Rising Star Alumni Award
About the Award
The Rising Star Alumni Award is presented to an alumni who embody the ideals of intellect, initiative and social responsibility which are the essence of a Parker education. They have demonstrated leadership and obtained a higher level of accomplishment in their career. They have additionally shown a commitment to their local community and/or Parker and are striving towards recognition at a local or national level.
Rising Star Alumni Awardees
Maddy Jennewein '10
Maddy Jennewein is a senior scientist at Moderna in Cambridge, Mass., working on EBV vaccine development. Maddy graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a major in Biology. Maddy earned a PhD in virology at Harvard University in 2019 working at the Ragon Institute under the supervision of Dr. Galit Alter. Maddy's PhD focused on pregnancy immunology and acute HIV infection, looking at how immunity is transferred across the placenta during pregnancy and the altered immune state of pregnancy. Maddy graduated with a secondary concentration in Science, Technology and Society from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
After their PhD, Maddy did postdoctoral work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Care Center in Seattle with Dr. Leo Stamatatos. Maddy's research there centered on immune development to SARS-CoV-2 and broadly-neutralizing antibody responses to infection. After their postdoc, Maddy worked for two years at a biotech institute in Seattle, Access to Advanced Health Institute, helping to run a variety of vaccine development programs in RNA vaccines. In their current work at Moderna, Maddy works on the development of an EBV vaccine to protect against infectious mononucleosis. In their spare time Maddy has always been very active in LGBTQ causes and student organizing.
Julie Jester Newman '10
Julie Newman is the Chief Engineer for a major satellite program at Boeing. She was recently recognized with the “20 Under 35” award for her industry. Julie is also an active STEM outreach champion and author of the best-selling book: “Pull Don’t Push: Why STEM Messaging to Girls Isn’t Working and What to Do Instead”
Over her career, Julie has worked on a wide range of space programs, including the Space Launch System, Starliner Crew Vehicle, SWOT earth-observing satellite, and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. While at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), she was a Lead Engineer for the radar instrument of the Europa Clipper Mission, which will launch to Jupiter in 2024 to study the oceans of Europa and search for extraterrestrial life. Julie studied Electrical Engineering at Caltech.
Julie has volunteered with K12 STEM outreach for more than a decade. She serves as a board member for the Engaging Girls in STEM program with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and as a national supervisor for the Science Olympiad organization. She lives with her husband and growing family in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two twin boys and another girl on the way!