Video by: Alessio Guerra

Ben VadovinosThe SSU Electrical Engineering program provides students with multiple resources that allow them to succeed. The knowledgeable professors provide students with solid engineering fundamentals so they can be effective in their future jobs. It’s amazing how students can reach out to alumni not just for future job possibilities but to learn what it is like to be an engineer. While attending SSU, my fellow students and professors motivated me to not only study and learn difficult concepts but understand why it is important to continue this throughout my life. I’m excited to be able to give back to the department and younger students.
Ben Vadovinos, Hardware Validation Engineer, Fitbit, Class of 2013

Jon PorrazzoI simply cannot explain how appreciative my peers and I are to the department for holding the Engineering Reunion. I think it is tremendously important to keep in touch with your alumni and think it is an incredible asset for the current students to have relationships with former students who are now active engineers in the industry. Networking plays a key role in the engineering industry, whether it be finding a new job, solving problems or even resourcing new employees; events like this help establish connections for both students and alumni. This event is a key example of how deeply rooted the Engineering department is in preparing students for a career immediately after graduation.
Jon Porrazzo, Ride Controls Engineer - Hardware, Disney Imagineer, Class of 2015

The SSU engineering program single handedly propelled me into to my career - showing me much more than engineering principles but how to function effectively in the professional world. The holistic and learning-by-doing approach employed by SSU engineering exposes its graduates to many career paths, but also allows students to focus on their technical passions. SSU uniquely positions students to hit the ground running once they get into industry. The small class sizes, access to equipment, one-on-one attention from professors, and industry networking, directly contribute to student and alumni success. I would not trade my experience at SSU for any other university. I feel that the faculty and staff have honed me into the effective and successful engineer I am today.
Eric Waugh, Staff Software Engineer, Calix Networks, Class of 2014

Casey WhiteIt is a very rewarding experience to give back to the students and the department. The is why this year I am assisting one team of students with their senior design project. I am excited the students will be able to leverage the industry perspective and experience that I bring to their Senior Design Projects, and carry that knowledge into their first jobs as Engineers. It is very clever of the faculty to align these Engineering Alumni events with the Senior Design Project presentations - it gives the student an audience of their peers to draw feedback from, and gives them a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni both in the area and abroad. Dr. Farahmand has done a wonderful job and I look forward to the future of the department, and of the Engineering community in Sonoma County.
Casey White, Materials Engineer, Deposition Sciences, Class of 2014