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Governor Applauds IMSA Alumni in State of the State Address

In his State of the State Address, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said "jobs follow brain power" and applauded IMSA for its role in developing the kind of minds needed to power our State's economy forward.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn meets with Ramez Naam '90 (left) and Mike McCool '91 (right) following his State of the State Address in Springfield.  Also pictured is McCool's wife, Andria.

The Illinois General Assembly applauded Mike McCool '91 and Ramez Naam '90 when recognized by Governor Quinn during his Address.  "This General Assembly has provided for an Illinois Math and Science Academy that's world-renowned," Quinn said.  "The students who have graduated from there have certainly made their mark on our economy and on our world." 

"We've got to develop brains like Mike McCool and Ramez Naam over and over again in order to have a strong economy in Illinois and that means investing in education," Quinn said.

McCool served on the team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that created Mosaic, the Internet Browser used to start Netscape.  Scholars consider Mosaic to be the Web browser which led to the Internet boom of the 1990s.  Naam is an author and computer scientist who spent 13 years at Microsoft where he helped develop some of the most widely used pieces of software in the world- Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. Click here to see more information on their many other contributions.

Listen to Quinn's full remarks here.  

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