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​2014 Alumni Achievement Awards

Hal Barron

Hal Barron, MD
Alumni Achievement Award

Hal Barron is president of Research & Development for Calico, Google’s new anti-aging startup, aimed at tackling aging and illness. Barron combines this role with a part-time commitment at Roche, where he has served as chief medical officer and head of global productdevelopment. He is also a member of the Genentech Board of Directors.

From 2004 to 2013, Barron was chief medical officer and executive vice president of global development at Genentech. Barron first joined Genentech in 1996 as a clinical scientist. Other duties at the company included head of development, director of cardiovascular research, and senior director of the biotherapeutics group within medical affairs.

Barron also contributes to the medical field as a teacher. He is an associate adjunct professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, and an associate clinical professor of medicine/cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

He has been issued several patents for his work in thrombosis and angiogenesis. He served as a director of Arête Therapeutics, developing first-in-class soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitors, and as a director of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, developing novel, proprietary products for the treatment of acute and intermittent conditions.

A Langsdorf Scholar at Washington University, Barron earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering physics in 1985. He earned his medical degree from Yale University in 1989.



Guarav Garg

Gaurav Garg
Alumni Achievement Award

Gaurav Garg co-founded Wing Venture Partners in 2013. Wing’s first fund is $160 million, focused on approximately 15 early-stage technology companies with products and services directed at businesses in cloud computing, mobile, and big data. The firm’s goal is to build enduring public companies.

Garg was a partner at Sequoia Capital, Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firm, from 2001 to 2012. At Sequoia he helped form a number of successful startup companies. He founded Ruckus Wireless and incubated several other companies, including FireEye, which went public in 2013 and has a market value of more than $9 billion. He also helped develop Jasper Wireless, which is on a trajectory to go public. Other early-stage investments include Netscaler, Aruba Networks, RingCentral, as well as MobileIron and Jawbone. These companies focus on a range of technology areas, from security and consumer digital products to enterprise mobility and cloud communications.

Prior to joining Sequoia, Garg founded Redback Networks in 1996. Redback went public in 1999 and was later acquired by Ericsson in 2007 for $2.1 billion. From 1990 to 1996, Garg held engineering positions at SynOptics and Bay Networks.

Garg earned bachelor of science degrees in computer science and electrical engineering in 1988 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1990 from Washington University.



Peter Leemputte

Peter Leemputte
Alumni Achievement Award

Peter Leemputte is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Mead Johnson Nutrition, the leading global manufacturer of pediatric nutrition products. He led the launch of Mead Johnson as a public company in one of the most successful IPOs in 2009 and built stand-alone capabilities that included investor relations, accounting, information technology, and global financial analysis.

Prior to joining Mead Johnson, Leemputte served as an executive officer and CFO of Brunswick Corporation, and at Chicago Title Corporation, a leading national service provider offering residential and commercial title insurance. He also worked as a partner in Mercer Management Consulting, covering strategy and operational studies in their global practice. Additionally, he fulfilled domestic and international financial assignments with Armco, FMC Corporation, and BP Amoco.

Institutional Investor magazine named Leemputte to its All-American Executive Team as one of America’s best chief financial officers four years in a row. Leemputte is a strong advocate and volunteer for Washington University. He is co-chair of the Engineering Campaign Committee and a member of the National Council, as well as serving on the Regional Cabinet and Campaign Committee for Chicago.

After earning a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1979 from Washington University, he worked at Procter & Gamble. He then earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1983.



Christine Lorenz

Christine Lorenz, PhD
Alumni Achievement Award

Christine Lorenz is vice president, research and clinical collaborations, molecular imaging, at Siemens Healthcare, with global responsibility for innovation and intellectual property strategies in the field of molecular imaging. She leads both internal research and external research with prominent academic and industry partners to expand the value of molecular imaging and establish new clinical indications.

Lorenz has held several faculty positions in radiology, cardiology, and biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University and at Washington University where she was granted tenure. She holds an appointment as visiting associate professor of radiology at the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

She joined Siemens Medical Solutions in 2000 in the United Kingdom as a senior scientist, and has since held a series of research and development management positions with Siemens in the United States and Germany.

Lorenz is an inventor on nine patents and has served on the editorial boards of several medical imaging journals. She served as a board member of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and is a member of the Executive Council of the Women in Healthcare and Life Sciences Institute.

At Washington University, Lorenz was a Langsdorf Scholar, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1986. Lorenz earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University.



Stephen Sands

Stephen Sands
Alumni Achievement Award

Stephen Sands is vice chairman of Investment Banking and global co-head of the Healthcare Group at Lazard. He provides strategic advice to senior executives and boards of directors at leading health care and life sciences companies globally.

Prior to joining Lazard to co-found the Health Care Group, Sands was a partner in the health care practice of McKinsey & Company. He has co-founded two biotechnology companies—Enzytech and Opta Foods—where he served as vice president, business development, and treasurer. He was also a director of National Imaging Associates (acquired by Magellan Health Services), and Isogen (acquired by Monsanto).

Sands is a member of the Engineering National Council and Campaign Committee, as well as the New York Regional Cabinet and Campaign Committee. He serves on the Rockefeller University Council and Columbia University Science Advisory Committee, and is a trustee of the New York Hall of Science. In 2008, he received the New York Biotechnology Association’s inaugural The Cures Start Here Business Leader of the Year Award. Sands is a frequent speaker and panelist on trends in the biopharmaceutical and health care sectors at prominent industry events.

Sands earned a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in 1979 through the Engineering 3-2 dual degree program, along with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1977. He also earned an MBA from New York University in 1986.



Hal Barron

Jonathon Turner, PhD
Dean's Award

An Internet pioneer, Jonathan Turner has been awarded 30 patents for his work on switching systems. In 2007, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

As a Washington University professor, Turner established the Advanced Networks Group and developed ideas for multicast switching that were demonstrated in experimental systems and then transferred to commercial practice. His 1986 paper, “New Directions in Communications,” was reprinted as a landmark article in the 50th anniversary issue of IEEE Communications Magazine.

In 1988, Turner teamed with WUSTL colleagues Jerry Cox and Guru Parulkar to found Washington University’s Applied Research Laboratory, which he directed until 2012. Turner, Cox, and Parulkar founded the startup company Growth Networks, which developed high-performance switching components for Internet routers and was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2000.

A former chair of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Turner’s research has centered on enabling new network services by making Internet routers more readily extensible. His work on high-performance platforms for overlay hosting services creates a new class of systems that make it easier to deploy network services and the applications that use them.

Turner is one of the school’s first 3-2 dual degree graduates, earning bachelor of science degrees in computer science and electrical engineering in 1977. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and a master’s degree in 1979 and doctorate in 1982 from Northwestern University.