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Howard BornsteinHaroldo SilvaAmy ChenJason HongJason Ernst

Meet the Siebel Scholars

Howard BornsteinStanford, GSB, Class of 2009

Siebel Scholar Howard Bornstein’s Vision Care Startup is Setting a New Standard for Corporate Wellness

Launched in 2014 by Bornstein (Stanford GSB ’09), 2020 On-site Optometry works with companies and schools to deliver vision care on-site. They are currently operating in Boston and Atlanta, and will expand into Chicago in the fall of 2016. With 2020 On-site Optometry, a 34-foot truck brings a top quality mobile vision clinic directly to schools and offices.

READ AN INTERVIEW WITH BORNSTEIN

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Haroldo SilvaUC Berkeley, Bioengineering, Class of 2011

Siebel Scholar Haroldo Silva is Working Toward a Universal Cancer Therapy

Aging is a fact of life, and for many people, about 39,000 every day globally, a cancer diagnosis will come with advanced age. Unfortunately, that will also mean a death sentence for many patients as more than 22,000 people die of cancer daily around the globe.  But Siebel Scholar Haroldo Silva (UC Berkeley, BioE ‘11) is working to change that.

READ AN INTERVIEW WITH SILVA

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Amy ChenStanford University, Business, Class of 2007

Almost 20 million children across the United States rely on subsidized free or reduced-price lunch programs as one of their main sources of nutrition during the school year. But during the summer, many of these children do not have safe, reliable transportation options to the locations where free meals are offered.

Taking a cue from the neighborhood ice cream truck, Amy Chen and her team piloted a program through PepsiCo’s Food for Good initiative to bring healthy meals directly to children in need in South Dallas. The program, which is a partnership between PepsiCo, local community organizations, and the government, has since expanded to other locations in Dallas as well as Chicago and now serves over 300,000 meals each summer.

The 1.5-year-old Food for Good program is focused on using business to solve social problems, working with inner-city communities to address their specific challenges with impactful, sustainable solutions. For example, many of the areas served by Food for Good lack healthy food options, as grocery stores are not located nearby and local convenience stores do not offer affordable, nutritious food or fresh fruits and vegetables. Amy and her team are exploring and piloting a number of new initiatives to address this systemic challenge, including an urban teaching farm in partnership with a local college and community-run farm stands offering produce centrally within the community.

As Project Manager for Food for Good, Amy has her dream job blending her business and policy experience with her passion for social justice. She holds a J.D./MBA degree from Stanford University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Harvard University.

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Jason HongUC Berkeley, Computer Science, Class of 2004

When Associate Professor Jason Hong’s blackjack app on his smartphone asked him for his location, he wondered what his location had to do with a poker game and debated giving the app what it wanted. His curiosity led to an investigation to find out which other apps access personal user information. He took his experiment a step further by presenting his findings to users and gauging their reaction and level of awareness.

Jason’s research group at Carnegie Mellon University specializes in human computer interaction and has studied user privacy and security issues for a decade. Jason and his team discovered that the most unsuspecting apps, like Angry Birds or the Brightest Flashlight app, access sensitive data such as our contact lists, unique device id and location. When confronted with this data, most users were shocked and even disturbed to discover the personal information these apps access, causing many to delete the apps. In our technological age, the more a company knows about its users, the better it can advertise to their needs, sometimes at the cost of the user’s privacy. As Jason indicates, technology can only enhance our lives if we use it, not if we are suspicious and avoidant due to privacy concerns. Technology can only maintain the trust of the user by meeting privacy and security standards, which as of now are virtually nonexistent when it comes to smartphone apps.
 
Jason hopes that his research will spread user awareness, lead developers to create better interface for apps and inspire new privacy and security laws to protect smartphone users. Next up, Jason plans to study the human behavior trends of cities in real time to compile useful data for urban planners, politicians and sociologists, such as, what happens to neighboring businesses when a Target opens or how far will people travel to shop at the only organic grocery store in town?
 
Jason received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Jason is co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Kavli Fellow, and has participated on DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P). 
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Jason ErnstCarnegie Mellon University, Computer Science, Class of 2008

The human genome sequence contains over three billion letters.  Understanding what the vast majority of these letters encode for has long been a mystery.  Emerging technologies are now providing a variety of data on the human genome, but can produce tens of millions of data points—and that’s where computational biologists step in.

Jason Ernst uses computational methodologies to integrate different data sources to analyze the human genome with the ultimate goal of better understanding and treating disease.   He develops and applies computational methods to the data, which can then be used to provide insights into different cell phenotypes and disease-associated DNA variations.

Jason was originally trained as a computer scientist, but became motivated by questions in biology, while a Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon University studying machine learning.  

The technology and data resulting from the Human Genome Project prompted Jason to recognize that this was a situation in which he could apply machine learning.  He enjoys the computational challenges and opportunity to collaborate with experimental biologists, and hopes genomic work will eventually have a greater effect on personalized medicine and human health. 

Jason was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT during which time he was affiliated with the Broad Institute—a genomic medicine research center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He holds his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, Ultimate Frisbee, and soccer.

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Find a Siebel Scholar

With more than 90 new Siebel Scholars each year, our community is growing fast. To learn about a Siebel Scholar, click any name below or search by name.

Name Yearsort icon School Study Location
Akash Bharadwaj 2017 Carnegie Mellon University CS Computer Science India
Kristen Gardner 2017 Carnegie Mellon University CS Computer Science Pittsburgh, PA
Timothy Lee 2017 Carnegie Mellon University CS Computer Science Pittsburgh, PA
Anqi Li 2017 Carnegie Mellon University CS Computer Science China
Jennifer Olsen 2017 Carnegie Mellon University CS Computer Science Pittsburgh, PA
Jingkun Gao 2017 Carnegie Mellon University Energy Energy Science Pittsburgh, PA
Sruti Balakrishnan 2017 Chicago Booth School Business Chicago, IL
Christopher Cruickshank 2017 Chicago Booth School Business Canada
Max Gelb 2017 Chicago Booth School Business New York, NY
Jonathan Pack 2017 Chicago Booth School Business Scottsdale, AZ
Craig Poeppelman 2017 Chicago Booth School Business Chicago, IL
Paul Narchi 2017 Ecole Polytechnique Energy Energy Science France
Ofra Amir 2017 Harvard University CS Computer Science Israel
Gaurav Bharaj 2017 Harvard University CS Computer Science India
Pao Siangliulue 2017 Harvard University CS Computer Science Thailand
Lillian Tsai 2017 Harvard University CS Computer Science Palo Alto, CA
Ming Yin 2017 Harvard University CS Computer Science China
Adriana Blazeski 2017 Johns Hopkins Bioengineering Bioengineering Baltimore, MD
Lindsay Clegg 2017 Johns Hopkins Bioengineering Bioengineering Parkville, MD
Berk Gonenc 2017 Johns Hopkins Bioengineering Bioengineering Baltimore, MD
Shiva Razavi 2017 Johns Hopkins Bioengineering Bioengineering Baltimore, MD
Quinton Smith 2017 Johns Hopkins Bioengineering Bioengineering Baltimore, MD
Brittany Goods 2017 MIT Bioengineering Bioengineering Woburn, MA
Chen Gu 2017 MIT Bioengineering Bioengineering Cambridge, MA
Ryan Kelly 2017 MIT Bioengineering Bioengineering Somerville, MA
Kelly Moynihan 2017 MIT Bioengineering Bioengineering Allston, MA
Novalia Pishesha 2017 MIT Bioengineering Bioengineering Indonesia
Brian Axelrod 2017 MIT CS Computer Science San Jose, CA
Karan Kashyap 2017 MIT CS Computer Science Frisco, TX
Chengtao Li 2017 MIT CS Computer Science Cambridge, MA
Ruizhi Liao 2017 MIT CS Computer Science Cambridge, MA
Srinivasan Raghuraman 2017 MIT CS Computer Science India
Hung Nguyen 2017 MIT Energy Energy Science Cambridge, MA
Alex Burns 2017 MIT Sloan Business Lincoln, MA
Sebastian Cubela 2017 MIT Sloan Business Argentina
Brendan McCook 2017 MIT Sloan Business Boston, MA
Sarah Vick 2017 MIT Sloan Business Somerville, MA
Weiyuan (Wendy) Yuwen 2017 MIT Sloan Business Cambridge, MA
Jonathan Goldstein 2017 Northwestern Kellogg Business Evanston, IL
Bo Gustafsson 2017 Northwestern Kellogg Business Evanston, IL
Jackie Laine 2017 Northwestern Kellogg Business Evanston, IL
Iris Tian 2017 Northwestern Kellogg Business Evanston, IL
Austin Vanaria 2017 Northwestern Kellogg Business Evanston, IL
Maria Ferrara 2017 Politecnico di Torino Energy Energy Science Italy
Kevin Boutarel 2017 Princeton University CS Computer Science Fairfax, VA
Ohad Fried 2017 Princeton University CS Computer Science Princeton, NJ
Tengyu Ma 2017 Princeton University CS Computer Science Princeton, NJ
Rafael Mendes de Oliveira 2017 Princeton University CS Computer Science Brazil
Shuran Song 2017 Princeton University CS Computer Science China
Janam Jhaveri 2017 Princeton University Energy Energy Science Belgium