Professor Emerita Ruth Yaffe was the first woman faculty member hired in the chemistry department.
Cultural anthropologist Jan English-Lueck is a leading expert on one of the most unique habitats and tribes in the world—Silicon Valley and the people who live and work here.
Susan Verducci has explored innovative ways that educators can incorporate the arts to teach compassion, empathy and constructive dialogue.
Chemistry Lecturer Melody Esfandiari, ’08 Chemistry, says “I put a lot of time and energy into my classes, and when I am connecting with students, that is the highest reward I can get.”
When History Professor Jonathan Roth sees something he doesn’t agree with, he tries to change it.
Theatre Arts Professor Buddy Butler believes his productions can engage young audiences in complex issues and inspire thoughtful dialogue.
Photographer Dan Fenstermacher, ’16 MFA Photography, traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to capture the stories of survivors.
Wayne Merry, ’59 Conservation, was one of the first rock climbers to summit El Capitan.
Gymnast Shanice Howard was named the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year and went on to become a physical therapist.
Spartan swimmer Lisa Covey Peters, ’07 Physics, leads an exciting career as a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Agnieszka Winkler launched and led one of Silicon Valley’s most successful independent advertising agencies in an era when she was often “the only woman in the room.”
An engineer-turned-filmmaker directed and financed The Valley, an award-winning film that explores mental health in Silicon Valley.
Sandra De Leon, ’13 MA Counselor Education, guides SJSU students as they pursue career pathways in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Michael Sera, ’86 Electrical Engineering, works to bridge cultures at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist shared coach Bud Winter’s sprinting techniques with athletes worldwide.
Noel understood that challenging the racial, economic and political status quo under the glow of an international spotlight came with great risk.
Through all of the changes she has witnessed over the past 50 years, Noel’s core belief in the power of education remains intact.
Speech pathologist Pamela Wiley, ’72 Communication Studies, created the Spectrum Shield training program to pair law enforcement with young men with autism.
Catherine Koanja, ’18 Nursing, had to help her mother read medication labels as a child. As a nurse she plans to advocate for health literacy.
Physics and Astronomy Professor Peter Beyersdorf’s research helped detect gravitational waves for the first time in 2015.