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Alumni Making an Impact
Features alumni who are making a difference for Rice on campus and in their communities.

Alumni in the News
Highlights stories that are gathered from the media through the hard work of the ARA's Alumni Recognition Committee, which recognizes and celebrates achievements of Rice alumni, faculty, students, staff and university friends by sending hand-written notes and emails. If you are interested in volunteering for the committee, contact Tara Quell, assistant director, alumni relations at 713-348-4694.

Dominika Dancewicz ’03 releases debut album with The Dancewicz-Doucet Duo

Shepherd School of Music alumna and violinist Dmonika Dancewicz ’03 is featured on Houston Public Media’s “Houston Music Highlight.” Dancewicz recently released a debut album with the Dancewicz-Doucet Duo.
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Jan Goetgeluk ’10 finds success in arcades with virtual reality technology

Jan Goetgeluk ’10 overcame setbacks to bring virtual reality technology to arcades. Although arcades were not part of his original vision, Goetgeluk embraced the new market.
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Meltem Demirors ’09 featured as notable woman in the blockchain and crypto industry

Hackernoon featured Meltem Demirors ’09 as a notable woman in the blockchain and crypto industry for her accomplishments in her field.
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Brett Zamore ’99 featured for new “zFab” house design

Brett Zamore ’99, who is known for his reinvention of the shotgun house, has turned heads with his new design for tiny pre-fabricated houses.
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Mark Zondlo ’94 develops new tool to measure air pollution

Mike Zondlo ’94 has developed new technology to provide more accurate and precise measurements of the atmosphere.  Zondlo’s ultimate goal is to better understand the environment in order to help identify ways to minimize air pollution.
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Mike Sohanskey ’93 runs Houston Marathon to raise money for the Houston Food Bank

Seasoned marathoner, Mike Sohanskey ’93, ran the Houston Marathon from back to front to raise money for the Houston Food Bank. Sohanskey asked for pledges before the marathon based on each runner he passed. Beginning at the back of the pack, Sohanskey passed nearly 3,900 marathoners and raised more ...
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Jacob Torres ’16 named 2017 Young Engineer of the Year

The Brazos Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) named Jacob Torres ’16 as its 2017 Young Engineer of the Year at its 67th annual banquet.
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Popular education tech blog features tool created by Nathan Liu ’14

Pixorize, a free image annotation tool developed by Nathan Liu ’14, was featured on the popular Free Tech for Teachers blog on Feb. 12, 2018.
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Maureen McKelvey ’87 awarded 50 million Swedish kronor for research into innovation and entrepreneurship

Maureen McKelvey ’87, a professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, was awarded 50 million Swedish kronor (about $5.9 million) as part of the Swedish Research Council’s Distinguished Professors Programme.
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Rice Board of Trustees honors Bart Sinclair ’73

Bart Sinclair ’73 was honored by the Board of Trustees with the Distinguished Service Award for his many years of dedication to the university.
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Joe Wong ’00 makes transition from American to Chinese stand-up

Joe Wong ’00, who was featured as the first Asian stand-up comedian on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” talks about his return home to China and hosting “Is it True” on China Central Television.
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Anna Christy ’98 featured for her performance in the classic Italian opera “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Soprano opera singer Anna Christy ’98 performed as the tragic Lucia in “Lucia di Lammermoor.”
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