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Eight McCormick students named among ‘Fifty for the Future’

Seven McCormick graduate students and one recent graduate have been named on the Illinois Technology Foundation’s 2011 Fifty for the Future list.

Now in its fifth year, Fifty for the Future is designed to recognize students with the interest and potential to use technology in innovative ways and to connect them with business leaders. The program is open to students enrolled in institutions of higher learning throughout Illinois.

Winners from McCormick are:

  • Rafay Faruqi, graduate student, biomedical engineering
  • Lisa Gandy, graduate student, electrical engineering & computer science
  • Isabelle Ji, BS/MS student, environmental engineering and chemical engineering
  • Nick Mangiaracina, graduate student, electrical engineering & computer science
  • Shawn O’Banion, graduate student, electrical engineering & computer science
  • Elliott Rouse, graduate student, biomedical engineering
  • Samantha Strasser, recent graduate (B.S. in biomedical engineering and applied science, class of 2011)
  • Alvin Tan, graduate student, materials science & engineering

The students, many of whom were nominated by professors, were judged on their potential as tomorrow's business and technology leaders. They will be honored at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 at a celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, in Chicago. The event will be attended by industry leaders, judges, winners and their families, and other supporters of the technology industry.

The Illinois Technology Foundation's mission is to support the development of a technology talent pipeline that begins in elementary school, is refined in high school, and is fully developed in our region's higher education graduates. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), a membership organization of more than 500 Illinois technology companies who support the development of a stronger technology talent pipeline in the region.

For more information about the Fifty for the Future celebration, visit the Fifty for the Future website.