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The Siebel Scholars Foundation Announces 2011 Siebel Scholars

Community Grows to more than 600 Current and Alumni Scholars from Leading Universities
 
PALO ALTO, Calif.—August 23, 2010—The Siebel Scholars Foundation today announced the recipients of the annual Siebel Scholars awards. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes outstanding graduate students from the world’s most prestigious business, computer science, and bioengineering graduate schools. New Siebel Scholars and program alumni comprise a unique and diverse community that brings together the best and brightest to solve some of society’s most pressing issues.
 
The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Siebel Foundation in 2000 to recognize exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business and computer science. Based on academic excellence and leadership, five graduate students from 16 institutions are honored as Class of 2011 Siebel Scholars and receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies.
 
Today, more than 600 Siebel Scholars are active in a program that fosters leadership, academic achievement, and the collaborative search for solutions to critical societal problems. Siebel Scholars inspire and guide the development of innovative programs the Siebel Foundation initiates, such as the Meth Project, a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing first-time Meth use; and the Siebel Stem Cell Institute, which supports innovative joint research to understand the root causes of today’s most destructive diseases and translate stem cell discoveries into new therapies. The Meth Project’s innovative approach and broad impact prompted Barron’s to place it fifth in a global ranking of the most effective foundations. Since the Meth Project’s inception in Montana in 2005, teen Meth use in the state has declined 63%, adult Meth use has decreased 72%, and Meth-related crime is down 62%. The program has since been adopted by seven additional states.
 
“We welcome these talented individuals to the Siebel Scholars Class of 2011,” said Karen Roter Davis, Executive Director of the Siebel Scholars Foundation.  “Our conference on Energy and Climate this October, as well as this year’s thought-provoking regional events, will provide immediate opportunities for them to join our active, life-long community of leaders who are committed to working together with the Siebel Foundation to address critical social issues.”
 
Siebel Scholars are selected from among students who rank at the top of their class, and are chosen by the dean of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. This year’s honorees are:
 
Graduate Schools of Bioengineering
Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering and School of Medicine:
Ivy Dick, Vikram Aggarwal, Kelvin Liu, Ying-Ying Wang, Prashant Mali
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Andrea Bryan, Lily Jeng, Arkadiusz Raczynski, Nidhi Shrivastav, David Weingeist
 
Stanford University, School of Engineering and School of Medicine:
Mindy Chang, Murtaza Mogri, Sarah Moore, Hedi Razavi, Angela Wu
 
University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Akwasi Apori, Javad Golji, Anuj Patel, Haroldo Silva, Danielle Tsou
 
University of California, San Diego, Institute of Engineering in Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering:
Karla Brammer, Michelle Chen, Christopher MacDonald, Sergio Sandoval, Lucas Smith
 
Graduate Schools of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management:
Hana Peljto, James Harland, Guillaume Fernet, Fatma Yalcin, Lindsay Stradley
 
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management:
Jessica Isaacs, Mads Johnsen, Thomas McKiernan, Kasey Smith, Sean Twersky
 
Stanford University, Graduate School of Business:
Danielle Buckley, Arvind Iyengar, Sumi Kim, Shane Lauf, Amanda Luther
 
University of Chicago Booth School of Business:
Didier Catteau, Alok Ladsariya, Tali Shulevich Shalit, Andrew Skrilow, Nadim Vasanji
 
Graduate Schools of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science:
Elijah Mayfield, Adam Skory, Hsin Huang, Michael Benisch, Jana Diesner
 
Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:
Michael Lyons, Geoffrey Mainland, Rohan Murty, Karim Atiyeh, Yinan Zhu
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Katherine Lin, Kuang Xu, Hasan Celiker, Michael Forbes, Angela Yen
 
Stanford University, School of Engineering:
Keith Schwarz, David Keeler, Tao Wang, Dan Preston, Salman Ahmad
 
Tsinghua University, School of Information Science and Technology:
Jiao Zhang, Jue Hou, Mingming Fan, Tong Zhu, Wentao Han
 
University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Jerry Zhang, David Wong
 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering:
Alexander Loeb, Kurchi Hazra, Tanmay Khirwadkar, Joana Matos Fonseca da Trindade, Shivaram Venkataraman
 
Current and alumni Siebel Scholars will convene October 1-3, 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to address the topic of Energy and Climate with renowned scientists, lawmakers, and experts, including Thomas Friedman, author and journalist for The New York Times; Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute; Doug Arent, Director of NREL; Jim Rogers, President and CEO of Duke Energy; Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at the Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President; and Richard Sandor, Chairman and CEO of the Chicago Climate Exchange.
 
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 support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. The Siebel Foundation funds projects to support the homeless and underprivileged, educational and research programs, methamphetamine abuse prevention, and alternative energy solutions. The Siebel Foundation engages in strategic philanthropy; as such, it does not entertain grant requests, but invests in projects it creates and operates. For more information please visit www.siebelfoundation.org.           
 
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Media Contact:
 
Jenny Hildebrand
Siebel Scholars Foundation
(650) 752-1023
jhildebrand@siebel.org
  

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