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Tools for the future

Location: 3230 Alameda

Joe Scalmanini '67

President, Luhdorff & Scalmanini Consulting Engineers, Woodland, Calif.

Joe Scalmanini believes Santa Clara gave him the right tools for his career path. "I can honestly say I don't think that I could have been much better prepared," says the founding partner of the Sacramento-area consulting engineering firm specializing in groundwater and water resources work, Luhdorff and Scalamanini. "In the big picture, I couldn't be doing what I'm doing today had it not been for the foundation I learned when I was there."

After earning his bachelor's at Santa Clara, Scalmanini earned a master's degree at UC Davis. But he says SCU built the base for his career. So he has been generous in supporting Santa Clara's improvement efforts in recent decades, contributing to the construction of the Leavey Center, the Malley Fitness Center, and Santa Clara's 2007 bid in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon contest.

"I never would have made it through myself without help. And I hope to help others now," says Scalmanini. "I believe that's what you do in life, give back. It makes things possible for students today."

One of those students today is Scalmanini's son, John, a history major in the Class of 2011.

Though John has chosen to pursue a different field, father and son share a faculty connection: Associate History Professor George Giacomini was one of Scalmanini's most influential teachers and sparked a career-long interest in history. Today, he serves as his son's advisor.

"It's a small-world connection that's special," says Scalmanini. "And I continue to admire the teaching, the guidance, and all the rest of the college experience that Santa Clara provides."

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