SIE Alumni in Their Prime
Diana Yakowitz was the first woman to earn a doctorate from the SIE Department, in 1991. She went on to work for the Agricultural Research Service, the research branch of U.S. Department of Agriculture, producing more than 40 papers.SIE made sense. I realized, from there, any field was open. People with degrees from the SIE department end up working for a ton of different industries.
Public Health Entrepreneur
Michael Popovich, MS/SE 1973, started his Arizona-based IT consulting firm, Scientific Technologies Corp., in the late 1980s. It wasn’t long before the company took a public health tack, saving lives during Hurricane Katrina and working to educate the public on the value of immunizations.Seeing the appreciation of the people whom we work with was enough to keep us going and motivated.
Ryan Kanto, BS/EM 2007, spent nearly a decade in the oil and gas industry before co-founding his own distillery, Quantum Spirits, where he uses science to create whiskey. He and his wife are making a gift to the college to help develop collaborative learning techniques, like those practiced by UA Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers.We see a lot of opportunity, based on the work Dr. Blowers and others have done, to do something meaningful that moves the needle.
Tech Industry Titan
Kurt DelBene, BS/IE 1982, chief digital officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy and operations at Microsoft, has had a decades-long career at the company. The UA College of Engineering’s 2015 Alumnus of the Year also helped revamp the healthcare.gov website. He delivered the inaugural talk for the 2018 series, Lessons in Engineering Leadership.What we do as engineers is becoming more and more essential to how we operate as a nation.
Claire Tompkins: Why We Need an Engineer in the White House
"We engineers see the world a certain way. We build things and fix things. In some ways, that’s a good job description for a president. In some ways, that’s a good job description for a president."
During the her 2016 Engineers Breakfast keynote address, “Why We Need an Engineer in the White House,” SIE alumna Claire Tomkins – founder of Future Family, an online platform focused on helping women and couples navigate fertility issues – discussed how our technology- and science-based society needs leaders who understand technology and know how to leverage data.