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  • Wade Manora Jr.: Staff

    Wade Manora Jr.: Staff

    As the Director of Access, Belonging, and Equity at Baskin Engineering, Wade serves the UC Santa Cruz engineering community by leading inclusive excellence programs and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff. He is proud to be a strong amplifier of student voices.

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  • Erin Busch: Staff

    Erin Busch: Staff

    Graduate Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, M.Ed. Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Monterey Bay, Film and Television Production, B.A. Department: Baskin Engineering Career Success “My hope by building connections with industry is that it will help create pipelines for students and allow me to gain a deeper understanding of what…

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  • Akshat Sharma: Undergraduate Student

    Akshat Sharma: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S. Department: Computer Science and Engineering Hometown: Irvine, CA “I’d like to have my own company one day, something that allows me to use engineering to drive social or environmental change.”

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  • Loren Matilsky: Postdoctoral Fellow

    Loren Matilsky: Postdoctoral Fellow

    Department: Applied MathematicsUndergraduate Institution: Cornell University, Physics and Mathematics, A.B. Graduate Institution: University of Colorado, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Ph.D. “Something my dad always says is ‘Give yourself permission to fail.’ In other words, doing an experiment, you might mess up or go down a rabbit hole, but you should cross that bridge when you…

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  • Aaron McPherson: Staff

    Aaron McPherson: Staff

    Graduate Institution: Bowling Green State University, College Student Personnel, M.A.Departments: Applied Mathematics and Statistics “Coming from previous positions where I worked almost completely independently, the level of collaboration is one of the things I really enjoy about my department manager role.”

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  • Haofan Cai: Alumna

    Haofan Cai: Alumna

    Degree Program: Computer Science and Engineering, Ph.D. Department: Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Institution: Southern University of Science and Technology, China, Communications Engineering, B.S. Advisor: Chen Qian “The most important thing is to have confidence in yourself. Although you will encounter many challenges and become frustrated at times during your program, you need to remain…

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  • Anuj Kumar: Alumnus

    Anuj Kumar: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Applied Mathematics, Ph.D. Department: Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Institution:Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Graduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Advisor: Pascale Garaud “One of the best parts of my research is getting to blend different interdisciplinary concepts together like math, engineering, and physics and collaborate with different…

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  • Joseph Cruz: Alumnus

    Joseph Cruz: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics, B.S. Department: Biomolecular Engineering Hometown: Pomona, CA “The thing I’ll miss most is working in Professor Rebecca DuBois’s Lab. I’m grateful for all the support and encouragement I received while conducting research in her lab.”

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  • Alec Dektor: Alumnus

    Alec Dektor: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Applied Mathematics, Ph.D. Department: Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz Advisor: Daniele Venturi “As a researcher, I am constantly trying to think of new ideas. Most of them take a lot of effort to explore and oftentimes they do not work. One day, I decided to carry…

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  • Michael Matkin: Staff

    Michael Matkin: Staff

    Graduate Institution: Indiana University Bloomington, Writing, MFA Department: UC Santa Cruz CITRIS and the Banatao Institute “The thing that I love the most about being a part of this community is getting to work with such an incredibly diverse range of topics and researchers.”

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  • Abigail Kaun: Staff

    Abigail Kaun: Staff

    Department: Baskin Engineering Dean’s OfficeGraduate Institution: UCLA, Linguistics, Ph.D.Undergraduate Institution: UCSB, Linguistics, B.A. “I’ve worked with students my whole career, in all sorts of settings and with all sorts of objectives in life, but I have never worked with students who were more creative, collaborative, and dedicated than the engineering students at UC Santa Cruz.”

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  • Ashwin Chakraborty: Undergraduate Student

    Ashwin Chakraborty: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Robotics Engineering, B.S. Department: Electrical and Computer EngineeringHometown: Palm Desert, CA “Being given a problem and being able to approach it in any way that I see fit is incredibly freeing and fun.”

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  • Sam Trujillo: Undergraduate Student

    Sam Trujillo: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.Department: Computer Science and EngineeringHometown: Menlo Park, CA “Having a community of other students striving for the same goal as yourself gives you that foundation for success.”

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  • Sammy Tesfai: Undergraduate Student

    Sammy Tesfai: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Engineering, B.S. Department: Computer Science and EngineeringHometown: Santa Rosa, CA “What I like best about being an engineering major would be the amount of flexibility we are given to express our creativity into creating solutions to problems individuals can use in the real world.”

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  • Rakshya Sharma: Undergraduate Student

    Rakshya Sharma: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S., Bioinformatics minorDepartment: Computer Science and Engineering Hometown: Bhaktapur, Nepal (immigrated to USA in 2015) “The best part of being an engineering major is always having the opportunity to be creative.”

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  • Noopur Raval: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Noopur Raval: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Graduate Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Cinema Studies, M.Phil., Arts & Aesthetics, M.A.; UC Irvine, Informatics, Ph.D.Undergraduate Institution: Christ University, (3 majors) Media Studies, English Literature, and Psychology, B.A.Advisor: Norman SuDepartment: Computational Media “It’s important to learn by doing, take chances, and grow from those individual experiences.”

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  • Manikantanagasai (Mani) Illuri: Undergraduate Student

    Manikantanagasai (Mani) Illuri: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.Department: Computer Science and Engineering “This whole evolution of technology fascinates me, and I want to find ways that I can contribute to innovation that improves our quality of life.”

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  • Shreedhar Jangam: Undergraduate Student

    Shreedhar Jangam: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S. Department: Computer Science and Engineering Hometown: San Jose, CA I love the opportunities available to engineering students. 

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  • Nhan Nguyen: Undergraduate Student

    Nhan Nguyen: Undergraduate Student

    Degree Program: Computer Game Design B.SDepartment: Computational Media “It’s so satisfying when you find the solution to a complex coding problem.”

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  • Amber Sargeant: Alumna

    Amber Sargeant: Alumna

    Degree Program: Serious Games, M.S. Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz Department: Computational Media “I wanted to get an M.S. in serious games because I want to make games that explore topics important to me, such as climate change and mental health. I think these topics need more recognition in the…

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