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Welcome CIAM's distinguished Alumni.

Congrats Class of 2016


Congratulations to all of our 2016 graduate's. Click the picture to read the speeches and see pictures from the event.

Smart Cities Institute

CIAM is now partnered with the Smart Cities Institute:

If you are a CIAM graduate or a CIAM professor, and are interested in part time, paid, international consulting, please send an e-mail with attachments including photo, a 100-word bio of your professional background, and your complete contact information to Claudia Sarabia, Director of Organizational Development/Career Services at

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Distinguished Alumni Spotlight

Sheldon Au - 2015

Mr. Au has 10 years of experience in Technology as a Systems Analyst/Information Technology Consultant for Intnet Inc, which specializes in IT Infrastructure Virtualization, Data Integrity/Protection, and MS Dynamics NAV - empowering employees in work processes and business performance.  His areas of expertise feature implementation and integration of ERP software, analysis of company workflows and enhancing them through software, and maintenance support of network performance for servers and peripherals.  He is an alumnus of Cal Poly Pomona, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration - Finance, Real Estate and Law. He is currently the CTO for Intnet Inc.

Dr. Najib Babul - 2015

Dr. Babul is an entrepreneur, drug developer and inventor with over 25 years of experience in bringing new drugs to market. Dr. Babul was the Founder, CEO and CSO of TheraQuest, a clinical stage pharmaceutical company. He has served as VP, Clinical Development at Cadence Pharma, VP, Global Drug Development at Scirex Corp and Director, Clinical Research at Purdue Pharma. Dr. Babul has been an invited speaker at FDA and at scientific meetings. He has over 170 publications in leading medical journals. Dr. Babul received his undergraduate and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the University of British Columbia and SUNY, Buffalo, respectively.

Miranda Lam - 2015

Ms. Lam’s career spans from Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical to Library and Information Science.  Having graduated with a BS in Pharmacology from UCSB, she worked as a Laboratory Analyst for industry giants Bayer Healthcare, Allergan, and Roche.  With her MS degree from SJSU, she has had exposure to working in diverse library settings: corporate, academic, and public libraries.  She continues to strengthen her professional experience, contribution, and motivation by currently working as a Medical Librarian at Charles Drew University.

Paul-long Lee - 2015

Mr. Lee is a graduate of CIAM, obtaining his MBA in 2014. He has had job experience in a variety of fields over the course of his professional career, from management, to marketing, to media management, and web development. Entering the workforce at a young age, Mr. Lee is equipped with over 10 years of extensive business experience, quick thinking, and a “git ’er done” attitude. He strongly believes that success is not a given, but rather earned through perseverance, flexibility, and an open mind. In 2013, Mr. Lee joined, managed, and operated a business in the powersports industry that grew to a multi-million-dollar operation during his 3-year tenure.  Today, Mr. Lee has joined CIAM because of his strong belief of what school stands for: a revolution in education.

Penny Li - 2013

Ms. Li has 8 years of professional media experience as a TV executive in China. During the production of a televised charity event, she organized a media aid project / fundraiser that raised $150,000 for 6,000 children with cerebral palsy.  As an assistant counselor, Ms. Li assisted over 600 international and domestic students at California State University, Northridge, with their transition from their respective community colleges to CSUN.  Ms. Li also has experience as a Chinese program coordinator at a Chinese language school in Los Angeles and was also a business assistant at the University Student Union, Inc. at CSUN and won an award for the most inspirational student assistant employee of the year.

Winnie Phan - 2015

Ms. Phan has garnered 2 decades professional experience in the mortgage and investment industries: last 13 years in investment counsel.  Working at Indymac Bank, she analyzed loan portfolios in generating time sensitive reports for management decision making on investor performance and loss mitigation.  At Payden Investment Counsel, she worked as a Portfolio Reporting Analyst for individual and institutional clients ranging from multi-million to multi-billion assets under management, ensuring portfolio analytics, reporting, and client service were best served.  She is Series 6 and 63 licensed (inactive).  She worked for Career Services Specialist and Accounting Manager for CIAM upon graduation. She is currently working with Arris at Google as a Supply Planner.

Srinivas Santhanam - 2015

Mr. Santhanam excelled in corporate Technology for over 2 decades serving clients in envisioning and reaching their strategic roadmaps and goals. In 2013 he transitioned from a Zurich Executive role as Head of Emerging Technologies and Chief Architect for Global Shared Services to executing his personal roadmap as an Entrepreneur and completing an MBA in Executive Management & Entrepreneurship from CIAM in 2014.  

His startup venture (iOS & Web) is a social networking marketplace that assists Mentees/Pupils in finding and connecting securely with Mentors to develop and strengthen extracurricular, career, and life skills. Srini also leverages his CIAM experiential skills as an Independent Consultant for his varied corporate clientele in their transformational IT journeys to the Cloud.

Claudia Sarabia - 2014

Ms. Sarabia has over 10 years of experience in office administration and data management in the areas of commercial real estate, banking, arts non-profit, and city government. At General Growth Properties she managed special projects and systematized data management for the top three leasing professionals nationwide. Additionally, she has a strong customer service background having worked with various commercial and retail companies. She was hired upon graduation from CIAM, and is now working as Director of Organizational Development/ Career Services.

Truong Trinh - 2015

Mr. Trinh has several years of account management and customer services experience from Northwestern Mutual, and Metropolitan Home Mortgage.   His experience ranges from sales and accounting across different industries such as academics and government services.   He advanced at Prime Automotive working in management efficiency, distribution sales, and inventory.  With Alliance Inspection Management, he worked as Business Development Analyst and is currently an On-Premise Consultant for Panasonic.

Donny Yu - 2014

In 1991, Mr. Yu established his information technology company and expanded to cover many industries, including education, communications and real estate.  Mr. Yu has extensive hands on experience in server configuration, network integration, mission critical deployment, software customization and programming.  Mr. Yu earned a B.S. in Computer Information System and a Master’s in Education, Option in: Computer Education and Technology Leadership from CSULA.  He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Business Solutions Certified Master and Director of IT at CIAM.

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