In Action

Harleen Marwah (MS '11)

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.


Ruben Harutunian (MS '01)

In September Ruben Harutunian, MS ‘01 entered the United States Foreign Service and is now training in Arlington, Virginia. This June he will begin his first diplomatic assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Perwaiz Meraj (MS '95)

Dr. Perwaiz Meraj, MS ‘95 was promoted to Chief Medical Resident at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York in June. He will begin a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine in July of 2008.


Tresha Gibbs (MS '98)

Tresha Edwards, MS ‘98 earned her medical degree in Psychiatry from Columbia University. She is now a resident doctor at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


Mireya Almazán (MS '99)

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)

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.


Jaime Mendez (MS '00)

Congratulations are in order for Jaime Mendez, MS ‘00, who began his first semester at Harvard Business School in the fall. We wish him luck as he takes the next step toward fulfilling his goals.


Wyles Vance (MS '07)

Close finish. The 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 km solar car race in Australia, has wrapped up. Wyles Vance, MS ’07and the Stanford Solar Car Team placed 11th out of 37 teams from around the world. Congratulations to Stanford for a great race.


Tsung Mou (MS '07)

Beginning medicine. Tsung Mou, MS ’07, and Manav Sidhu, MS ’06, will be half way through their first terms at medical school. Tsung attends the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine, and Manav is attending New York University School of Medicine.


Eileen Ung (MS '10)

Raising Scores. This summer Eileen Ung, MS ’10, helped to found and teach an SAT preparation course and the results were overwhelmingly positive, as the average score improvement was 240 points.