Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Physical Sciences students who graduate from UCI have gone on to amazing things in a variety of fields. Here are several Anteaters that have shared what they enjoyed most about studying their major while at UCI and what they have done since earning their degree. 

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Kareem Afdal Allam
Major: Mathematics and Physics
Year: 2007
Employment: Medical Student
Bio: After graduation from UCI, I attended UCLA and received a MS in Physics. I then studied pre-medical at UCLA. During that time I volunteered in a hospital and tutored disadvantaged children in physics, algebra and chemistry. I am currently an M2 medical student at University of Illinois School of Medicine and will graduate in 2019. I plan to enter a residency and practice in a field where I can use my physics background to improve patient health and advance medicine.
Experience at UCI: While studying Mathematics and Physics at UCI, I most enjoyed understanding how the universe works and how mathematics and physics contribute to the knowledge of our relationship to it.
Erik Anderson
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2008
Employment: Medical Student at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine Class of 2017
Bio: I am currently a 4th year medical student at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. After graduating from UC Irvine in 2008 I spent time working at UCI and UCSF in genetic epidemiology research positions. I started medical school in 2013 and am now applying for a residency in Emergency Medicine. 
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed working closely with the great faculty and graduate students as well as the LARC program. There was always someone there when I needed help and I always felt like I had tons of support.
Jacqueline Angsono
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2016
Employment: Laboratory Technician at Orange Coast Analytical
Bio: I went from undergrad, staight to work, maybe grad school in the future? Will see. 
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed making friends in Chem Labs, it makes lab much more enjoyable and makes the time goes faster during those x amount of hours of wait time. Some of them I still talk to now and sometimes hang out with.
Eric R. Armstrong
Major: Mathematics
Year: 1984
Employment: Senior Programmer/Analyst at Lobel Financial
Bio: I stayed on to get a master's degree in Math and a teaching credential. I taught in secondary schools for awhile, but ended up taking a programmer/analyst position in industry. 
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the subject and the teaching. I also liked the efficiency of the Quarter system.
Anthony Arrivas
Major: Earth and Environmental Science
Year: 2012
Employment: Associate Design/Project Manager at Talon Design Group
Bio: Right out of school I started working for a City Planning Department as a GIS Mapping intern, responsible for updating the City zoning map, land use map and various others. I worked my way up through the department and to the postion Planning Technician, where my responsibilities consisted of reviewing and facilitating development projects through the public review process in accordance with zoning code, building code and various other regulations.  I eventually left the City to pursue a career in the private sector of design development which is where I'm at today working for an architecture firm that specializes in customs single family residential. I assist in site planning, building design, and with my background and knowledge in planning I guide our projects through the government approval process up until they reach the permitting phase. 
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed all of it. I was always fascinated with the earth as a kid so it was only fitting to study all the aspects associated with it.
Sundara Bhandaram
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2015
Employment: Coordinator, Public Policy at American Forest and Paper Association
Bio: I am currently pursuing a career in the non profit sector. I am involved in advocating for the Forest Product Industry and work regularly on various policies as they are issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture. 
Experience at UCI: I really enjoyed the flexibility of picking relevant coursework and the wide ranging issues they covered.
Kenneth Brady
Major: Physics
Year: 1974
Employment: Chief Engineer at Thales Avionics, Inc
Bio: I received my BA in 1974 and continued on to receive an MA in physics in 1977.  While the broad scope of a Physics education made initial entry into a specific industry position more difficult, the range of expertise developed has permitted me to be able to apply my education more broadly across the wide range of technologies utililzed in the Aircraft/Aerospace industry. 
Experience at UCI: I loved how Astrophysics combined all of the aspects of a Physics education.  This method of finding the applicable approach, combining different specialties, not only applied to my astrophysics study but extended into my every-day analysis of how to approach problems in my industry. 
Brandon Brown
Bio:
Brandon Brown graduated from UC Irvine in 2004 with a BS degree in Applied Math and was on the 5 year plan. But in this time, he conducted research at Cornell University, spent a year at the National University of Singapore, and was an intern at HSRC in South Africa. Brandon also conducted research at the UCI Department of Medicine, and was involved in mentoring and mathematics tutoring with the UCI CAMP program.  After graduation, he spent time at the National Cancer Institute and was subsequently accepted into the MPH program at UCLA with a focus on Epidemiology.  This focus allowed him to make use of his skills and training in mathematics, while also branching out into public health. He received full financial support as a staff research associate, and subsequently worked as the program director of the CAMP Summer Science Academy. After 2 years at UCLA, Brandon entered the Doctor of Philosophy program in International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under full fellowship.  Training in applied math at UCI helped him excel in the strenuous biostatistics and epidemiology courses. In 2008, Brandon became a PhD candidate and left Baltimore with his wife for Lima, Peru where he is currently working on his dissertation on HPV vaccine. Brandon was recently married and reunited with friends from UCI including Cindy Fern who was always supportive of his goals. Zot zot zot!
Jesse Campbell
Major: Mathematics and Physics
Year: 2011
Employment: Orbit Dynamics Engineer at Space Systems/Loral
Bio: I went back to school for MS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at UC Irvine. Then I took about a year before I found a position with Space Systems / Loral as an RF Test Engineer, then another year before moving to new department as Orbit Dynamics Engineer.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the small class sizes and great teachers. 
Annie Caudle
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2011
Employment: Research and Development Toxicologist at US Labs, Inc
Bio: I went to graduate school to purse my Master of Forensic Science, from then I discovered my interest in toxicology and am working at a toxicology performing research. I develop methods for drug testing.  I am very content with working in a toxicology lab, and would still like to move into a forensics laboratory after developing additional experience. 
Experience at UCI: The programs, the students, the environment, and the professors are what makes UCI so great.  Everyone was so involved and welcoming, they really push you to exceed as well.
Robert Dale Chapman
Major: Chemistry
Year: 1977
Employment: Retired Research Chemist at Naval Air Wafare Center (U.S. Navy)
Bio: Ph.D. 1980, Chemistry, UCI. Postdoc 1981, Univ. Colorado Boulder Chemistry Dept.; Postdoc 1981-82, Chemistry Division, Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, CA. Research Chemist: Air Force Rocket Propulsion Lab (Edwards AFB, CA), 1982-1989; Fluorochem Inc. (Azusa, CA), 1989-1991; Unidynamics/Phoenix (Goodyear, AZ), 1991-1992; TPL, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM), 1992-1995; Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake, CA), 1995-2015. Retired, 2015- 
Experience at UCI: He enjoyed the opportunities for research of a quantitative nature.
Brandon Christensen
Major: Physics
Year: 2005
Employment: Senior Software Engineer at Silver Spring Networks
Bio: After graduation I moved back to San Diego and started working for Wind River Professional Services doing embedded software projects.  I worked on DVRs, digital cameras, cell phones, car entertainment systems and more while gaining experience in professional software/product development.  In the past 4 years I've switched to working on Smart Grid systems, writing server software to manage networks of millions of devices communicating over RF. This has been a fun return to my physics background, considering things like path loss, frequency interference, and having to remember how logarithmic units work.
Experience at UCI: I feel that the Physics program gave me a very strong problem solving mentality that translates to many other areas of my life.  The most memorable part of the program were the lab classes, I always really enjoyed the hands-on aspect.  I especially enjoyed the senior lab where we got to re-create classic experiments and had a lot of freedom to do the work with our lab partners.
Wade Curtis
Major: Physics
Year: 2009
Employment: Co-founder/Principal Analyst at 1031 Crowdfunding, LLC
Bio: As I graduated, in the depths of the 2009 Great Recession, I witnessed the financial world crumble apart.  This instilled a fascination with economics and finance, which has set the path of my career.  After starting out in banking, I was hired at a private equity firm to do financial modeling and forecasting.  A few years later, myself and another co-worker started 1031Crowdfunding.com.  We are now 2 1/2 years old and have received quite a bit of recognition in the equity crowdfunding space, being ranked 11th among all crowdfunding website and 1st for 1031 exchanges.  I am now pursuing an MBA, recently married, and work in Lake Forest, CA.
Experience at UCI: I studied physics with an emphasis in astrophysics.  Space has always fascinated me, and while that is not where I chose to start my career, it has opened many doors for me in the financial industry.  I have been told directly that if I had studied economics or business, that I would not have gotten the job.  I am where I am now because of the credibility and respect that a degree in physics gives you across many disciplines.
Monica Dunford
Bio:
I started college at the University of California, Irvine intending to major in chemistry, maybe math but absolutely under NO circumstance physics. Ten years later, I find myself with a B.S. in physics from UCI and Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Pennsylvania and an Enrico Fermi Fellowship working on the LHC experiment ATLAS with the University of Chicago. What changed my mind? The UCI physics department was full of opportunities for undergraduates to work in research labs. Starting as a freshman and continuing throughout my four years at Irvine, I worked on two gamma- ray experiments, Milagro and Project GRAND (with Notre Dame University), the Fermilab collider experiment, DZero, and two neutrino experiments, IMB and Super-Kamiokande. Working on these experiments was for me the moment of revelation: 'Wow, there is more to physics than boxes on an incline!'
Charles Falco
Major: Physics
Year: 1970
Employment: Professor of Optical Sciences and of Physics at University of Arizona
Bio: M.S. Physics, UCI. 1971, Ph.D. Physics, UCI. 1974, Argonne National Laboratory 1974-1982, University of Arizona 1982-present
Sara Farsio
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2011
Employment: Global Supply Manager at Theranos
Bio: After graduating from UCI, I went to work in a hospital setting lab while I decided if I was going to pursue a PhD.   Decided against it and went into industry. Have worked in Biotech/Pharma for 3 years now, love it.
Cristina Garcia
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2006
Employment: Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy 
Bio: I continued my education at UC San Diego to obtain my Doctorate in Pharmacy. Then, I worked with Rite Aid during Pharmacy school as an intern and got hired on as a pharmacist after graduating; I got promoted to Pharmacy manager after a year.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed working with classmates during labs.
Jenna Green
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2015
Employment: Department Assistant at Kaiser Permanente
Bio: At UCI, I enjoyed the supportive feel of professors and fellow students. I always felt like ESS was a little family and we all wanted to work together to learn and grow. Julie Ferguson was my favorite professor and I always felt like I could go to her for advice!
Timothy Ray Hendrix
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2016
Employment: Apprentice at Orange County Public Works, Environmental Resources 
Bio: I was accepted into the OCPW internship program for project 5, environmental data management. Since August I've been working as a project apprentice to integrate the OC Fair &Events Center and eventually UCI into the regional monitoring program for their phase II NPDES stormwater permits. I'm working on gaining experience and exploring potential travel opportunities to see water issues in various places before going back to graduate school. My ultimate goal would be to combine environmental/water law with GIS or natural resources management.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the diverse overview of natural systems to gain a broad understanding that could be optionally specialized. I also liked the professors that were distinguished in their fields and worked on amazing projects in many different fields. It exposed quite a few different paths.
Sandy Hernandez
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2014
Employment: Agriculture and Environment Extension Expert at Peace Corps
Bio: I graduated with my undergrad and started my journey with the United States Peace Corps almost immediately after. I always knew that I wanted volunteer abroad with the experience I gained in my educational career. I got the offer to serve as an Agriculture and Environmental Extension Expert in a rural town  of Ethiopia. I got intense language, cultural, and technical training my first three months in Ethiopia before I was sent off on my own to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. My site of Agarfa was located in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. They Peace Corps will be the toughest job you will love... and it was. Serving in the Peace Corps was definitely a life changing experience. I became one with the people as I learned to live with them and become their sister and friend. I got to learn the stories of people who would otherwise never be heard. I got to share with them what I learned throughout my educational experience at UC Irvine as an Earth System Science graduate as I worked alongside teachers, students, farmers, and government agriculture office workers. I gained a family through my fellow Peace Corps peers and residents of Agarfa. Due to unforeseen event that were out of my control, I had to take interrupted service and finish my journey in Ethiopia four months earlier than was planned. I am now a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and would be more than glad to talk to any students who may seem interested in joining the Peace Corps family.
Experience at UCI: I had a late change in major, as it was not until halfway into my educational journey at UC Irvine did I realize Earth System Science was the route I wanted to take.  Every ESS professor's lecture that I sat in as I worked on my switch of major, I could tell they had a passion for what they did. Whether it was the study of ocean, air, corals, caves, ice, weather, satellites, etc. I always felt that every teacher was excited with the work that they were doing. And it made me excited. I promised myself that one day, wherever life took me, I would also be excited with the job I would have to motivate others the way professors at UC Irvine motivated me. I used that motivation during my Peace Corps service, and which to continue doing the same.
Thomas Herrinton
Major: Chemistry
Year: 1978
Employment: Vice Provost - Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of San Diego
Bio: After graduation, I went directly into graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry.  Thereafter, I was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Rockford College for three years. I became a faculty member at USD in 1987 and was promoted and tenured. After 15 years as a faculty member I was recruited into administration, first in the Dean's office then the Provost's office.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed working with other students in study groups to learn the material. I also enjoyed helping other students as a Chemistry tutor, as a Physical Sciences Peer Academic Adviser, and as a Chemistry Laboratory TA (although since I was an undergraduate my official title was reader).
Gordon Infranca
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2015
Employment: Professional Development Crew Member at American Conservation Experience 
Bio: I am currently working with a subdivision of americorp helping with the conservation of national parks.  We will go to different sites and help remove invasive species, repair trails, or educate visitors about conservation of the parks.
Experience at UCI: While studying Earth System Science, I liked how it was more of a general overview of the major rather than a specific topic.
Amanda Janesick
Bio:
Amanda Janesick is a student with many interests. After graduating from Pacific Coast High School, she attended several community colleges in Southern California and Nevada so she could pursue her joint interests in science and ballet. She enrolled at UCI as a transfer student in the Fall of 2006 and excelled in Math, Chemistry, Biology and Dance. Her undergraduate research was also interdisciplinary. First, working with Professor Kormarova in the Mathematics department, she explored the bridge between mathematics and biology in a study of  the evolution of viruses. Then she switched to the School of Biology where she studied gene expression with Professor Blumberg. Amanda graduated in 2008 with a UCI GPA of 3.9; a major in genetics and a minor in Mathematics. She could have attended any graduate school she wanted, but decided  to stay at UCI both because she received a fellowship from the LifeChips program and because “I really like UC-Irvine and feel that there are so many great professors and opportunities right here.”  Amanda plans to occasionally perform with the Ballet, but says “Science is my passion.”
Sehun Jeong
Major: Mathematics
Year: 2014
Employment: Master's Program at California State University, Long Beach
Bio: For one year right after graduation at UCI, I took a little break to be refreshed and to prepare to apply Graduate Program. I am currently working on my Master of Science in Mathematics at Cal State Long Beach.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed learning from the nice professors. Math become more of my main part of my life as studying at UCI.
David Kamkar
Major: Physics
Year: 2009
Employment: Engineering Project Manager at National Instruments
Bio: My first job was through a family friend as a test engineer for a very small medical device company.  I was let go after 1 year because of the company did not have enough budget to keep me on. My next job was with a startup company called Tribogenics, where I was one of the first people hired to develop an x-ray device using tribo-luminescence. While working at Tribogenics, I also was taking evening classes for my Masters in Systems Engineering, which gave me more knowledge in engineering management. Shortly after finishing my master's degree I became an Engineering Project Manager for National Instruments.  
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the small class size and the mentoring program that began in my senior year.  I wish I had been more serious in the mentor program because it allowed for me to start thinking more of what I wanted to do after undergrad.
Mina Kazemian
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2010
Employment: Anestheisology Physician Resident at Riverside University Health System
Experience at UCI: she enjoyed the application to medicine and drug design through Chem 177/L 
Elizabeth Y. Klueger
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2011
Bio: I received a Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the USC School of Pharmacy in May, and I just received my pharmacist license (RPh). I am currently figuring out my path in pharmacy. I was an intern pharmacist at Kaiser, and I am considering staying with hospital outpatient pharmacy. Or I may apply for residency so that I can eventually achieve my dream of being a drug information pharmacist. Or I may look for employment in an area of pharmacy that I haven't explored before.
Experience at UCI: I greatly enjoyed the labs, especially inorganic chemistry lab. I also enjoyed my research group's meetings. One time we brought a durian to the meeting, and it was a lot of fun!
Dylan Laidlaw
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2015
Employment: Chemist at Monolith Materials
Bio: Undergraduate research in Dr. Gorodetsky's research laboratory led to a strong background in polymer and graphene research. This knowledge helped me understand the chemical principles behind carbon black and the science of particles being produced at my company.
Experience at UCI: The small class sizes led to a group experience throughout my time at UCI. We got to know each other well during long laboratory sections.
Catharine Larsen
Bio:
Prof. Catharine H. Larsen is proud to return to the U.C. system having been the first undergraduate at U.C. Irvine to win a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG/DOD) based on research carried out with Prof. Keith Woerpel.  She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with Prof. David MacMillan and went on to postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Prof. Stephen Buchwald.  {Her graduate work at Caltech studied how to catalyze reactions previously considered impossible using simple organic molecules made from amino acids.  At MIT, the focus changed to the application of metal-centered catalysts to develop new ways to create chemical bonds.}  The research in the Larsen Group at U.C. Riverside combines both metal-based and metal-free approaches and strives to expand the methods chemists currently possess to selectively form bonds for the synthesis of small, biologically active compounds with therapeutic potential.
Hosub Lee
Major: Earth and Environmental Science
Year: 2013
Employment: Researcher at Korea Basic Science Institute
Andrea Lo
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2013
Employment: Food Technologist at Saratoga Food Specialties
Bio: After graduating, I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for my MS in Food Science. I studied food safety and microbiology and graduated in the summer of 2015. I went straight into industry, working as a food technologist with Handmade Real Foods. After about a year, I found another food technologist position at Saratoga Foods, and am learning a lot about seasonings, sauces, and meat applications.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed labs, chemistry club, mentorship program.
Peter Mac
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2014
Employment: Process Engineer at Fluor Enterprises
Bio: After receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, I went straight to work in industry as a process engineer.
Experience at UCI: The best part about my studies at UCI is the professors who put effort into teaching students.
Marisa Mares
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2016
Employment: Teacher at Orange County School of the Arts
Bio: I  am a science teacher at OCSA. I teach 7th grade life science and 9th grade biology.
Experience at UCI: I really enjoyed my hands on labs that allowed me to go out in the field, collect data, and see how the concepts I learned in class could be applied to research.
Marta M. Massoodnia
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2015
Employment: Account Executive at Infor
Bio: I've always had an affinity for science, technology and business, so I decided to pursue a career in the computer software industry. I'm working as an account executive currently, but I plan on attending graduate school in a few years.  I also hope to start my own tech company one day.
Experience at UCI: The professors in ESS were my biggest motivators. They are passionate about the topics they teach, and they're beyond resourceful and knowledgeable. I genuinely enjoyed my coursework and I'm thankful and grateful to have had the opportunity to study ESS at UCI. My favorite class that I would definitely recommend to any ESS student would be: ESS 140 (Advanced Geology with the Professor Ferguson) and ESS 116 (Data Analysis with Professor Morlighem). Both professors are by far the most caring mentors I've ever had at UCI and they both go out of their way to ensure their students get the help they need. ESS 140 taught me everything I know about geology and was incredibly interactive and ESS 116 ultimately made me decide what I wanted to pursue a career in.
Elizabeth McIlvaine
Major: Mathematics
Year: 2005
Employment: Biostatistics Manager at Amgen
Bio: M.S. in Applied Statistics, PhD in Biostatistics concurrent with a career in medical research in an academic setting followed by a move to industry. 
Experience at UCI: There were faculty at UCI who were absolute shining stars. Matthew Foreman and Peter Li especially.
Heyang (Mandy) Meng
Major: Mathematics
Year: 2016
Employment: Financial Risk Management
Ana Ly Nguyen
Major: Environmental Science
Year: 2015
Employment: Middle School Science Teacher at PUC Community Charter Middle School
Bio: I graduated with a teaching credential from the CAL TEACH program at UCI and a bachelors in environmental science. I pursued the path of education and am now teaching 8th grade intergrated science.
Experience at UCI: I got to explore both the scientific community and the realm of education while having the opportunity to do field work.
Paul Nitake
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2007
Employment: AP Chemistry Teacher and Varsity Basketball Coach at Torrance Unified School District
Bio: After graduating from UCI in the Spring of 2007, I didn't know exactly what path I wanted to take for my professional career.  I tutored throughout high school and college and found it easy to relate to students as I helped them earn good grades.  So I went back to my alma mater (West Torrance) high school to coach basketball and substitute teach as I enrolled in the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program (in Chemistry) with CSULB.  Afterwards, I earned my Master's Degree from CSUDH in Education Administration.  And now, I am 8 years into my professional career of teaching (Chemistry AP) and coaching (Varsity Boys Basketball) full-time and I enjoy coming to work everyday.
Experience at UCI: As much as I dreaded the 8-hour lab days, looking back that was one of the highlights of my experience studying Chemistry at UCI.  I remember extracting limonene from orange peels, making nylon, silly putty, etc - while making friends that I still keep in touch with this day.
Antoine Pham
Major: Physics
Year: 2014
Employment: Automation Engineer at Abacus Data Systems 
Bio: I am a software engineer. I went directly to Software Engineer positions after graduation.
Dylan Tyler Pitcairn
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2016
Employment: Professor of Chemistry at Shoreline Community College
Bio: I graduated early in December 2015, though I walked with my class in 2016. I went on to work at Morpho Detection as a Chemist for the summer. I moved to Seattle, Washington to attend Graduate School for 1 year, receiving my Master's of Science in Chemistry. That same month, I was hired to teach at Shoreline Community College as a part-time faculty for General Chemistry. I currently still teach at Shoreline Community College, and was just hired on to also teach at Edmonds Community College, also for General Chemistry.
Experience at UCI: The course structure was enjoyable and straightforward (gen chem, ochem, pchem). The choices of majors classes and electives overlapped with classes I wanted to take, so I had no issue finishing my coursework early. The chemistry labs were what sold me at UCI. Couldn't have been happier taking the labs that were 1 day (lots of other colleges break up labs into 2 day events). Research in Chemistry was also fairly fun and enjoyable.
Mike Powell
Major: Mathematics
Year: 2009
Employment: President at Gravitas Works
Bio: I started a digital marketing company right out of college and have done very well in the internet advertising industry ever since.
Experience at UCI: I started as a physics major and then switch to Econ/Math.  In all 3 departments at the upper level the facility was really what made the difference.  I had some great professors that really made me understand the course material and subject in general better in all 3 majors.
Nazia Rashid
Major: Physics
Year: 2010
Employment: Science Teacher at Torrance Unified School District
Bio: After UCI, I went to UCLA for my Master of Arts in Education and teaching credential. Afterwards,  I started working as a high school physics teacher.
Experience at UCI: I loved the small size of the physics cohort. I actually knew everyone's name and became life long friends with many of them.
Luyi Ren
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2015
Employment: Billing Analyst at UnitedAG
Bio: I am a finance person. I want to do computer science.
Experience at UCI: I liked researching.
Quynh Rodriguez
Major: Mathematics
Year: 2005
Employment: Teacher at Cal Aero Preserve Academy
Bio: I pursued a career in the energy industry for nearly 5 years, then went back to school to obtain a secondary teaching credential in math.
Experience at UCI: I appreciated the extra help provided by the graduate students during the discussion sections.
Priscilla Ashley San Juan
Major: Environmental Science
Year: 2016
Bio: I am currently a PhD student in the Biology department at Stanford University.
Experience at UCI: I appreciated the enthusiasm from my fellow students. We were very passionate about the environment. This is partly due to the influence of the professors in the ESS department.
Allyson K. Sia
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2008
Employment: Research Scientist I at Gilead Sciences
Bio: I went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and earned a PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry. I enjoyed six years of teaching, mentoring, writing papers and conducting independent research. I then moved on to my first job in the biotech industry at Amgen, Inc, where I spent 3 years learning about large molecule therapeutics. I am currently at Gilead Sciences, working on small molecule drugs for antiviral therapies. On a daily basis I do analytical chemistry and work with small molecule analytical technologies such as liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the laboratories and my experience in undergraduate research.
Nicole Tamura
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2016
Employment: Wildland Monitoring Technician at Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Bio: I went straight into working for this nonprofit organization. 
Experience at UCI: the Earth System Science staff was great and showed a lot of enthusiasm for their research and courses. 
Joe Tien
Bio:
I entered UCI in 1990 and graduated in 1993 with degrees in physics and mathematics.  I then obtained a PhD in physics at Harvard University in 1999, and spent a couple of years at Johns Hopkins as a postdoctoral fellow.  I am now an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, where my research group studies how to grow tiny blood vessels.
The scientific training that UCI provided has been invaluable in this journey, and I cannot stress this point enough!  I routinely use the fundamental tools provided by courses in mathematical methods (thank you, Profs. Maradudin and Mayer).  Training in abstract math reasoning by Prof. West enabled me to perform biological studies with a mathematical flavor. Even the courses in quantum mechanics (thanks to the late Prof. Shaw) have served me well.
I am very grateful to have a job that essentially pays me to think.  My education in the physical sciences at UCI played no small part in providing this opportunity.
Ryan Trainor
Major: Physics
Year: 2008
Employment: Astronomer at Miller Institute/UC Berkeley
Bio: I completed a MS and PhD in Astrophysics at Caltech, finishing in 2014. Since that time I have been a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy at UC Berkeley, where I study the growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes in the early Universe.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the passionate professors, opportunities for diverse research experience (I did research in 3 different areas of physics as an undergraduate), and a collaborative atmosphere among students.
Thai Tran
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2016
Employment: Data Control Specialist at Vit-Best Nutrition 
Bio: I pursued my career in industry right after I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry.  I am currently working as a data control specialist and soon will start my new position in QC lab as a lab technician in the same company.
Experience at UCI: The hands-on experience is very helpful compared to what I learned in community college. I also got to talk to people with similar goals and chose my own path once I decided what I want to do after I graduate.
Angel Velasco
Major: Physics
Year: 2007
Employment: Postdoctoral Scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Bio: After graduating in 2007 with my B.S. in Physics, I worked at a small advanced composites company in research and development. In 2009 I began my doctorate in the Chemical and Material Physics program at UC Irvine. After completing my doctorate at the end of 2014 I obtained a position as a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I am developing novel superconducting electronics.
Tho Vo
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2006
Employment: Physician at Shasta Community Health Center
Bio: I worked in a pharmaceutical company before pursuing my current career in medicine.
Experience at UCI: I enjoyed the practical labs with the hands-on experience.
Maggie Walser
Major: Chemistry
Year: 2002
Employment: Director, Education & Capacity Building at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program
Bio: I received a PhD in Chemistry in 2007 (also from UCI) and then moved to Washington, DC. After a Congressional Science Fellowship working with the Senate Energy Committee, I moved to the National Academies in 2010.
Eric William Wei
Major: Earth System Science
Year: 2009
Employment: Police Officer/Platoon Leader at the Los Angeles Police Department/California National Guard
David Worsley
Major: Physics
Year: 1987
Employment: Lead Software Developer at Trimble Inc.
Bio: After graduating from UCI, he went into industry after graduation.  He has been in software development since 1988.