Congratulations to First Conrad Fellowship Recipient-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Congratulations to First Conrad Fellowship Recipient-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Congratulations to First Conrad Fellowship Recipient

We are pleased to announce the first recipient of the newly founded Conrad Graduate Education Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMUSV).

Martin Griss, Director of CMUSV and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, explains the inception of the named fellowship; "The Conrad Graduate Education Fellowship was established to honor the memory of my nephew, Conrad Griss, whose tragic death during a home invasion in 2010 ended a dream for further education. Conrad was a very creative young man who was eager to resume his education. The award recipient is selected based on merit and proven creativity, artistic flair, or innovation in technology."

Applicants were asked to submit an essay explaining how they have demonstrated extraordinary perseverance and merit in their past education and have demonstrated creativity and/or artistic capability in combination with technology.

Leo Guo, a full-time Software Management student, was selected from numerous candidates to be the first recipient of the Conrad Fellowship. Guo completed a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and a master’s degree in information systems; both in his native China. He has worked in various financial corporations and has developed a web application to provide online business planning and financial modeling service to start-ups. He has also worked on development projects in South Africa and found the projects to improve schools, power plants, road infrastructures that directly impacted the life of the local community to be very rewarding. Leo’s passion for design and innovation captured the spirit of Conrad Griss and we are very excited by the incorporation of this passion in our program.

"We look forward to growing the Conrad Fellowship to enable even more remarkable students, such as Guo, the opportunity to pursue a graduate education and change the world," offers Griss.