Network 9 Math, Computer Science, Physics and Engineering

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Colt Hall Forum

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Thursday, November 7
Colt Hall Forum

5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking
5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Network with the following companies:


Sony Network Entertainment International  (SNEI)

Prisciliano Flores, Staff Software Engineer in Testing

Prisciliano Flores was born in the USA but raised in a small town in Mexico where agriculture was the main source of income.  Mr. Flores completed 10th grade in Mexico and then returned to the USA to pursue a college degree. Upon his return to the USA, he went to Santa Cruz High School where he started his 11th grade and graduated that same year. Mr. Flores had to take ESL classes during that one year in high school which made him ineligible to apply to a four year university. He went onto Cabrillo Community College where he completed all lower division engineering classes that were available and transferable to a four year university. Mr. Flores completed his B.S. in Computer Engineering at UCSD in 2001.

Mr. Flores began working at Sony Electronics in 1999 as an engineering intern and got hired as a full-time engineer in 2001. His first few years at Sony provided valuable experience where he was exposed to how poor software and hardware design and development processes affected manufacturing. In the last few years Mr. Flores had the opportunity to create a test team that covered all testing needs for Sony.

Qualcomm Research San Diego

Jeff Gehlhaar, Vice President, Technology

Mr. Jeff Gehlhaar is Vice President, Technology at Qualcomm Research San Diego.  He first joined Qualcomm in 1987 and returned to the company in 2003, and now leads engineering for Qualcomm's neuromorphic computing research efforts as a senior member of Qualcomm Research.  Mr. Gehlhaar also participates in division wide software process improvements, university relations, and various partnerships between Qualcomm Research regional labs and product groups.

Previously, Mr. Gehlhaar led the software development team for Qualcomm's LTE Advanced research, and he worked on research and development of reconfigurable base-station software, UMB, and LTE. Before returning to Qualcomm, he was the Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Mohomine, an In-Q-Tel-backed startup focused on the emerging application of text classification and information extraction for commercial and government applications. Mr. Gehlhaar has participated in many significant programs during Qualcomm's history, including OmniTracs, Eudora, Qualcomm’s first fully integrated mobile station modem, Globalstar, and CDMA infrastructure. He is interested in the nexus of elegant design and echnology, and the interaction people have with well-executed devices and solution.  Mr. Gehlhaar enjoys international travel, photography, cooking, and gardening.


Catherine Marcarelli, Systems Analyst

"Born and raised in San Diego, Catherine Marcarelli began her undergraduate studies at Point Loma Nazarene University when she was 16 years old.  She received her B.S. with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from PLNU in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, internships played an important role in helping her discover her gifts and passions, and it was an internship at Qualcomm in 2008 that helped lead to her returning to work at Qualcomm full-time in 2012, after her few years working in communications and alumni relations at PLNU.

Miss Marcarelli joined Qualcomm as a Systems Analyst in 2012 and recently received her MBA from PLNU in May 2013.  Outside of work, she is very involved in her church and various other volunteer activities.  She credits her experiences in the classroom, the workplace, and the volunteer setting with providing her both the technical skills and interpersonal skills necessary to help her succeed in her position at leading and coordinating IT efforts between various groups.  When not at work or volunteering, her hobbies include photography, baking, music, and travel."

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

Grant Sabesky, Manager, Information Technology

Grant Sabesky received his Associates Degree in Business at Yavapai College and his Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Mr. Sabesky has been working in the Information Technologies industry for more than 22 years designing, building and operating complex systems and network infrastructures in data centers, campus and remote office locations.  He has designed, built and implemented 3 “Ground-Up” projects including a data center and two contact centers.  Mr. Sabesky is a technical and management leader in technology, design and implementation for “Ground-Up” data center build-outs and does hands-on implementation and management of VMware infrastructures (ESX 2/3/4) utilizing EMC CLARiiON and NetApp data center storage solutions.  Mr. Sabesky has engineered end-to-end systems, networks, storage and firewall solutions and re-engineered low performing teams across multiple locations producing effective team synergy, trust and respect, which significantly increased productivity and output.

Mr. Sabesky currently manages a group of IT professionals operating a 24/7/365 Network Operations Center. The NOC provides services to Global Hosting Cloud, Worldwide Studios and Sony Playstation enterprise services in America, Europe and Japan, which monitors over 2,400 devices, 2.5 millions tests per hour and 22 billion tests in a year. Currently, Sony is implementing ITIL Incident Management into the NOC.

Va- Tran Systems

Jeff Sloan, Director of Engineering

Jeff Sloan has a B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona.  Mr. Sloan started his career with Applied Biosystems, designing analytical and preparative bioseparation instrumentation.  He briefly worked for a UK based start-up, Oxford Glycosystems; breadboarding the first commercially available glycoprotein sequencer. Mr. Sloan is currently Director of Engineering and Operations at Va-Tran Systems, a company he and father started In 1989.  Va-Tran Systems designs and manufactures industrial gas purification and distribution equipment and has expanded its product line to include environmentally benign precision cleaning systems.

Mr. Sloan has applied his engineering training to non-business fields as well. He has led short term home building trips for many years to border cities in Mexico, several relief and reconstruction trips to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and a nearly month long medical and water project construction project to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.  Jeff is also currently a student in PLNU’s MBA program, planning to graduate in May 2014.

Mission Vista High School

Joy Straub, Math Teacher

Joy Straub is currently teaching high school mathematics at Mission Vista High School in the Vista Unified School District.  She is an alumni of PLNU graduating with a degree in mathematics, a secondary teaching credential and an elementary credential.  She began her career as an engineer at General Dynamics, but then transitioned back into education. She has taught multiple grade levels and subjects, but most of her career has centered around teaching mathematics.  She acquired an administrative credential and has served in administrative positions, however, instilling a love for mathematics into students remains her passion.  This past year, Mrs. Straub completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and continues to use these leadership skills in district activities.

 Mrs. Straub is married and has three children.  Two children have graduated from PLNU, and the third is a freshman at PLNU.


Steven S. Wells, Technical Lead Yahoo

Steven S. Wells has had a distinguished career in advanced software internet systems technology spanning decades in the local San Diego area.  Many of his experiences have involved a number of compelling "startup" ventures including several In-Q-Tel companies (In-Q-Tel being the venture capital arm for U.S. national security interests), following 9/11, and the resulting technologies are still in use today.

While a student at what was then Point Loma College, Mr. Wells was originally a bio/chem major focused on marine biology.  Most recently, Mr. Wells was Technical Lead Yahoo for the large scale guaranteed delivery display advertising systems serving the well-known internet software company on its popular web portal and numerous partner sites (over one billion users following Tumblr acquisition).  Mr. Wells is now committed to the La Jolla based West Health Institute, a philanthropic endeavor of local Rancho Santa Fe billionaire Gary West and his wife Mary West, and is engaged in the development of new technologies to dramatically lower the price of health care in this country through the West Health Incubator.