In Action

Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Big Promotion. Dr.Joelle Simpson, MS ‘95, was named the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. In this role, Joelle will provide strategic leadership for Children's National's disaster preparedness, response, and community outreach efforts. Congratulations!

Jalondra Davis Brown (MS '02)

Spoken Word Comes to Life: On Saurday, July 21st Jalondra Davis, MS ‘02, will be reading selections from her new book, Butterfly Jar, performing select spoken word pieces, and autographing copies that can be purchased. Zahra's Books and Things 900 North La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302.

Dennis Ojogho (MS '12)

Exciting Times. In addition to being accepted early admission to Harvard Law School, Dennis Ojogho, MS ‘12, was recently featured on the Harvard University Institute of Politics page, where he reflects on his work over the summer with the NAACP and its efforts in advocating the removal of the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina state house.

Veronika Hecko Wu (MS '03)

Visually moving. Veronika Heckova, MS ‘03, has left architecture to start a new career as a graphic designer and illustrator. Check out her work at

Serge Sverdlov (MS '97)

Scholar patent alert: Serge Sverdlov, MS ‘97, is part of a group that was issued a patent in March for their work with Microsoft in designing interface infrastructure for creating and interacting with web services. Congratulations!

Stephanie Cabrera Esenwa (MS '97)

Using leadership to instill leadership: Stephanie Cabrera, MS ‘97 has joined the Girl Scouts of the USA to take on a national position of "Girl Leadership Strategy Manager."

Quingan Zhou (MS '06)

Consider them working summer vacations: Quingan Zhou, MS ‘06 will be in Buenos Aires for an internship and Kevin Martinez, MS ‘07 will travel to Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program.

John Shen (MS '03)

Did someone call for a doctor? John Shen, MS ‘03, earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He will be starting his residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Congratulations!

Jennifer Quintana (MS '09)

Executive decisions: Jennifer Quintana, MS ‘09, has been appointed president of the M.I.T. chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She was also elected Internal Vice President of the M.I.T. chapter of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES). Both organizations are in good hands.

Daniel Payan (MS '04)

Going places, just not far: Daniel Payan, MS ‘04 will graduate from Harvard University this summer but he won’t be missing it for long. He will be attending the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for his graduate studies in the fall.