Alumni Highlight: Anne Mahacek '09

Mechanical Engineering/BS/2009

Occupation: Research Assistant

Organization: Santa Clara University

Location: Santa Clara, CA

As a pioneer of the Class of 2009, alumna Anne Mahacek (Mechanical Engineering/BS/2009) recalls the challenging road taken to becoming an engineer – from all-night study sessions to problem after problem on the whiteboard. However, Mahacek credits her success to the family atmosphere at UC Merced and support knowing that her alma mater is behind her.

During her undergraduate years at UC Merced, Mahacek was an active student both on and off campus. In addition to co-founding the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Chapter she also took part in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Vanguard – the first engineering club on campus that served as an outlet for all engineering clubs and organizations to meet with the Dean of Engineering. While Mahacek credits the Engineering Service Learning Program with providing practical experience and enhancing her leadership and teamwork skills, it wasn’t until she took her Mechatronics course that she discovered her passion: Robots.

This past June, Mahacek completed her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Mechatronic Systems from Santa Clara University – where she now serves as a Research Assistant. Currently, Mahacek operates the Maker Lab which serves as a tool-equipped space for students, faculty and staff to work on projects. While Mahacek gets to work with robots throughout her day, she hopes to have an opportunity in the future to work in robotics for medical applications.