Each year, the University of Wisconsin - Madison Alumni Association recognizes graduates who embody the "Wisconsin Ideal" by positively impacting society. We're proud to announce that Skild Founder and CEO, Anil Rathi, was chosen as one of seven leaders to receive this prestigious honor.
Here's the press release:
Forward under 40 Awards Honor Seven UW-Madison Alumni
March 4, 2014
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) has recognized seven young alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their contributions in a wide variety of fields to the global community.
- Peter Drobac ’96, Rwanda and Boston, Mass. As the executive director at Partners in Health–Rwanda, Drobac plays an important role in improving health care options for critically ill people living in rural, impoverished communities. Drobac majored in psychology in the College of Letters & Science.
- Ayse Gurses PhD’05, Baltimore, Md. Gurses is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is dedicated to improving patient safety by eliminating preventable errors in health care settings. Gurses majored in industrial engineering in the College of Engineering.
- Luxme Hariharan ’04, MD’09, Miami, Fla. As a pediatric ophthalmology fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Hariharan is helping children around the world experience the wonders of sight by treating — and preventing — vision problems that can lead to blindness. Hariharan majored in Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies in the College of Letters & Science, and biology in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences.
- Jarius King ’09, Chicago. King travels the globe to foster youth appreciation for the arts and has founded an annual showcase for urban art and movement that is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. King majored in Chinese in the College of Letters & Science.
- Tom Koch PhD’05, Westfield, Ind. As vice president of research at AgReliant Genetics, Koch is developing plant hybrids that are raising crop yields for rural farmers and making agricultural jobs possible in some of the poorest regions of the world. Koch’s degree is in plant breeding and plant genetics from the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences.
- Anil Rathi ’97, Los Angeles. Rathi is the founder and CEO of Skild, a software service for professional contest organizers, and launched the Innovation Challenge, the world’s largest online innovation competition. Rathi majored in business and marketing in the Wisconsin School of Business.
- Jessica Sack ’96, New Haven, Conn. Sack is the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she develops cultural enrichment opportunities for children and adults. Sack majored in English, history and history of culture in the College of Letters & Science.