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IMSA Principal Dr. Robert Hernandez met up with Alumni at the National Consortium of Specialized STEM Schools Conference in Seattle for fun reception and a wonderful evening.

The CEO of LinkedIn and other investors are betting on an app that aims to put a music teacher in students’ pockets.” Great work by IMSA ‘13 Sam Walder, CEO and Co-founder of Trala!

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Roche ’89, IMSA Board Chair and Prescott Elementary School Principal, and his staff for being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School from the U.S. Department of Education. Prescott Elementary, a Chicago Public School serves students in Lincoln Park and is one of only 300 public schools nationwide to be honored.

Congratulations, Sharon Zeng, IMSA ‘08, Forbes 30 Under 30, Consumer Technology!

Congratulations to Charlie Corrigan, IMSA ‘99, Head of Midwest Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase, Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40!

Congrats to IMSA ‘01 alumna Anne Halsall, co-founder of Winnie – Parents magazine recently found Winnie to be the #1 way to find child care!

Thank you to the 25 Alumni who are teaching Intersession this week.

We had a delightful visit with Sam Yagan ‘95 today at ShopRunner where he serves as CEO. So lucky to have this amazing company and Sam’s leadership in Illinois!

During a recent visit by State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, we were thrilled to see his Chief of Staff and IMSA alumnus, Mr. G. Allen Mayer ’90. Fun Fact: A 1504 resident for two of his three years at IMSA, Allen was known for his tie-wearing Alex P. Keaton look.

John Hoesley, IMSA ‘89 and Past President of the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education, is on the Crain’s Tech 50 leadership list. Congratulations, John!

Congratulations to Sasha Rahlin ’04 for winning a share of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her work in collaborating with scientists from over 20 countries who captured an image of a black hole for the first time. The Breakthrough Prize, known as the “Oscars of Science,” annually recognizes achievements in the life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics.

Congratulations, Christianna Taylor, IMSA ‘01! Gantri Introduces World’s First 3D Printer Specifically Designed For Manufacturing Consumer Goods At Scale –

IMSA welcomed back Dr. Amanda Kracen ’94 as the keynote speaker for our Mental Health Assembly to kickoff Mental Health Week at IMSA.  Dr. Kracen encouraged us to reflect and think about our expectations, resiliency, and meaning as it relates to our everyday lives.

Congratulations to Jasmine Kwasa ’09 for being awarded the National Institute of Health 2019 D-SPAN Blueprint Neuroscience F99/K00 Grant.

Check out Fitplan, an app backed by Sam Yagan ’95 and former Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez, that gives users access to dozens of available workouts designed by well-known trainers. Be well friends!

IMSA welcomed alumnus Charles Ballowe ’97 back to campus today. He chatted with students in Marti Shirley’s Computer Science class, sat down with Dr. Torres and toured the new science labs with Dr. Don Dosch. He puts his problem solving skills to work daily at Google and we are so proud to call him one of our own!

Congratulations to Forrest Iandola ’08 and the DeepScale team for being acquired by Tesla. DeepScale’s technology helps automakers use low-wattage processors, to power very accurate computer vision.

Congratulations to Kristen Jakobsen Osenga ’90 for being named the Austin E. Owen Research Scholar by the University of Richmond School of Law.

IMSA welcomed back Dr. Miena Hall ’97 as the speaker for the Med Society CCC Forum. Dr. Hall shared her experience in the field of medicine with current IMSA students.

Elissa Larkin Conlon ’99 received the first Kabiller Humanitarian Award in June. Elissa is a bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, previously known as the Rehab Institute of Chicago (RIC).

IMSA featured three Alumni at its 2019 Convocation Ceremony in August, including a keynote by Claudia Flores ’93 and musical performances by vocalist Alexandra Plattos Sulack ’07 and violinist Jo Marie Sison ’97.

Jessica Yagan ’95 was recognized as one of the 2019 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise Magazine in August.

Dr. Torres and IMSA traveled to Seattle enjoying a reunion of Alumni from ‘89-‘13.

Matt Bornski ’03, Sharon DeCaro ’03, Anthony Stuckey ’89 and Tamora Kimmett ’91 served as panelists for the Computer Science Career Forum. Current students enjoyed an evening filled with insightful information and socializing with beloved alumni.

A BIG TITAN THANK YOU goes out to Aaron Victor ’15, Samantha Medina ’16, Isabella Ginnett ’18, Maelee Chen ’18, Jason Barazza ’17, Paul Nebres ’16, and Kadyn Frawley ’17 for GIVING BACK by serving as panelist for our Class of 2019 Senior STEP program.

Congratulations, Sendhil Revuluri ’90 on being selected as the Chicago Board of Education VP!

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has named another IMSA alumnus to her leadership team! Congratulations to Manuel Perez ‘07, Managing Deputy Director of Legislative Counsel and Governmental Affairs.

IMSA welcomed home friend and alumnus Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, this week. He and his delightful family spent time in the Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation and Inquiry discussing the wonderful programming and opportunities this amazing space provides Illinois students.

Pooja K. Agarwal class of 2001 just released a new book about teaching and learning.

Echoes of an Epic Alumni Reunion keep bouncing around campus. What a great weekend! Thank you to the Classes of ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04, ’09 and ’14 who joined us on campus. It was a privilege to welcome you back.