Kasumi Kanetaka Named 2017 Student Commencement Speaker

Update: Photos from the College of Engineering 2017 spring commencement ceremony are available on Flickr.

Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker, Kasumi Kanetaka

DAVIS, Calif., June 2, 2017— Kasumi Kanetaka, an aerospace and mechanical engineering senior, will be the student speaker at the College of Engineering’s 2017 Commencement.

After graduating from high school in Japan, Kasumi came to UC Davis for her undergraduate studies. During her first few months in Davis, Kasumi struggled to determine where “home” was. She was no longer in Japan, but as an international student, she didn’t quite feel at home in California, either. But Kasumi soon found her place at UC Davis through the College of Engineering, student clubs, and playing trombone in the Aggie Marching Band-Uh!

“I am happy to say that Davis is a place that I can always come back [to],” Kasumi says.

During her freshman year, Kasumi also became a member of the Advanced Modeling Aeronautics Team. As a section leader of the engine and landing gear section, she helped build a radio controlled airplane that the team used to compete in a national tournament. She also joined the Center for Human, Robotics, Vehicle Integration, and Performance Research Lab as an undergraduate researcher. In summer 2015, she traveled to Dresden, Germany for a mechanical engineering internship.

Outside of engineering, Kasumi has worked as a tutor and a homework grader in the Department of East Asian Language and Cultures. She has also been an active member of the UC Davis Kendo Club – a Japanese martial art that involves fencing with bamboo swords. As a Kendo Club member, she competed in a tournament held at UCLA and served as a public information officer for the club. Kasumi has also attended several international student leadership conferences in China and the U.S.

After graduation, Kasumi will attend law school at UC Davis. After she obtains her JD degree, she hopes to apply her skills to build a bridge between engineering and law.

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