Reunion organizers Sonal Goda, Tirzah (Fitzkee) Lollar, Barbara (Opal) McCluer, and Sara Towner gave the members of TJ’s Class of 1995 a weekend to remember, with the following highlights:
- Friday Night social at Crios Modern Mexican (above and right). Owner Joanne Liu, TJ ’94, graciously provided appetizers on the house. (more pics)
Saturday afternoon family-friendly picnic and renovation tours at TJ (more pics).
Saturday night Main Event at the new 10th floor Crystal City office space of classmate Evan Burfield’s incubator, 1776. (more pics)
Meet Some Accomplished ’95 Alums
Evan Burfield: Burfield is the cofounder and co-CEO of 1776, a global incubator and venture fund focused on startups addressing global challenges in education, health, energy, the environment, transportation, cities, and other highly regulated industries and sectors. By specializing in entrenched industries, 1776 has become a global leader in “problem-solving” start-ups. Every year 1776 and its partners host a world-wide entrepreneurial talent search where competitors advance through local, regional, and global finals to compete for over $1 million in prizes. The incubator now has over 270 start-up members.
Burfield is also a founding member of K Street Capital, a network of serial entrepreneurs, angel investors, and community leaders dedicated to supporting DC-based start-ups.
His entrepreneurial career began at TJ, when he made the decision to put off college in favor of cofounding his first company, wealth management firm netDecide. After obtaining an undergraduate and Master’s degree from Oxford and working in finance in London, he founded Synteractive. a consulting firm (see also Nov 2011 and May 2012 issues).
Politico named Burfield an “Emerging Tech Leader” in 2013, and Washington Business Journal called him a “newsmaker to watch” in 2014. This past August, he appeared with a start-up CEO on the White House Facebook page in connection with President Obama’s entrepreneurship initiative, Start-up Day 2015 (right).
1776 now occupies two campuses, a downtown space which hosts classes and events as well as offering workspace, and a new Crystal City location, former home of tech hub Disruption Corporation, acquired in April. Burfield graciously offered to host the ’95 reunion’s Main Event at the organization’s new 10th floor office. With its rustic ambience and panoramic views of DC monuments, it was the perfect venue.
Anthony Myint: Founder of numerous successful San Francisco restaurants including Mission Chinese Food, which, together with its New York City outpost, was in 2013 named the ninth-most important restaurant in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine, he is widely recognized as a pioneer in harnessing the restaurant experience for good causes, including raising funds for charity and supporting sustainable businesses. In 2010, Food & Wine Magazine listed him among the “Top 40 under 40” big thinkers in the food world.
Perennial, Myint’s upcoming venture, is as much an ecosystem as it is a restaurant: A 3,400 square-foot facility in nearby Oakland will stock fish that feed on restaurant leftovers; a bakery partner will make bread from perennial wheatgrass, which is grown more sustainably than wheat; and beef will be sourced from a ranch that sequesters atmospheric carbon.
Jaren (Casazza) Janghorbani: A former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Janghorbani is a Partner in the Litigation Department of the New York City law firm of Paul, Weiss, where she has tried multiple multi-billion dollar cases.
Recently, she was a key member of the pro bono team that successfully challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), resulting in the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor to strike down the law as unconstitutional.
Adriane (Davis) Randolph: As Executive Director of the BrainLab at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta, Dr. Randolph focuses on the design and evaluation of brain-computer interface systems with the goal of improving the quality of life for severely motor-impaired individuals. She is also an Associate Professor in the business school, where she teaches Information Systems Management.
Barry Steinglass: As Program Manager at Microsoft, Steinglass was on the team that built the first version of Xbox Live and was responsible for creating the digital entertainment features of Xbox 360. As founder and VP for Product Development of Chef Software, he grew the company behind the software platform that automates the largest enterprise infrastructures in the world, including Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.
Currently, Steinglass is VP of Engineering for the popular media streaming company Hulu, where he is responsible for all client software.
John Harding: After six years as a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft, Harding has spent the last decade at Google. Since the company’s 2006 acquisition of YouTube, he has managed teams of engineers for the video-sharing website. He is currently a VP of Engineering for YouTube.
Chris Love: Dr. Love’s Lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT develops methods to determine the qualities that define the identity, function, and genetic content of individual cells in order to construct detailed profiles of a multicellular population. This research has applications in immunological monitoring and immunotherapy for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, food allergies, and cancer. The lab is also developing new strategies for manufacturing biologic drugs to improve global access (see also March 2015 issue).
A Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, Dr. Love is also associated with the Broad Institute and the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard.
Melissa (Breglio)Hajj: With numerous patents to her name, Hajj spent seven years as a lead designer at Apple, where she worked on iBooks, iTunes and Final Cut Studio. Following that, she managed the design team for start-up FiveStars, which grew to be the most widely used customer loyalty network for small and medium businesses in North America. Hajj is currently Product Design Manager at Facebook, where, as she puts it, “she leads the design team responsible for connecting the next billion people.”
Justin Werfel: A Senior Research Scientist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Dr. Werfel works on topics in complex and emergent systems, with a focus on swarm robotics. His lab’s paper on designing swarm robots that could mimic the collective behavior exhibited by termites was featured on the cover of Science magazine and included in their “top 10 scientific achievements of 2014”(see also March 2014 issue).
His research runs the gamut from behavioral studies of the insects that his robot work is based on to predicting areas where ethnic violence will occur. He is also involved in early robotics education.
Jonathan Betz: Currently an Engineering Manager at Google, Betz leads teams that focus on using the power and reach of Google products to enable social good. His current work focuses on Crisis Response, providing life-saving information to those who need it most, and Civic Innovation, helping people understand how to effectively engage in their democracies.
He is also a principal at Hudson River Angels, a group made up of current and former Google engineers and product managers who invest in consumer-focused technology start-ups based in New York City.
Mackenzie Carpenter Cervenka, MD: Dr. Cervenka is Director of the Adult Epilepsy Diet Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she is an attending physician. She is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, where she completed a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. Her research and practice focus on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with seizures and epilepsy, with an emphasis on evaluations for seizure surgery; continuous electroencephalography in the intensive care unit; epilepsy during pregnancy and in women generally; and dietary therapies, including a ketogenic diet (a very high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet), and a modified Atkins diet, for adults with epilepsy.
Johns Hopkins Hospital is the premiere center in the world for clinical and research expertise regarding the ketogenic diet, and the Adult Epilepsy Diet Center is the first clinic designed for dietary treatment of adults with epilepsy.
Rob Glaubitz: Dr. Robert Glaubitz, baritone, is Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he teaches applied voice, opera, and diction. He is well-regarded as a teacher and researcher and has performed throughout the US as a soloist and with a number of groups, but is best known for his website, “The Aria Database,” a source of information on more than one thousand operatic arias. The database, which has been aiding singers in their preparation of arias since 1996, has received numerous awards and has been featured by The New York Times and Australian Public Radio. A classmate of his put it this way: “He is bringing opera to his community, certainly a gift worth crowing about.”