Using the conveniently located four-star Hilton Alexandria Mark Center as their base, reunion organizers Larry Roadcap, Jocelyn Oba, and Liz Fong, put together a weekend full of activities that still left room for alumni to enjoy the Homecoming football game, floats, and festivities:
- Friday afternoon pre-game Happy Hour in the Hilton’s Capital View Room
Gathering in the stands to watch the Homecoming Game at TJ (more pics)
Saturday renovation tours at TJ, courtesy Principal Glazer and Jefferson Society student guides (more pics)
- Lunch in the Hilton’s Great Hall of the Retreat
Evening cocktail reception, banquet dinner, and dancing to ‘80s hits in the Hilton’s Terrace Room (more pics)
Some ’90 Alums of Note
George Little: Currently a Partner at Brunswick Group, where he advises clients on crisis communications, cybersecurity, and public affairs matters, Dr. Little served as Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary, and as Director of Public Affairs and Chief of Media Relations for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In these roles, he worked with our leaders and allies to address our most important security challenges.
He also spent five years at IBM, and most recently was head of Marketing & Communications at Booz Allen Hamilton. He regularly teaches at Georgetown University, where he received his Ph.D. in International Relations.
Laura Collins: In June, Captain Collins took over as Commanding Officer of US Coast Guard Cutter BERTHOLF, becoming the first woman to command one of the Coast Guard’s new 419-foot National Security Cutters.
Collins previously served on five cutters, three as Executive Officer (second in command). Her shore assignments included serving as an advisor to two Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretaries and working as a Strategic Analyst in the Office of the Coast Guard’s Commandant, where she helped the Service plan for the next 10-25 years. In addition to an Electrical Engineering degree from the Coast Guard Academy, she holds a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins. She recently spent a year as a fellow at the RAND Corporation.
Owen Thomas: Thomas has been a leading online journalist for almost two decades. Currently Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief of tech magazine ReadWrite, he first achieved notoriety as Managing Editor of Silicon Valley gossip must-read Valleywag. Along the way he was West Coast Editor of Business Insider, founding editor of Daily Dot and Executive Editor of VentureBeat.
Andrew Kirmse: After obtaining his Master’s from MIT, where he triple-majored in Physics, Theoretical Math, and Computer Science, Kirmse and his brother, Chris Kirmse, TJ ’92, developed Meridian 59, the first 3-D massively multiplayer online game.
For the past eleven years, he has held the title of Distinguished Engineer at Google, where he created Google Now and led the development of Google Maps for Mobile, both of which were Google’s highest-rated apps while he led the teams. He also led the team that developed the image processing system for Google Earth and Google Maps, contributed to early versions of Google Desktop, and led the development of Google Earth. Kirmse has won two Founders’ Awards for his work and has over 25 patents in the areas of image-processing, location services, and contextual computing.
“I got super lucky for high school because the year before I was going to start, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology opened. That turned into the best high school in the country. I wonder if I hadn’t gotten so lucky there how things would have turned out” (courtesy Noah Davis, “What Makes You So Smart, Computer Programmer?” Pacific Standard, Nov. 2014).
Rob Williams: Dr. Williams is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Economics, at the University of Maryland, College Park, a Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs at Resources for the Future, an independent, nonpartisan think tank, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He studies both environmental policy and tax policy, with a particular focus on interactions between the two. He has served as a co-editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
Professor Williams received his PhD from Stanford in 1999 and was a 2002 Mellon Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty in 2014, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin.
Angela Thrasher: An assistant professor of Health Behavior at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Thrasher studies the effects of discrimination and other race-related stressors on African American health, with a special focus on individuals living with HIV. She has expertise in measurement development and adaptation for diverse populations, latent variable modeling, and conducting research that integrates quantitative and qualitative methods. She also teaches the department’s introductory class for master’s degree students.
Jean-Luc Park: In 2012, Park founded Pittsburgh’s Ferrum Capital Partners, which focuses on the EB-5 green card investor program that encourages job creation and capital investment by foreign investors, and in 2015 the EB-5 West Penn regional center received its designation letter. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation, Calvert Funds, and Draper Triangle Ventures. He is still engaged with start-up companies and non-profits.
Having received his BS, BA, and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, he is active on the school’s Alumni Association Board. He also serves on MIT’s Enterprise Forum Global Advisory Board.
Haru Okuda, MD: Featured in Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” in 2010, Dr. Okuda has been teaching and preaching the benefits of using simulation to improve medical training since 2006. In 2011, he was named National Medical Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) program, where he leads a staff of clinicians and educators in conducting research and developing curricula and best practices.
Holly Harrison: Commander Harrison, a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she was the first woman to command a Coast Guard vessel in a combat zone. She was also the first woman in the Coast Guard to receive the bronze star medal, which was awarded in recognition for US Coast Guard Cutter AQUIDNECK’s achievements under her command.
She later served as second in command of the Service’s new Maritime Law Enforcement Academy and second in command of USCGC LEGARE, a 270-foot cutter, and obtained Master’s Degrees in Public Policy from Princeton and in Educational Technology Leadership from GWU. Selected as a White House Fellow in 2010, she served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of NASA before assuming command of USCGC NORTHLAND, a 270-foot cutter. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she was a national security affairs fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and is currently detailed to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.
Ehren Kruger: A Hollywood screenwriter, best known for his work on the three “Transformers” sequels, Kruger recently adapted for television his screenplay for the 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm.
In 1996, he received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship, an international competition open to new screenwriters, for his first screenplay, “Arlington Road,” which he followed with the critically acclaimed “The Ring.”
Ellen Herman: Dr. Herman is a tenured Associate Professor of Geology at Bucknell, where she teaches Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology. A hydrologist who studies karst — underground water systems that form below soluble rock such as limestone and are characterized by sinkholes, caves and springs — she is particularly interested in how water and sediment flow through and shape karst systems.
Jeff King: Dr. King is an Associate Professor in the graduate Nuclear Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on nuclear reactor physics, design, modeling, and analysis, including the design of innovative nuclear reactors. He is also interested in the public policy issues surrounding the use of nuclear power.
Britt Argow: Dr. Argow left high school thinking she’d had enough science for a while and majored in British Literature in college, but the Geology department was so much fun that she nearly completed a major in that as well. During two years teaching skiing and bartending, she realized she missed Geology so much that she got a Master’s in Coastal Oceanography and Micropaleontology. After a stint at the United States Geological Survey, she got a job teaching Earth Science full-time at a community college outside of New York City. Unfortunately her spouse was still in CA at first, but they eventually both moved to Boston where she began a PhD in Sedimentology and Geomorphology, focusing on coastal response to climate change. During this period she also taught at Boston University and was the Science Host of a ten-part Earth and Space Science teacher training series on public television. Soon after having her first child while writing her thesis, Dr. Argow accepted an assistant professor position at Wellesley College, where she taught Geology and Oceanography for six years (and had her second child). Currently she consults for a climate change education nonprofit while home with her third child, and is also the female lead vocalist for a country rock band.