Computational Media faculty at UC Santa Cruz Holger Schmidt directs the Applied Optics Group and the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics. Computational Media and Computer Science faculty enjoy excellent access to Silicon Valley and the natural beauty of Santa Cruz. Programming languages and Software Engineering faculty at UC Santa Cruz Stephen Petersen works with students on the Greenwharf project, a low-impact marine microgrid energy system. Sri Kurniawan designs and evaluates interactive systems that help people with special needs. Database faculty at UC Santa Cruz Ed Green is interested in the evolutionary history of humans and their extinct relatives.