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Andy Martens, Princeton University
Christine Sun, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Robert Shilton, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
Ian Wong, Princeton University
Kevin Mo, Stanford University
Jordan Monge, Harvard University
Jeewon Kim, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), NYU
Michael Britt, Amherst College, Stanford University (Education)
Amit Arora, USC, Stanford University (Business)
Allison Truong, UCLA, Stanford University (Medicine)
Rick Cory, USC, MIT (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Walt Disney Imagineering
Speakers list may be subject to change.
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Andy is currently concentrating in Politics at Princeton University, with additional certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language. He holds leadership positions in the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the Daily Princetonian, and the WPRB radio station and is a member of the Ivy Club, one of the University’s ten “eating clubs.” His professional experience since matriculating at Princeton has included work in politics, broadcasting, and finance. As a junior, Andy’s independent academic work is focusing on coverage differences between Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English branches in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Quick look into his high school life: Andy was involved in ASB, IMPACT Mentoring Program, Junior Classical League, Swimming, and Water Polo!
Christine Sun is a junior at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). As a graphic design student, she works with RISD as a teacher’s assistant to Professor Franz Werner for his sophomore Graphic Design class, Form & Communication. She attended Orange County High School of Arts (OCHSA), Santa Ana, for 7th & 8th grade and graduated from University High School, Irvine, class of 2009. She participated in journalism, pep squad, Key Club, and student council throughout high school.
Robert Shilton is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Opportunity and Inequality. He participated in the Spanish Immersion program from K through 8 and is fluent in the language. For almost all of Robert’s life he has been more comfortable in the water than on land. Since the age of seven, he has been a competitive swimmer and is currently the captain of the Varsity swim team at Penn. Robert earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in high school and founded the Fit Club to teach students about fitness and to share work out tips. Robert is very interested in community service and worked as a Best Buddy, a program for mentoring mentally handicapped students, as well a Big Brother for Big Brother Big Sister of America. Robert serves as the community service representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Penn and is responsible for organizing various community service activities for the over 800 student athletes at Penn. Following graduation will be working for the Growth Equity Group at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in Los Angeles. Lastly, Robert believes when choosing a college do not be solely focused on your major and how it will help your life. “Enjoy college and study what interests you. It will lead to happiness and good grades and in the end you will be surprised where your life takes you.”
While pursuing an independent concentration in linguistics, Ian is also interested in physics, applied math, and Russian and Japanese language study. He has conducted theoretical research in the field of quantum control for more than a year and is an author of a recently published paper in Physical Review A. In addition to academics, Ian is involved in many music-related extracurricular activities on campus. He is a four-year member of the Princeton University Orchestra, playing both violin and viola. In addition, he is a co-officer of the recently formed Princeton University Chamber Ensemble, a medium-sized, student-run, conductor-less group which strives to perform repertoire that would otherwise not be played by the larger university orchestras or smaller chamber music ensembles. On his spare time, he likes to play in small chamber ensembles and perform at informal recitals around campus. Quick look into his high school life: Ian was involved in Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestra when he was in high school!
Kevin Mo is a Biology major at Stanford University from Irvine, CA. He is a pre-medical student, Captain of the Stanford fencing team, as well as Vice-President of Lambda Phi Epsilon. Kevin aspires not only to be a vascular surgeon one day, but also develop himself into a great friend, wise mentor, and passionate leader.
Jordan Monge is a senior studying philosophy and religion at Harvard University. She served as Editor-in-Chief of The Harvard Ichthus, leading it to secure awards for its blog and layout. As maintenance director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, the only student-run homeless shelter in the country, she directs a weekly shift in addition to keeping the shelter clean and its equipment fully operational. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and has led a spring break trip to build houses for those in need. She has also served as the secretary for the Harvard Republican Club. Jordan is currently working at the Veritas Forum, an organization that helps student groups on college campuses around the world organize forum events that explore the big questions in life. After graduation, she hopes to work in the non-profit sector for a while before attending graduate school in philosophy.
Jee Won Kim is a multi-media artist, a film-maker, and a musician. She went to Rhode Island School of Design for undergraduate study focusing on textile design and fine art. After two-years of soul searching, she decided to pursue her interest in digital media art and interactive design at New York University Tisch School of Art’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She strongly believes in the power of collaboration in today’s art world which is extremely interdisciplinary.
Michael is a mathematics graduate student at Stanford School of Education. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, his present studies focus on understanding how the language of mathematics is instructed and learned in urban school environments. Michael was a recent graduate of Amherst College in theoretical mathematics. His passion for education developed through his work with Boston Public Schools and Museum of Afro-American History. As an Institute for Responsible Citizenship Fellow, he has served as an educational researcher for the Office of Senator John Kerry and Senator Edward Kennedy’s Education Policy Office. His writings focus on how struggles of urban schoolchildren are rooted in several interconnected factors, particularly child poverty. At Amherst, Michael was a co-founder of Homeless Connect, a Five College network of initiatives that address issues of local poverty, and additionally worked to establish the Town of Amherst Emergency Homeless Shelter.
Amit is currently pursuing his MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to starting his MBA at Stanford, Amit managed the business development department at National Veterinary Associates (NVA). NVA owns over 160 veterinary hospitals and is a portfolio company of Summit Partners, an $11 billion private equity partnership. Prior to NVA, Amit worked for Summit, where he focused on the healthcare industry and sourced the firm’s investment in NVA. Previously, Amit worked in the healthcare group at Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division. Amit joined Lehman after completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, where he designed his own major (combination of business, international relations, philosophy, and psychology).
Allison Kim Truong is a 22-year-old, first year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine. She recently graduated cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles with Departmental Honors and College Honors, where she majored in Physiological Science with a minor in Asian Languages in June 2011. Allison was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at the age of 5. In college, she performed clinical and translational research in immunology and cancer biology at UCLA and Harvard Medical School, respectively. She received a Dean’s Prize Award in honor of her research efforts. She also helped provide free health care through biweekly healthcare screenings at malls and tri-annual health fairs to local communities in Southern California through Vietnamese Community Health at UCLA. International medical philanthropic work has also been one of her passions, and she has worked through Global Medical Brigades on medical missions to rural villages in Honduras to provide free medical and dental care and while she was there, also helped build homes equipped with cement floors, latrines, and water pilas for some families to promote water sanitation and cleanliness as a preventable health measure. She recently traveled back to her homeland and volunteered in a monthlong medical missions trip to provide free health care to rural villages throughout the Southern region of Vietnam. Now in medical school, she still finds ways to give back to the community by volunteering at a student-run free clinic, Pacific Free Clinic, to provide free doctor consultations to members of the community with no health insurance and no other access to health care. She also volunteers with the Stanford Flu Crew to give free flu vaccine injections to the Stanford community and to local farmers throughout the Bay area. Further, she co-directs the Stanford and Santa Clara Medical Association Transformative Experience in Medicine where she mentors disadvantaged high school students in the Bay Area to become passionate about the field of science in general, and medicine in particular by exposing them to brain, eye, and heart dissections, talks by renowned physicians from different medical specialties, visits to the human cadaver labs, and tours of the Stanford undergraduate and graduate campuses. She is currently the President-Elect of Stanford’s American Medical Association and the Executive Intern of the Asian Pacific American Association. She is a former Gates Millenium Scholar, UCLA Regents Scholar, Horatio Algers National Scholar, Elks National Scholar, and National Institute of Health – Care Scholars. One of her future goals is to practice medicine in disadvantaged communities in the United States and third-world countries around the globe. Outside of school, Allison likes spending time with friends and family, singing, running and working out, shopping online, watching a musical or movie, going to Disneyland “the happiest place on earth,” and enjoying all of nature’s wonders.
Postdoctoral Researcher at Walt Disney Imagineering, Research and Development (Robotics), Research Scientist, Automation and Robotics Division at NASA Johnson Space Center, Research Engineer, Department of Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience at Advanced Telecommunications Research International (ATR). 2010 Boeing Engineering Student of the Year, award presented by Boeing U.K. President at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England. CSAIL Student Workshop Award for Best Oral Presentation (2009). MIT Masterworks Award for best Master’s Thesis oral presentation (2008). Best Computer Science Master’s Thesis (2008). MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship (2005). USC Presidential Scholarship (2001). Jet Propulsion Laboratory Undergraduate Scholar Award (2001). Developed new MIT undergraduate “Humanoid Robotics Competition” Course. Helped in developing new MIT graduate course in “Underactuated Robotics”. Was in charge of robotics exhibits and activities at MIT Museum for Cambridge Science Festival 2010.