Evan West: Alumnus

Evan West: Alumnus

Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
Graduate Institution: Stony Brook University
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Department: Computer Science

“I’ve had people come up to me and say, “your class is the reason I got an internship or a job offer,” and that is wonderful. It’s definitely one of my prouder moments.”

Alumni stories: How hands-on experience at UC Santa Cruz landed Olivia Oswald her dream job

Olivia Oswald

Electrical engineering undergraduate alumna Olivia Oswald (‘14), shares how engaging in internships and design projects while she was a student provided her with the experience she needed to acquire a job at Tesla, where she is currently a Sr. Technical Program Manager.

John Felts: Alumnus

John Felts: Alumnus

Degree Program: Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Barbara
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hometown: Fresno, California

“I think for any entrepreneur you just have to be ready that it’s going to be tougher than you think, but at the end of the day, even if you fail, you’re going to learn so much…. it’s going to be so hard, so be ready for that, but it’s, it’s worth the ride.”

Ryan Modlin: Alumnus and Graduate Student

Degree Program: B.S., Bioengineering, M.S., Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
Department: Biomolecular Engineering
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

“Currently, my project is engineering zymomonas mobilis, a unique organism that has a specific metabolic pathway that helps increase the production of biofuels, specifically ethanol and butanol… Fossil fuels are quickly becoming depleted and are very toxic, so if we were able to find a sustainable synthetic source of fuel, it would be extremely beneficial for overall environmental health.”