This article originally appeared in the winter 2014 Harker Quarterly.
In July, Akhsar Kharebov‘s startup, Infometers, was acquired by Validic of Durham, N.C. Validic is the health care industry’s leading technology platform for easy data access to a world of mobile health and in-home devices, wearables and patient health care applications. Located in Mountain View, Infometers has become Validic’s West Coast office. The Infometers team will continue to work on the companies’ joint vision of connecting monitoring device data to the health care system.
Across the Atlantic, Tiffany Duong ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, as part of her “#30×30” – the 30 things she did to celebrate turning 30! She describes the experience as scary and intense, but awesome.
In September, Sean Haq visited Seoul, Korea, to attend Jerry Chi‘s wedding. For significant events like weddings, traveling in style is a must! Photos of the friends enjoying the occasion are included in the Celebrations section.
Isabella Liu is a second-year MBA student at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Prior to Tuck, she lived for six years in the heart of New York City, where she got a master’s in Chinese history and later worked in finance. Naturally, moving to the woods of New Hampshire for school was a huge culture and lifestyle shift. This past summer, Isabella was able to return home when she interned with the business planning and innovation team at Intel. Now back at Dartmouth to finish her MBA, she has finally come to love the beauty and serenity of the Upper Valley. At Tuck, Isabella has been focused on entrepreneurship, technology, strategy and leadership. While there is a lot to enjoy about business school, her favorite part is playing bass in the Tuck (pop rock) band. After school, Isabella plans to move back to the Bay Area to work on her ecommerce search engine startup.
Peter Noonan has a new baby girl! Please see the Cel- ebrations section for details.
Mickey Selbo-Bruns married Caitlin Burgess in Vermont this past July. Please see the Celebrations section for details!
Kim Wong was thrilled to appear in the short movie “Text Amy,” which screened at the Miami Short Film Festival Dec. 5-12 (check out the trailer: http://www.textamyshortfilm.com/). Kim is a musical theater certificate graduate of the Harker Conservatory and actor/ director living in New York. She previously appeared on the TV show Blue Bloods (http://www.cbs.com/shows/blue_bloods/) on CBS, as a schoolgirl, about two-thirds of the way through the show. “This past summer I worked at Triad Stage in Greensboro, N.C., playing Helena in ‘All’s Well That Ends Well.’ I also appeared in the re-enactments on the Animal Planet show ‘Monsters Inside Me.’ (Beware, this show is a bit graphic! It’s all about parasites.) I’m filming a lead in a new Web series called ‘Working Title’ that will be produced next year,” reported Kim.
Sara Laymoun had a baby girl. Please see the Celebrations section for details!
Shaun Mohan passed on the good news that he matched for a surgery residency at Stanford. “It is the postgraduate training which follows medical school. The process is a bit different than college/med school applications in that you and the program each create a rank list, and on Match Day you find out the results of where you will be continuing your training. Residency training differs in length for different specialties, but allows for obtaining your medical license after your first year, and becoming a board- certified physician at the end of your last year of training,” Shaun explained.
After three years living in Kazakhstan, Lauren Gutstein has returned to the East Coast to work at the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware. She describes the school as “Harker-like with a Quaker flair.”
In September, Neil Chao and Heidi Wang ’08 celebrated their marriage at the Los Altos History Museum. Several Hark- er alums joined in the festivities. Please see the Celebrations section for more details!
A group of ’06 grads had a fun mini reunion in Boston, when Meghana Dhar moved over the summer to start school. “I moved to Boston in August and found that a lot of Harker alumni were in the area, so I coordinated a couple get-to-gethers,” she recalled. Shown in this picture with her are pals Kat Hudkins, Hann Yew, Amira Valliani, Avanti Deshpande, Ira Patnaik, Amulya Mandava and Yi Sun.
The Harker Class of 2009 held its five-year reunion at the Sonoma Chicken Coop in San Pedro Square on Nov. 29. A good time was had by all!
Ziad Jawadi reports that he is now a senior at Georgetown University studying Middle Eastern studies. “My professional interests lie in financial services and public policy. This summer, as a strategy consulting intern at Deloitte in Abu Dhabi, I advised clients on strategies to achieve institutional objectives through quantitative and qualitative analysis. In the past, I worked with the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-UAE Business Council, as a research assistant to a leading professor at Georgetown and the Republican Governors Association. My internships developed my analytical skills and quantitative reasoning while creatively problem-solving with teams,” he said. Ziad further shared that he has a passion for business and trade relations between America and the Middle East with skills blending the two fields. “I am of Arab heritage and have an solid background in the Middle East. As an Arab-American, I feel a sense of moral duty to return to the Arab world post-graduation and help develop it,” he added.
Nicole Dalal and Govi Dasu ’12 both happened to be in Delhi working on research projects and decided to have an impromptu meet-up. They enjoyed lunch at Khan Market and then took the metro over to the famous Jama Masjid, where this picture was taken.
In mid-September, Maverick McNealy, who is on the Stanford University golf team, won his second golf tournament of the season at The Illini Invitational, held at the famed Olympia Fields in Chicago, site of several major championships. The final results show Maverick picking up his second win in as many outings by claiming top honors at the invitational. Maverick, who collected the first win of his collegiate career at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, fired three consecutive rounds of 71 to finish 3-over-par 70 at Olympia Fields Country Club. To read more about it: http://smgstories.blogspot.com/2014/09/cardinal-play-at-famed-olympia-fields.html.
Michelle Douglas, Tara Rezvani, Neel Bhoopalam and Patricia Huang had a blast hanging out together in Lake Tahoe this past summer. Here they are shown getting ready to enjoy a fun afternoon of water sports.
Katie Gu is a freshman at Stanford University and a former member of the Santa Clara Aquamaids synchronized swimming club. She represented the United States at the 2011 Comen Cup as a member of the U.S. 13/15 national team and at the 2014 Junior Pan American Championships as a member of the U.S. junior national team. To read more about her: http://www.gostanford.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30600&ATCLID=209694416
In mid-November upper school math teacher Victor Adler had a reunion dinner with 12 alumni from the Class of 2014 – all Stanford students who went to Harker when Adler served as dean of their class. They met for a delicious dinner at Thaiphoon in Palo Alto, where they enjoyed catching up with one another.