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.
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.
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.
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.