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Siebel Scholars Foundation Announces 2017 Siebel Scholars

World’s Brightest Business, Computer Science, Bioengineering, and Energy Science Students
Join Distinguished Community of Over 1,000 Leaders

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—September 7, 2016— The Siebel Scholars Foundation today
announced the recipients of the annual Siebel Scholars award. The Siebel Scholars program
recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer
science, bioengineering, and energy science. 

With the Class of 2017, the Siebel Scholars program expanded to honor top energy science students at two leading educational institutions, Stanford University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

The 92 distinguished students of the Class of 2017 join the more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, researchers, and philanthropists from past Siebel Scholars classes to form an unmatched professional and personal network. Through the program, this formidable group brings together their diverse perspectives from business, science, and engineering to influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future.

“The Class of 2017 represents the best and brightest from around the globe and it’s my great pleasure to welcome them into this ever-growing, lifelong community,” said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. “The program’s continued expansion into energy science furthers the potential for Siebel Scholars to achieve even more through their work with an incomparable group of equally talented peers.”
 
The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Siebel Foundation in 2000 through grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy, and Japan. Each year, top graduate
students from 27 partner programs are honored as Siebel Scholars and receive a $35,000 award
for their final year of studies. 

Siebel Scholars are chosen by the deans of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5% of their class, many within the top 1%. This year’s honorees are:

Graduate Schools of Energy Science
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science:
Jingkun Gao

École Polytechnique, Graduate School:
Paul Narchi

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Hung Nguyen

Politecnico di Torino, Doctoral School:
Maria Ferrara

Princeton University, School of Engineering and Applied Science:
Janam Jhaveri

Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences:
Lewis Li

Tsinghua University, Laboratory of Low Carbon Energy:
Zhaowei Geng

University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Caroline Le Floch

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering:
Hao Jan (Max) Liu

The University of Tokyo, School of Engineering:
Masahiro Sato

Graduate Schools of Bioengineering
Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering and School of Medicine:
Adriana Blazeski, Lindsay Clegg, Berk Gonenc, Shiva Razavi, Quinton Smith

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Brittany Goods, Chen Gu, Ryan Kelly, Kelly Moynihan, Novalia Pishesha

Stanford University, School of Engineering and School of Medicine:
Akshay Chaudhari, Gerald Cherf, Christopher Madl, Aaron Mitchell, Patrick Ye

University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Matthew Bakalar, Benjamin Epstein, Elena Kassianidou, Sylvia Natividad-Diaz, Kevin Yamauchi

University of California, San Diego, Institute of Engineering in Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering:
Armen Gharibans, Gabriela Guzman, Jae-Young Jung, Jinxing Li, Ya-San Yeh

Graduate Schools of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management:
Alex Burns, Sebastian Cubela, Brendan McCook, Sarah Vick, Weiyuan (Wendy) Yuwen

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management:
Jonathan Goldstein, Bo Gustafsson, Jackie Laine, Iris Tian, Austin Vanaria

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business:
Katherine Archibald, Carolyn Kooi, Federico Mossa, Sebastian Serra, David Zhang

University of Chicago Booth School of Business:
Sruti Balakrishnan, Christopher Cruickshank, Max Gelb, Jonathan Pack, Craig Poeppelman

Graduate Schools of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science:
Akash Bharadwaj, Kristen Gardner, Timothy Lee, Anqi Li, Jennifer Olsen

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:
Ofra Amir, Gaurav Bharaj, Pao Siangliulue, Lillian Tsai, Ming Yin

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Brian Axelrod, Karan Kashyap, Chengtao Li, Ruizhi (Ray) Liao, Srinivasan Raghuraman

Princeton University, School of Engineering and Applied Science:
Kevin Boutarel, Ohad Fried, Tengyu Ma, Rafael Mendes de Oliveira, Shuran Song

Stanford University, School of Engineering:
Brandon Azad, Bradley Girardeau, Jonas Kemp, Vayu Kishore, Samantha Steele

Tsinghua University, School of Information Science and Technology: 
Ye Chen, Boya Wu, Guiyong Wu, Ruobing Xie, Xiaowei Zhu

University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Paul Bramsen, Wesley Hsieh

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering:
Chamila Amithirigala, Spencer Gordon, Wenqi (Maggie) He, Dengfeng (Davis) Li, Vipul Venkataraman

Today, more than 1,000 of the world’s brightest minds are Siebel Scholars. They lead a diverse
range of ventures, including innovative startups, cutting-edge academic research, and
philanthropic initiatives, which demonstrate promise for significant societal impact. This
formidable group of entrepreneurs, researchers, and philanthropists directly influence the
technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars
have served on more than 340 boards and founded more than 150 companies, of which more
than 56 have successfully gone public or were sold to enterprises, including Google, Intuit,
Match.com, and Dropbox. They innovate across disciplines spanning more than a dozen
industries, having launched more than 1,100 products, authored more than 370 patents, and
manage more than $2.7 trillion in assets. As accomplished experts in their fields, Siebel Scholars
have published nearly 40 books and more than 2,650 articles or book chapters. They have also
given back to their communities by establishing 54 nonprofits and volunteering more than
19,000 hours each year, as of the most recent survey of Siebel Scholars.

About Siebel Scholars
The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 by the Siebel Foundation to recognize the
most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science,
bioengineering, and energy science. These include: Carnegie Mellon University;
École Polytechnique; Harvard University; Johns Hopkins University; Massachusetts Institute of
Technology; Northwestern University; Politecnico di Torino; Princeton University; Stanford
University; Tsinghua University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California,
San Diego; University of Chicago; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of
Pennsylvania; and University of Tokyo. Today, our active community of over 1,000 leaders
serves as advisors to the Siebel Foundation and works collaboratively to find solutions to
society’s most pressing problems. For more information about the Siebel Scholars program,
please visit www.SiebelScholars.com.

About the Siebel Foundation
The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, was
established as a private foundation in 1996. Its mission is to foster programs and organizations
that improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. The
Siebel Foundation funds projects to support the homeless and underprivileged, education and
research, public health, and alternative energy solutions.

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Media Contact:
Corrie Goldman
Siebel Scholars Foundation
(650) 299-5216
cgoldman@siebel.org