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Young alumni from coast to coast are on the front lines of creativity, ingenuity and innovation. Inspired by Rice Magazine’s “20 Under 30” feature (fall 2018), we asked the broader alumni community to share additional stories about young alums who are making their mark beyond the hedges.
Siyu (Kalian) Shi ’17, a medical student at Stanford, is pursuing her dream to impact global health. During her time at Rice, Shi was involved in the Rice Global Health Technologies program where she learned to innovate at the juncture of science and engineering. She also published articles in innovative biomaterial and cutting-edge neurosurgery treatment. Projects from her global health technology classes inspired her to focus on the intersection of innovation in science and medicine.
When Rachael Morris ’12 was accepted into the Teach for America program during her senior year at Rice, it was a turning point in her life. “Originally, I wanted to go to medical school,” she recalls, “but something within me told me my calling was elsewhere.”
Two years into teaching, Morris realized it was the career she wanted to do “for the rest of my life.” She has now been a teacher for seven years, exclusively at charter schools, including two years at KIPP and five years at Yes Prep.
While at Rice in 2012, Kay Rodriguez ’15 started her first travel blog thekaydays.com. According to her blog, she started it “to help college students travel with small budgets.” She utilized her breaks from college to travel to 12 countries.
Rhae Adams’12 is working to make the solar system a little smaller, both through exploration of our neighboring worlds and by bringing the tools and technology of deep space exploration to industries here on Earth. He is the co-founder and standing VP of Strategy for Synchronous, a company focused on space commercialization with missions headed to the Moon, Mars, Europa, Titan and the Asteroid Belt, while solving problems in underground mining, autonomous vehicles and renewable energy.
Hilary Purrington ’13 is a New York City-based composer of contemporary classical music. Her recent projects includes work for the New York Youth Symphony and the Albany Symphony. Purrington is preparing for upcoming commissions: a guitar concerto for the American Composers Orchestra and a musical piece for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Outside of composing music, Purrington works as a full-time associate director of development at Barnard College.
Jeremy Goodreau ’11 is impacting the lives of hundreds of students through his role as principal and lead facilitator at Alameda Community Learning Center, a public charter school located in Alameda, California. Goodreau graduated from Rice with a bachelors in kinesiology and history and earned his master’s of education in administration and supervision from the University of Houston.