1960s

Michael Kulhmann

Michael Kuhlmann '69 (Electrical & Electronic Engineering)

Michael Kuhlmann is the founder and president of Residential Control Systems, Inc. and RCS Technology. Since founding the company in 1993 he has created more than 100 automation and control products for energy management and HVAC systems, and he has emerged as a leader in developing energy efficient solutions. In 2012, Kuhlmann won both the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance/CleanStart Innovator of the Year award and SMUD’s Capstone Award for Powering Innovation. Read more»

1970s

Javed Siddiqui

Javed Siddiqui '70, MS '73 (Civil Engineering) 

Javed Siddiqui’s work reflects his personality—efficient, hard-working and modest. Though it’s not often in the spotlight, Siddiqui’s craftsmanship can be found throughout Sacramento and all over the Sac State campus. Since starting JTS Engineering Consultants in 1977, Siddiqui and his employees have worked on hundreds of roads, water lines, sewer lines, drainage systems and parking lots—the infrastructure that many take for granted. Read more»

1980s

Paul Lau

Paul Lau '84 (Electrical Power Engineering)

To use a recycling metaphor, they’re coming full circle. Sac State alumni are returning to the campus where they earned degrees that led to careers in environmental services, clean energy and sustainability to work on projects or provide services to help the campus do more of the same. Read more»

Scott Maxwell

Scott Maxwell '85 (Construction Management)

Former Sac State Alumni Association president Scott Maxwell was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service at spring commencement ceremonies in May of 2010. “This award recognizes outstanding service to our University, and as we celebrate Destination 2010, it is fitting that we honor these individuals,” says Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez. Read more»

Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson '88 (Computer Science)

The next time you check the Facebook page of your favorite celebrity, whether it’s Taylor Lautner or Betty White, a Sacramento State alumnus will be working hard to make sure you get the information you’re looking for. Dave Ferguson is the engineering manager for all of Facebook’s “pages,” the sites that belong to celebrities, national companies or local businesses – in short, anything that has a public persona. Read more»

1990s

Kraig Clark

Kraig Clark '91 (Business Administration)

Kraig Clark sees a future where catching the wind in just the right way can help both long-haul truckers and small business owners reduce their fuel costs with simple, clean-energy products. In fact, that future is now, says Clark. Read more»

Kit Miyamoto

Kit Miyamoto, MS '97 (Civil Engineering)

Kit Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International, is an internationally recognized expert in earthquake damage and mitigation. As a licensed structural engineer, he has completed 12,000 projects worldwide including work in Japan, Haiti and Turkey following earthquakes. In February 2012, Gov. Brown appointed him to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. Read more»

William Lee

William Lee, MBA '99 (Business Administration)

At the 2011 World AIDS Day, President Obama spoke of the “The Beginning of the End” of AIDS. And while he wasn’t mentioned by name, William Lee can be considered an agent of change to that end. Read more»

Mark Otero

Mark Otero '99 (Computer Science)

Mark Otero is the CEO and co-founder of KlickNation, a booming video game company headquartered in Sacramento. Since 2008, he has grown his company into a multi-million dollar operation.  He is now a sought after expert in the field of social applications, virtual goods and free-to-play games. Read more»

2000s

Heidi Poppelreiter

Heidi Poppelreiter (Astronomy)

Heidi Poppelreiter is a driving force behind the International Space Station. Literally. As a NASA flight controller, the one-time Sac State physics student is part of a team that operates the station from the ground in Houston. Poppelreiter’s job is specific: helping various international vehicles rendezvous safely with the space station. Read more»

Robert Raul Meza

Robert Meza '08 (Computer Science)

Want to know if a traffic accident is going to disrupt your trip home from work? Looking for the nearest state park to pitch your tent, once you’ve discovered the park you wanted was full? Interested in finding a bank-owned property in your community? Robert Meza has an app for that. And that. And that. Read more»

2010s

Sasha Asghari

Sasha Asghari '12 (Physics)

Physics major Alexandra “Sasha” Asghari made quite a name for herself at Sacramento State, graduating with honors in 2012 and spending a summer working on the CERN super collider in Geneva. Currently at UC Berkeley pursuing a doctorate in nuclear engineering, she recently returned to the Sacramento campus to become part of the ever-growing “Made at Sac State” roster. Read more»

Alyssa ZayasAlyssa Zayas '14 (Construction Management)

She remembers the times she and her younger brother, Kyle, woke up at 3 a.m. to go with their dad to pick up backhoes for Zayas Excavating, the family business. The kids usually spent the day in the front office with their grandmother, Sharon Zayas. Read more»