EE Alumnae Advisory Committee

The UCLA EE Alumnae Advisory Committee aims to educate and enable female students of all ages to pursue academic and career opportunities in electrical engineering. The key mission of the committee is to unite alumnae to support one another, and to foster a community of outreach and development for girls interested in science and technology, from the time they start elementary school through university and beyond.

 

Committee Co-Chairs:

Grace Evita King Grace Evita King
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Grace Evita King is a Data Privacy & Cybersecurity attorney with Squire Patton Boggs LLP, where she focuses on advising clients in various industries on privacy, cybersecurity and patent protection matters. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Grace graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and from USC Law in 2014. She is excited to help recruit new talent to UCLA’s E.E. program and bring together its amazing group of alumnae.


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Ani Garabedian

Ani Garabedian
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Ani Garabedian worked the Northrop Grumman Digital Products Center in 1999 after graduating from UCLA with a BSEE degree. Her first role was on a commercial satellite venture working part-time as a digital designer for the Demod Emulator while taking classes at USC on the Northrop Grumman Space Technology Fellowship Program where she earned her MSEE degree. In 2006, Ani transferred to Communication Systems Engineering and has supported several space programs in various system engineering roles such as unit Responsible Systems Engineer and ground system architect for future systems. In addition to her project work, Ani is also currently a section manager to 11 employees.


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Chair of the Subcommittee on Student Mentoring:

Kelsey Curtis Kelsey Curtis
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Kelsey Curtis is an IC Integration and Design Engineer at Infineon Technologies. She holds both her B.S. ’12 and M.S. ’14 degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. As an undergraduate, Kelsey was president of UCLA’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the international electrical and computer engineering honor society of IEEE. She looks forward to working with the department and student groups to support and foster the development of female undergraduates.

Co-Chairs of the Subcommittee on K-12 Outreach:

Caitlin Gomez Caitlin Gomez

Caitlin Gomez graduated Summa Cum Laude from the UCLA in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. She continued studying at UCLA where she obtained her Medical Degree in 2010. She then completed her internship at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and her residency training in Radiation Oncology at UCLA. She now works as a radiation oncologist in private practice in Mission Hills and Santa Clarita.

Captain Jenny Ji Jenny Ji

Captain Jenny Ji is an acquisitions officer in the US Air Force where she is currently assigned as a systems engineer to the GPS Directorate of the Space and Missiles Systems Center. She manages the technical baseline for GPS space and enterprise specifications. She graduated UCLA with a BSEE in 2006. Her previous assignments include Deputy Branch Chief at the Air Force Research Labs Sensors Directorate and U.S. Exchange Engineer to the Agency for Defense Development in the Republic of Korea. She holds an MSEE ’11 from the Air Force Institute of Technology and an MBA from UMass Amherst ’12.

Chair of the Bay Area Chapter:

Melissa Erickson Melissa Erickson
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Melissa Erickson is a Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon Lab126, focusing on power and performance management for the Fire Tablets and TVs. She graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Melissa is eager to bring together Bruin Electrical Engineering Women in the Bay Area for networking and local outreach.

Co-Chairs on the Subcommittee for Alumnae Networking:

Guadalupe Zaragoza Guadalupe Zaragoza

Guadalupa was raised in Southern California and graduated in 2002 from UCLA with a BS in Electrical Engineering. She then joined Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and was awarded a fellowship to continue her graduate studies. In 2010, she obtained an MS in Systems Engineering and an MBA. She is currently a Principal Systems Engineer with the primary role of being the Logistics Manager for GPS and Navigation Systems Avionics. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family and travel.

Judy Gilmore Judy Gilmore
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Judy graduated from UCLA with a BSEE in 2001. She is currently working on Advanced Concept Electro-Optical Technologies in various positions as Electronics Lead, Systems Hardware RE, and Systems Engineer. In the past, she worked at BAE, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and a small commercial company. A Fun fact about Judy: she made a portable LED Dance floor for a Mothers of Twins Club Fundraising Event. She looks forward to working with other alumnae and brainstorming on how best to keep more women electrical engineers in engineering.

Chair of the Seattle Chapter:

Sonia Hingorany Sonia Hingorany
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Sonia works at Amazon in the North American Transportation group. She earned her BSEE, with a minor in Cognitive Science, from UCLA where she held a position on the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) board for three years. She then worked at Accenture for five years in Technology Consulting Management, and later earned an MBA from CMU focusing on Information Systems and Operations Management. Sonia likes to play soccer and tennis and loves to travel. She also volunteers for the South Asian Heart Center.