MacArthur Fellow, Transportation Hire, & Hackathon

The MacAurthur Foundation has announced 24 recipients as the class of 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Patrick G. Awuah Jr., PA K ’89, is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow recognized as an education entrepreneur as founder and president of Ashesi University College in Accra, Ghana. He was cited for “creating a new model for higher education in Africa that combines training in ethical leadership, a liberal arts tradition, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities.” Read more about Awuah and Ashesi University, founded in 2002.


Sam A. Hout, TX H ’80, has been hired by Gafcon, a program and construction management firm, to launch services into the transportation sector. Hout has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and construction of civil engineering and infrastructure projects, including roles as senior vice president of CH2M Hill Southern California Transportation, principal and owner of the Culver Group, project director with URS, program director with the Orange County Transportation Authority, and project director with Bechtel Power Corporation.

Read the news article for more information regarding Gafcon’s expanded services related to construction infrastructure and more biographical information on Hout.


The Washington Post reported on a recent hackathon at Johns Hopkins University (MD) that brought together “freshmen, robotics experts, a wedding-dress maker” and more. The result was newly designed protective gear for people helping Ebola victims. According to the article, a version of the suit will be manufactured by DuPont and available next year.

Allie M. Sibole, CA Z 2014, is pictured wearing the protective suit in the article. Sibole recently earned a master’s degree at Hopkins through the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design program. She is a 2014 TBP Fellow.


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