SJSU Salzburg Scholars | 2012–2013

Sarah Aghazadeh

Sarah
Aghazadeh

Graduate Student
Interdisciplinary
Studies

Alexander Ciak

Alexander
Ciak

Junior
College of
Social Sciences 

Matthew Diez

Matthew
Diaz

Junior
College of
Social Sciences

Layla Forooghi

Layla
Forooghi

Frosh
College of
Humanities & Arts

Ken Hawthorn

Ken
Hawthorn

Senior
Lurie College of
Education

Andrew Johnson

Andrew
Johnson

Sophomore
College of
Humanities & Arts
 

Schehrbano Khan

Schehrbano
Khan

Junior 
College of
Science

Shobit Kishore

Shobit
Kishore

Junior 
College of 
Science

Rebecca Krueger

Rebecca
Krueger

Graduate Student 
College of Applied
Sciences & Arts

Travis Lopez

Travis 
Lopez

Senior
Lucas College
of Business

Jesse Mallare

Jesse
Mallare

Sophomore 
Lucas College of
Business

Akos Meggyes

Akos
Meggyes

Junior
College of
Humanities & Arts

Kanza Naqvi

Kanza 
Naqvi

Sophomore 
College of
Social Sciences

Jessica Ponce

Jessica 
Ponce

Senior 
College of Applied
Sciences & Arts

Sophie Powers

Sophie 
Powers

Sophomore 
College of
Humanities & Arts

Carmel Hamlet

Carmel 
Weiler

Graduate Student 
Interdisciplinary
Studies

Calvin Worsnup

Calvin 
Worsnup

Senior 
College of
Science

 

 

 
 

 


Sarah Aghazadeh

 Sarah Aghazadeh

Graduate Student 
Global Citizenship 
Interdisciplinary Studies

sarah.aghazadeh@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the 
SJSU Salzburg Program

Sarah is a summa cum laude graduate from SJSU with a BS in Public Relations & Minor in Political Science (2011).  A President's Scholar (2010) and Dean's Scholar (2011), Sarah worked for a Congressional office in Washington, DC, as SJSU's Panetta Scholar with the Panetta Institute for Public Policy where she witnessed policymaking in action (Fall 2010).  She has also been selected to participate in SJSU's inaugural Provost's Honors Seminar (Spring 2011). Sarah was Vice President of Membership for SJSU's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), served as in intern with a San Francisco public relations agency (2010), and volunteers with Reading Partners of San Miguel Elementary School.  Sarah is the lead teaching assistant for all of Dr. Reckmeyer’s courses (2012-2013).


Alexander Ciak

Alexander Ciak

Junior
Finance
Lucas College of Business

alexander.ciak@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Social Sciences

Alex is currently a participant in the Sbona Honors Program (2012), where he has helped compile games and case studies to teach corporate ethics for a specific host company. This past Spring he competed on a team representing SJSU at the annual Intercollegiate Business Simulation Competition (2012) and is a member of SJSU's Banking and Investment Assoc-iation.  Outside of school, Alex is a Librarian Assistant for the Santa Clara County Library Bookmobile.  From 2002 to 2010, He was involved with various musical endeavors that included performing in bands and organizing shows.


Will Braganza

 Matthew Diez

Junior
Anthropology
College of Social Sciences

matthew.diez@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Social Sciences

Prior to his acceptance by SJSU in Fall of 2011, Matthew was named to the West Valley College Dean's List (2010-2011), and the Virginia College Dean's List (2008-2009).  He also completed two and a half years of various United States Army officers training with Santa Clara University ROTC program (2009-2012).  Matthew has also acquired numerous general construction skills and has become a Journeymen Carpenter while working for a variety of general contractors throughout Silicon Valley and Northern California (1999-present).  In addition to school and work, he has spent years traveling the globe while backpacking through Europe, SE Asia, Australia, Fiji, and extensively exploring North America.  Matthew's free time is spent outside either hiking, fishing, shooting, and hunting, or enjoying a show and dinner with friends and family.


Will Braganza

Layla Forooghi

Frosh
English
College of Humanities & Arts

layla.forooghi@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Humanities Honors Program

Layla is a Humanities Honors Program student (2011-2013) and served as a member of the San José Leadership Academy during her high school career (2009-2010).  A member of the Leland High School Speech and Debate Team for four years (from 2007 to 2011), she spent her senior year as a Speech Vice President (2010-2011).  While on the team, she reached the California Speech Association State Championships twice.  She was also commencement speaker at Leland's graduation.  Layla serves on the San Jose Youth Commission as District 10 Youth Commissioner (2010-2012). Currently, she is working as a speech coach for the Leland team, led by Mrs. Gay Brasher (2011-present). Layla enjoys reading, oil painting, and learning.


Ken Hawthorn

Ken Hawthorn

Senior
Child Development
Lurie College of Education

ken.hawthorn@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
SJSU Salzburg Program

Ken is a passionate advocate for hands-on project-based learning in the junior high and high school environment, training local teachers in CAD ​​instruction and written curriculum linking CAD projects with 3-D printers, CNC mills, and laser cutters in the classroom to help students produce physical models of their ideas.  Outside SJSU, Ken was awarded US Patent # 7,713,154 for a Fixed Pitch Continuously Variable Transmission, which was written Pro-Se with all claims approved on the first USPTO office action.  Ken has formed a company around the patent, completed a working prototype, and was a semi-finalist in the CleanTech Open, a national business plan competition.  He is currently employed full- time as an engineer involved in refining the design of auto emission testing equipment.


Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Sophomore
English
College of Humanities & Arts

andrew.johnson@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Student Union

A student in the Humanities Honors Program, Andrew has served as an active member in Three Philanthropic Organizations: the One Dollar For Life Foundation (2010), the Interact/ Rotary Club (2009-2010), and AIESEC (2012).  He has also participated in annual trips to Mexico, where he builds a home and offers support to families in need.  Andrew is a member of the University's collegiate wrestling team, enjoys athletics, and was named the Athlete of the Year in his hometown and high school (2009-2010). In recent years, his greatest passion has been exploring human nature and understanding through the art of literature.  He is driven by a relentless desire to evoke change in the world.


Schehrbano Khan

Schehrbano Khan

Junior
Molecular Biology
College of Science

schehrbano.kahn@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Associated Students

In addition to being awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of San Jose for her philanthropic activities during the devastating floods in Pakistan, Schehrbano is also a mem-ber of the Golden Key International Honors Society.  While President of the International Students Club, she was honored with an AS 55 Leadership Award by Associated Students, where she has also served as Director of Faculty Affairs and as a student representative in the Academic Senate.  She is very passionate about photography, which has led to one of her photographs being featured in National Geographic’s Monthly Top 12 photographs and another one receiving honorable mention in SJSU’s Global Lens contest.  She is currently helping Professor Persis Karim develop an Iranian Studies Program at SJSU.


Shobit Kishore

 Shobit Kishore

Junior
Mathematics
College of Science

shobit.kishore@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Science

 

Shobit has been a Dean's Scholar (2010; 2011); a Koch Foundation Research Funding Recipient (2009-2010); and a participant in the Provost's Honors Seminar (2012).  As an International student from India, he has also travelled to Japan for a cultural and intellectual student exchange program (2008) and was selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India to participate in a student delegation to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Dubai on a student exchange program for world peace.  He has participated in many student-faculty research programs sponsored by the Research Foundation at SJSU.  Currently, Shobit is serving as a community mentor at the Housing Services SJSU.  


Rebecca Krueger

Rebecca Krueger

Graduate Student
Public Health
College of Applied Sciences & Arts

rebecca.krueger@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Applied Sciences & Arts

Rebecca currently serves as Chair of the Global Health MPH Committee (2011-2012) organizing campus events about some of the world's most pressing health issues.  Prior to that, Rebecca spent six months in the East African country of Rwanda (2009) working with local community health Centers to increase their management capacity.  She also spent a year studying abroad at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg in Germany (1995 - 1996), where she concentrated in German Language & Culture.  In addition, Rebecca has traveled extensively around North America, Europe, Mexico, the Philippines, and Rwanda.  In her spare time, she enjoys learning new languages, watching documentaries, and swing dancing. 


Travis Lopez

Travis Lopez

Senior
Management Information Sciences
Lucas College of Business

travis.lopez@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

Phi Kappa Phi (2010) and Beta Gamma Sigma (2011), Travis has also been a Presidents Scholar (2011) and recipient of both a Danny Fortune Memorial Scholarship (2010) and an ST S. Saffold Leadership Scholarship (2011).  In addition, he has participated in the Sbona Honors Program (2010-2011) and recently took part in the Thompson Global Internship Program (2011), through which he spent time working in Hong Kong for Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.  Travis is currently the Founder of Mobedio, Inc., an early stage startup that is building an online public opinion platform to advance human intelligence and increase civic engagement.  He also interns part-time with NetApp, Inc., where he is helping enable the social enterprise through cloud computing.


Jesse Mallare

Jesse Mallare

Sophomore
Business Administration
Lucas College of Business

jesse.mallare@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Lucas College of Business

A Thayer Merit Scholar (2011), Jesse is currently a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity where he volunteers on various community service and philanthropy opportuni-ties.  He is employed as a Panda Express supervisor on the San Jose State campus.  Prior to attending SJSU, he was part of a Holy Cross immersion experience to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and is also a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Although he has remained a Bay Area native for his whole life, he has also traveled to the Philippines and hopes to create outreach programs to underprivileged children. In his free time, Jesse enjoys music, basketball and writing.


Akos Meggyes

Akos Meggyes

Junior
Radio-television movie
College of Humanities & Arts

akos.meggyes@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Humanities & Arts

A member of the Dean's List (2006-2011) and recipient of a Certificate of Excellence in Video Arts (Spring 2010), Akos has studied in Hungary, Germany, and the US and also has diverse cultural and language experiences.  He has worked on community film projects for Foothill College Open Space District and Spartan Film Studio, and is currently involved with the Green Ninja Project (a collaboration between the Department of TV-Radio Film Theatre and Meteorology and Climate Science at SJSU).  Akos is a singer-songwriter (one of his songs was aired on KFJC radio) and has a special interest in the soundtracks of films.  He hopes to spread climate change wisdom beyond borders through the Green Ninja project.


Kanza Naqvi

Kanza Naqvi

Sophomore
Political Science
College of Social Sciences

kanza.naqvi@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of International & Extended Studies

After graduating from high school  Magna Cum Laude (2010), Kanza has been the recipient of a President’s Educational Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2010),  the 1st place winner of SJSU Spring Intramural Speech Tournament (2011), and served as a Peer Mentor (2011).  She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda.  Kanza enjoys taking photo-graphs and had the “Top Senior Portfolio at East Side District Photo Contest” (2010), won the Bank of America Achievement Award in the Field of Photo (2010), and was the winner of Digital Photography in the Bluecoat Art Showcase (2010).  Bilingual in Urdu and English, Kanza is currently learning Arabic and has raised money for the Edhi Foundation to provide aid for the earthquake and flood victims in Pakistan.  In her free time, she enjoys reading novels.  


Jessica Ponce

Jessica Ponce

Senior
Health Science
College of Applied Sciences & Arts

jessica.ponce@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Applied Sciences & Arts

A former Peer Teaching Assistant for the Community Health Promotion course (2011), Jessica is currently an intern for the Salud Familiar en McKinley Elementary Project where she works with young girls in a health education after school program.  She is also a varsity member of the intercollegiate women’s cross-country team at San Jose State.  Furthermore, she is the co-chair of the Health Science education honor society Eta Sigma Gamma (SJSU chapter) and membership coordinator for the Health Science Undergraduate Student Assoc-iation (HSUSA).  In addition, she is a member of the Public Health Nursing Club (PHNC) and an SJSU McNair Scholar (2012-2013). 


Sophie Powers

Sophie Powers

Sophomore
Humanities & Music
College of Humanities & Arts

kanza.naqvi@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Alumni Association

Sophie is currently a student in the Humanities Honors Program (2010-2012), Principal Trombone in the CA Air National Guard band, and a charter member and assistant conductor of the US Naval Sea Cadet Band Of The West.  In high school, she organized fund raisers for Toys for Tots.  She also directed her high school’s musical (2008), helping compose and arrange music for it as well.  She served as volunteer trombone teacher for the Millbrae Elementary School District (2009) when its music program was cut.  After high school Sophie graduated from the Air Force Basic Training as an Honor Graduate, receiving an award for top physical fitness.  In addition to playing and tutoring in music professionally and rock climbing, Sophie hopes to study nursing and psychology in the future.  


Carmel Hamlet

Carmel Weiler

Graduate Student
Philosophy
College of Humanities & Arts

carmel.weiler@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
College of Humanities & Arts
SJSU Salzburg Program

Carmel earned her BA in Humanities with a minor in German from SJSU (2011), where she was also a Dean’s Scholar (2011) and is currently a participant in the Provost’s Honors Seminar (2012).  She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi (2012) and Toastmasters International (2001-Present), where she has served as Club President (2002-2003), Area Governor (2003-2004), Division Governor (2004-2005), and Distinguished Toastmaster (2004).  She is fluent in German, having spent her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Germany with Youth For Understanding, and has volunteered with YFU as a team teacher specializing in the Pre-Departure Orientation program.  Carmel has served as President and Technology Consultant for ComTego since founding it in 2001.  Prior to that, she was an IT manager for several Silicon Valley startups.  


Calvin Worsnup

Calvin Worsnup

Senior
Computer Science
College of Science

calvin.worsnup@sjsu.edu

 

Sponsored by the
Associated Students

Director of Student Fee Affairs (2010-2011) and President, Associated Students (2012-2013).  In these positions, he advocates for student rights and works to increase inclusivity throughout the student community.  He has also been an Executive Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity for two years.  In addition, he helped incoming frosh adjust to campus life and set their collegiate careers on the right path by serving as an Orientation Leader (2011).  Academically, his passion for Computer Science was generated from his amazement of the vast internet, which he believes allows for deep knowledge of the world and the connections of people that inhabit it.  He hopes he can share his knowledge and experiences with others as he continues to grow.