Three from Stanford named 2018 Hertz Foundation Fellows

Three individuals from Stanford have been named among 10 winners of the 2018 Hertz Fellowships. They were chosen from among more than 700 applicants interested in pursuing graduate work in applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Sarah Hooper
Sarah Hooper

The Hertz Foundation supports doctoral candidates for five years and grants students total research freedom, ensuring that each fellow is able to pursue the most compelling work.

The three recipients from Stanford are:

SARAH HOOPER: Hooper is a first-year PhD student in the electrical engineering program whose research aims at improving patient care. She plans to focus on developing new medical imaging devices and associated data-driven computational tools to better diagnose and treat patients. After earning her PhD, she plans a career in finding technical solutions to reduce the global burden of noncommunicable disease.

WILLIAM KUSZMAUL: Kuszmaul is a senior completing a double major in computer science and mathematics. His work, which involves applying algorithmic ideas to problems in math and computer science, has already been honored with such awards as a Goldwater Scholarship and an Intel Science Talent Search 3rd Place Award. At Stanford, he has worked under MOSES CHARIKAR, professor of computer science, and has found new algorithms for problems relating to edit distance and dynamic time warping distance.

ETHAN SUSSMAN: Sussman is a senior double majoring in mathematics and physics. While at Stanford, he has done both experimental and theoretical physics research. He is working on dual honors theses in physics and mathematics under SHAMIT KACHRU, professor of physics and director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics, and JONATHAN LUK, assistant professor of mathematics. Sussman’s work spans the boundaries of math and physics, probing quantum physics and string theory. Working in the lab of HARI MANOHARAN, associate professor of physics, he designed and carried out Berry phase experiments in quantum corrals and numerically investigated the limits of perturbation theory to find diabolical points in their spectra.

“The 2018 fellowship awardees are an outstanding group of students, with diverse talents and an extraordinary drive to reach new heights in scientific research and technological innovation,” said Robbee Baker Kosak, president, Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.”They join the hundreds of Hertz Fellows who are leading important breakthroughs and developing some of the most important scientific and engineering solutions to challenges in our world today.”

For more, read the foundation press release.