Where Are They Now?

Alumni: we would love to hear about your journey after completing your graduate degree in materials science and engineering! Contact us directly, or join the College of Engineering LinkedIn or our own Materials Science and Engineering LinkedIn to connect with us. Please feel free to update us by completing the Alumni Update & Spotlight Form

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We are proud of our graduates’ achievements. The majority of our graduates—both master’s and doctoral—find jobs in industry at companies in the Bay Area. However, a portion of our graduates enter academia by way of postdoctoral scholar positions. Check out the list below for where some of our recent grads have ended up:


  • Chiu, I-Ting, Ph.D.; Process Engineer, Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Leong, Victor Gin He. M.S.; Battery Cell Engineer, Lucid Motors
  • Li, Jianheng. Ph.D.; Process Engineer, Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Srivastava, Meghna M.S.; Data Engineering, Voltus
  • Eren, Erdem. Ph.D.; Software Research Engineering, Intel


  • Carlson, Peter M.Engr; Thermal Technologies
  • Cheng, Yu-Hsing, Ph.D.; TSMC Taiwan
  • Fulton, Lisa, M.Engr; Berkeley Research Company
  • Ghosh, Sujoy, M.S.; Intel
  • Golobic, Alexandra, Ph.D.; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Kirk, Patrick, M.Engr; Reliability Engineering, Apple
  • Harvey, Catherine, M.Engr; Graduate Studies in France
  • Jurca, Shannon, M.S.; Senior Engineering, Research & Development, Thin Film Technology Group
  • Lam, Andy, Ph.D.; Exponent
  • Li, Cai, Ph.D.; KLA
  • Li, Jiaying, M.Engr; Intel
  • Lord, Jeffery, M.Engr; Chevron Technical Center
  • Maruvada, Thejaswi, M.Engr; Industrial Engineer, Firefly Aerospace
  • Mehta, Uday, M.Engr; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Moore, William, M.Engr; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Murrey, Tucker, Ph.D.; Postdoc, Moule Group
  • Nakajima, Kimiko, Ph.D.; Paradromics
  • Shah, Miheer, M.S.; California ICS
  • Wei, Willaim, M.Engr; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Xia, Yiqing, Ph.D.; Corning, China
  • Zhang, Mingwei, Ph.D.; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Zhu, Jiale, M.Engr; Reliability Engineering, Apple


  • Ahlm, Nolan, M.S.; Process Engineer, Intel Corporation
  • Ainselie, Kenneth, M.S.; Breakwater Research
  • Chang, Chih-Yuan (Simon), Ph.D.; Thin Films Process Engineer, Intel Corporation
  • Dang, Amanda, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, Formulation and Process Development, Gilead Sciences
  • Dryden, Daniel, Ph.D.; Research Engineer, KBR Inc.
  • Kane, Alexander, Ph.D.; Dry Etch Process Engineering, Intel Corporation
  • Raza, Miqdad, M.S.; Process Engineer, Intel Corporation
  • Rippy, Geoffery Ian, M.S.; Material Lab Science Engineer, Accenture
  • Rogers, Brian, M.S.; Materials Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Soderling, Julie, Ph.D.; Exponent
  • Zhu, Weidi, Ph.D.; Materials Engineer, Apple


  • Guan, Erjia, Ph.D.; Research and Development Specialist, Chevron
  • Hernandez, Jose, M.S.; Advanced Automotive Development, TE Connectivity
  • Hughes, Lauren, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Li, Hui (Apple), Ph.D.; SPTD Packaging Research and Development Engineer, Intel
  • Smith, Thale, Ph.D.; Materials Scientist, Mantle Inc.
  • Zhang, Shenli, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago


  • Cen, Xi, Ph.D.; Process Engineer, Applied Materials Inc.
  • Deshpande, Atharva, M.S.; Process TD Engineer, Intel
  • Fraga, Martin, Ph.D.; Software Engineer, nTopology
  • Koshnick, Correy, M.S.; Facilities Management: Energy Conservation, UC Davis
  • Lee, Michael, Ph.D.; Materials Engineer, Seagate Technology
  • Mancuso, Jordan, Ph.D.; Automation Engineer, Notable Labs
  • McCold, Cliff, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, Veeco
  • Micklavzina, Benjamin, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Minnesota
  • Qin, Wei, Ph.D.; Application Engineer, Research and Development, ASML-HMI


  • Hickey, Raymond, M.S.; Climate Corps Fellow, SunPower Performance Engineer, Strategic Energy Innovations
  • Hoke, Kyle, M.S.; Project Engineer, Absher Construction Company
  • Jacobs, Ian, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge
  • Jia, Yue, Ph.D.; Product Engineer, KLA-Tencor
  • Kaseman, Derrick, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Lange, Andrew, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Li, Bingxi, M.S.; Algorithm Engineer, KLA-Tencor
  • Mills, Edmund, Ph.D.; LifeWorks Learning Center
  • Nafsin, Nazia, Ph.D.; Module Engineer, Intel
  • Nieto, Andy, Ph.D.; ORAU Postdoctoral Researcher, Army Research Laboratory
  • Parker, Ariel, M.S.; Research Assistant, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Yu, Erick, Ph.D.; Research Scientist, BISCO


  • Dai, Chen, Ph.D.; Product Development, VJ Technologies, New York
  • Drazin, John, Ph.D.; ASEE Postdoctoral Researcher, United States Naval Research Laboratory
  • Hasan, Md Mahbubul, Ph.D.; Yield Engineer, Intel
  • Izumi, Andrew, M.S.; Micron
  • Kim, Seong Ku, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Researcher, Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology
  • Li, Binzhi, Ph.D.; Reliability Engineer, Apple
  • Maheshwari, Harsh, M.S.; Associate Member of Technical Staff, Engineering of Battery Materials, QuantumScape
  • Wynn, Thomas, M.S.; Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering, UCSD
  • Zhang, Xinming, Ph.D.; Processing Engineer, Applied Materials


  • Chen, Chien-Ting (Tim) (Ph.D., 2012); Senior Customer Account Technologist, Advanced Materials
  • Ertorer, Osman (Ph.D., 2011); Senior Research Development Engineer, Oryx Advanced Materials
  • Dussing, Matthew (M.S., 2014); Failure Analysis Engineer, Fitbit
  • Gu, Meng (Ph.D., 2011); Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Jungjohann, Katherine (Ph.D., 2012); Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratory
  • Kemik, Nihan (Ph.D., 2011); ASML Netherlands
  • Mardilovich, Pavel (Ph.D., 2012); Product Development Engineer, VoltStorage
  • Skaug, Michael (Ph.D., 2011); Data Scientist, Aurora Insight, Boulder, CO
  • Thron, Andrew (Ph.D., 2013)
  • Widgeon, Scarlett (Ph.D., 2013); Los Alamos National Laboratory


  • Chi, Miaofang (Ph.D., 2008); Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Holland, Troy (Ph.D., 2007); Director of Research and Development, Veloxint
  • Quach, Dat (Ph.D., 2009); Senior Development Engineer, Seagate Technology