eTransfer 101

a workshop series for incoming UCLA Engineering Transfers

Want to know what to expect in year 1?  Want to meet fellow eTransfers prior to joining classes in the fall?  Want to know about opportunities in advance so you don’t ‘miss the boat’?  Want to make the most of your time at UCLA Engineering?  Join us at eTransfer 101!

The goal of these activities is to help incoming engineering transfer students understand important dates, events, an opportunities through their first year so they can decide what they would like to participate in, prepare for fall recruiting events, and provide an opportunity for eTransfer students to meet each other before joining returning students in fall quarter classes.

eTransfer 101 generally require participants to view recorded presentations from School of Engineering and campus professionals as a pre-requisite to participating in the virtual activities and workshops.  See below for more information.

For questions on eTransfer 101 including the registration fees (see below), please contact the UCLA Samueli Engineering Transfer Center at .

Registration Fee – Free & open to all incoming 2021 Engineering Transfer students

~ Please note – eTransfer 101 is not the same as New Student Orientation.

Welcome, Overview & eTransfer Student Mixer

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
6:00 – 9:00 PM

We will share the details of the eTransfer 101 experience and what to expect over the next weeks.  The program will conclude with a networking mixer for eTransfers to get to know one another.  Meet other incoming eTransfer students who are in your Department.  The event will be hosted on Gatherly event app.  Please register here to get the access key:

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 session:

  1. Come with a set of questions for our returning eTransfer student panelist.
  2. Bring your calendar to mark important dates.



Pathways Guide for eTransfers
eTransfer Student panel discussion

Thursday, July 29, 2021
6:00 – 9:00 PM

  1. Pathways Guide for eTransfer Students – participants will receive a week by week, quarter by quarter guide on what to expect in year 1.  Hear about important opportunities, dates, and deadlines before the year starts to do some forecasting of what you want to get involved with.
  2. eTransfer Student panel discussion – here is your opportunity to ask returning eTransfer students about their experience, what to expect, and what they would have done differently.

Pathways Guide for eTransfer Students slides
Handouts: Pathways Guide – Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 session:

  1. Watch the recorded presentation on Creating a LinkedIn account & Resume for Engineering positions (below).
  2. Draft or update your resume for engineering positions.  Please submit a .pdf of your resume to: No later than Friday, July 30 at noon.  Only participants completing this will be included in the LinkedIn and Resume Review activities.

Student Panelists


Awa Kologo
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Transfer from San Bernardino Valley College

Awa is a third-year civil engineering student. She transferred from San Bernardino Valley College. She is passionate in construction and sustainability.

Daniel Jaffe
Computer Science
Transfer from College of the Canyons

Daniel is a rising senior studying Computer Sciences at UCLA Engineering.  He is currently working at Viasat as a Systems Software Engineer and has been highly involved with UCLA’s Association of Computing Machinery. Daniel has interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and worked on research in UCLA’s Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC). Daniel is a transfer student from College of the Canyons and is an alumni of the Transfer Bridge program.

Harvey Yu
Electrical Engineering
Transfer from Mt. San Antonio College

Songlin ‘Harvey’ Yu is a rising senior at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is majoring in Electrical Engineering with a concentration on integrated circuits. His interest in integrated circuits began in high school when he led a project on a four-wheel-drive electric car model. He learned a lot about circuit knowledge and was aspired to become an electrical engineer.

Howard Evans
Mechanical Engineering
Transfer from Shasta College

Hi my name is Howard Evans, I am currently a 4th year student (2nd year transfer) studying mechanical engineering. I transferred from Shasta College up in Redding, CA. I’m currently on the UCLA Triathlon team and I really enjoy going swimming and hanging out with friends.

Jacob Chigbrow
Mechanical Engineering
Transfer from American River College

Jacob is a Mechanical Engineering major student and he transferred to UCLA in the Fall of 2020. He joined Rocket Project, the Tri-team, and he rushed Kappa Sigma. If you have any questions about anything related, he would be happy to help!

Joe Jen ‘JJ’ Choon
Computer Science
Transfer from Mt. San Antonio College

Hey everyone! My name is JJ and I am a rising 4th year undergraduate at UCLA studying computer science. I transferred from Mt. SAC and was a student-athlete (swimmer). Besides being active in the pool, I also had experience working in a startup as a software development intern. Moreover, I enjoy badminton, hiking, and scuba diving. I am looking forward to meeting you and I hope that you will enjoy the Accelerator Program 2021!

Kamil Hassan
Electrical Engineering
Transfer from Whatcom Community College

Shahrul usually goes by Kamil! He is a rising senior studying Electrical Engineering.  Kamil transferred from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington and is also an international student from Malaysia. Kamil enjoys playing badminton, watching movies (action, thriller, Marvel), and stand-up comedies. He is passionate about robotics, and electrical engineering as a whole.

Spencer Jin
Computer Science
Transfer from De Anza College

Hi! Without the Transfer Bridge Program, I wouldn’t be where I am.  I know it’s just a start for me as well, but the Transfer Bridge gave me so many opportunities, and I want to give it back to the community, because I know that some of you, like I was, need just a little bit of push to achieve more. My favorite spot to study is the Geology library. Although it’s old, it’s mostly empty so you can have all the space you need, and it’s close to other libraries if you need to change spaces. This coming fall quarter, which will sadly be my last quarter, I want to explore our school campus more. Hopefully this time I won’t get lost in Boelter Hall, where you will most likely also get lost on a daily basis. Welcome to UCLA!

Stephanie Shin
Computer Science
Transfer from Las Positas College

I am a rising senior at UCLA interested in software development and passionate about teaching young students how to code!

Zoe Bennett
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Transfer from Mira Costa Community College

Hi everyone! I study Civil & Environmental Engineering here at UCLA. I began college a few years ago in CO where I put my education on a brief pause. After I rediscovered my passion for physics, design, problem-solving, and bettering my communities, I admitted myself to the CA school system. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the UCLA community. My experience as an eTransfer student had a lot to do with my success and preparation during my first year. Currently, I’m interning at Kiewit as a Mechanical Field Engineer and working at the construction site of an underground Advanced Water Treatment Facility. I work very hard but when I have some free time I really enjoy watching Wes Anderson films, teaching swimming, biking The Strand, and sewing.

Creating an Engineering Resume

LinkedIn Account: creating your brand

Fall Recruiting: Creating your LinkedIn Account and Resume Review

William Herrera, Director Undergraduate Internship Program
Saturday, July 31, 2021
9:00 – 12:00 PM
Zoom session will be provided to those who register.

Please note, participants MUST complete the following to participate in the LinkedIn & Resume Review activities.  See below:

  1. Watch the recorded presentation on Creating a LinkedIn account & Resume for Engineering positions (to the left).
  2. Draft or update your resume for engineering positions.  Please submit a .pdf of your resume to: No later than Friday, July 30 at noon.  Only participants completing this will be included in the LinkedIn and Resume Review activities.

The Fall UCLA Engineering & Technical Career fair typically occurs in week 3 of the quarter.  At the exact time that students are gearing up for their first set of midterms.  Preparing your resume, LinkedIn accounts and other artifacts can be a time-consuming process.  Students will need to think about how to find out about positions, how to sell themselves, and what to say to recruiters.  Additionally, the career fair is only one of many recruiting events that happen in the fall and throughout the year.

Spending time during eTransfer 101 to start the process increases the likelihood of participating and gaining some experience marketing yourself in the engineering world.



UCLA Career Center, Registering for your UCLA Handshake Account, Fall Engineering and Technical Career Fair and other recruiting events

Danit Havton, M.A., Career Engagement Educator, Programming Liaison to the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session will be provided to those who register.

Session slides

Hear about the UCLA Career Center resources for engineering students, register for your UCLA Handshake (gateway to all things recruiting), and hear the up-to-the-minute details of the Fall UCLA Engineering and Technical Career Fair.

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 session:

  1. Come prepared with a list of questions for our student panelist on their experience attending recruiting events and applying for internships.
  2. Have a list of questions for William Herrera about internships and research opportunities.

Undergraduate Internship & Research Program
Recruiting Activities Student Panel

Thursday, August 5, 2021
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session will be provided to those who register.

Session slides

  1. Q & A with William Herrera, Director of the Undergraduate Internship & Research Programs – hear about the resources the UIP provides to students who are interested in landing an internship.  Resources also include courses you can take through your first year.  Interested in research?  Ask Will about how to get involved in a lab.
  2. Recruiting Activities & Events student panel – now that you know about the events and activities; here is your chance to ask returning students about their experience, how to strategize, and what seemed to work for them.

Homework for the next eTransfer 101 session:

  1. Come prepared with a list of all your technical experiences.  This could be class projects, design team projects, DIY stuff you’ve done at home, technical/ mechanical work you’ve done on the job, research, etc.

Networking 101
Student Organization nuts, bolts, and opportunities!

Saturday, August 7, 2021
9:00 – 12:00 PM
Networking 101 & Student Organization nuts, bolts, and opportunities Zoom session link will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
Student Organization Fair Gatherly link will be provided to those who attend the Zoom session.

Session slides

  1. Networking 101 (9:00 – 10:00 AM) – gain some insight on speaking about yourself as an engineer.  What are the important things to talk about?  What kinds of questions should you ask.  If you had 30 seconds to speak to someone what are the most important things you would talk about?  This session is a pre-requisite to the Networking practice on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
  2. Student Organization nuts, bolts, and opportunities! (10:00 – 11:00 AM) – So you’ve heard the laundry list of activities and opportunities offered from our engineering organizations.  Now hear some testimony from current engineering students on the value of those experiences.  We will start off with testimony from current members of our student organizations on their experiences and the value of being a part of their organizations.  Here are a list of speakers and topics:
    1. What is a professional organization and what is the value of joining?, Selin Berk, AIAA President
    2. How does technical experience offered by student organizations help?, Angela Lu, BMES President, Slides
    3. How I benefited from networking with industry and alumni, Alexander Johnson, NSBE President
    4. Listen to how my organization helped me in the classroom, Sophia Tan, ITE President & Jonny Duong, ITE Outreach Chair, Slides
    5. Why you should participate in skills workshops offered by the organizations, Caleb Terrill, IEEE President, Slides
    6. Why the community provided by my organization is so important, Charlotte Six, Transfer Outreach Chair & Tiffany Choi, Treasurer
  3. The ‘story-telling’ will follow with a student organization fair  (11:00 – 12:00PM) hosted on Gatherly. Talk to representatives and learn how to get involved.  Also check out the opportunities specifically for engineering transfers listed below.

Student Organization Exhibitors…

Association of Computing Machinery


  1. Matthew Wang (he/him)  – 4th year CS major & Math-econ major
  2. Daniel Jaffe – rising senior CS major, transfer from College of the Canyons

ACM website:
ACM Instagram: @acm.ucla , or
Discord server:
For more information:

Opportunities for Transfer Students with ACM:

1. ACM CS Transfer Welcome: in the fall, ACM will host a transfer welcome with a focus on helping transfer students navigate the CS major, clubs and research, and industry internships! Keep an eye out on our website or newsletter for the date and time.
2. Mentorship and Families: ACM has several different running mentorship groups and family systems; from ACM Hack’s HackFam, to ACM-W’s mentorship groups, to ACM’s club-wide study groups and socials!
3. Internship/apprenticeship program: interested in joining ACM as an officer? ACM recruits during fall and spring; we welcome students of all majors, and no prior experience is required. Throughout the program, you’ll learn valuable engineering skills in your committee of interest, gain leadership skills, and meet more ACM officers!


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


  1. Selin Berk, Senior, Mechanical Engineering & President, AIAA

AIAA website:
For more information:

Opportunity for incoming student (freshman or transfer): Public Relations board member will be responsible for AIAA’s monthly newsletter, Instagram and Facebook and is a great opportunity to grow their leadership skills and their network within UCLA engineering.



American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


  1. Charlotte Six, ASCE Outreach Chair & Senior Civil Engineering, Transfer from Foothill College
  2. Tiffany Choi, ASCE Treasurer

ASCE website:
Facebook Page:
For more information:

Opportunity for transfer students with ASCE:

  1. Transfer Outreach intern open only for incoming transfer students and would give exposure to that position’s duties and let them participate in the planning process of these events. ASCE has internships for almost all the officer positions, are only for incoming students, whether they be first years or transfers, and have been a great way this past year in getting new members involved. 
  2. Transfer career workshop where we go over helpful resume building tips for transfer students and common interview questions, as well as transfer class planning workshops.
  3. Ryan Worley Rising Star Scholarship that is awarded at the end of each year to a 1st year transfer for their dedication to ASCE and the civil engineering field. 


Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)


  1. Aditya Sivakumar (Internal Vice President), Senior, Bioengineering
  2. Sumedha Kanthamneni (Technical Vice President), Senior, Computer Science
  3. Angela Lu (President), Senior, Bioengineering

BMES Website:
BMES Facebook group:
BMES Instagram:
For more information:

Opportunity for transfer students with BMES:

  1. Mentorship Family System: BMES has a mentorship family system where we pair incoming students with upper-classmen mentors who all get sorted into different families during the year to lean on for support.
  2. Transfer Roundtable: Transfer Roundtable aims to help transfer students with their 2/3 year plan at UCLA and allows students to hear advice from older transfer students.
  3. First Year/Transfer Welcome: BMES hosts an event to welcome first years and transfer students after our Fall General Meeting. Usually accompanied with food, games, and other activities, it serves to allow BMES members to welcome new students into the organization. 


Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


  1. Caleb Terrill – IEEE President & Senior, Computer Engineering
  2. Ryeder Geyer – IEEE College Outreach & Senior, Electrical Engineering

IEEE Discord, website, social media, etc. can be found here:

Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE)


  1. Jonny Duong, Member Outreach Chair & 2nd year transfer, Civil Engineering, transferred from Napa Valley College

Opportunities for Transfer Students with ITE:

  1. Internship program open to everyone. Students can become involved in ITE leadership roles as early as fall quarter. It’s a great way to meet new people and learn more about the club.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)


  1. Alexander Johnson, NSBE President & Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

NSBE website:
For more information:

Pilipinos in Science and Engineering (PIES)


  1. Claire Torres, PIES President & Senior, Physics
  2. Isabelle Lopez, PIES External Vice President & Junior, Electrical Engineering

PIES Website:
PIES Instagram:
PIES Facebook:
For more information:

Opportunities with PIE:

  1. PIE-yanihans: PIES welcomes new members at any point throughout the year – we integrate everyone as much as possible through the PIE-yanihan program! The PIE-yanihan program3 places club members in groups (PIE-yanihans) based on things they have in common. From there, PIE-yanihans hang out and attend events together all quarter! PIE-yanihans are also mixed up each quarter to better accommodate new members.
  2. Resources: PIES offers a variety of resources to its members – we hold social events, professional networking events with our alumni, tool workshops, study halls, and more. On top of that, we have our own test bank, exclusive to members. Members are welcome to join the club at any time and are free to utilize whichever resources they find useful!
  3. Pilipinx Welcome Reception: PIES is part of the larger Mabuhay Collective, which is a group of Pilipinx organizations on campus. The Mabuhay Collective hosts a welcome reception in Fall quarter to introduce all its member clubs to new UCLA students.


Society for Women Engineers (SWE)


  1. Rithika Srinivasan (SWE External Vice President)

SWE website: 
SWE Instagram:
SWE Facebook: 
To learn more, read the SWE newsletter:
For more information: ">

Opportunities with SWE for Transfers:

  1. SWE Families: Join a group of 2-3 other SWE members to attend social, professional, and technical events together. Compete with other families in fun games to win prizes and bond with other people in the engineering community.
  2. Adjusting to Upper Division Classes Workshop for Transfers: In this fall event, learn some tips and tricks about taking upper division engineering at UCLA. We’ll share advice on organization, study tactics, and how to use all the available resources to ensure you have a smooth transition to UCLA.
  3. SWE has 7 committees open for everyone to apply to: Advocacy, Evening with Industry, Internal Affairs, Mentorship, Dev Team, Technical, and Outreach. Come to our Fall GM, Week 1 Thursday of Fall Quarter, to learn about all of our opportunities and the different committees you can join!

Check out our other student organizations, design teams, and clubs:

UCLA Engineering Scholarships
ABCs of Faculty Advising
Global Internship Program

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session will be provided to those who register.


  1. UCLA Engineering Scholarships, Alina Haas, Academic Counselor, Office of Academic & Student Affairs – there are scholarships to award.  Even specific ones for engineering transfers.  Come hear about the new system on applying for these scholarhsips.
  2. ABCs of Faculty Advising, Alina Haas, Academic Counselor & Wes Uehara, Engineering Transfer Center Director – Okay, all students are required to do Faculty Advising.  Join us to learn how  to make the most of these opportunities and why would I want to do it?
  3. Global Internship ProgramAndrew Bottom, Associate Director, Global Internship Program, UCLA International Education Office – Here is another opportunity for eTransfers to get some valuable technical experience. Come and learn more about this program!

Networking practice with Alumni & Industry Reps

Thursday, August 12, 2021
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Zoom session will be provided to those who register.

Prerequisite: Participants MUST attend the Networking 101 session on Saturday, August 7, 2021.  Only those that attend will receive an invitation to participate in this event.

Networking is a crucial skill in the professional environment and securing your first job. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice their networking skills and get some feedback. Gain some experience speaking about yourself as a budding engineer and expressing your professional goals.

Attendees MUST spend time preparing their talking points and questions for this event.  Please review the profiles of our industry partner and alumni volunteers and review the slides from Networking 101 on brainstorming your content, questions, and creating your cheat sheet.  The recording of that session is also available to review. 

Industry Partner & Alumni volunteers

Eric S. Deyerl, M.S., P.E., 
Principal Engineer, Dial Engineering
Aerospace Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 1990), Mechanical Engineering M.S. (UCLA 1992)

Eric Deyerl is a consulting forensic mechanical engineer and principal of the firm Dial Engineering in Culver City, California. For 30 years, Mr. Deyerl has been practicing the discipline of accident reconstruction to determine how accidents occur. His areas of professional competence include mechanical engineering, vehicle dynamics, failure analysis of mechanical systems, structural analysis, and mechanical testing.


Karen Eckeruche
Design Engineer, Chevron
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 2018)
Transfer student from San Joaquin Delta College

I transferred from San Joaquin Delta in 2015 and graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I am currently a Mechanical Design Engineer at Chevron El Segundo Refinery support the Hydrocracking Unit.

Gerardo Franco
Raytheon Technologies
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 2017), Mechanical Engineering, M.S. (UCLA 2018)
Transfer Student from Cerritos College

In his role as president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) South Bay LA (SBLA) professional chapter, Gerardo selflessly elevated the Hispanic community in Los Angeles by providing STEM awareness, access, and support to students and professionals. A few ways he’s done this include being a guest speaker in K-12 classrooms, at SHPE college chapters, and by organizing SBLA’s events that welcome students and professionals to grow into better versions of themselves. Outside of SHPE, he’s an engineer at Raytheon Technologies with a role in the design, building, and testing of NASA weather satellites. Never one to idle, he also teaches engineering courses as an adjunct professor at a community college. With the majority of his students from Hispanic backgrounds his work with SBLA commonly surfaces in his classroom, influencing his students to become young leaders as they transfer to four-year institutions. Gerardo has conducted research at three different institutions on astronomy, solar energy, and maritime transport. He is a published co-author in the scientific journal New Astronomy, and his research on maritime transport was highlighted in a TEDxUCLA talk. Gerardo is also a two-time TEDx speaker. His first TEDx talk was on combining two unrelated disciplines to provide a competitive career advantage, while his second talk discussed lowering greenhouse emissions in shipping by reducing the water drag ships experience. Gerardo is a double Bruin, having earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UCLA. He was selected to be the Commencement Student Speaker for UCLA’s engineering graduating class of 2018.


Kristen Giovanniello
Campus Relations Manager to UCLA & Talent Advisor, Intel Corporation

As a Technical Recruiter I am committed to exceed the expectations of my hiring managers while also creating a positive experience for candidates. I have a successful track record of staffing highly specialized technical positions for start-up and Fortune 500 companies by sourcing, screening, qualifying and closing high quality candidates. Specialties include: Wireless (Semiconductors, ATE), Diversity Recruiting, Social Media Programs, College Recruiting Initiatives, International Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing Initiatives. Solid understanding on hiring-related immigration matters (H1B, OPT, F1, L1, TN).


Claire Hur
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Mechanical Engineering B.S., (UCLA 2005), M.S. (UCLA 2007), Ph.D. (UCLA 2011)
Transfer student from Santa Monica College

I am an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department at Johns Hopkins University and my research group develops microfluidic devices for personalized therapy developments for patients with cancer and diabetes.


Christina Jones
Environmental Engineer, LA Sanitation & Environment
Civil Engineering, B.S. (USC 2011), Civil Engineering, M.S. (USC 2014)

Christina Becerra Jones is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Building Science and a Master’s degree in Construction Management. While attending USC she participated in leadership roles in Society for Women Engineers, and student government. Just before her undergraduate graduation she started working for the City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN), a masters degree and 10 years later she is still part of the LASAN team. Currently she is working to reshape the City of Los Angeles’ access to recycled water as a Project Manager for the Hyperion Advanced Water Purification Facility, one of the first steps on the road to transform the water reclamation plant to produce 100% recycled water by 2035. In addition to that work she travels the country (pre COVID) on occasion to work with other sanitation agencies, regulators, and elected officials to help ensure sensible environmental legislation passed to ensure the protection of public health and the environment. She is licensed by the State of California not only as a Professional Civil Engineer and a Safety Assessment Program Evaluator. She serves as an Executive Board Member with SHPE Los Angeles and is active in the Union.

Marcia Murray
Global Partners/Business Development Leadership, Cisco (transitioned to encore career)
Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 1979), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), (St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA)
Transferred from UCLA College of Letters and Science to UCLA Engineering

Career focused on personal growth from product development to global sales, and deep expertise in global partnerships and strategic business development. Began my career in power generation technologies and early on switched to software, chip design, evolving to include computer hardware and networking technologies. Currently developing my encore career.

Margaret M. Paulin
Campus Relations Manager to UCLA, University Relations and Recruiting, Lockheed Martin

Margaret is the UCLA Campus Relations Manager for Lockheed Martin. She has worked over 24 years in various University Relations and Recruiting positions for such companies as Northrop Grumman and Conexant.  During her career she has had the opportunity to work with early career students and assist with their career readiness as they enter the world of work.

She has served on diversity engineering advisory boards at USC, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO and UCI. Margaret is a founding member of the Student Leadership Workshop (SLW) for STEM diversity organization e-board members and is an active member of MPACE and NACE.

Kayla Ross, E.I.T.
Environmental Engineering Associate II, LA Sanitation & Environment
Environmental Engineering, B.S.(UC Riverside 2017)
Professional Affiliations: NSBE, Los Angeles Council for Black Professional Engineers (LACBPE), Engineers Without Borders (LA professional chapter)

Kayla has worked for LASAN for 4 years, as her first “big girl job” right out of undergrad. During her time with LASAN, her role has transitioned from being a financial and technical liaison between project managers and the LASAN Executive team for water quality capital improvement projects to her current role in which she is responsible for the financial management of the Safe Clean Water program (Measure W), a $35M per year program in which LASAN is the lead agency for watershed management and water quality improvement programs for the City of Los Angeles. Kayla also works closely with the Watershed Protection Division in charge of all the stormwater improvement projects for the City as well as the LASAN Executive team to financially manage several other stormwater programs and projects. She recently passed her California Civil P.E. 8-Hour exam in April and is studying for the California Seismic and Surveying Exam in order to be P.E. licensed. 

Susie Santilena
Senior Water Infrastructure Specialist, LA Sanitation & Environment
Civil Engineering, B.S.(CSU Pomona 2006), Civil Engineering, M.S. (Stanford 2008)

My background is in environmental civil engineering and environmental advocacy. I develop projects to improve water quality in local waterways and provide multiple benefits to the community. I am also interested in affordable green urban design, especially encouraging on-site water capture, treatment, and recycling.

Specialties: I have expertise in water resource and water quality project identification and development, low impact development, local and state water quality regulations, water quality sampling and issues specific to the Ballona Creek Watershed in the LA area. I also have prior experience in landfill planning, air quality reporting, carbon capture research, environmental water quality advocacy.

Susie is currently on assignment with the Mayor’s office.

Lance Thibodeaux
Environmental Engineer (Acting Senior Environmental Engineer), LA Sanitation & Environment – Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. (USC), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Washington University in St. Louis

Lance Thibodeaux holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from USC and a masters degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.   As an environmental engineer at City of Los Angeles Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant (TIWRP) he has been involved with the Advanced Water Reclamation Facility expansion from 6 to 12 mgd by operating the Advanced Oxidation Process pilot plant and assisting with full scale startup and optimization.   Lance manages the engineering functions at TIWRP including process control, capital improvement projects, and the capital equipment replacement program.

Lorenz Verzosa
Senior Resident Solutions Architect, Databricks
Computer Science, B.S. (UCLA 2004), Masters in Business and Administration (MBA), (University of Mannheim 2011)
Transfer Student from College of the Sequoias

Lorenz is currently a Senior Resident Solutions Architect at Databricks. Prior to Databricks he has worked at Red Bull and His work specializes in data and artificial intelligence.

Doug Walters, P.E., BCEE
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Chief Resiliency Officer, LA Sanitation & Environment
Civil Engineering, B.S. (UCLA 1998)

Doug Walters, P.E., BCEE serves as both the City of Los Angeles’ first Chief Sustainability Officer and first Chief Resiliency Officer for LA Sanitation & Environment.  Since graduating as a B.S. Civil Engineer from UCLA in 1988, he has been instrumental in helping cease ocean disposal of sewage sludge, building a composting facility in Griffith Park, overseeing the Lopez Canyon Landfill closure construction, implementing a $500M stormwater bond program, and developing an integrated water resources plan for the City.  In addition to being responsible for implementing 96 goals in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Green New Deal, Doug oversees the recruitment of Environmental Engineering Associates and sits on the City’s Olympic Planning Committee for the 2028 Summer Games.  He also enjoys volunteering in many ways including riding his bicycle from San Francisco to LA, raising money and awareness to combat HIV/AIDS. 

Participant Feedback

Please help us to complete the post-program eTransfer 101 participant survey.  This will help us understand your experience, the value in the program, and how to improve for future generations of eTransfers.

Link to post-program eTransfer 101 participant survey (pending)