alumni news

Yale Bestows Highest Award to TPS Alum

Yale University has named Daniel Spielman, TPS class of 1984, as Sterling Professor of Computer Science, the highest honor bestowed on Yale faculty.

Danny (as we called him) focuses his research on the design and analysis of algorithms, network science, machine learning, digital communications, and scientific computing. His work helped revolutionize the field of error-correcting codes, making communication faster and more reliable. In 2013, he and two collaborators solved the Kadison-Singer conjecture, a problem that had gone unsolved by mathematicians for more than 50 years.

A 1992 summa cum laude graduate of Yale, where he earned exceptional distinction in computer science and received the Beckwith Prize in mathematics, Dan received his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After teaching at MIT for several years, he joined the Yale faculty in 2006 as professor of applied mathematics and computer science. 

In 2013, Dan received a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “genius” grant. He was also awarded the 2010 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union, the 2009 Fulkerson Prize, and, on two occasions, the Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science. 

Dan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. We hope we can get him back to the halls of TPS to talk about his work - and how it all began with teacher Carter Fussell and Cuisenaire rods!

Read YaleNews about Dan's "complicated work."  

Alums Awarded at Film Festival

High schoolers Sam Gualtieri (SLA Center City), Simon Garner (SLA Beeber), and Jalen Ramseur-Williams (CAPA), all Class of 2016, won Best Direction for their film Welcome at the Rough Cut Film Festival Awards Ceremony held at the Kimmel Center on June 22. Jalen also won Best Direction and Best Editing for his film Forwards, Backwards

From left to right: Sam Gualtieri, Simon Garner, and Jalen Ramseur-WIlliams.

From left to right: Sam Gualtieri, Simon Garner, and Jalen Ramseur-WIlliams.

Here are the two videos.

News from the Class of 2014

College choices are starting to trickle in!  

  • Barnard College
  • Drexel University
  • Emerson College
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Haverford College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Loyola University
  • Marshall University
  • New York University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • Ursinus College
  • Washington University

Return to Puerto Rico


Alum Ben Abrams '11, a junior at Hofstra University, chose to spend his spring break on a Hofstra trip to the town of Salinas in Puerto Rico to help with the hurricane recovery effort.

Ben remains in touch with the friends he made down there on the 8th grade TPS trip and has been looking for an opportunity to help out since the storms happened. He and his Hofstra team lived for a week at the municipal baseball stadium since that was where they had power and water. Ben wasn't able to see his old friends from his TPS trip but was able to speak to them by phone. In the group photo below, Ben is in the front row, third from the left.

Alumna Saves Dogs After Hurricane Maria

Maddie Andrews '10, currently a senior at Penn studying ecology and evolutionary biology, conducted field work this summer studying Rhesus Macaque monkeys on Cayo Island in Puerto Rico. While she was there, she fell in love with a group of stray dogs. She and other committed researchers have flown out these dogs after Hurricane Maria. There are two particular dogs in need of homes.  


Below are pictures of Moose (black + white) and Shadow (brown/black lab). They survived 165 mph winds during Hurricane Maria without any shelter, only with each others' support. Maddie spent a lot of time with them this summer and says, "They are two of the most lovable dogs I have ever had the pleasure to know." Their ages are approximate, but they are believed to be 3-4 years old. Both are vaccinated for DHPP and rabies.  They are both good with other dogs – they are used to living with a funny diverse array. 

Moose: Moose was the alpha of his pack; he is an extremely lovable dog. He loves people and attention and was very caring towards the rest of a three-dog pack. He followed the researchers every day to work and sat by their feet. He is neutered.  


Shadow: Shadow (named for following around Moose) is an even more people-oriented dog. He greeted the researchers every day with a body wiggle and adorable excited noises. He really loves a good rub and is a cuddly dog. He is not yet neutered (neutering can done for around $60 in Philly because he is a rescue).


Please don't hesitate to call Maddie if you are even a bit interested in providing a home for one of these dogs:  215-360-5037.