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  • Prelude Music: Balaji Mani, 2006 IMSA Graduate
  • Pledge of Allegiance and Welcome: Shawon Jackson, Student Council President; Dr. Glenn W. "Max" McGee, President; Dr. Eric McLaren, Principal
  • Featured Piece: Balaji Mani, 2006 IMSA Graduate
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie Crawford, 1998 IMSA Graduate

Guest Biographies

Dr. Julie Crawford, '98

Julie Comerford grew up in Charleston, Illinois, and graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 1998. She earned an A.B. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009.

Dr. Comerford has received numerous fellowships and awards, as well as authored several publications. Julie has often been invited to speak at prestigious universities throughout the United States, as well as present at various conferences.

She is now starting a W.J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas, Austin, where she will study galaxies that have two supermassive black holes at their hearts.

Balaji Mani '06

Balaji Mani graduated from IMSA in 2006, moving to Cambridge, MA to pursue his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering, with a focus on Health and Disease. He currently plans to continue health and medical related research in Boston before pursuing graduate school in medicine or environmental health engineering.

He currently performs in Boston with a West-African pop band, a Balinese gamelan orchestra, and his own progressive rock band. His most recent performances include appearances at the Bang On A Can Marathon in New York, the Africa Nights Festival in Montreal, and a world-premiere performance with Kronos Quartet at New York's Lincoln Center.

Shawn Jackson FY10 Convocation.pdf (1005 kB)
Shawn Jackson '11 Convocation Remarks

Max McGee FY10 Convocation.pdf (1517 kB)
Max McGee, Ph.D. Convocation Remarks

Eric McLaren FY10 Convocation.pdf (3391 kB)
Eric McLaren, Ph.D. Convocation Remarks

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