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Siebel Scholars at Booth are a Diverse Group

Chicago Business

October 1st 2009

The five members of the Booth Class of 2010 who were named Siebel Scholars this year include an avid mountaineer, a former national sportsman, and the captain of his college basketball team. The fourth winner spent last ummer working for two venture investment groups, and the fifth developed algorithmic and program trading systems for Goldman Sachs before enrolling at Booth.

Nathan Wilhite, Song Yang Lee, Neal Brenner, Guy Turner and Mihir Shah each will receive $35,000 for tuition from the Siebel Foundation in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and leadership qualities. The Siebel Scholars Program was established in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science and bioengineering and to form an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders.

Wilhite volunteers as a Booth career advisor and member of the Dean's Student Admissions Committee while pursuing concentrations in finance, marketing and strategic management. He spent the summer working for The Boston Consulting Group. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and practiced corporate and private equity law for three years before entering Booth. An avid mountaineer, Wilhite has climbed mountains on three continents and hiked self-supported for 120 miles across Greenland.

Lee was an associate at the debt capital markets division of Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore focusing on the origination of asset-backed securities before he enrolled at Booth. He is a co-chair of the Chicago Asia Pacific Group and spent the summer as an associate in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley Asia. Lee spent two years as an officer in the Singapore army where he led 160 recruits in training. In college he was a member of the National Taekwondo Team that represented Singapore in international tournaments.

Brenner co-chairs the Energy Group at Booth and spent the summer as a business development intern for XL Hybrids, an energy technology startup. Before coming to Booth he was an engineer for Texas Instruments semiconductor group where he managed technical sales of four product lines in 15 states. Brenner is a graduate of MIT and was captain of the varsity basketball team. His resume also includes earlier summer positions at Goldman Sachs, Oracle and Citibank. At Booth he is concentrating in entrepreneurship and strategic management.

Turner is an Admissions Fellow and Cohort Representative and came to Booth after working at General Electric where he was a structural and thermal analyst. After completing his MBA, he plans to move into venture capital or entrepreneurship. He spent the summer interning with Midwest Venture Partners, a Chicago venture firm, and Hyde Park Angels, a Chicago angel investing group. Turner has long had an interest in community service, coordinating a number of large community service projects at GE and serving as a volunteer EMT and firefighter for five years.

Shah enrolled at Booth after spending three years at Goldman Sachs developing algorithmic and program trading systems. He has an MS degree in computer science from Columbia University and his career interest is in investment management. Shah spent the past two summers as an intern analyst for India Capital Research and Advisors, the advisory arm of a $500 million fund. A big fan of live music, he has been to concerts by Sting, Seal, Zakir Hussain, Michael Jackson, AC/DC and Metallica.

Each of the Siebel Scholars will attend an annual conference in the spring at MIT, to meet past and present Siebel Scholars, university faculty, and some of the world's most prestigious thought-leaders to discuss and debate global issues, searing for solutions to today's most pressing societal challenges.

In addition to Chicago Booth, the small group of schools in the Siebel Scholars Program includes Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Diego, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More than 540 of the world's brightest minds are Siebel Scholars. This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates. For more information please visit

The Siebel Scholars Foundation is funded by the Siebel Foundation. Established as a private foundation in 1996, the Siebel Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. More information can be found at

By:  Allan Friedman, Executive Director of Communications

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