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MMM Students Named Seibel Scholars

Two current MMM students, Jonathan Goldstein and Bo Gustafsson, were named 2017 Seibel Scholars.

The Siebel Scholars program recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science.

"The Class of 2017 represents the best and brightest from around the globe and it’s my great pleasure to welcome them into this ever-growing, lifelong community," said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. "The program’s continued expansion into energy science furthers the potential for Siebel Scholars to achieve even more through their work with an incomparable group of equally talented peers."

The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Siebel Foundation in 2000 through grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy, and Japan. Each year, top graduate students from 27 partner programs are honored as Siebel Scholars and receive a $35,000 award for their final year of studies. Siebel Scholars are chosen by the deans of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5% of their class, many within the top 1%.

Jonathan draws upon his creative and entrepreneurial talents as a classical musician and the co-founder of an education startup to explore the ways design thinking, analytics and technology can help people improve their lives. Currently, Jonathan is a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco. An honors graduate of Stanford and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Jonathan performed with symphony orchestras throughout the country and under the baton of the world’s most prestigious conductors. He also developed educational programs for children in low-income schools in San Francisco and Chicago. Test Prep Chicago, co-founded 2011, helps prepare Chicago students for the rigors of testing into competitive public and private high schools. Jonathan is the recipient of numerous leadership, artistic and academic honors, including the Allstate Business Competition (first place), McKinsey Emerging Scholars (finalist) and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (Principal Timpani position, by audition).

Bo is passionate about international business and creating solutions for developing nations in health and economic development, resulting in the founding of two companies, including a for-profit social enterprise that seeks to improve health in developing nations. Bo has diverse cultural experiences from growing up in Europe, visiting over 30 countries in the past ten years and working in nine countries on four continents with projects related to economic development, social entrepreneurship and corporate strategy. He is currently working for BCG and previously worked for Flex, where he led the strategy to launch a new consulting unit and successfully turned around a $1B failing business unit in China from -9 percent to 6 percent operating profit within nine months. At Kellogg, Bo is the IDEA Club vice president of innovation, CIM section leader and Latter-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) treasurer.

Both students are in the MMM program and will earn an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MS in Design Innovation from Northwestern Engineering. To receive the MS in Design Innovation, students complete a two-year curriculum with the Segal Design Institute.

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