Innovate this. Congratulations to Takecia Saylor, MS '93, who’s Office of Innovation received the State award by the Learning Counsel. Takecia is the Director of the Office of Innovation for the New Jersey Department of Education and was acknowledged for her outstanding leadership and innovation efforts. Through the creation of InnovateNJ program, the Office of Innovation is championing the need for change in public schools for better education outcomes for its students.
You have the right to remain excited. Sophie Davis sophomore class representative, Clarence Kong, MS '14, is also the 2015 New York City Police Department Auxiliary Police Force Class Valedictorian. The NYPD Auxiliary is a trained and equipped civilian, all-volunteer group that assists their local police precincts throughout the city. Congratulations!
Our very own Manavjeet Sidhu, MS ’06 was one of ten selected for MedTech’s Rising Stars of 2017. Manav is being celebrated for his innovation in the medical technology field, specifically his work on products to protect patients from human errors during medical injections. His projects aim to improve medical treatment in the developing world. Keep up the good work!
People’s Choice. Congratulations to Jason Young, MS '00, who’s Hidden Genius Project won the People’s Choice award in the Google Impact Challenge and will receive $500K. The program will connect underserved, young black males with the skills, mentors and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepeneurs and technologists in a 21st century, global economy. Jason is the CEO and co-founder of MindBlown Labs, a financial literacy software company based in Oakland.
Chalk it Up: USC’s Harleen Marwah, MS ’11, dreamt up Chalk the Block, a creative community event where children from South Los Angeles were invited to come onto campus last February and decorate sections of pavement with their dreams. The event received the honor of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls' "Event of the Month" for innovative programming, and now it’s blueprint is being implemented at schools across the country.
No rest for the dedicated. A week after earning her master's degree in international policy and development from Georgetown University, Mireya Almazán, MS ‘99 spent six months in Johannesburg, South Africa working with a development consulting firm to combat child labor practices. Upon her return, she joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a member of their Global Development team.
Kimberly Banks, MS ‘98 married her longtime fiance, Andrew Gray, in August. To ensure that family members from both sides of the Atlantic have a chance to take part, they held ceremonies in Southern California and will hold them in England in early 2008. She met Andrew while at UC Berkeley in 2003.