Siebel Scholars Foundation Announces Class of 2020

World’s Brightest Business, Computer Science, Bioengineering and Energy Science Students Join Distinguished Leaders, Growing Scholars Community to over 1,400

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--()--The Siebel Scholars Foundation today announced the recipients of the 2020 Siebel Scholars award. Now in its 19th year, the Siebel Scholars program annually recognizes nearly 100 exceptional students from the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, energy science and bioengineering.

The 93 distinguished students of the Class of 2020 join past Siebel Scholars classes to form an unmatched professional and personal network of more than 1,400 scholars, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Through the program, this formidable group brings together diverse perspectives from business, science, and engineering to influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future.

“Every year, the Siebel Scholars continue to impress me with their commitment to academics and influencing future society. This year’s class is exceptional, and once again represents the best and brightest minds from around the globe who are advancing innovations in healthcare, artificial intelligence, the environment and more,” said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. “It is my distinct pleasure to welcome these students into this ever-growing, lifelong community, and I personally look forward to seeing their impact and contributions unfold.”

Founded in 2000 by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Siebel Scholars program awards grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy and Japan. Following a competitive review process by the deans of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership, the top graduate students from 27 partner programs are selected each year as Siebel Scholars and receive a $35,000 award for their final year of studies. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top five percent of their class, many within the top one percent.

This year’s honorees are:

Graduate Schools of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science:
Kenneth Holstein, Michael Madaio, Amadou Ngom, Eric Wong, Junpei Zhou

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:
Marcus Comiter, Sebastian Gehrmann, Meena Jagadeesan, Yulian Li, Alexander Wei

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Katharine Bacher, Enric Boix, M. Doga Dogan, Kyungmi Lee, Clinton Wang

Princeton University, School of Engineering and Applied Science:
Noah Apthorpe, Sumegha Garg, Mengying Pan, Zoe Paraskevopoulou, Raghuvansh Saxena

Stanford University, School of Engineering:
Benjamin Anderson, Benjamin Hannel, Caroline Ho, Jihyeon Lee, Luca Schroeder

Tsinghua University, School of Information Science and Technology:
Mengyang Liu, Hongyu Lu, Jianxin Ma, Junye Yang, Xiayuan Yi

University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Alvin Kao, Titan Yuan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering:
Nuraini Aguse, Qingron Chen, Aniket Murhekar, Jonathan Osei-Owusu, Joon Sung Park

University of Chicago, School of Computer Science:
Mingzhe Hao, Camilo Arias Martelo, Jonathan Tan, Kevin Yao, Yuliana Zamora

Graduate Schools of Energy Science

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science:
Elizabeth Reed

École Polytechnique, Graduate School:
Maxime Grangereau

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Graham Leverick

Politecnico di Torino, Doctoral School:
Marco Savino Piscitelli

Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences:
Timothy Anderson

Tsinghua University, Department of Electrical Engineering:
Pengfei Meng

University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Engineering:
Thomas Foulkes

The University of Tokyo, School of Engineering:
Sangwon Kim

Graduate Schools of Bioengineering

Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering and School of Medicine:
Scott Albert, Morgan Elliott, Michael Ketcha, Christine O’Keefe, David Wilson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering:
Sarah Bening, Jared Kehe, Lauren Milling, Lauren Stopfer, Andrea Wallace

Stanford University, School of Engineering and School of Medicine:
Andres Aranda-Diaz, Kara Brower, Mialy DeFelice, Alexandro Trevino, Andrew Yang

University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering:
Roberto Falcon-Banchs, Christina Fuentes, Ari Joffe, Sally Winkler, Kayla Wolf

University of California, San Diego, Institute of Engineering in Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering:
Pranjali Beri, Xin Fang, Vishwajith Ramesh, Martin Spang, Yiqian Wu

Graduate Schools of Business

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management:
Alexandra Beizer, Allison Brouckman, Emma Kornetsky, Hans Nowak, Jonathan Tham

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management:
Abhishek Ravi, Ellie Ryan

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business:
Timothy Brown, Phillipe Rodriguez, Nathaniel Segal, Angela Sinisterra-Woods, Ilana Walder-Biesanz

University of Chicago Booth School of Business:
Shining Li, Benjamin Lin, Tobin Mills, Margaret Poisson, David Tracy

To date, the over 1,400 Siebel Scholars have driven innovations in over a dozen industries, launched more than 1,100 products, authored more than 370 patents, published nearly 40 books and more than 2,650 articles or book chapters, and managed more than $2.7 trillion in assets. As leaders of some of today’s most preeminent start-ups, nonprofits and research institutions, Siebel Scholars have served on more than 340 boards, established more than 50 philanthropic initiatives, and founded more than 150 companies – of which more than 56 have successfully gone public or were sold to enterprises including Google, Intuit, and Dropbox.

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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 1,400 leaders serves as advisors to the Siebel Foundation and works collaboratively to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

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 education, the homeless and underprivileged, public health, research and development around the world.


Jennifer Stern
Siebel Scholars Foundation