Alumni and Friends

Alumni Profiles

Class of 2020

Lazlo Stepback '20

Major

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering  

What have you been up to since graduation?

Since graduation, Lazlo has started his PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He is researching engineering ethics education and ways to better integrate ethics into more discipline-based courses.   

Favorite McMemory

For Lazlo, it is hard to pick one since there are just so many. During his three years as a Student Director, he had the opportunity to meet almost every single McBrider. He has many fond memories with his McFriends that he can’t narrow it down to one, but here are his top five (in no particular order): the McBanquets, tailgating for homecoming, the 40th-anniversary events, the puzzle room in the HNRS 315 class, and every random conversation he had with someone in the McBride house. 

5 Year Goals

In five years, Lazlo hopes to be done with his PhD or in the very last steps of finishing it. From there, he will either try to get a postdoc to do further research or will try to get his first professor job and continue his research there. 

Claire Teklitz '20

Major

Mechanical Engineering 

What have you been up to since graduation?

Claire has started a job at United Launch Alliance as a Systems Test Engineer helping to test and prepare rockets for launch. 

Favorite McBride Memory

Claire’s favorite McBride memory is getting to hang out with the original IDEAS crew in the HNRS 435 food culture class in the spring of 2020.

5 Year Goals

In 5 years, Claire sees herself with either two well-trained cats or four slightly chaotic cats. She also hopes to own a small fleet of kayaks and a job she enjoys. 

Class of 2019

Heather Tat '19

Major  

Civil Engineering   

What have you been up to since graduation?

After graduating, Heather worked with Black & Veatch as a Civil/Structural Engineer in the Power Delivery team in Denver. Recently, she made a career change and will be working with Citrix as a Technical Analyst, alongside other Mines Alumni, in their Leadership Development Program. She is very excited to make the transition to the software industry where she can continue learning and growing as a professional.  

Favorite McBride Memory

Heather’s favorite memory from McBride was studying abroad with fellow McBriders in the Netherlands at Hanze University. It was an incredible opportunity to experience a completely different culture, make long-lasting friendships, and conduct research with different institutions throughout her time there. 

5 Year Goals

In 5 years, Heather wants to have learned and grown within her work as a consultant with Citrix. She also loves traveling and hopes to have the opportunity to explore more of the world. When she looks to the future, it’s important to her that she continues to seek out ways to grow as a person and see where she can add value to society beyond myself.   

Joshua Urbanas '19

Major

Mechanical Engineering 

What have you been up to since graduation?

Joshua has been working as a Manufacturing Engineer for Parker Hannifin Corp., Aerospace Group in Irvine, CA. He also continues to rock climbing (which he picked up while at Mines) and got engaged to his high school sweetheart. They decided to pick up an 8-week-old Golden Retriever named Bucket back in March. 

Favorite McBride Memory

Joshua’s favorite memories from McBride weren’t the banquets or weekend tailgates but the feeling after leaving class while driving home: class would usually end with so much more to say because of the nature and content of the McBride programleaving him with something deep and developed from class to ponder further. 

5 Year Goals 

In 5 years, Joshua sees himself living in Southern California or somewhere in the mountains. He plans to have a wellraised pup, be wellversed in his climbing skills, and continue his engineering career – maybe there will be kids too around that time. 

Danielle Barna '19

Major

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 

What have you been up to since graduation?  

Danielle has graduated with her M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (also from Mines!) August 2020She has since moved to Oslo, Norway to pursue a PhD studying flood frequency analysis under climate change.   

Favorite McBride Memory

Danielle’s favorite memory is her practicum experience, where McBride funded her independent study project with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. She was able to spend a season in Jackson Hole, WY developing a satellite-based method to detect backcountry avalanches. Additionally, thanks in part to the McBride program, she was able to present that work at an international conference the following year and even make some contacts that have been useful to her in Norway! 

5 Year Goals

Danielle is unsure right now but looks forward to seeing if she likes Norway. 

 

Meagan Lundgren '19

Major

Environmental Engineering  

What have you been up to since graduation?

After graduation, Meagan began working full-time as a process engineer in the Water Supply group at Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. She is also working on her Masters in Water Engineering and Management part-time at the University of Colorado Boulder.  

Favorite McBride Memory 

Meagan’s favorite memory from McBride is attending festivals at the local monastery when she spent her summer living and teaching in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal for her practicum.   

5 Year Goals

Meagan is not sure where she sees herself in five years, but she looks forward to the next new and interesting challenge that comes her way.  

Class of 2018

Samantha Beck '18

Major

Environmental Engineering

Future Plans

Sam will be moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota to begin an exciting career as a water resources engineer at Barr Engineering.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Sam says the moments that will stick with her the most from McBride as she continues on with her life are all the after-class shenanigans and deep discussions she had with her classmates. She said that since most McBride classes do not end until 9:00 PM, there was always a fun energy and atmosphere with her and her friends.

Alisha Eskew '18

Major

Biochemistry

Future Plans

Alisha will be moving to Fort Collins, CO where she will be taking a gap year and working as a scribe/performing research before she will be attending medical school.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Alisha says her favorite moment from McBride was her last day of class when her and her classmates were tasked with tackling the connection between science and spirituality, and her favorite part was getting to go around the classroom and see how everyone else approached the assignment in such unique ways.

Kenneth Sullivan '18

Major

Civil Engineering

Future Plans

Kenneth will be moving to Seattle, WA to attend graduate school.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Kenneth says the moments spent with his McBride classmates trying to ensure the Undergraduate Research Journal obtained a successful launch around Mines. Those memories rise above the rest of his memories from Mines in a way that is so hard to describe.

Nicholas Rummel '18

Major

Computational and Applied Mathematics

Future Plans

Nicholas will be moving to Fort Collins, CO to work as a research scientist for Numerica.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Nicholas says his favorite moment while in McBride was spending his practicum sailing the South Pacific Ocean. McBride is what allowed him to take part in such a wonderful and unique adventure.

Katrina San Nicolas '18

Major

Chemical Engineering

Future Plans

Katrina will be moving to Houston, TX to work as a process engineer for ExxonMobil.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Katrina says that it is almost impossible to pick a favorite memory from all of the great moments she experienced in McBride, but if she had to choose it would be a tie between  walking the labyrinth in Science and Spirituality and hearing about everyone’s hilarious, incredible adventures at the Fall Banquet each year.

Matthew Kowalsky '18

Major

Physics

Future Plans

Matthew will be moving to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a PhD in quantum information science from the University of Southern California.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Matthew says his favorite memory is from Christmas Eve, 2016, while in Nepal. Matthew and a dozen other McBriders were on a trip led by Lhakpa, the owner of Golden’s Sherpa House Restaurant, who runs a charity called Hike for Help. Hike for Help connects Westerners willing to help with community-requested development projects in the Khumbu Valley. The memory was simply Matthew learning a Sherpa game called “stones” from his Sherpa friends and guides. It was simple yet his best memory from McBride.

Catherine Giesenhagen '18

Major

Chemical Engineering

Future Plans

Catherine will be staying local here in Denver, CO and she is going to be working at a consulting firm in the Oil & Gas industry.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Catherine says her favorite memory as the whole Hike for Help trip that she took to Nepal with her classmates during the Winter of 2016, a trip that will forever live on in her mind.

Samuel Fynes '18

Major

Electrical Engineering

Future Plans

Samuel will be staying local here in Denver, CO and he is going to be working as an electrical engineer for Black & Veatch.

Favorite Memory from McBride

Samuel says his favorite memories are the Wednesday Night TMI that he and his classmates would do while in McBride.

Friends of McBride

The friends of McBride don’t just include the program’s alumni, either. Many CSM graduates and corporate partners recognize the unique value of the Program in training the next generation’s leaders in science, technology, and engineering. Their generosity opens up a world of opportunity to McBride students.