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Recipient Of The 2017 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Julie Comerford '98 Mar 2017

Recipient Of The 2017 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Julie Comerford '98

Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award

Dr. Comerford is Assistant Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she works on observations of kpc-scale separation dual supermassive black holes in merger-remnant galaxies. These objects are observable when one or both of the supermassive black holes accrete gas as active galactic nuclei (AGN), in systems known as offset AGN and dual AGN, respectively. She uses research as a tool for education, teaming up with PhD Comics to create a video “Black Holes Explained,” which has received over 50,000 views on YouTube. Additionally, she has been working to improve ...


Recipient Of The 2017 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Vincent Enriquez '99 Mar 2017

Recipient Of The 2017 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Vincent Enriquez '99

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Major Enriquez served as part of Operation Enduring Freedom with deployments in Afghanistan and PACOM Theater. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Sapper Tab, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab. His foreign awards include the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and Australian, Korean, and Thai Airborne Wings. Army Ranger and Special Forces “Green Beret” Major Vincent Enriquez graduated from the United States Military Academy with a ...


Recipient Of The 2015 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Gabriel Demombynes '89 Dec 2015

Recipient Of The 2015 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Gabriel Demombynes '89

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As an economist at the World Bank, Dr. Gabriel Demombynes works on issues of poverty and inequality in developing countries. He is best known for his work arguing for the greater use of the scientific method in evaluating international development programs. Together with co-author Michael A. Clemens, he published a groundbreaking critique of the Millennium Villages Project, a high-profile rural development project implemented in several communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Demombynes holds both a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a BA from the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, as well ...


Recipient Of The 2014 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Steve Crutchfield '93 Dec 2014

Recipient Of The 2014 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Steve Crutchfield '93

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In August 2012 Steve Crutchfield was appointed the Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Options at NYSE Euronextin order to create a “more integrated and efficient operation”, and became CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of NYSE Amex Options LLC; all accomplished before he turned 40. He serves as the sole leader of the NYSE Euronext system. Steve manages relationships for all strategic NYSE Euronext clients, leads key business development initiatives, leads all media and industry engagement activities and provides strategic counsel to NYSE global executive management. Steve is a regular speaker at various U ...


Recipient Of The 2013 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Gretchen E. Green '92 Jul 2013

Recipient Of The 2013 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Gretchen E. Green '92

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Dr. Gretchen E. Green is a physician leader who brings a combined focus on science and society to benefit her patients, fellow physicians, and the US population at large through her role as vice chair of the National Women’s History Museum Board of Directors. Currently an attending radiologist at Greensboro Radiology in North Carolina, Dr. Green has been actively involved in advocacy for women physicians and patients through research since graduating from IMSA. Dr. Green advocates for women undergoing breast imaging and obstetrical ultrasound, using her expertise as a radiologist and her background on the societal impact of imaging ...


Recipient Of The 2013 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Kathleen Plinske '97 Jul 2013

Recipient Of The 2013 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Kathleen Plinske '97

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Dr. Kathleen Plinske is a distinguished educational leader with a passion for providing access to higher education to traditionally disadvantaged students. At a young age of 32, Dr. Plinske serves as President of Valencia College’s Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses in Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida. Dr. Plinske is responsible for all academic, administrative and fiscal leadership of the campuses, and was responsible for overseeing the development of a new $45 million, 150,000 square foot building at the Osceola Campus. Recently named as the top community college in the nation by the Aspen Institute, the Osceola Campus serves 12 ...


Recipient Of The 2012 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Alex (Dietrich) Greene ’97 Jul 2012

Recipient Of The 2012 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Alex (Dietrich) Greene ’97

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Alex (Dietrich) Greene has dedicated her life to a career in service. As one of the nation’s first female strike-fighter aviators, Greene is a pioneer and a champion of diversity. She is a founding member of the military’s eMentor program, promoting mentorship and opportunity for future generations of minorities to succeed in untraditional fields. Beginning her career in the U.S. Navy, Greene was rapidly promoted through military ranks for her sophisticated strategic vision and flawless tactical execution. She led the military establishment in policies and programs to not only ensure our national security but also advance the ...


Recipient Of The 2012 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Winjie Tang Miao '94 Jul 2012

Recipient Of The 2012 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Winjie Tang Miao '94

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Before turning 30, Winjie Tang Miao was named a hospital president and in 2011, she was tapped to lead the development of the newest hospital in the Texas Health Resources system. Miao’s rise to the top follows her success in previous health care administration leadership roles. Miao oversaw the development of more than $500 million in construction projects and the growth and development of a nationally-recognized breast health program. She is recognized as a “true visionary” with “a strong ability to grow inpatient and outpatient volumes, expand services in the community and advance quality in many areas of the ...


Recipient Of The 2012 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Sam Yagan '95 Jul 2012

Recipient Of The 2012 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Sam Yagan '95

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Sam Yagan is a leading and widely-recognized serial entrepreneur or “netreprenuer” who has successfully launched, grown and sold companies in the consumer internet sector. In addition to his role as co-founder and CEO of OkCupid, he also enables budding entrepreneurs to get their start through Excelerate Labs, a leading start-up accelerator in Chicago which provides seed money and an abundance of mentoring. Yagan is a champion of disruptive innovation that “changes the game” and works by effectively addressing cost, quality and fun, and is an ardent proponent of technologies that make information free and ‘technologies for good’. Yagan is a ...


Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Ronjon Paul '89 Jul 2011

Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Ronjon Paul '89

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Dr. Ronjon Paul ’89 is a leader in the field of reconstructive cervical and lumbar spinal surgery. As a spinal surgeon and medical director for The Spine Center of DuPage Medical Group, Dr. Paul has treated and taught neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons from around the world. He is an award-winning researcher in genetic tissue engineering for degenerative disc disease and other spinal disorders, and his findings have been published in major medical journals. He has been an invited speaker at many regional, national, and international medical conferences reaching international audiences. Dr. Paul has also been involved in basic science research ...


Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Frank Wood '92 Jul 2011

Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Frank Wood '92

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Dr. Frank Wood ’92 is an accomplished entrepreneur, computer scientist, statistician, and educator. Dr. Wood is an assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University and an award-winning researcher in the field of statistical machine learning. He conducts research at the intersection of neuroscience, computer science, statistics, and cognitive psychology; with a current focus on models of natural language and algorithms for lossless compression that shed light on the path towards artificial intelligence. He has founded two companies, Betacular, Ltd., a London-based predictive markets software company and ToFish!, Inc., a Washington, DC-based content-based image retrieval company which was acquired by AOL ...


Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Matthew Pritchard '93 Jul 2011

Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Matthew Pritchard '93

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Dr. Matthew Pritchard ‘93 is a geophysicist who measures changes in the shape of the Earth and develops models of the myriad processes that cause these changes including: earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, landslides and glaciers. He is an associate professor in Earth and Atmospheric Science at Cornell University and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Through research and teaching, Dr. Pritchard strives to answer some of today`s pressing societal questions about natural hazards and the degree to which humans are influencing glaciers and groundwater resources. His work has been published in many science journals and ...


Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Clara Shih '00 Jul 2011

Recipient Of The 2011 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Clara Shih '00

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Clara Shih '00 is a trailblazer in many rights, combining her keen knowledge and entrepreneurship savvy to help influence, improve and innovate business technology applications nationwide. Among her many accomplishments since graduating from IMSA in 2000, Shih was named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology 2010 (The Entrepreneurs group) by Fast Company magazine and authored The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff which is now used as a textbook at the Harvard Business School. In addition, Clara just published her second edition of The Facebook Era ...


Recipient Of The 2010 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Dan Frakes '89 Jul 2010

Recipient Of The 2010 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Dan Frakes '89

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Dan Frakes is a respected technology writer and editor, focusing on personal computing and digital media. He has written over 800 articles and has authored or contributed to over 20 books, including one of the early e-books nearly 15 years ago. He is currently a senior editor and columnist at Macworld magazine and Website and an editor for the Take Control series of electronic books, and has previously held positions as the senior reviews editor for Playlist magazine and Website and as editor for MacFixIt.com. In 2006, Frakes was named to the MacTech 25, a publicly chosen list of ...


Recipient Of The 2010 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Lillian S. Kao '89 Jul 2010

Recipient Of The 2010 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Lillian S. Kao '89

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Lillian S. Kao, M.D., M.S., is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and faculty for the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHSC). She also serves as the Vice-Chief of Surgery at the Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston. Dr. Kao’s main research interest is the prevention and treatment of surgical infections. She has several grants for her clinical research, including an NIH career development award. In 2006, Dr. Kao was the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar to study ...


Recipient Of The 2010 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Travis Schedler '98 Jul 2010

Recipient Of The 2010 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Travis Schedler '98

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Travis Schedler is an instructor in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds a five-year fellowship from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM). Schedler was the sole recipient of the 2008 AIM Fellowship, an award that is “intended for an absolutely first-rate new Ph.D. -- someone with the potential to leave a lasting mark on mathematics.” The fellowship supports one outstanding new Ph.D. pursuing research in an area of pure mathematics, and covers 60 months of full-time research as well as funds for travel and equipment. Schedler has written or co-authored 19 research articles, including one ...


Recipient Of The 2009 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Thandeka K. Chapman '89 Sep 2009

Recipient Of The 2009 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Thandeka K. Chapman '89

Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award

Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman is an Associate Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has conducted research on policy implementation in desegregated schools, urban small school reforms, teaching and learning in racially diverse classrooms, and evaluating Social Justice curricula. Her most recent publications are six edited volumes of the History of Multicultural Education co-edited with Carl A. Grant. She also co-edited a new book, The Practice of Freedom: Social Justice Pedagogy in the United States, to be published in February 2010. Other publications include: “Peddling Backwards: Reflections of Plessy ...


Recipient Of The 2009 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Rebecca Willett '96 Sep 2009

Recipient Of The 2009 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award, Rebecca Willett '96

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Prof. Rebecca Willett is a prolific contributor to the field of electrical and computer engineering through teaching, cutting-edge research and publishing as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. Her teaching and research interests are focused on signal and image processing techniques and how these can be applied to help advance a variety of other fields, including medical imaging, astronomy, networks, and bioinformatics. As a testimony to the broad implications of her research, Prof. Willett is assisting the Department of Defense through her work on the Computer Science Study Panel, run by the ...