A group of 32 committed faculty, parents, alumni and trustees sharing ideas regarding how St. Andrew's can use our experience with virtual learning to build upon our tradition of innovation. If you are interested in joining our efforts, email Head of School Tom Sheppard at email@example.com.
St. Andrew's is the only school in Mississippi to have been granted membership in Global Online Academy, a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world that provides online courses which go beyond the confines of the traditional school curriculum.
Arjun Srinivasan '88: Leading the Way in Fighting COVID-19
Arjun Srinivasan heads the response team of the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. Srinivasan and his team are responsible for investigating outbreaks of infection and illness in hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as outbreaks related to medicines or medical procedures.
Srinivasan has conducted extensive research on the use of antibiotics in hospitals and controlling antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He uses his expertise in healthcare epidemiology to make hospitals across the country safer for both patients and healthcare professionals. Today, Srinivasan and his team are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, seeking ways to slow the spread of the virus and prevent future outbreaks.
Anita Goel ‘91: Inventing a Faster Test to Slow the Spread of Illness
Dr. Anita Goel, MD, Ph. D, is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Nanobiosym Diagnostics (NBSDx), with a mission to decentralize, mobilize, and personalize the next generation of healthcare delivery. The company’s Gene-RADAR® systems allow real-time, nanoscale precision diagnostics, so that anyone, anywhere, at any time can access molecular information about their own health. This technology proved beneficial in the wake of Zika and Ebola, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can diagnose cases at a faster rate to help slow and prevent the spread of the virus.
Named by MIT Technology Review as one of the World's "Top TR35 science and technology innovators" and as one of the "World's Most Influential Visionaries in Biotech" by Scientific American, Goel has over 70 patents worldwide, and she has published articles in top peer-reviewed journals including publications of Nature Group, Scientific American Group, and PNAS.
Andrew Chatham ‘98: Driving the Future of Transportation
Andrew is based in San Francisco and is a distinguished software engineer at Waymo - the name for Google's self-driving car project. After graduating from Duke University in 2002 with majors in computer science and economics, Chatham took a job as an engineer with a four-year-old, Palo Alto, California-based company that seemed like a good fit. That company was Google.
Since joining the renowned company, one of Chatham's most exciting projects was serving as Google's senior staff engineer on the self-driving car. "People have the idea that in this field, you're supposed to start programming at 12 and sell your first website at 16," he said. "I didn't do that. The strong math and science education I received at St. Andrew's has obviously been useful, but I also studied Latin and I have a strong background in English, which means I have a good vocabulary and communication skills. Those are things you don't go back and learn in college, especially if you go to engineering school."
Alexander Clark ‘00 - Reimagining College Admissions
In 7th grade at St. Andrew’s, Alexander had the idea for a company, and that idea has now become the primary tool for students’ applications in most major college admission offices in the United States.
As a student at Yale University, Clark developed Yale-Station, the system that led Yale to become the first school in the world to release admissions decisions online. Since then, he has devoted himself to running Technolutions, where he is the founder and CEO. Technolutions is best known for Slate, a technology platform that powers admissions offices at more than 525 colleges and universities around the world, including 45 of the Top 50 Best Colleges as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report.
"I credit St. Andrew's with providing the philosophical, as well as actual, foundation for Technolutions. Tech was still in its infancy [when I was a student], and St. Andrew's accommodated and encouraged me in pursuing it. That was inspiring from a confidence perspective, and definitely helped me get where I am today," Clark said. "One of the most important lessons I learned at St. Andrew's was to explore your passion. You'll enjoy and appreciate the journey so much more if you focus on enjoying each and every class, each and every day. The idea is to create a lifelong love of learning."
Seleta Reynolds ‘94: Creating Smarter and Safer Streets
As the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), Seleta Reynolds uses creative and innovative ways to keep people moving and safe, no matter how they travel.
Reynolds applies lessons learned at St. Andrew's to rethink the streets of Los Angeles. She converted a busy street in L.A. - the car capital of the country - into what's now a popular pedestrian area. A favorite teacher's advice to do her own research and find her own answers helped Reynolds develop an innovative plan to reduce fatalities at a busy intersection. She’s also been creative in transforming what was once a lane of traffic into a cultural focal point - adding tables, murals on storefronts, and poetry on old theater marquees.
"Transportation can be a launching pad to work on so many issues - healthcare, economic development, the environment," Reynolds said. "It's about building infrastructure that serves the public good."
Eric Ford ‘95: Research and innovation that is out of this world.
Ford earned undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. His innovative work, research, and notable reputation in the scientific community prompted NASA to choose Ford as an integral member of the science team for its Kepler mission, which resulted in the discovery of thousands of planetary systems, including a system with six planets orbiting very close to a star similar to the sun some 2,000 light years from Earth.
Ford was a Hubble fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and served as a tenured associate professor in the University of Florida Astronomy Department before accepting his current position as a professor at Pennsylvania State University in astronomy and astrophysics.
Clarivate Analytics named Ford on their list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2017 and 2018, and he was the recipient of the 2011 Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding planetary research by a young scientist, one of the field’s most prestigious awards.