Park Welcomes Anthony Kinslow II ’08 and Rebecca Knowles ’08 as 2016 Millhauser Fellows

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Park was excited to welcome Anthony Kinslow II ’08 Rebecca Knowles ’08 back to campus this week as this year’s Millhauser Fellows. The program celebrates the careers of young alumni currently in graduate school in science, mathematics, or technology, by inviting them to return to Park to share their research with Upper School students, and speak about how their experiences at Park led them to pursue their fields of study. While here, the fellows visit science and math classes and speak with students who are interested in pursuing careers in these fields. After the visit, sophomore Jesse Anderson said that she loves when the school brings alumni in to discuss their intellectual pursuits. “I think that it’s a great way to show a life after Park and all of the amazing things that some of our alumni are doing.” 

Anthony, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Stanford University, focuses his research on the rapid identification of energy efficiency measures for low-income households. Beginning his presentation with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., Anthony explained how his parents raised him to always think about what he can do for others. Keeping this question in the back of his mind throughout his time at both Park and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University helped lead him to a career in civil engineering. Anthony was able to combine his interests in climate change and sustainability practices with the first fundamental canon in the civil engineers’ code of ethics: “Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” Anthony’s presentation at assembly and subsequent discussions with students conveyed his passion and enthusiasm for researching and implementing global sustainability practices, and his desire to share his research with others.

Rebecca is in her third year of a Computer Science Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University, where she is affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing. As a double major at Haverford College in linguistics and mathematics, Rebecca’s research interests are in the areas of natural language processing, machine learning, and machine translation. Rebecca’s love of languages started early in life; her mother (US Spanish teacher Nancy Fink) raised her speaking both Spanish and English, and Rebecca created a fictional language with her father (former third grade teacher Jonathan Knowles) at a very young age. Middle and Upper School teachers at Park encouraged her exploration of math, while her curiosity in computation and translations developed towards the end of Upper School and at college, allowing Rebecca to integrate many of her interests into a focused career path. Throughout the day, she discussed the importance of collaboration in her research, as well as how the support received from mentors, advisors, and colleagues has positively affected and reinforced her interest in these subjects.

The Park School Graduate Student Fellows Program in Science, Mathematics and Technology was originated by Louise Eiseman Robinson Millhauser ’30 in 1998, and has been continued through the kindness and generosity of her son, Allen Robinson. Her curiosity about the sciences and her appreciation for the value of her own Park education led to her interest in supporting this important initiative. We are grateful to her and to her family for their continued support. To learn more the Millhauser Fellowship, Anthony, and Rebecca, visit: {staticroot}academics/visiting-scholars/millhauser-fellowship/

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