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Siebel Foundation announces 2010 Siebel Scholars at MIT

The Siebel Foundation has announced the recipients of the annual Siebel Scholars awards, including 15 from MIT. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes outstanding graduate students from the world’s top business and engineering graduate schools. MIT’s School of Engineering and the MIT Sloan School of Management have participated in the program since the Siebel Foundation established it in 2000. Traditionally awarded to exceptional students in Sloan and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Siebel Scholar awards were expanded this year to include recipients from the Department of Biological Engineering; MIT is one of only two universities to have Siebel Scholars in all three areas.

Over the past eight years, the Siebel Scholars program has created a community of more than 540 scholars — 105 of them from MIT — whose personal leadership, academic achievement, and collaborations are providing solutions to pressing societal problems. Siebel Scholars are awarded $35,000; current and former scholars will convene in the spring of 2010 to address the topic of climate change with renowned scientists, lawmakers, and experts.

The Siebel Scholars program is funded by a grant from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Established as a private foundation in 1996, the Siebel Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. The Siebel Foundation funds projects to support the homeless and underprivileged, educational and research programs, methamphetamine abuse prevention, and alternative energy solutions.

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This year’s honorees from MIT are:

Electrical engineering and computer science: Charles Henry Herder, Tony Kim, Kwang Siong Leow, David D. Nackoul, Tao Benjamin Schardl

Biological engineering: Rachel E. Miller, Kristen Naegle, Megan J. Palmer, Michael M. Schmidt, Marcio Goldani von Muhlen

Sloan: Julie L. Christensen, Charles A. Gammal, Jessica Way Mazonson, Angela M. Thedinga, Eduardo Viladesau Franquesa

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