From engineers to medical doctors, four alumni reflect on how their SJSU experiences have helped them make an impact. Illustrations by Jon Chester.
Washington Square: The Stories of San Jose State University
Kickbusch became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Field Support of the U.S. Army before launching Educational Achievement Services, Inc.
Anderson believes his San Jose State education armed him with the communication skills needed to make change. He hopes current and future Spartans will take advantage of the Strategic Media Lab to fine-tune their PR skills and make an impact.
San Jose City Manager David Sykes, ’91 BS, ’95 MS, Civil Engineering, sees his work as an act of service.
For the entrepreneurs behind Inglewood’s La Create Sp_ce, creativity is an equal opportunity resource.
Assistant Professor of Journalism Duane “Michael” Cheers has scanned close to 1,000 documents belonging to notable African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, which will be added to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
Management information systems lecturer Richard Sessions established a scholarship for SJSU’s Accessible Education Center by designating the university as a beneficiary in his retirement plan
Hadiyah Ghoghari, ’20 Computer Science, hopes to work for NASA while creating opportunities for fellow female engineers.
Kathy and Mark Loveless, ’78 Accounting, have created a scholarship for veterans and service members in SJSU’s accounting department.
Business Professor Asbjorn Osland was born in Norway.
In 1941, my grandparents left for America, my grandfather from Molfetta and my grandmother from Palermo. Upon arriving, they, like millions of others, waited at Ellis Island, yearning to be American.
Pabel Mijangos, ’20 Finance, learned how his father Octavio Mijangos’ journey to the U.S. informed his own path to an education while writing a paper for his Global Dimensions of Business course.
How do geologists measure seismicity and communicate earthquake risk to the communities that could one day be affected?
Evan Low, ’03 Political Science, was the youngest openly gay mayor of an American city.
How do we use sensory information to move, balance, and position ourselves? Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Katherine Wilkinson developed a neurophysiology lab at SJSU to explore how and why the human body interacts with the world around us.
How do neurons transmit messages throughout the body? How are memories formed? Miri VanHoven’s neurogenetics lab at San Jose State explores big questions.
The culmination of alumna Cathy Busalacchi’s 30-year vision for healthy student spaces.
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Mohamed Badawy founded SJSU’s Center of Power Electronic Converters.
The only team of its kind in the United States, Craig Clements’ Fire Weather Research Laboratory studies and decodes wildfire behavior to improve fire management and prevention.
Danielle Ishak, ’16 MS Human Factors and Ergonomics, is helping develop products to support the elderly.
Kaphar received a 2018 MacArthur genius grant in recognition of his commitment to social justice through art.
Alumnus Marc Slattery researches how the chemistry of underwater organisms might inform drug development.
In January 2019, San Jose State’s A.S. House moved across campus to make room for the Interdisciplinary Science Building.
San Jose State embarks on an ambitious new plan to push the boundaries of science and innovation.
Director of SJSU’s Aspire and McNair Scholars Programs Maria Elena Cruz shares her experience pursuing a PhD and offers guidance on how to start a research career.