As an SMU undergraduate, Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11 started two companies in response to problems she saw in the world. Today she’s the founder and CEO of Bumble, the billion-dollar social connection app that empowers women to make the first move.
Owen Lynch harbors a “crazy” idea – one that just might help eliminate the food deserts scattered throughout South Dallas.
Candice Bledsoe ’07 founded the Cutting Edge Youth Summit at SMU to help younger students with big dreams visualize a future powered by higher education.
In less than a year, Neha Husein ’19 has piloted Just Drive – a mobile app that awards points to drivers who lock their phones while driving – from a class assignment into a viable startup. Along the way, SMU’s innovation ecosystem put her on track for success. Her venture won financial awards from SMU, and faculty mentors helped steer her in the right direction. She even tapped into the Mustang alumni network to bring her idea to life.
Codex: Lost Words of Atlantis, an engaging game with an educational mission, earned the SMU/LIFT team, People ForWords, a place among the eight semifinalists chosen from 109 international teams competing for the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
For more than a decade, U.S. Army Major Jeff Matsler ’93, a chaplain and bioethicist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, has made it his mission to study “moral injury.” Members of the armed forces return from war not only psychologically and emotionally battered but also spiritually injured. “Soldiers on the front line need to hear the message of forgiveness and redemption,” he says.
It’s hard to keep up with Averie Bishop ’19. The reigning Miss Asian American Texas and SMU junior has her hands full as a double major in human rights and political science, vice president of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, co-founder of a humanitarian charity and 24-Hour Musical star.
Aleena Taufiq ’18 recently landed her dream job as a data engineer working in artificial intelligence at Verizon, a career she never imagined four years ago. She also expanded her Geared Up middle school enrichment program to schools across the country. Alumni support created opportunities for her every step of the way.
Dedman College Scholar Sam Weber ’18 says he’s the “type of person who likes to stay busy.” That’s an understatement. As a student researcher,
he trains others working on cell biology experiments and explores the use of the performing arts in public health education. And he’s currently directing his second 24-Hour Musical. The senior dynamo says everything he has done at SMU has prepared him for his next goal: medical school.
Find out how Principal Nancy Bernardino ’01, ’04, ’05 and her leadership team of SMU alumnae are shaping an all-girls “super school” in Dallas that has gained national attention for its economic diversity and innovative curriculum.