Alumni Advisory Board
The UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Alumni Advisory Board’s mission is to promote the communication, growth, and shared activities of the MAE alumni, faculty, and students.
The AAB members offer unique inputs to help the Department understand the needs of industry, insights into how well the department is meeting the mechanical and aerospace engineering needs of the future, and knowledge of current industry trends, including suggestions for keeping the curriculum and degree programs current. They also provide input to academics, research, outreach, advocacy, and development.
Greg Caguimbal, ’16, MS ’19 ME
Merrick Campbell ’16 ME
David Crawford ’95 ME
In 20 years at Walt Disney Imagineering, Dave has held leadership roles in the Engineering, Creative, and R&D Studios. He is currently responsible for leading the Ride Mechanical Engineering department; and tasked with managing the mechanical team that conceives and builds new rides for Disney theme parks. Prior to Disney, he worked for a number of show, ride, and special effect companies where he was involved with the development, production, and installation of a wide variety of theme park attractions around the world.
Dave received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA in 1995; and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). He is listed as an inventor on over 60 patents that range from ride systems to special effects. He has stayed closely involved with UCLA, serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years, and participating in a number of other volunteer opportunities including the Nominations Subcommittee, Awards Selection Committee, Entertainment Advisory Cabinet, Alumni Mentor Program, and D12.
Mark Ford ’82 AE, MS ’88 AE
Mark Ford recently retired from 38 years in the aerospace industry, holding both technical and project management positions. He received his BSAE in 1982 and MSAE in 1988 from UCLA, concentrating in Dynamics and Controls under Prof. Steve Gibson. His industry experience is primarily with spacecraft attitude control subsystems analysis, test, management, and operations. As a student, he was a member of AIAA and Tau Beta Pi.
Outside of industry, Mark has been a judge at the California Science Fair (five years), and supported several UCLA initiatives, both for the university as a whole and the School of Engineering. Among these were the ABET Accreditation process led by Dr. Ajit Mal. He has also supported several Engineering Admitted Student Day Events, Alumni Reunions, scholarship application reviews for the Engineering School, transfer students, and all entering freshman. Mark recently joined the Governing Board of the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA).
Greg Glenn ’03, MS ’06
Rob Glidden, ’06, MS ’07 ME
Sherwin Goo ’87 AE
William Goodin MS ’71 ME, PhD ’75 ME
William Goodin has worked at UCLA in both corporate and alumni relations for most of his career. First, at UCLA Extension presenting technical courses for industry partners around the world, and later at the UCLA School of Engineering enhancing relationships among corporate partners, faculty, students, and alumni. Prior to joining UCLA, he was a Senior Environmental Engineer in the R&D Center at Dames & Moore (now part of AECOM). There, he developed air quality simulation models for government and industrial customers in the US and abroad, testified at government hearings, managed projects, and worked with potential customers to develop new business. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Quality Laboratory at Caltech, where he conducted computer simulation of photochemical air pollution.
Dr Goodin serves as Chief Advisor for the UCLA chapter of Tau Beta Pi; and received the Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award in 2011. He holds a BA in applied mathematics (SJSU), MS in computer science (UCLA), and a PhD in environmental engineering (UCLA).
Kari Graham ’11, ME
Owen Hemminger ’19 ME
Owen Hemminger is an alumnus of the UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, having graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in the Class of 2019. He currently works as a Mechanical Integrity Engineer for Phillips 66 at the Los Angeles Refinery. In his role, he manages the fixed equipment inspection, assessment, and repair activities for the refinery’s hydroprocessing units. He previously worked in the OSBL areas of the refinery, including overseeing major inspections and repairs to a novel low-pressure storage tank. Before his time with Phillips 66, Owen worked for ITT Corporation in their Aerospace Controls division, designing switches, valves, actuators, and their associated test equipment. During his time at UCLA, Owen was a member of Bruin Racing, serving as Director for his final two years after previously serving as Treasurer. He also acted as the Managing Director of Bruin Racing’s Formula SAE team for his final two years after previously working as the Financial Director and a member of the Suspension and Chassis subteam.
Tara Kawai ’17 AE
Tara Kawai is a Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Asian American Studies in 2017. While at UCLA, she was President of AIAA and a member of the Rocket Project and NSU Modern. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Systems Engineering with a Certificate of Cybersecurity at UCLA and will graduate Fall 2021. She is also a member of the Governing Board of the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association.
Nicole Kodama ’01 ME
David E. Lee MS ’90, PhD ’98
Jessica Leung, ’15 ME
Jessica Leung is currently a process facilities engineer for Aera Energy LLC, a California oil and gas producer. She is a Bay Area native and graduated in 2015 from UCLA with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She interned for Aera during her junior summer and has worked full-time there for five years. Her initial role in project facilities engineering supplied her with considerable oil and gas experience across a number of Aera’s California leases. She enjoys staying connected with her Bruin counterparts by leading Aera’s UCLA Recruiting team; and maintains active involvement in the I&D space as the lead chair for the Women of Aera employee resource group.
Edward Lin ’13 AE, MS ’14 ME
Sasha Lukyanets ’07 MS, ’09 AE
Nirav Mehta ’16 AE
Avi Okon ’02 MS, ’05 ME
Hannah Scherer ’10 AE
Yesha Shah ’14 AE
James Sharp ’03 MS, ’06 ME
Eliza Sheppard MS ’05 ME, MBA ’10
Marianne So, ’07 ME, MBA ’17
Marianne M. So is a Mechanical Engineer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in downtown LA, where she creates the system architecture of the Treatment facilities serving the city’s four million residents and focuses on pilot studies to vet new technology for improving Water Quality. Before joining the LADWP, Ms. So developed Air Management Systems as a Principal Engineer in the Chief Technology Office at Honeywell Aerospace. She has thirteen years of engineering experience in the public and private sector specializing in trade studies to optimize system design. She is also President of the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association and an Industry Advisor to UCLA’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.