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Voices of Baskin Engineering

  • Andrea Peeters: Staff

    Andrea Peeters: Staff

    Graduate Institution: Loyola Marymount University, M.A. Counseling & Capella University, Ph.D. Education
    Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University
    Department: Undergraduate Advising

    “My two favorite days of the year are the first day of the academic year and commencement. To see students walk across the stage with the world at their fingertips is just rad!”

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  • Zia Isola: Staff

    Zia Isola: Staff

    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Barbara, English Literature and Writing, Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley, English Language and Literature, B.A.

    “So many of our students have the challenge of being the first in their family to go to college, the first to consider graduate school, or of being the first to be in a STEM field. It’s intimidating to leave what is familiar and step into new territory. They embrace that challenge with such heart, commitment, determination, and passion. It’s completely inspiring.”

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  • Meghna Banerjee: Alumna

    Meghna Banerjee: Alumna

    Degree Program: Computer Science B.S.
    Graduate Institution: Attending Harvard fall 2021, M.E. Computational Science and Engineering
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: San Jose, CA

    “I’m really grateful for all the resources I had at Baskin Engineering and the faculty who helped me along the way.”

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  • Zehang “Richard” Li: Faculty

    Zehang “Richard” Li: Faculty

    Graduate Institution: University of Washington
    Undergraduate Institution: Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Department: Statistics
    Hometown: Xuzhou, China

    “A big part of my research deals with how I can use statistics to solve global and public health problems.”

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  • Jessica Xie: Alumna

    Jessica Xie: Alumna

    Degree Program: Technology and Information Management (TIM), B.S.
    Graduate Institution: University of Edinburgh Business School, Scotland
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Rosemead, CA

    “The TIM degree program encompassed everything that I was interested in because you get to learn about computer engineering, computer science, and business and information systems.”

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  • Riadul Islam: Alumnus

    Riadul Islam: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Computer Engineering, Ph.D.
    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Engineering
    Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

    “If you look at the power consumption of the microprocessor or the CPU, a big chunk of power comes in by the clock network, so I proposed a new paradigm of clocking that utilizes current rather than voltage.”

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  • Michael Dove – Alumnus

    Michael Dove – Alumnus

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science (1985)

    “The universal thing that students need to know going into industry is how companies really operate.”

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  • Sabrina Tsui: Alumna

    Sabrina Tsui: Alumna

    Degree Program: Computer Science and Engineering
    Graduate Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Cupertino, CA

    “I sat in on some of the seminars in Professor Derrell Long’s group in the Storage Systems Research Center. They have a seminar every week, and I came and listened to all the grad students talk about how they were progressing on their research projects, and that made me want to pursue graduate school.”

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  • Gunjan Sinha: Alumnus

    Gunjan Sinha: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Computer Engineering, M.S.
    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Institution: ITT – New Delhi
    Department: Computer Engineering (1991)
    Hometown: Ranchi, India

    “I see myself as a problem solver, and this I owe to my engineering background, because I’m constantly defining a problem, then breaking it down into smaller and smaller pieces until I can solve it with technology.”

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  • David Patmore: Alumnus

    David Patmore: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Computer Engineering, Ph.D.
    Graduate Institution: San Jose State and UC Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Institution: UCLA
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Los Altos, CA

    “The Ph.D. experience allowed me to mature as a person. I learned to function in an environment where I had to figure out the parameters myself. I came out of UCSC with self confidence and the ability to figure out a solution and explain it to an audience.”

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  • Phillip Yee: Alumnus

    Phillip Yee: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Salinas, CA

    “If you really understand something, that’s better than a grade. Concentrate on learning the foundations.”

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  • Lehua Sparrow: Alumna

    Lehua Sparrow: Alumna

    Degree Program: Computer Science, B.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering
    Hometown: Makawao, Hawaii

    “I was always good at math and science growing up. I found comfort knowing that there is a solution in numbers, formulas, or algorithms.”

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  • Evan Peterson: Alumnus

    Evan Peterson: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Master of Science, Electrical Engineering (2016)
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Electrical Engineering
    Hometown: Sebastopol, California

    “If you had talked to me three years ago, I doubt I would’ve expected I’d end up where I am, but I’d wager most people would say the same about where their career takes them.”

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  • Kateryna Voitiuk: Alumna and Graduate Student

    Kateryna Voitiuk: Alumna and Graduate Student

    Degree Program: Network and Digital Technology B.A.
    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Computer Science and Engineering

    “Being a computer engineer you can have a lot of choices, whether it’s directly related to computers and making them better and programming applications that do necessary things or whether it’s doing biology, chemistry, physics.”

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  • George Leece: Alumnus

    George Leece: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Electrical Engineering, B.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Department: Electrical Engineering
    Hometown: Chico, CA

    “[Being in the Army] definitely was an experience that opened my eyes to a lot of different opportunities and experiences that you can’t find anywhere else, I would say. In addition to that, finishing my time there, I was able to go back to UC Santa Cruz, to finish something that I had wanted to do.”

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  • Mark McDonald: Alumnus

    Mark McDonald: Alumnus

    Degree Program: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering
    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Institution: BSE Duke University, MSEE North Carolina State University
    Department: Electrical Engineering

    “The most important thing a student needs to learn in their education is not to memorize this or that formula, or do certain calculations at this speed, but really to develop an intuitive understanding and knowledge of what they are learning about.”

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  • Francisco Beltran: Alumnus

    Francisco Beltran: Alumnus

    Degree Program: P.h.D., Statistics
    Graduate Institution: UC Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Institution: Cal-State Bakersfield
    Department: Applied Mathematics and Statistics (2014)
    Hometown: Buttonwillow, California

    “The skills and lessons I learned at UC Santa Cruz have largely influenced the manner in which I approach my current research on a daily basis. The high standards for rigorous statistical analysis have carried forth into all aspects of my work.”

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  • Marcella Gomez – Faculty

    Marcella Gomez – Faculty

    Graduate Institution: Stanford University
    Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology
    Department: Applied Mathematics
    Hometown: East Los Angeles

    “I think being at the edge of human knowledge is exciting for me. I just like pushing that boundary; I’m interested in all kinds of fields and I’m just interested in learning.”

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  • Angela Ramirez: Graduate Student

    Angela Ramirez: Graduate Student

    Degree Program: Natural Language Processing M.S.
    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Department: Natural Language Processing
    Hometown: Atwater, California

    “We’re getting real experts who work in the industry to show us how they use the technology and what they do with it. Getting that perspective is really cool.”

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  • David Lee – Faculty

    David Lee – Faculty

    Degree Program: Assistant Professor, Technology Management
    Graduate Institution: Stanford University
    Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology
    Department: Computational Media

    “I wanted to find a way to organize large numbers of people to support nonprofits. I knew that my research in crowd-sourcing, and in bringing people together to accomplish tasks, could help.”

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