2021–2022 Members of the Board
R. Miller Adams, Seattle, WA
R. Miller Adams is a founder of Pier 70 Ventures with more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector. He served as vice president of global R&D strategy and internal technology planning at the Boeing Company and was president of Boeing Phantom Works Investments Inc. His responsibilities at Boeing included a broad set of corporate technology venture initiatives. He is a lawyer by training and was a general counsel, secretary and EVP of a public company in the defense intelligence sector.
James C. Bean ’77, Portland, OR
HMC Board Chair; Senior Advisor to the President, Northeastern University
James C. Bean ’77 was provost of Northeastern University in Boston (2015–2020). Before this, he was senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon (2008–2013) and dean of the Lundquist College of Business (2004–2008). Bean spent 24 years at the University of Michigan, including appointments as the Ford Motor Company co-director of the Tauber Manufacturing Institute, associate dean for graduate education and international programs in the College of Engineering and associate dean for academic affairs. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in operations research from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree (mathematics; honors and distinction) from Harvey Mudd College.
Bean is past president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), a charter Fellow of the Institute and 2010 winner of the George E. Kimball Medal. He served on the regional board for U.S. Bank and was chair of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. He also has served as a member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for Engineering Systems at MIT and the Oregon Innovation Council.
Bean and his wife, Margaret (Scripps ’78), live in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Rachel Donahue Beda ’97, Seattle, WA
Physician and Co-owner, Wise Patient Internal Medicine, PLLC
Dr. Rachel Donahue Beda ’97 is a practicing adult primary care physician in Seattle, where she co-owns Wise Patient Internal Medicine. In addition to general primary care, Beda’s particular interests include providing gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary people, mental health and medical weight loss. After receiving her B.S. (biology) from Harvey Mudd in 1997, she received her M.D. and completed her residency at the University of Washington. She is double board-certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine. Her past experience includes seven years as a supervising physician in the emergency department of Seattle’s level 1 trauma center, followed by five years providing primary care to Seattle’s underserved and unhoused at Pike Market Medical Clinic.
Beda is married to Mudd alum Joe Beda ‘97 (they got together during freshman orientation and it stuck), and they have two kids. She is working to decrease the hunger rate in Washington through her work on the board of Northwest Harvest, Washington’s largest hunger-relief agency. For fun, she spends as much time as karma allows trail running with her dog in the Cascade Mountains.
Michael Blasgen ’63, San Diego, CA
Michael W. Blasgen ’63 is a retired technical executive, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His papers have led to several awards. He received a B.S. (engineering) from Harvey Mudd College, then obtained an MSEE from CalTech and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley. He was an assistant professor at Berkeley for a time and then joined the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Lab in New York. He worked in positions of increased responsibility at IBM, culminating in a job as director and head of the Austin Research Laboratory. Upon retiring from IBM, Blasgen became the vice president for research at Sony’s U.S. Research Lab. After leaving Sony, he consulted on issues in transaction processing and database management. He is now mostly retired and serves on two nonprofit boards. He and his late wife, Sharon, collected art and have given away approximately 500 works of art to the Getty Museum, Scripps College and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of the Getty’s Photographs Council.
Justin Christian P25, Indianapolis, IN
President and CEO, BCforward
Justin P. Christian P25 is the president and chief executive officer of BCforward Corporation, which comprises BCforward, BCforward Canada, BCforward Puerto Rico, BCforward India, BCforward Razor, Stafforward and Stafforward Manufacturing. Christian’s leadership over the past 23 years has propelled the company from a boutique IT services firm to the best in class IT consultancy and global workforce solutions leader that it is today. With over 6,500 employees, BCforward serves Fortune 1000 and government clients across all industries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. BCforward provides a full suite of customer-centric information technology and human capital solutions spanning application lifecycle management, project management, quality, business intelligence, outsourcing and advisory services.
Christian is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. He has served on the boards of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Goodwill of Central Indiana, Indiana Gaming Commission and the Indianapolis Bond Bank. He is a past chair of the Indianapolis 500 Festival Board of Directors and a current board member for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Lumina Foundation, and is a DePauw University trustee.
Born in New York City, Christian is a 1995 graduate of DePauw University. He resides in Zionsville, Indiana, with his wife, Darrianne, and four daughters.
Joe Connolly, Pacific Palisades, CA
Joe Connolly recently retired from his law practice after more than 35 years in business litigation. Before entering private practice, he was a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County and a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where he was a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Connolly’s areas of legal expertise include investment fraud, commercial real estate, legal and accounting malpractice, and insurance. Throughout his career, he also served as a mediator, arbitrator and hearing examiner for organizations, including the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Los Angeles Police Commission. He holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Southern California Law School.
Connolly serves on the boards of The Jean Perkins Foundation and Harvey Mudd College. His prior board service includes the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and St. Matthew’s School. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Pacific Palisades and have five children and seven grandchildren.
Michael Curtis, Menlo Park, CA
Michael Curtis spent over 20 years as a technology leader. He led engineering at Airbnb as it scaled from 40 to 1000+ engineers and also oversaw multiple other functions including Data Science, Online Marketing, and Trust and Safety. Prior to Airbnb, Curtis was director of engineering at Facebook where he managed the engineering team responsible for user growth and engagement. Before that he was VP, engineering at Yahoo leading Yahoo Mail. After leaving Airbnb, Curtis joined the board of directors at Zendesk and has focused his time on investing in and advising growing technology companies.
Bruce L. DePriester ’74, Bozeman, MT
Retired, American Funds Group
Howard Deshong III ’89, P22, Los Angeles, CA
Managing Partner, Galileo Partners
Jason Fennell ’08, San Francisco, CA
Data Privacy, Facebook
Joining Yelp in 2008, Jason Fennell ’08 became an engineering leader and assumed responsibility for search in 2010. After focusing on the growth of the search team for several years, he took over responsibility for advertising, data infrastructure and partnerships as well as other algorithmically focused teams. Since Fennell joined, Yelp has grown from six million to over 100 million reviews and scaled its daily traffic volume and revenue similarly. In addition to his technical oversight, he has also been a strategic driver for engineering recruiting and international office expansion.
Fennell earned a B.S. (computer science and math) from Harvey Mudd College. He and his wife, Lilly, live in San Francisco.
Matthew Ferri, New York, NY
Partner, PDT Partners
Matthew Ferri is a founding partner at PDT Partners, a quantitative investment firm based in New York. Ferri joined PDT in 1997 when it was a proprietary trading group within Morgan Stanley. PDT Partners became an independent investment manager in 2013.
Ferri completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University and his graduate studies at MIT. He has a B.S. (mechanical engineering), M.S. (electrical engineering and computer science) and M.S. and PhD (nuclear engineering). His doctoral thesis research at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center focused on superconducting magnet designs for advanced tokomak experiments.
Among other interests, Ferri supports the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at MIT, serves on the advisory board for the Songs of Love Foundation and is a member of the steering committee for the PDT / Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics partnership.
Originally from Colorado, Ferri lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He often spends weekends in the Upper Hudson Valley, where he enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking and relaxing by the pond.
Kathleen Fisher, Cambridge, MA
Professor of Computer Science
Scott E. Fraser ’76, Los Angeles, CA
Provost Professor of Biology and Bioengineering, Elizabeth Garrett Professor of Convergent Biosciences, Director of Science Initiatives, University of Southern California, Translational Imaging Center
Scott E. Fraser ’76 has a longstanding commitment to quantitative biology, applying the tools of chemistry, engineering and physics to problems in biology and medicine. His personal research centers on imaging and molecular analyses of intact biological systems, with an emphasis on early development, organogenesis and medical diagnostics.
After training in physics (B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1976) and biophysics (PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1979), he joined the faculty at UC Irvine and rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 1990, he moved to Caltech to serve as the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology and as the director of the Biological Imaging Center. He is deeply committed to interdisciplinary training and translational research, having helped found the Caltech Brain Imaging Center and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as well as serving as the director of the Rosen Center for Biological Engineering.
In fall 2012, he moved to USC to take a provost professorship in the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He remains active in interdisciplinary research and serves as the director of science initiatives for the USC campuses.
Laurie Girand, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Consumer/Social Justice Advocate
Laurie Girand began her career as a graphics OS programmer. She moved on to evangelism, product management and product marketing at Apple Computer before serving as director of product marketing for a graphics hardware peripheral manufacturer. For 10 years, she headed a strategic planning and recruiting company, providing consultants and advice to companies including Adobe, Digital Equipment Corp, Netscape, Novell and Sun. During this time, Girand also held successive roles of advisory board member, board member and co-president of STOP Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit of consumer advocates of food safety, where she played a key role in tightening FDA regulation of unpasteurized juice.
In 2001, Girand and her family moved to the Netherlands, where Girand was a member of the board of the Regional International School of Eindhoven. From 2010 to 2012, she served on the STEM Committee–comprised of faculty, staff and parents–of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. She is a member of the Parents’ Advisory Board of Stanford University and the Board of Regents for the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.
Girand holds a BSE (electrical engineering and computer science) from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford. She resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband, Scott A. McGregor, former CEO of Broadcom Corp., and daughter.
Murray Goldberg, Vancouver, BC Canada
Founder and CEO, Marine Learning Systems
Murray Goldberg was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, researching the effects of technology in learning. In 1995, he went on to develop WebCT, the world’s first commercially successful learning management system for higher education. He left the university to launch and lead the company, which grew to 350 employees serving 14 million learners at 4,000 organizations in 80 countries. Goldberg is widely acknowledged as one of a small number of key pioneers in the field of learning management systems and has given over 250 invited presentations and keynote addresses on the subject around the world.
Among other awards and distinctions, Goldberg was awarded the prestigious Killam Teaching Prize during his first year as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, the Manning Award for Innovation, the Canarie IWay Award for his contributions to information technology, the New Media Hyperion Award for his contributions to learning technologies and an honorary doctorate from Southern Cross University for his pioneering work in shaping educational technologies. Backbone Magazine named him as one of the top 15 Canadians in digital media.
Jocelyn Goldfein, San Francisco, CA
Jocelyn Goldfein is a managing director at Zetta Venture Partners in San Francisco. She focuses on consumer, enterprise and ed-tech software. She has held engineering leadership roles in high-growth companies, such as VMware and Facebook, as well as small startups. Her teams have built systems including enterprise middleware, operating systems, consumer web and mobile apps, shrink-wrapped desktop software, developer tools and big data analytics engines. Goldfein is a widely recognized industry spokesperson on scalable engineering operations, software release process and diversity in tech. She has served on the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees since 2013 and holds a B.S. (computer science) from Stanford University.
Robert L. Gould ’87, Los Angeles, CA
Robert L. Gould ’87 (mathematics) is on the teaching faculty in the UCLA Department of Statistics, where he serves as vice chair of the undergraduate statistics program. Driven by a belief that you can see lots of things by looking, he has co-authored an introductory statistics textbook designed for community college students and founded the American Statistical Association DataFest competition, a national data analysis competition and celebration of all things data. He earned a PhD (mathematics) from UC San Diego in 1994 and has been on the faculty at UCLA ever since. As lead investigator of the Mobilize project, he is the co-author of what is believed to be the first data science curriculum for high school students and which is currently taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as several other districts in California. He is a proud alum of the dorm formerly known as “New” West Dorm and South Dorm.
Shamit Grover ’05, Irvington, NY
Co-founder, Vesper Company
Shamit Grover’05 is a co-founder of Vesper Company, which partners with entrepreneurs to help them scale their businesses through technology investment and acquisitions. He serves on the board of New England Marine Monitoring and Kobalt Music Group. Prior to founding Vesper Company in 2021, he was a managing director in the Private Capital Group of MSD Partners, L.P where he led or supported the firm’s investments in Owl Rock, WCG Clinical, Ultimate Fighting Championship, BrightView, Transaction Network Services and OneWest Bank, among others. Prior to joining MSD Capital, Grover was at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in the global private equity and mergers and acquisitions groups. He received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College (double major in engineering and economics/CMC).
Mar Hershenson P24, Palo Alto, CA
Mar Hershenson P24 is a co-founder and managing partner at Pear VC, a seed-stage investment firm in Palo Alto backing companies like Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Doordash, Gusto and Branch. At Pear, she works closely with founders to take companies from an idea to defining business. She was recognized in the Midas Brink List of Top Tech Investors in 2015. Hershenson received her PhD (electrical engineering) from Stanford University in 2000 for her breakthrough work in circuit design automation and taught the Analog Circuit Design course at Stanford for over a decade. She made her mark as an entrepreneur by co-founding three companies: Barcelona Design, Sabio Labs and Revel Touch. She ran each company from day one, being deeply involved in all aspects of the business, including product definition and development, business strategy, sales, recruiting and financing. After the acquisition of Sabio Labs, Hershenson served as VP of product development for Magma Design Automation’s Mixed Signal division. She has received many awards throughout her career, among them, the renowned T35 Young Innovator Award from MIT (for her technical work) and the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award in 2010 (for her work in entrepreneurship). She currently serves on the advisory council of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She previously served on the board of Palo Alto Child Care Centers and is a founding member of All Raise and the Equity Summit.
Hershenson lives in Los Altos, California, with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking and watching soccer.
Robert A. Hulse ’96/97, Los Altos, CA
Partner, Fenwick & West LLP
Bob Hulse ’96/97 is a partner in the intellectual property group at Fenwick & West. He focuses his practice on building strategic patent portfolios in a wide range of technical fields, including computer software and electronics, electromechanical and medical devices, digital healthcare and electronic media. His practice also involves intellectual property counseling, evaluating risks from third-party patents, and assisting in efforts to design around those patents, and he has experience in intellectual property diligence matters on both sides of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. In addition to providing legal services, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, teaching patent drafting and prosecution. He is also a member of the faculty at the Practicing Law Institute and has lectured on topics related to patent law at the University of Washington School of Law, Dalhousie University and the National University of Singapore.
Maria M. Klawe, Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College President
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Oliver Kwan, Shanghai, New York City and Singapore
Founding Partner, New Wheel Capital
Oliver Kwan is the founding partner of New Wheel Capital, focusing on investing in early stage ventures and funding fundamental research. He is a serial tech, media and telecom and FinTech entrepreneur in China with over 20 years experience of managing growth. He is the founder and EVP of WanDa Internet Technology Group, where he formulated the growth strategy and managed the scaling of the user base to 200 million within two years. Previously, he founded and was CEO of 99Bill Corporation, a Fintech company offering wealth management, consumer credit and payment services over mobile platform in China. 99Bill’s revenue reached $600 million with 100 million user accounts in 2016, and the company was subsequently acquired by DaLian Wanda Group, one of the largest real estate developers in China. Prior to 99Bill, Kwan was the angel investor and SVP of NetEast.com (Nasdaq: NTES).
Kwan also serves on the board of AiJian Special Foundation, which promotes non-state-owned enterprise ownership and entrepreneurship. Kwan graduated from Shanghai JiaoTong University with a B.S. (naval architecture and ocean engineering), followed by an M.S. (industrial engineering) from the University of Arizona.
Laura Larson P20, Ithaca, NY
With a history degree from Cornell and a career in finance, Laura Larson P20 has enjoyed working in both quantitative and qualitative realms. In 2003, following many years of volunteer work in a variety of settings, Larson co-founded Zeno, a Seattle-based organization that creates a positive mathematics culture for elementary through pre-K children, their parents/caregivers and teachers to offer mathematical competency for all. While society often isolates math and science from general learning, Larson has focused on changing the belief that math is only for some people and disproportionately not for minorities and women. After successfully launching three children into the world, including one Mudder, Larson enthusiastically joined the Harvey Mudd board to address these and other challenging issues in education. Larson is an omnivorous reader who also enjoys every opportunity to be outside (cycling, swimming, rowing, triathlons).
Albert J. Lee, Washington, D.C.
Founding Principal, Summit Consulting
Albert J. Lee is the founding principal of Summit Consulting, a Washington D.C.-based consultancy. He has extensive experience managing consulting engagements involving diverse teams of experts and professionals.
Prior Summit, he was a senior consultant at Bates White LLC, where he specialized in economic damages. Lee participated in some of the largest litigated matters handled by Bates White. He was also a manager at KPMG. His clients included many Fortune 500 companies. At Summit, Lee has led a number of high-profile engagements and served as a testifying expert. Under his leadership, Summit was recognized by Inc. Magazine in 2015 and 2016 as one of the fastest growing firms in the U.S. Summit also earned the 2015 Seal of Distinction Award from WorldatWork Alliance for employee work-life balance.
A frequent lecturer at universities, Lee received his PhD from UCLA and a B.A. from USC. He served as the UCLA Centennial Campaign chair for the New York region, and is a member of the board of visitors of the UCLA Economics Department. Lee spends the bulk of his free time enjoying the company of his family, supporting local charitable organizations. He hails from Hong Kong and visits Asia frequently but spent his formative years in New York City. Southern California is his second home.
Allan Leinwand, San Francisco, CA
SVP Engineering, Slack
Allan Leinwand is responsible for engineering and operations at Slack. Before joining Slack, Leinwand was chief technology officer at ServiceNow, where he was responsible for overseeing all technical aspects and strategy.
Tyler Mingst P22, Los Angeles, CA
Chairman, Intriva Capital
Tyler Mingst P22 is co-founder and chairman of Intriva Capital, a European-based private equity investment business. Before founding Intriva, he was a partner with Apollo Management’s distressed loan group in London, focused on credit portfolio acquisitions and restructurings, and where he and his family lived for nine years before returning to the U.S. in 2014. Prior to London, Mingst managed due diligence assignments with Ernst & Young’s global real estate team while based in Germany, China and Thailand. These immersive international experiences instilled an understanding and deep appreciation of different cultures and methodologies for doing business. Mingst received his B.A. from The Colorado College and his MBA and master’s of architecture degree from UCLA. Mingst and his wife, Heather (SCR ’91), have two sons and live in Santa Monica, California. He enjoys open-water swimming and working on car and bicycle projects in his garage.
Sergio Monsalve P25, Palo Alto, CA
Founding Partner, Roble Ventures
Sergio J. Monsalve P25 is a venture partner at Norwest Venture Partners in Palo Alto and San Francisco. He is also an entrepreneur in residence and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. In both roles, he is focused on the future of work and on developing technology innovations and entrepreneurship in education. He is on the board and an investor of various companies in this area of focus, including Udemy, Adaptive Insights (sold to Workday), Alma Campus and Kahoot!
Monsalve has also held various entrepreneurship and leadership roles in high-growth technology companies like eBay, Paypal, Portal Software (IPO during tenure), as well various venture-backed startups he helped get off the ground as a founder or founding executive. He is originally from Mexico and is an active advocate and spokesperson for the increased participation of the Latinx community in engineering and in the technology industries. Monsalve joined the Harvey Mudd Board of Trustees in 2018. He holds a B.S. (industrial engineering) from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard.
Karen Morrison ’08, Sacramento, CA
Acting Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Before taking on her new role, Karen Morrison ’08 was the assistant director and chief science advisor at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Since joining DPR in 2018, Morrison has worked to advance major human health and environmental policy issues related to pesticide use in California.
Morrison has worked in the intersection of science, policy and society at the state and local level since 2013. This includes positions with the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee, where she analyzed legislation and organized legislative oversight, and as a science advisor with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Morrison also served as a commissioner on the Environment and Utilities Commission with the city of West Sacramento.
Morrison earned a PhD (chemistry) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. (chemistry) from Harvey Mudd College. She and her family live in Sacramento, California.
Shaun M. Pacheco ’12, Santa Clara, CA
Camera Systems Engineer
Shaun Pacheco ’12 is a camera systems engineer at a large consumer electronics company in the Bay Area, where he helps develop technologies to enhance camera performance and enable new camera features for their products. In 2016, Pacheco completed his PhD (optical sciences) from University of Arizona. During his PhD program, he worked on developing new optical systems for biomedical imaging and computational imaging, which is the combination of computer science and optics to achieve camera performance that is not possible with just computer science or optics independently. Pacheco was a President’s Scholar while attending Harvey Mudd College, where he earned a B.S. (physics).
Jessica Parisi, San Francisco, CA
CEO and President, BTS USA
Throughout her 19-year career at BTS, Jessica Parisi has pioneered the application of customized experiences and simulations for leading Fortune 500 clients such as Salesforce.com, VMware, Chevron, Toyota, Bechtel, Fidelity, Uber, Atlassian, New Relic, Microsoft, Twitter and others. Parisi leads BTS USA with profit and loss responsibility for offices in Stamford, Connecticut; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.
She has played a key role in developing BTS strategy execution services, including end-to-end strategy alignment and creating experiences where leaders at all levels practice the execution and evolution of the business. She does strategy prototyping for the C suite, including defining “great” (how codifying high performance by role drives clarity and quickly moves the mean). She is an expert in execution challenges and choices: creating deep practice simulations by role based on the most pivotal and daily moments on the job and how the most qualified people respond.
Justin Peterson ’85, New York, NY
CTO, Tradeweb Markets LLC
Justin Peterson ’85 is the chief technology officer of Tradeweb, where he oversees the development of all trading platforms, infrastructure systems and cyber security globally. He was appointed CTO in April 2020 and previously served as managing director and head of institutional technology at Tradeweb. In that position, he was responsible for leading ongoing development of the firm’s electronic platforms and trading systems. He joined Tradeweb in 1999 to help drive development of pricing and trading software, later managing the global support team and European technology group. He is a longstanding member of the firm’s management team and served on Tradeweb’s Global Operating Committee for many years.
Peterson has more than three decades of experience in computer science and development, with over 20 years dedicated to the financial services sector. He was a vice president at Citibank, managing development of web-based customer delivery and payment systems for its corporate bank and improving its electronic funds transfer system. Prior to that, he worked at NYNEX Science and Technology, focusing on telephone network planning software. Earlier, he developed computer-aided integrated circuit design tools at Hughes Aircraft Company.
Peterson holds a B.S. (engineering) from Harvey Mudd College and a PhD and M.S. (both computer science) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Autumn Preskill ’09, New York, NY
Staff Engineering Manager, Flatiron Health
Autumn Preskill ’09 is a staff software engineer and manager at Flatiron Health, where she works on building systems that enable cancer researchers to learn from the experience of every cancer patient. Prior to that, she worked as a software engineer at Transfix, a freight brokerage startup, where she led a team that specialized in building tools that make it easier to book shipments, from modeling and predicting prices to matching shipments with relevant carriers.
In 2015, Preskill received her PhD (energy and resources) from UC Berkeley, where she studied the effects of energy storage and renewable energy on the electricity grid. She graduated with her B.S. (engineering) from Harvey Mudd College.
Preskill currently resides in New York City with her husband, Ben (’09). They welcomed their first child in 2018.
Sunil Rajasekar, San Luis Obispo, CA
Sunil Rajasekar serves as Mindbody’s president and chief technology officer. Previously, Rajasekar served as vice president and general manager at eBay, leading engineering and product management. He has also served as CTO for Lithium Technologies and as vice president of engineering at Intuit. He serves on the board of Storable and is an active investor and advisor to startups.
He often spends his free time discovering new restaurants. He has been Yelp Elite Squad member for more than 13 years and has over 6,000 reviews. Rajasekar lives in Los Gatos, California, with his family.
Susan G. Saideman, Seattle, WA
Board Director, Church & Dwight, MyTheresa, PrePac Manufacturing
Susan Saideman is a board director for Church & Dwight, MyTheresa and PrePac Manufacturing, where she leverages her past experiences as a general manager with Digital, CPG and International experiences. Accelerating growth by launching positive change has fueled her leadership at global enterprises like Amazon and Mars. Before transitioning to board work, she led Amazon’s European fashion business based in London with over 400 employees in six countries, where she focused on organizational effectiveness and Europe-specific innovation to enhance customer experience. Saideman was integral to the launch of Prime Wardrobe in the UK, Germany and Japan and to improving product pages through machine learning. Prior to Amazon, she led businesses for Mars, Mikasa, Campbell Soup and held positions in strategy and finance at Campbell Soup, PepsiCo and Bain & Company.
She came back to Seattle from London in 2019 to pursue her passion for encouraging more girls and people from underrepresented groups to pursue technology educations and careers. Saideman also serves on the board of directors of FIRST Washington. In her service for both FIRST Washington and Harvey Mudd College, she hopes to inspire the next generations to embrace careers in technology and to create a more diverse environment.
She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. (economics) and Harvard Business School with an MBA. She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys cooking, entertaining, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Julie St. John, Los Angeles, CA
CIO and President (Retired) Capital Group
Julie St. John is president of Investment Operations and Information Technology Group and is also the chief information officer for the Capital Group Companies. She joined the management team of Capital in 2007.
Prior to her current role at Capital, she was executive vice president and CIO for Fannie Mae. In this role, she was an executive committee member, responsible for all of the investment operations and core technology for the company. During this period, Fannie Mae grew into a completely web-enabled business, with over $2 trillion in assets. Previously, she held senior technology positions at Marriott Corporation, and led the technology group through a period of major acquisitions and integration of technology platforms. She also led the strategic technology and operations planning practice for the consulting firm Arthur Young & Company.
St. John has held senior operations, consulting and technology positions in financial services for over 20 years. She has broad experience in strategy and planning, transformational program management, strategic sourcing and all aspects of global technology and operations management. She values the role that agile operations and technology infrastructure can play in enabling the business. She served on the Capital Group Companies Board of Directors for six years and recently joined the CRMC Board of Directors. Her recent transformation program of the information technology group at Capital resulted in over $150 million in savings to the company that was used to enable new business channels and services.
St. John served on the board of directors at 3COM and was involved in their initial joint venture of Huawei Technologies Co. Huawei continues to be one of the leading telecommunications businesses in China. She served on the executive board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of greater Washington and drove the creation of computer clubhouses for inner-city youth to learn web technologies. She received the inaugural Heroines in Technology Award presented by the March of Dimes.
St. John holds an MBA (finance) from Florida State University and a B.A. (English and political science) from the University of Michigan. She is a CPA, licensed in Florida, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. St. John was recognized as one of InfoWorld.com’s Most Influential CTOs and has received the Gartner CIO Choice Award and the Computerworld.com Premier 100 CIO Award. She was included in the Wall Street Journal & Technology’s Gold Book. She was inducted into the 2020 IDG CIO Hall of Fame.
Michael Schubmehl ’02, Hinsdale, IL
Quantitative Researcher, Jump Trading
Michael Schubmehl ’02 develops quantitative trading strategies for a leading proprietary trading firm in Chicago, Illinois. He’s been excited to participate in the rapid evolution of computerized trading over the past decade, incorporating advances in mathematics, data analysis, software, hardware and networking. The interdisciplinary nature of modern trading makes it a natural fit for Harvey Mudd College students, and Schubmehl has worked to strengthen Mudd’s relationship with the industry by serving as a Clinic liaison, delivering guest lectures and recruiting on campus.
Schubmehl’s primary philanthropic activities have focused on Harvey Mudd, with particular emphasis on expanding the student research opportunities that he found so valuable over his four summers there. Schubmehl earned a B.S. (mathematics) from Harvey Mudd.
He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois, with his wife and daughter.
Ramona Sequeira P23, Cambridge, MA
President, U.S. Business Unit and Global Portfolio Commercialization, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Ramona Sequeira P23 is president of Takeda’s U.S. business unit and leads Takeda’s portfolio commercialization globally. She serves as a member of Takeda’s global executive team.
Sequeira joined Takeda in 2015. Through her work with Takeda and, prior to that, with Eli Lilly, she has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Having led businesses in Canada, Europe and the U.S., Ramona has worked across multiple markets, cultures and healthcare systems. She has successfully launched products, transformed businesses and delivered sustainable and patient-centric growth, while driving high employee engagement and organizational alignment.
Since joining Takeda, Sequeira has shifted the structure of Takeda’s U.S. business and altered the investment mix to enable focus, agility and sustainable growth. She has aligned her organization around a common vision, values and culture, areas which she believes are fundamental to longterm organizational success. She also leads efforts to effectively commercialize Takeda’s exciting pipeline globally across GI, neuroscience and rare disease.
Known for her forward-looking approach, Sequeira leads her organization to build trust with stakeholders by partnering to create effective business strategies tailored around the needs of patients. She enjoys participating in leadership forums inside and outside of Takeda to share her views on the role of trust and reputation in longterm company success. A passionate advocate of talent development, diversity and inclusion, she is an active mentor and coach to numerous individuals, internal and external to Takeda. Sequeira has a keen interest in authentic leadership and has led numerous executive development programs.
Sequeira is a member of the PhRMA Board of Directors and is treasurer of the board. Prior to that, she served as chair of PhRMA’s State Committee. She is committed to the industry’s role in shaping a positive environment that rewards pharmaceutical innovation and ensures patients have access to life changing medicines.
Sequeira received an MBA from McMaster University in Canada and has a B.S. with honors (molecular genetics and molecular biology) from the University of Toronto. She resides in the Boston area.
Yvonne Wassenaar, San Francisco, CA
Chief Executive Officer, Puppet
Yvonne Wassenaar is CEO of Puppet, the development operations platform trusted by enterprises to deliver better software faster across traditional and cloud native environments. She has 30 years experience globally scaling companies and driving transformation with technology. Prior to Puppet, Wassenaar was CEO of Airware, CIO at New Relic and held multiple leadership roles at VMware and Accenture. She is a board member of Forrester and Harvey Mudd College. With many people concerned with how modern technology is used, Wassenaar is championing its use to drive a safer, more efficient and innovative planet.
Dee West ’65 P92/93, Lincolnshire, IL
Owner, Dee R. West Consulting
Michael G. Wilson ’63, London, UK
Executive Producer, Danjaq LLC
Michael G. Wilson ’63 began his producing career in 1976, working with Albert “Cubby” Broccoli on The Spy Who Loved Me. Together, they co-produced the next six James Bond films, five of which Wilson also co-wrote. He then went on to produce the hugely successful GoldenEye with his half-sister, Barbara Broccoli, as well as the next six Bond franchise releases. Most recently, he co-produced the box office hit Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig.
Wilson graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1963 (engineering). He was then awarded a juris doctor from Stanford Law School and worked for the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., before joining the law firm Surrey & Morse. There, he became a partner specializing in international tax and business transactions before transferring to EON Productions.
Interested in all aspects of still photography, Wilson is recognized as a leading expert on 19th-century photography. In 1998, he opened the Wilson Centre for Photography, one of the largest private collections of photography today, spanning works from some of the earliest extant photographs to the most current contemporary productions. The Centre hosts seminars and study sessions, runs an annual bursary project with the National Media Museum and loans to international museums and galleries.
Chair of the Science Museum Foundation, Wilson is also a trustee of Harvey Mudd College, a trustee of the Carnegie Institution for Science, a trustee of the Art Fund, chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and a trustee of Cape Farewell. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate of letters from London South Bank University. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2008 for services to the film industry. In 2014, the Producers’ Guild of America honored Wilson with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Wilson is married to Jane Wilson, a Scripps College graduate. They have two children.
Bruce W. Worster ’64, Santa Barbara, CA
Digger Pine Enterprises
Bruce W. Worster ’64 retired in 2001 as vice president from JDS-Uniphase Corporation in San Jose, California, a leading supplier for the telecommunications industry. Before JDS-Uniphase, Worster was a physicist at Hewlett-Packard, after which he moved to leadership roles at Measurex, Surface Science Instruments, Tencor Instruments and Ultrapointe Corporation, where he was founder, CTO and president. After retirement, he served as a director of Zygo Corporation (2002–2010) and as chair (2009–2010). Worster is also a member of the American Physical Society.
He is named on 10 patents for an integrated confocal laser imaging system and related technologies used to analyze defects on silicon wafers during the semiconductor manufacturing process.
Worster graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1964 with a B.S. (physics). He then obtained an M.A. and PhD in 1971 (physics) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from Santa Clara University in 1977.
Worster resides in Los Altos Hills, California, with his wife, Susan.
Lindsay Wray ’08, Bay Area, CA
Chief Science Officer, EighteenB
Lindsay Wray ’08 is a pioneer in the field of silk protein research. Now the CSO of skin care company EighteenB, she was previously director of materials research for personal care at Bolt Threads, developing textile spinning processes that resulted in novel spider silk biotechnologies available for purchase—the Bolt Threads tie and Best Made hat.
In 2014, Wray received her PhD (biomedical engineering) from Tufts University, where she studied silk’s applications in regenerative medicine. She graduated with her B.S. (biology) from Harvey Mudd College.
Susan Wu, San Francisco, Australia, Taiwan and New Zealand
Susan Wu is an entrepreneur and investor who spends time between Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and California. She has spent her career building high-growth, scaleable software infrastructure that has reached billions of people worldwide.
Wu is a co-founder of Project Include, a non-profit group focused on accelerating diversity and inclusion outcomes in the technology industry. She is a co-founder of Luminaria, a guild of educators, innovators and scientists, who are reimagining our education systems to empower children to thrive in and build a future world that is anchored in humanity and realized through invention.
Previously, Wu was one of the earliest employees at Stripe and helped build the company from 30 employees to over 1,000, and from two countries to over a dozen. She helped develop and launch Stripe’s international organization and business, establishing Stripe’s go-to-market playbook from Europe to APAC and directly managing a multibillion dollar business unit.
Wu has been an active developer in the open source and esports communities. She is a member emeritus and former CMO of the Apache Software Foundation. As an angel investor and advisor, she has contributed to many high-growth startups, including Square, reddit, Medium/Obvious, Canva, Color Genomics, Twitter, Notion and others. She has also been a founding team member for communities such as YC 120 and Above All Human. YC 120 is a community organized by Y Combinator that brings together 120 emerging scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. Wu is also an Edmund Hillary Fellow, contributing to the infrastructure and development of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.
Fast Company named Wu as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and Most Influential Women in Technology. She was named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the 10 Most Influential People in Silicon Valley. Wu is a writer and vocal leader of building a more human and humane technological future and has been published or quoted in journals such as Wired Magazine, The Atlantic, The New York Times and many others.
Wu holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Cornell University.
Terence Wong ’09, San Diego, CA
Strategy Insights and Planning Associate Consultant, ZS Associates
Terence Wong ’09 is a strategy insights and planning associate consultant at ZS Associates, where he delivers innovative solutions to biomedical research, clinical development and medical affairs challenges for clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Prior to ZS, Wong was a clinical genomics analyst at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, where he analyzed whole genome sequencing data to identify genetic causes for rare disease in critically ill infants and developed strategic partnerships with biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the rare disease space. In addition, he teaches a genetics course at UC San Diego Extension and volunteers as a Guardian Scholars mentor at Promises2Kids.
Wong earned a B.S. (chemistry and biology) from Harvey Mudd College, a PhD (biological and biomedical sciences with a concentration in cancer biology) from Harvard University and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration from National University. His doctoral dissertation research, completed at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, involved integrating large functional genomic datasets to identify and characterize novel genetic vulnerabilities in cancer. During his graduate studies, Wong served as vice chair and management and budget officer of the Broad Institute NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students, where he coordinated professional development activities for over 1,200 scientific trainees.
Wong currently resides in San Diego with his partner.