Alumni Spotlights feature outstanding UC Santa Barbara alumni succeeding in their careers, proud of their Gaucho heritage.

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Dr. Lucero received two B.S. in: Electrical Engineering (Honors) and Applied Physics (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Colorado, Denver and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Lucero joined Google in 2015.
Martin Carranza ‘18 became a Gaucho after serving four years in the U.S. Marines. The veteran found his passion for helping others during his undergraduate years through his involvement in a variety of student organizations. Now, Martin applies his skills and shares his experience during sessions with other first-generation college students as an Education Opportunity Program Counselor.
Adam Jorge ‘15 attended UC Santa Barbara’s master's program in Environmental Science and Management in order to further his interest in the public policy space. Almost a decade later, Adam finds himself enrolled in a PhD program alongside his full-time industry career, eager to continue his education.
Lois Phillips ‘86 arrived at UC Santa Barbara with a strong foundation of Communication and Education experience, having studied at Queens College and the University of Massachusetts for her respective undergraduate and Masters degrees. During her time at UCSB, Lois focused her research on women at the podium as part of a greater academic discussion about women in the workplace and the changing nature of the family unit. Now, Lois utilizes her extensive knowledge to aid her consultancy clients with their professional coaching and communications needs.
Legacy donor and UCSB ‘14 alumna Prathibha Madigapola jumped into research and lab work during her freshman year, as a Zoology major with a passion for environmental science. But one hands-on course– Kids in Nature– granted Prathibha the opportunity to work with local elementary students as an educator. That experience, as well as tutoring her friends, led Prathibha to discover her love of teaching. Now, a decade later, Prathibha runs her own personalized academic support service for students, Learn with Ms. M.
When Sydney Karmes-Wainer ‘19 sat in her Communication lectures as an undergraduate, she wasn’t exactly sure where she wanted to take her career after college. A study abroad trip to Bordeaux, France furthered her love for food and she then found herself working at Erewhon headquarters in Los Angeles post-graduation. After bringing in her homemade protein bites day after day, Sydney’s boss suggested she begin researching how to build a business around her clean-ingredient snack. From there, French Squirrel was born.