Category: Alumni Profiles

Luis Miramontes_P16-302-089_v2_USF_109_percent.jpg“I have always wanted to go into the aerospace industry,” said Luis Miramontes, “and when I heard there was a program that was created in the aerospace capitol, I felt like it was meant to be.”

Miramontes, a graduate of CSULB’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree Completion program in the Antelope Valley, currently works in his dream job as a Numerical Controls Programmer for Lockheed Martin, a highly technical position where complex theory meets hands-on aircraft design.

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Chris Schaffer knew that he needed highly specialized skills to succeed at Jacobs Engineering, one of the nation’s largest providers of technical, professional, and construction services. As a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional at the Fortune 500 company’s office in Irvine, CA, Schaffer regularly utilizes geospatial analysis, cartography, remote sensing, and computer coding to evaluate the environmental impact of prospective developments. To gain these technical skills, he enrolled in the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) program.

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​Giovanna Martinez has had more than 16 years of experience in the logistics and trans-portation industry, with half of that time at EDI Express, a freight-forwarding trucking company. Despite being firmly situated in her job, with plenty of skills and knowledge about her chosen career, she still wanted to learn more. So when she discovered the Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) program at CSULB, she not only registered for the course, but persuaded several co-workers to join her.

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On the east side of Long Beach, you’ll find Cambodia Town, the perfect entry point for anyone wanting to learn about the Southeast Asian diaspora. But CSULB student Bobby Lith wanted to get closer to the source. Lith is the son of refugees who earned sponsorships to the U.S. in 1979. Their family is a unique sub-set of Cambodian-born Laotians who identify as Lao Nyaw, with roots in the cities of Battambang, Cambodia and Vientiane, Laos—both of which are near the Thailand border.

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PHOTO: CSULB alum Julie Meenan with her grandson Austin

In 1988, Julie Ewart Meenan graduated from CSULB with her bachelor’s degree, accepting her diploma while pregnant with her oldest of two daughters. She went on to nurture a growing family and simultaneously build a successful career. As Executive Director of the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation (JSGF) she works closely with the Foundation’s board to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives of women and children in Long Beach. With over 25 years as Executive Director, Meenan believed further education would bring a higher level of knowledge to her work.

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. At SCAG’s 53rd Regional Conference and General Assembly in May, two recent CSULB grads and CITT research assistants were chosen as finalists for the prestigious Esri Story Map Competition.

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