics Department at Santa Rosa Jr. College.
Jon C. Davis (’89) is a capture manager/solution architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the Sacramento area.
Matt Davis (’93) teaches physics at Santa Rosa High School.
Tiffany Davis [formerly Borders] (’04) is a health coach 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 the chief technology officer of GeoOrbital in the Boston area. His company produces an electric bicycle wheel that has attracted some attention. He formerly worked 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 Met One Instruments, Inc. in Grants Pass, OR. 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.
Joanne del Corral (’83) has been a lecturer in the SSU Department of Physics and Astronomy since graduation. She teaches several introductory laboratory courses.
Danielle Del Vecchio [formerly Beddow] (’07) is a quality engineer at Alluxa in Santa Rosa. She spent a year teaching English in Taipei, Taiwan, where she was also an engineering consultant to East-Tender Optoelectronics Corp.
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.
Felix Desperrier (’15) is a geological consultant with BESST, Inc. in San Rafael.
Jeremy Dixon (’07) is a controls engineer with View Dynamic Glass (formerly Soladigm) 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 a network engineer with Hewlett Packard in the Sacramento area.
Michael Duncan (’09) earned an M.S. in physics at California State University, Fresno in 2012. He did research in experimental particle physics at CERN.
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 an engineer at Raytheon in Arizona. She earned a master's degree in applied physics at Northern Arizona University in 2014.
Jim Eyer (’83) is a part time senior analyst with Distributed Utility Associates in Livermore. He is also a consulting analyst with 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 audio and test engineer at Audience, Inc in Mountain View. He was formerly an acoustic test engineer at SGS in Lenexa, KS.
Keyvan Farahani (’85) is the Chief of the Imaging Guided Intervention Branch of the Cancer Imaging Program in the National Cancer Institute. He also teaches part-time in the Johns Hopkins University school of medicine. 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 intern engineer at Zeiss XRM in Okaland. He was formerly an account executive at Ricoh Americas Corporation.
Justin Flory (’02) is an assistant research scientist in the Center for Applied Structural Discovery of the Bioldesign Institute at Arizona State University, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2014. After graduation from SSU 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. He received his M.S. in 2013.
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 advisor 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-Filp [aka Marta Fuentes] (’05) is teaching physical science at Westmoor High School in Daly City. 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 the production manager at California Cider Company, the maker of Ace Cider, in Sebastopol.
Jim Garrett (’90) is teaching science at Summit High School in Bend, OR. He formerly taught at Petaluma High School.
Melissa Geissinger [formerly Crain] (’07) is the CEO of OneDayLabs, a company that designs websites in one day. She previously headed New Skin Media, Santa Rosa, which specialized in website development, branding, and marketing for professional photographers, and Web and Interactive Media Professionals, a community of designers, programmers, marketing specialists, search engine optimization experts, social media gurus and just about anyone having to do with the evolving technological world. She has published a book on designing a website in one day. She also does photography.
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 software engineer at Pandora. He earned a master's degree in compuer and information technology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
Amandeep Gill (’15) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She spent the summer of 2015 as an Outreach Intern with the American Physical Society after winning one of the twelve national internships sponsored by the Society of Physics Students.
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 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 has served 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 director of special projects and data management at Telecare Corp. in Alameda. He was formerly 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 president of Grauling Research, Inc. in Windsor. He was formerly 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 software consultant in Tahoe City.
Robert Greeson (’89) is a Fleet Implementation Officer 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) develops infrared sensors at Teledyne Scientific & Imaging in Camarillo. He formerly worked on focal plane arrays capable of single photon detection at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2009.
Brooke Haag (’01) is a senior business development manager at Microsoft in Washington state. She earned an M.Ed. at Harvard University in 2016. Before that she taught physics at American River College and Hartnell College. She earned her Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the University of California, Davis in 2009.
Milton Hagler (’85), from San Francisco, has lived in Vietnam since 1998 and is General Director of BriskHeat Vietnam doing manufacturing. Previously he was an entrepreneur and founder of Corigo, Inc. He earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business in 2013.
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) is the chair of the physical sciences department at Folsom Lake College, where he teaches physics and astronomy. He earned an M.S. in physics at Michigan State University.
Luke Haley (’11) is manufacturing and test cycle project manager at Keysight Technologies [formerly 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) is a program analyst with E&J Winery.
Brooks Hanley (’12) is a solutions marketing engineer at Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa. He is working on both an MS in electrical engineering and an MBA at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Elizabeth Harmony (’05) is a laboratory technician at ICon Professional Services.
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.
Douglas Hayes (’75) has been an architect, builder, and chef. He now works as a preservations consultant with the Preservation Sanctuary Learning Center in Calistoga.
John H. Hayes (’97) is the principal of Hayes Graphics in Camarillo. He was formerly a computer specialist with the high energy astrophysics division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA, where he worked on the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Elizabeth “Libby” Hays-LaPlace [formerly Flower] (’93) is an emergency room physician at Schnieder Regional Hospital in the Virgin Islands. She earned her M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco in 1997 and did her residency in Santa Rosa.
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.
Michael W. Helm (’82) is now a self-employed property manager. For 31 years he was a network engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he worked on the Energy Sciences Network and other projects.
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 an officer in the Coast Guard Reserves and also working as a hopital administrator for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He earned an M.S. in aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2014.
Victoria Hewitt [formerly Moore] (’87) and her husband own and operate a thoroughbred horse farm in Paris, Kentucky. They are authors, whose first novel won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for fantasy and romance. She and her son have published a juvenile novel about Minecraft and are working on another. 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.
Bill Hinkle (’87) is an application developer at Discovia in San Francisco. 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 a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Santa Barbara. He intends to relocate to Marin County soon. He was formerly a counselor with the Academy of Healing Arts for Teens, running groups to raise social and emotional intelligence. 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) passed away in 2014. He and his wife operated a tour business in Napa.
Jay Hubbard (’11) is a calibration technician at International Process Solutions in San Carlos, CA.
Lynn Marie Hubbard (’75) is the head of the Emergency Preparedness and Response section and radio-analytical laboratory 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.
Martha Hunt [formerly Schopp] (’88) is secretary-treasurer of Monsoon Construction, Inc. in Healdsburg.
Monika Ivancic (’93) is the manager of the NMR Facility of the University of Vermont. She was formerly associate director of the Magnetic Resonance Facility in the Chemistry Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did postdoctoral research in biochemistry at the University of Vermont after earning her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University in 2001.
Stephan R. Jackowski (’14) is a graduate student in materials engineering at San José State University and an intern engineer at BAE Systems in Santa Clara.
Ashley Janny (’04)[formerly Wiren] 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 a research scientist (epidemiology/biostatistics) at the California Department of Public Health in the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program. 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 senior project manager with Teradata in San Diego. He earned an M.S. in physics at San Francisco State University in 1972 and another, in systems management, at the University of Southern California in 1978.
Kevin John (’07) is an education resource developer in SSU’s Education and Public Outreach Group.
Chris Johnson (’09) teaches physics and chairs the science department at the Army and Navy Academy in the San Diego area. He continues to be an avid astrophotographer.
Cody Johnson (’16) is a photolithography technician at Deposition Sciences Inc. in Santa Rosa.
John R. Johnson (’80) is retired after working as a 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 an Administrative Patent Judge in the Dallas area. He was formerly a senior patent attorney with BlackBerry in Texas and with 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 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.
Daniel Kelley (’11) teaches mathematics and computer science at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto.
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.
Greg Keys (’92) is a software engineer in the defense and space industry.
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 fourth 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. He earned a teaching credential at CSU, Monterey Bay.
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.
Thomas Kohlmeyer (’15) is an engineer and assistant project manager at Bayside Insulation, Inc. in Concord. He is currently overseeing the installation of the insulation for the heating/ cooling system at the new Apple Campus.
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 a self-employed IT consultant in the Bay Area. He was formerly the network administrator for Pacific Lists, Inc., a list brokerage and management company in Corte Madera.
Robert Lahaderne (’94) is the director of quality assurance at Fresca Medical in San Clemente. 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.
Michael Laufer (’03) is teaching mathematics at the Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, NY. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2011.
Rodney Lee (’97) is a full-time physics and astronomy instructor at Portland Community College. He earned a master's degree in chemical and life sciences at the University of Maryland in 2014. 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 an electrical engineer at RETECH Systems LLC in Ukiah. He formerly worked at Twin Creeks Technologies in San Jose. He earned a master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering at California State University, Sacramento in 2014.
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.
Jacob Lewis (’14) is a graduate student in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Riverside.
He previously worked at Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa. 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 editor with the Dow Jones Media Group. He received certification in film production from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in 2008.
Robert Linstadt ('93) teaches mathematics and science at Foresthill High School/in Foresthill.
Mark Loguillo (’03) is a high pressure team lead for sample environment within the Neutron Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 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 produce design engineer at II-VI Inc. He earned an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012.
Amy Madruga [formerly Weber] (’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 an illustrator and writer. She is currently studying for a master's degree in children's book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England.
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 in 2013 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 a senior product engineer at NVIDIA in Santa Clara.
Michael May (’04) is a senior design engineer for Kollmorgen in Radford, VA, where he designs electric motors. He also works for the Missile Defense Agency.
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 now business development manager for the McBride Group, concentrating on offering “Remembrance and Reflections” video services for those who wish to recount their life in a professional video format. He had a long career in sales with such companies as Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. and Oerlikon (formerly Balzers). 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) when last heard from was 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.
Anna McCowan (’16) is a technician at Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa.
Ryan McDaniel (’07) is an engineer at Deposition Sciences, Inc.. a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation in Santa Rosa.
Jennifer McIntosh [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 a member of the quality management tam of the Hilti Group in Austria. He was formerly 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 senior SIEM (security information and event management) engineer at Leidos in Portland, OR. He is also working on a master's degree in system engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Tom McMahon (’85) is the manager of the engineering group at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Arizona. He worked for many years at the University of Arizona, where he held such positions as program manager for the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics, project manager for the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, and deputy project manager for OCAMS suite of cameras for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.
Scott McWilliams (’91) is director of PVMC Technology Programs at SEMATECH in Albany, NY. 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 SSL in Palo Alto. He earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering at UC Davis in 1995.
David E. Miller (’96) earned a master’s degree in experimental particle physics at Purdue University in 2000. He later worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Kalie Miller (’12) is a structural analyst working on the 777X Wing with the Boeing company in Everett, Washington.
Hunter Mills (’14) has been working in the Education and Public Outreach Group at SSU. In Fall 2015 he will enter the graduate program in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford University, where he will hold a fellowship.
Iad Mirshad (’89) is a senior applications engineer with Qcept Technologies, a developer of non-visual defects detector technology 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 outsystems developer at ITC Infotech in Ogden, UT.
Sharon Morganelli [formerly Gilkison] (’76) retired in 2015 after 24 years as 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 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.
Eric Mueller (’93) is safety, helath and environmental/PSM Lead at DuPont Pioneer, a biotechnology firm in Hawaii. He earned a master's degree in engineering at North Carolina State University in 2001.
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) was until 2015 an associate materials engineer at Deposition Sciences, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation in Santa Rosa.
Kent Nelsen (’74) is retired and living in Hawaii. He served as the Department’s equipment technician until 1982.
John C. Nelson (’76) is director of research at 10x Technology in Libertyville, IL. He was formerly a senior research specialist with the 3M Display and Graphics Business Laboratory in Petaluma.
Leslie Nelson [formerly Kormier] (’96) is an environmental consultant and jewelry designer in San Luis Obistp.
Donald Nemec (’75) is a retired laboratory technician in Kingman, AZ.
Daniel Nicholas (’06) is a technical support 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.
Jay Noceto (’85) is vice president for external realitons at Extenet Systems in the Chicago area. He was formerly an area director at T-Mobile.
John P. Norton (’74) was for many years a reporter, covering chemical demilitarization, technology and schools for the Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, Colorado.
Dan Nottingham (’89) is the vice president of product management for MedAptus. He was formerly director of product management for ABILITY Network's innovation office in Boston. He has done similar work for several companies after participating 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), when last heard from, was a graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at California State University, Long Beach.
Bill Oakes (’96) is an engineering manager at TriVascular Technologies, Inc. in Santa Rosa. He formerly worked at Medtronic and JDSU, both in Santa Rosa.
Laura Odeh (’00) earned an M.F.A. in the New York University Graduate Acting Program and appeared in several plays in New York City and elsewhere. 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 Corporate Information Security Officer and Information Systems Security Manager at Millennium Space Systems in El Segundo. He previously held similar posiitons at Boeing and the RAND Corporation. He heads the MacIT Advisory Board.
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 mathematics at the Assumption College English Program in Bangkok, 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.
Rosita Ordoñez (’16) is a contract chemist in the analytical sciences department of Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences in Petaluma.
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) teaches science at Greenbrier Academy for Girls in West Virginia, He previously taught in the Philadelphia area. He earned his teaching credential in 2002 at SSU.
Benjamin J. Owen (’93) is a professor of physics at Texas Tech University. He retains an adjunct appointment at Pennsylvania State University, where he was a professor of physics and director of the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics until the end of 2014. 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 a production engineer with The Switch Lab in Sebastopol. He has been a senior software engineer and web developer with several companies, and he is working on a novel. A pilot, he is on the board of the CAFE Foundation.
William R. Parr (’69) is retired. He worked for many years for the County of Sonoma, ultimately as information systems project manager.
James A. Patrick (’83) is an airway transportation systems specialist with DataPath in Hawaii. He was formerly a military pilot.
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) was until recently advocacy director for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. He 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.
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.
Darith Phat (’87) is a professor of corporate finance and portfolio mananagement at Pannasastra University of Cambodia.
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.
Chris Piazzo (’97) is the Coating Process Engineering Manager at Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU, OCLI) in Santa Rosa.
Jim Pisano (’82) passed away in January 2016. He was for many years a software engineer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA, where he developed software for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.
Bert Plambeck (’78) is a supplier quality engineering manager at JDSU in San Jose. He has held similar positions with several other technical firms in the Bay Area. 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.
Teresa Plymate [or Bippert-Plymate] (’84) has launched LookingUP! Astronomy Services, LLC, a business that brings astronomy to the resorts and camps in the Big Bear Lake area of southern California. She formerly worked at Steward Observatory as Interferometry Technical Specialist for the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer and was previously the technical writer for the SOLIS project at the National Solar Observatory.
Jorge Polanco (’95) is the manager for radio frequency optimization at Autoconsa, a Central American contractor for the cell phone industry. He earned an M.S. in reliability engineering at Galileo University after returning from SSU to his native Guatemala.
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 an analyst intern with Kaiser Permanente in the Bay Area. He also completing a master's degree in statistics at San Jose State University.
Kim Powers (’84) is a senior software engineer with Rockwell Collins in the Bay Area. He earned an M.S. in physics at the University of Arizona.
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. He earned a masters degree in educational administration at the University of Hawai’i.
Peter Quinliven (’04) is the principal of Future Concepts in Olivehurst, CA. He also works for PG&E. 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) earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Oregon in 2016. He is a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that recently published the first direct detection of gravitational radiation.
Johannes Raab (’79) works in information security 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.
Farzaneh Rasti (’10) is an engineer with Illumina in the San Diego area. She earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University in 2014.
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 JDSU. 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 Head of Global IT Transformation for Swissport, the world’s largest ground handling company in the aviation industry. He is responsible for transforming their distributed IT departments and IT systems into a single department with standards and processes. Until recently he was the head of the global IT delivery center for Sulzer in Winterthur, Switzerland. He was formerly a manager with 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 now studying Chinese in Taiwan. He retired after many years with Maxon Precision Motors, Inc., Burlingame, where he was vice president of electronics sales and marketing.
Charles Rogers (’94) is a compliance advisor at CoreLogic Flood Services in Texas.
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 to 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 test engineer at Microsemi Corporation in Santa Rosa.
Tina Rosenberg [formerly Dearmin] (’92) is a site supervisor 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.
Jude Rowe (’13) is a consultant on laser systems in Santa Rosa.
Scott Rowlands (’86) is a product manager for JDSU in Santa Rosa. He is also a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Rebecca Salvemini (’12) is tutoring physics at SSU and working in a Santa Rosa restaurant.
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 “Gabi” 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 analyst for the city of Santa Rosa at the Laguna 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 Jesse 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) sold Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine Estate and retired in 2012. He and his wife Barbara were recognized by SSU with an Alumni Community Achievement Award in 2007.
Else-Marie Schmidt (’94) is a senior application engineer at Keysight Technologies 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 emeritus at Napa Valley College, where he taught physics, engineering, and mathematics for many years. He earned an M.S. in geology at the University of Colorado.
Alexander Sevilla (’07) is a program engineer at Grauling Research Inc. in Santa Rosa. He was formerly at Deposition Sciences, Inc. 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 now a professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. She was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2012 and a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2015. She was a professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics from 1993 to 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in physics at the University of California at Berkeley.
Sarah Silva (’02) produces pasture-raised meat and eggs as the manager of Green Star Farm 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.
Jon Simmonds (’74) is a pilot with Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle. He has flown for Alaska and Eastern Airlines for a total of 34 years. Before that he flew in Antarctica in support of NSF polar research projects while a pilot in the U.S. Navy.
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.
Imme Staeffler (’91) is working in the East Bay. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Meridian University.
Lee Steele (’85) is a technical writer currently working at the naval warfare center in Indiana. He is has worked for Northrop Grumman and on NASA’'s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
Robert E. Steele founded Motion Engineering, Inc. (now part of Kollmorgen) in Santa Barbara in 1990 and served as its chief technical officer, a position he now holds with Kollmorgen. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1977 at UC Santa Barbara.
Tyana Stiegler (’03) is a postdoctoral researcher on the NEXT project at Texas A&M University, where she earned a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics in 2013. She is also teaching physics at Blinn College in Houston. Her thesis research was done 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 the co-owner 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) works in ophthalmic lens design and new product development in the San Diego area. She was for twenty 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 selected one of SSU's Distinguished Alumni in 2017. 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 process engineer at View Dynamic Glass in Milpitas.
Bryce Terrell (’12) works for Clear Capital in Truckee.
Kevin Thomas (’02) is a police officer working for the California State University system.
William C. Tomlinson (’83) is a technical application specialist for the City of Santa Rosa in charge of administrating the City's main transaction system (Payroll, Human Resources, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, General Ledger, etc.) He formerly worked for ITT BIW Connector Systems and Royce Instruments, Inc.. 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.
Max Torke (’15) is a junior test engineer at Pacific Light Technologies in Portland, OR. He was a summer intern at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2015. He won one of the twelve national internships sponsored by the Society of Physics Students.
Tedman Torres (’04) is a lieutenant and surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. He has completed tours of duty on several ships and is a certified nuclear engineering officer. 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.
Trudy Tuttle Hart (’91) is an engineering project administrator at Sappi Fine Paper North America in Maine.
Kris Tyson (’05) is an R&D Program Manager accountable for semiconductor and industrial new product development at Advanced Energy in Fort Collins, CO He formerly worked at 3M’s Optical Systems Division in St. Paul, MN. 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) retired in 2015 as a firmware test engineer after a 38 year career with Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent, formerly Hewlett-Packard) in Santa Rosa.
Michelle Valencia [formerly Jones] (’03) educates the public about astronomy at the Ukiah Latitude Observatory. She also tutors mathematics at the Tutoring Center.
Frank van Gieson (’79) is an integrated circuit engineer in Boise, ID. He earned an M.S. in materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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.
Holly Wallace (’86) is an application development and support manager at Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies in the Bay Area.
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 vice president of customer success at Uplogix, a software 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 a software research and development engineer at Keysight Technologies in Colorado. He is also the principal of Brenton White Company. H
s 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 consultant specializing in signal processing algorithms and optics in Oregon. He has worked on bioparticle detection at Hach Homeland Security Technologies in Grants Pass, OR, coherent laser radar at Coherent Technologies in Boulder, CO, and experimental quantum optics at the University of Oregon since earning his Ph.D. in applied physics at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology in 1992.
Stephanie Winningham [formerly Church] (’16) is a manufacturing technician at Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa.
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 graduate student and teaching assistant in physics at Colorado State University. She was formerly a research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she developed software for enhancing nuclear reactor simulation modeling and data analysis.
Justin Wolfe (’01) is an optical 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.
Mark Wollam (’06) is a senior systems analyst at PLC’s PLUS in Bakersfield.
Richard Gary Wong (’75), a long-time chiropractor in Santa Rosa, recently joined the faculty of the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. He is Board certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics, a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, and a California Qualified Medical Examiner.
Katherine “Katy” Wyman (’09) is a web developer in southern Californias. She also teaches with the Women's Coding Collective. Formerly 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 principal software engineer at Calix Networks, Petaluma.
Michael Youmans (’07) is a manufacturing test engineer at Kespry, a manufacturer of drones for mining and construction, in Menlo Park. He formerly worked at Spectra-Physics in Sunnyvale.
Ryan Young (’10) works in desktop support at Trusource Labs in Austin, TX.
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.