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Singularity University

July 29, 2009 08:00 ET

Singularity University Names Graduate Summer Program Students

MOFFETT FIELD, CA--(Marketwire - July 29, 2009) -


Highlights

-- Singularity University (SU) is announcing the 40 students participating in the inaugural Graduate Summer Program (GSP)

-- Students will use multiple social media channels to share insights and experiences throughout the GSP

-- Home towns, background, and education for each student are included in individual SU profile URLs

-- Twenty-five students received full or partial scholarships from Singularity University, and Singularity University Corporate Founding Sponsors, Google and ePlanet Ventures

-- GSP kicked off at NASA Ames, Moffett Field on June 29, 2009 and concludes August 28, 2009

Summary

Singularity University -- the new academic institution with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders to address "humanity's grand challenges" -- today named the 40 students participating in the inaugural Graduate Summer Program (GSP). Hailing from 13 countries, and from a cross-range of academic and business backgrounds, the students of Singularity University truly represent the next generation of leaders and innovators to address the major issues facing our world. And, throughout the summer program, students will share insights and daily experiences using social media channels, such as WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Picasa.

The summer class is composed of 26 men and 14 women, ranging in age from 22 to 47 years old. The 13 nations represented are: USA, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, India, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Russia.

Singularity University is modeled after the successful International Space University, founded at MIT in 1987, which has become one of the leading interdisciplinary, international and intercultural institutions for the study of space. The GSP is a nine-week graduate-level interdisciplinary curriculum designed to facilitate understanding, collaboration, and innovation across a broad range of carefully chosen scientific and technological disciplines whose developments are exponentially accelerating. SU summer program classes began June 29, 2009, based at NASA Ames Research Park on Moffett Field.

"For more than a month, we've been working and participating in classes, lectures and events with the Graduate Summer Program students," said Salim Ismail, Executive Director at Singularity University. "Their focus, entrepreneurship and experience led us to select them for the program. But, their dynamic thinking, innovative concepts, and drive to fundamentally change how we think and do things today is making even our world-class faculty and advisors take notice. Great things will come from these students -- they are an impressive group."

The Graduate Summer Program students include:

-- Alexander Bobrovnikov - Hometown: Moscow, Russian Federation

      -  Track: Future Studies & Forecasting
      -  Education: High School of Economics

-- Bentley Turner - Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

      -  Track: Finance & Entrepreneurship
      -  Education: Birmingham Southern College

-- Bj Price - Hometown: Orlando, Florida, USA

      -  Track: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
      -  Education: University of Carolina at Chapel Hill;
         University of Central Florida

-- Christian Tom - Hometown: New York, NY, USA

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: Stanford University

-- Collin Bockman - Hometown: Okoboji, Iowa, USA

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: University of Iowa College of Law

-- Devin Fidler - Hometown: Boulder, Colorado, USA

      -  Track: Future Studies & Forecasting
      -  Education: University of Colorado, Corvinus University

-- Gloria Vargas - Hometown: London, United Kingdom

      -  Track: Finance & Entrepreneurship
      -  Education: George Mason University; Thunderbird School
         of Global Management

-- Gregory Wientjes - Hometown: Stanford, California, USA

      -  Track: Networks & Computing Systems
      -  Education: Stanford University

-- Holley Abrams - Hometown: Boise, Idaho, USA

      -  Track: Medicine, Neuroscience & Human Enhancement
      -  Education: Oregon State University; Charles University
         First Faculty of Medicine

-- Jessica Scorpio - Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: Carleton University

-- Jovan Rebolledo - Hometown: Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico

      -  Track: Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
      -  Education: Kanazawa University

-- Justyna Zander - Hometown: Poland

      -  Track: Networks & Computing Systems
      -  Education: Gdansk University of Technology;
         Technical University Berlin

-- Lale Basarir - Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

      -  Track: Future Studies & Forecasting
      -  Education: Istanbul Technical University, CCAC
         (California College of Arts & Crafts), Gazi University

-- Laurence Hayes - Hometown: London, United Kingdom

      -  Track: Medicine, Neuroscience & Human Enhancement
      -  Education: Imperial College London & University of
         Exeter School of Law

-- Luke Hutchison - Hometown: Torbay, Auckland, New Zealand

      -  Track: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
      -  Education: MIT

-- Margo Liptsin - Hometown: Mountain View, California, USA

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: Stanford University

-- Marianne Ryan - Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: University of Michigan; Yale Law School;
         Trinity College

-- Neil Thompson - Hometown: Toronto, Canada

      -  Track: Finance & Entrepreneurship
      -  Education: UC Berkeley; London School of Economics;
         Queen's University

-- Nitesh Banta - Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      -  Track: Finance & Entrepreneurship
      -  Education: Harvard University

-- Nuno Martins - Hometown: Vieira do Minho, Vieira do Minho, Portugal

      -  Track: Nanotechnology
      -  Education: University of Minho

-- Pankaj Maheshwari - Hometown: Gwalior, India; Houston, Texas, USA

      -  Track: Finance & Entrepreneurship
      -  Education: NITIE, Mumbai

-- Paul Lem - Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      -  Track: Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
      -  Education: University of Toronto

-- Rex Lee - Hometown: South Korea

      -  Track: Nanotechnology
      -  Education: University of Waterloo

-- Rod Furlan - Hometown: Delta, British Columbia, Canada

      -  Track: Networks & Computing Systems

-- Ross Shott - Hometown: Houston, Texas, USA

      -  Track: Future Studies & Forecasting
      -  Education: Thomas Edison State College, University of Houston

-- Sam Zaid - Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      -  Track: Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
      -  Education: Queen's University

-- Santiago Hernandez - Hometown: San Diego, California, United States

      -  Track: Medicine, Neuroscience & Human Enhancement
      -  Education: Stanford University; Case Western Reserve School
         of Medicine

-- Sarah Sclarsic - Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: Harvard University; University of Michigan
         Medical School

-- Shai Machnes - Hometown: Tel-Aviv, Israel

      -  Track: Space & Physical Sciences
      -  Education: Tel-Aviv University

-- Shawna Pandya - Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

      -  Track: Medicine, Neuroscience & Human Enhancement
      -  Education: University of Alberta, International Space University

-- Simon Daniel - Hometown: London, United Kingdom

      -  Track: Energy & Ecological Systems
      -  Education: Cambridge University

-- Sofya Yampolsky - Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      -  Track: Future Studies & Forecasting
      -  Education: Mass. College of Art & Design,
         The New School for Social Research

-- Tasha McCauley - Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

      -  Track: Energy & Ecological Systems
      -  Education: Bard College; Vanderbilt University

-- Tim Coleman - Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

      -  Track: Space & Physical Sciences
      -  Education: Barry University; University of Pittsburgh

-- Vijai Anma - Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA

      -  Track: Computer Science & Engineering
      -  Education: University of Madras

-- Yitzhack Schwartz - Hometown: Haifia, Israel

      -  Track: Medicine, Neuroscience & Human Enhancement
      -  Education: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

-- Yonatan Adiri - Hometown: Herzlia, Israel

      -  Track: Policy, Law & Ethics
      -  Education: Open University

-- Zubin Wadia - Hometown: Mumbai, India / White Plains, New York

      -  Track: Networks & Computing Systems
      -  Education: Pace University

About Singularity University

Singularity University (SU) is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity's grand challenges. With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, SU hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the planet's most pressing challenges. SU is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. For more information, go to www.singularityu.org.

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