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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ IN BRIEF } INTERDISCIPLINARY PURSUITS UC Hastings is attracting more law students with hard science backgrounds From left: 1Ls Asha Pandya and Zachary Flood. First-year student Asha Pandya came to Silicon Valley in the early 1980s after finishing her master’s degree in aerospace engineering at the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and a second master’s at Penn State in computational fluid dynamics. After working for a computer hardware company, Pandya embarked on a second career teaching AP high school calculus and physics. At the age of 60, Pandya decided her true calling was motivating more girls and minority students to get involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and to help restore the United States’ international standing in K-12 math and science education—and she decided she needed a law degree to do it. “I thought if I got a law degree, I’d be able to make a difference at the policy level,” she says. UC Hastings’ location and reputation made it an easy choice, she adds. Whether it’s the school’s 10 SPRING 2014


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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