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Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in 1979
UGRD Engineering '79
John L. Ocampo ’79 was selected as a School of Engineering Centennial Award recipient for his support of the School of Engineering’s Center for Nanostructures and for his contributions to the semiconductor and communications industries, furthering not only the engineering profession, but the School as well. In 1985, Ocampo co-founded Sirenza Microdevices, a supplier of radio frequency semiconductors and related components for the commercial communications, consumer, and aerospace, defense, and homeland security equipment markets. While leading Sirenza through a successful IPO and eventual sale to RF Micro Devices, Ocampo served at various times in a number of key roles, including president and CEO, CTO, and Chairman. He is now co-founder and president of Gaas Labs, a private equity fund providing financial support and operational expertise to companies in the communications, semiconductor, and related industries. He is renowned for his entrepreneurial, operational, and technological expertise, as well as his generosity. Ocampo is a champion of the Center for Nanostructures, by funding it to promote interdisciplinary research and education through partnerships with other universities, industry, and government, while positioning Santa Clara University as a national center of innovation in nanostructures research.
submitted Jul. 16, 2012 6:06A
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Kate Leonard MBA '79, a partner at Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, was appointed as honorary consul general of Japan in San Diego. This appointment was recognized by the U.S. Department of State, and her duties began July 2012.
Leonard received her M.B.A. from SCU in 1979, and upon obtaining her California CPA license, she moved to Osaka, Japan, where she was the only American CPA with Asahi Kaikeisha, Japan's largest audit corporation. Moving back to the United States in 1985, she continued to interact with the Japanese business community by becoming chair of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana and maintaining her membership in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Leonard has worked with other international organizations, including facilitating and participating in Trade Missions to Japan with the World Trade Center San Diego.
submitted Jul. 15, 2012 9:41A
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
James S. Greene MBA ‘79 was appointed to Umpqua Holdings Corporation’s the board of directors.
Greene is vice president with Cisco Systems. He is an executive in their global services organization. He joined Cisco eight years ago as the leader of their global Financial Services consulting business.
Greene began his career at Accenture, where for 20 years he grew their global financial services business and rose to senior partner. Before his tenure at Cisco and Accenture, Greene served as president and CEO of Abilizer, a portal technology start-up company; as managing director at Capgemini; and as global head of financial services at TeleTech.
submitted Jul. 29, 2012 11:02A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Michael J. Bowler ’79 writes, "My novel, A Matter of Time, which is set on the Santa Clara Campus in the year 1986, is a Silver Medal Award Winner in the 2012 Reader's Favorite Book Competition. I'll be traveling to Miami in November to accept the award and promote my book (and Santa Clara!)."
submitted Sep. 7, 2012 9:40P
L. Michael Bogert ’79, former regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office in Seattle and counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, has joined Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Boise office as a shareholder. Bogert joins a team of more than 20 environmental law attorneys and will lead the firm’s environmental law practice in Idaho.
“Michael is an extremely talented and experienced lawyer and will be a very valuable asset to our firm, bringing an extraordinary background in environmental and natural resources law,” said Raymond J. Etcheverry, chairman and CEO of the firm.
“Michael’s experience in Washington D.C. working with the federal government, in addition to his deep knowledge of law and issues affecting natural resource projects in the Intermountain West, will greatly benefit the firm’s environmental and natural resources practices,” said Richard J. Angell, chair of the firm’s environmental and natural resources department.
Appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush as counselor to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Bogert advised the secretary on matters such as implementation of the Endangered Species Act, Indian water rights settlements and other Federal law and policy relating to water and natural resources development on public lands. He coordinated negotiations and policy for the department on the Avista/Coeur d’Alene Tribe FERC hydropower relicensing settlement discussions, and served as the lead policy negotiator for the Hydropower Agreement in Principle as well as the Final Dam Removal Agreement with Pacific Northwest Native American Tribes, California, Oregon and PacifiCorp as part of President Bush’s Klamath Basin Initiative.
Appointed by President Bush to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator position for Region 10 in 2005, Bogert was the EPA’s representative on two important collaborations with the Coeur d’Alene Basin Commission and Puget Sound Partnership.
submitted Jul. 5, 2012 10:23A
GRD Law '79
William F. Abrams J.D. ’79 was hired by Atlanta-based King & Spalding LLP for its IP practice, the Atlanta-based firm said in a statement. Abrams joins from Boston’s Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he was the former co-chair of the IP practice group. He has handled patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes for technology companies. He has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Santa Clara.
submitted Jul. 26, 2012 10:38A