The UCLA ECE Alumnae Advisory Committee aims to educate and enable female students of all ages to pursue academic and career opportunities in electrical & computer 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.
|Grace Evita King
Grace E. King is a Data Security and Privacy Transactional Attorney with Deloitte. Previously, Grace was a Privacy & Cybersecurity Associate at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP where she focused on advising clients 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 the USC Gould School of 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.
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.
Chair of the Subcommittee on Student Mentoring:
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 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 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 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:
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 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 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.
Chair of the San Diego Chapter:
Wenrui is a Product and Test Engineer for Power Management IC (PMIC) at Qualcomm, and worked as a Field Application Engineer for Teradyne prior to joining QCOM. She has been working on mass production testing development of semiconductor devices for telecommunication and automotive application. She holds her B.S. ’14 and completed her M.S part-time at Columbia University ’17. She has taught training courses and seminars at work and also was invited to give talks and panel talks at UCLA in EE dept and at WE@UCLA. She is excited to stay involved with UCLA and hopes to bring local ladies in engineering together and also help younger ladies to succeed in becoming electrical engineers.
Chair of the Orange County Chapter:
Maryam Rofougaran is co-founder and co-CEO of Movandi Corporation, a venture-backed startup that is developing innovative RF front-end technology for new applications such as 5G. Prior to Movandi, Maryam Rofougaran was a senior VP of Radio Engineering at Broadcom Corporation. She joined Broadcom in 2000 after the company she co-founded, Innovent Systems, was acquired by Broadcom. At Broadcom Maryam led a team of more than 300 engineers worldwide who developed and shipped wireless radios for a variety of combo chip technologies, including Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, NFC and cellular devices. The team also supported wireless radios for mobile backhaul, femtocells and other mobile network technologies. Maryam received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. She is a co-inventor on more than 250 U.S. patents, and has co-authored more than 45 journal and conference papers.
Chair of the subcommittee on Fund Raising and Industrial Liaisons:
Rozi Roufoogaran is the VP of Semiconductor Engineering at Ethertronics Inc, an AVX Company, where she leads the RF and active steering antenna IC development. Prior to Ethertronics, she was a senior manager at Broadcom Ltd, responsible for the design and development of CMOS RF and analog circuits for varieties of wireless communication standards, including Bluetooth, WLAN, FM radio, and GPS. At Broadcom she led a team of 10 direct reports including chip leads and senior RF designers and drove cross functional teams spanning multiple groups in the company. Rozi joined Broadcom in 2000 after Innovent Systems, the first company to develop single chip CMOS RF devices, was acquired by Broadcom. Rozi received M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. She is the co-author of 15 journal and conference papers and is an inventor or co-inventor of 22 issued patents.