Descriptions below are as of the date of the Fellowship award.
June 2018 Slavin Fellows
Brian Heligman is a materials science PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin whose alloy anode research could lead to dramatic improvements in the energy density and cost of batteries. A student of technology, history, and politics, Mr. Heligman takes a multidisciplinary approach to projects spanning science, media, and blockchain. A long-time focus of his has been bringing new energy and biosensor technologies to low-resource areas across the world. In college, he launched How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar series teaching device manufacturing skills.
Jessica Pointing is a computer science PhD student at Stanford University, where she is working on practical applications of quantum computing in fields such as machine learning, medicine, and energy systems. She is the creator of Optimize Guide, a blog about life optimization that has been read by more than 170,000 people, and founded the Now Know Organization, which uses research-backed strategies to attract students to technical fields. Her many accolades include awards from Adobe, Google, McKinsey, Microsoft, MIT, Morgan Stanley, and Palantir.
Sam Rukeyser is a junior studying government at Harvard University. With David Lu (described below), he is co-founder of Airr, where he is working to build a better way to discuss and share audio. Mr. Rukeyser is also a co-creator of a speaker series at Harvard featuring distinguished guests with diverse viewpoints from across the political spectrum. Before Airr, Mr. Rukeyser co-led key projects as an intern at FareHarbor (acquired by Booking.com), and in high school started founded and ran a successful e-commerce company.
February 2018 Slavin Fellows
Johannes Behringer is a senior majoring in ethics, politics, and economics at Yale. A native of Munich, Germany, Mr. Behringer is developing a program that tailors educational materials to the learning styles of individual students. Mr. Behringer has won numerous awards for his scholarship, leadership, and service, including early election to Phi Beta Kappa, a Steven Clark Grant, first prize in the Yale Leadathon Leadership Competition, and a Yale Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy Fellowship.
Jonas Detlefsen is a junior at NORDAKADEMIE Hochschule der Wirtschaft majoring in business management and industrial engineering. Mr. Detlefsen is co-founder and CEO of SWEDISH FALL, a company based in Hamburg, Germany that designs and develops performance sportswear for women, and that emerged from Harvard's Venture Incubation Program. He is the recipient of a German Business Foundation (SDW) scholarship. During his sophomore and junior years, he studied entrepreneurship at Harvard, MIT, and King's College London.
Bryan Herbert is a senior majoring in electrical engineering at Yale University whose academic research focuses on VLSI Processor Design for blockchain-related applications. He has studied investment strategies and entrepreneurial ecosystems for high-tech industries and is currently developing new models to commercialize and spin out university research. Mr. Herbert served as president of the Yale Men's Rugby Team, worked as a Venture Creation Liaison at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (now Tsai CITY), and welcomes visitors to campus as a tour guide.
November 2017 Slavin Fellows
Chase Davis is a senior majoring in computer science at Harvard University. He is the co-founder of Wolfepack, whose product the Wolfe is a peripheral device that speeds up a computer, providing up to 10x the graphical computing power of the typical consumer laptop. The Wolfe was the first product to enable the Oculus Rift on Macbooks, and its 2016 crowdfunding campaign yielded more than $320,000 in backer pledges, representing over 600% of the funding goal. At Harvard, Mr. Davis is also a Resident in Harvard Innovation Labs’ Venture Incubation Program and a Teaching Fellow for Engineering Sciences 95r: Startup Research and Development.
Kyle Gion is a graduate student in chemical engineering at Brown University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. He is developing new applications of near-field communications (NFC) tags and other communication systems in healthcare and medicine. Mr. Gion’s industry and academic work includes material discovery at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, studying the stability of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and applications of 2D nanomaterials. He holds two men’s national records in freediving and competed in the 2014 AIDA freediving world championships as the team captain of men’s U.S. national freediving team.
Emilia (Emi) Gonzalez is a senior studying molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, where she is designing improved ways to deliver medical services to remote populations in the world. Ms. Gonzalez has founded and led several healthcare projects, including the Indlela Education Program, a 501(c)(3) organization serving low-income students in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa through education about TB, HIV, and career options; and Checkmate, an app improving diabetic management in partnership with endocrinologists at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Gonzalez has also conducted award-winning medical research at Stanford Medical School and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
David Lu is a sophomore studying computer science at Harvard University. He is co-developing Airr, a community focused podcast player. As an intern at FareHarbor, the leading reservation platform for tours and activities, Mr. Lu co-led projects relating to affiliates and client onboarding. Mr. Lu’s previous projects include a two-factor authentication extension that won the Best Use of Amazon Web Services MLH Prize at HackHarvard 2016.
Michael Scherr is a sophomore studying history at Harvard University. He is co-founder and CEO of SafeSide Surgical, whose patient and procedure identification software helps medical professionals and hospitals cut costs, increase efficiency, and improve patient safety. Passionate about both healthcare and public service, Mr. Scherr serves as his class representative on the Harvard Undergraduate Council, and at Horace Mann was student body president and the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, speaking, social action, and civil engagement.
June 2017 Slavin Fellows
Max Song is a graduate student in management, global affairs, and public policy at Tsinghua University, where he is an inaugural Schwarzman Scholar studying the future of US-China green energy investments. Mr. Song is co-author of The Data Science Handbook, and previously worked as a data scientist in Silicon Valley. He is also co-founder of a summer camp in Shenzhen (China's SV) to develop young entrepreneurial talent, and has been a teaching fellow at Singularity University; managing director of Brown Venture Labs; co-founder of the winning project for White House Education Datapalooza; and co-founder of a machine learning company spun out of Brown, where he graduated with a degree in applied mathematics and biology.
February 2017 Slavin Fellows
Matthew DiMarcantonio is a junior studying computer science at Brown University. He is the founder of Nomnomz, a Y Combinator grant recipient whose suite of products includes a platform modernizing quick-service restaurant point-of-sale systems through automation. In addition to being a self-taught software engineer, Mr. DiMarcantonio has a background in applied science and aerospace that includes research aboard NASA’s zero-gravity airplane and work on advanced infrasonic and EM sensor development at NASA. He is an advisor to the Arch Mission Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to spread knowledge across the solar system, and a NASA Scholarship recipient.
Aaron Mayer is a junior majoring in philosophy at Brown University. He is the founder of Win Win, a startup seeking to gamify philanthropy using augmented reality (AR). Mr. Mayer’s recent projects explore the possibilities for entrepreneurship at the intersections of storytelling, ethics, and social good. His approach has been informed by his diverse experiences as a writer, performer, community leader, and global traveler exploring peacemaking and citizenship. He has starred in Off-Broadway theater productions and has performed with his band in concert venues and stadiums around the world, and he was featured on HBO’s The Music in Me, profiling gifted young musicians.
October 2016 Slavin Fellows
Febin Bellamy is a senior in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is the founder of Unsung Heroes, which shares the unique personal stories of behind-the-scenes workers in universities and establishes projects to help them achieve their dreams through fundraising and acts of kindness. Mr. Bellamy has been featured in NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Washington Post, CNN Headline News, NBC Washington, WGNTV News, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, Jetzt (Germany), and numerous other media outlets.
Ryan Metzger is a junior at the College of William and Mary. He is the founder of the Spring Fund, a venture community and fund connecting the most talented student founders at universities in middle-market cities and other emerging technology hubs with larger startup ecosystems. Mr. Metzger is also co-founder of TribeVentures, which provides resources to the William and Mary startup community; a Google BOLD Immersion alum; and co-founder and CEO of CoffeeCram, a startup whose app connects college students studying in real time.
June 2016 Slavin Fellows
Alex Patin is a rising junior majoring in computer science at Penn State. He is co-founder and CEO of Musical Minds, which is developing a mobile app and headphones with brainwave sensors to create playlists that improve focus, motivation, mood, and health. The technology has applications both to the broader public and for specific medical conditions, for which testing is currently underway. Mr. Patin is a 2016 recipient of a Penn State Erickson Discovery Grant, supporting original research and creative work.
February 2016 Slavin Fellows
Andrés Ornelas Vargas is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering at Yale. He is leading a team that has developed a new medical device that increases the safety and efficiency of central venous catheter placement, which could impact the health outcomes of millions of patients yearly. An estimated 18% of hospitalized patients require this procedure. Mechanical and infectious complications have been reported in up to 19% of central venous catheter placements, a figure that could be significantly reduced with Mr. Ornelas Vargas's device.
October 2015 Slavin Fellows
In October 2015, the Slavin Family Foundation announced the award of its first Slavin Fellowships to Colin Bailie of Stanford University and Zhi Wei Eugene Lim of Yale University.
Colin Bailie is a materials science PhD student at Stanford whose award-winning research in the field of perovskite tandem solar cells includes developing a solution to stability problems that have been a major obstacle to commercialization. The field of perovskite tandem photovoltaics has been recognized among solar experts as a promising path beyond efficiency limits of silicon and towards reaching long-term price targets for solar energy. Mr. Bailie’s work has been discussed in publications such as Scientific American and The Economist, and he was recognized as a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy. He is starting a company to commercialize the technology.
Zhi Wei Eugene Lim is a sophomore majoring in global affairs at Yale and co-founder of Southeast Asian Movement (SEAM), a new organization designed to empower youth in Southeast Asia by providing access and connections to political and institutional power through interactive online tools, interviews and other original content, and annual conferences in the US and Southeast Asia. Mr. Lim and his co-founder are recipients of President's Scholarships from their home country of Singapore, and SEAM was recently awarded a Seeds for the Future grant from the US State Department.
Slavin Fellows receive support and mentorship from the Foundation's team and its broader network of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and other leaders, in addition to a scholarship and other perks.
The Foundation invites new Fellows into the program following application deadlines that occur every four months.
A fuller description of the Fellowship program can be found here.
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