Quoted Fellows

"None of this work would have been possible without the support of the Hertz Foundation."
Christopher Loose
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2007

"Hertz Fellowship was crucial in allowing me to have the support to explore research topics that excited me most, which turned the luxury of intellectual freedom to a reality of daily life since my Ph.D. years."
Mung Chiang
Stanford University    Hertz Fellow 2004

"The Hertz Fellowship allowed me the flexibility to choose an unconventional thesis topic (microchannel cooling) rather than being force-fit into an existing funded research program. The startup company that I co-founded was a direct off-shoot of interests that I developed during my Ph.D. research."
David B. Tuckerman
Stanford University    Hertz Fellow 1983

"I had already begun my research before receiving the Hertz Fellowship, however the project was unfunded. Hertz allowed me to pursue the research I wanted to pursue."
Keith Dionne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 1990

"I literally would not have been able to finish graduate school without it."
J. Doyne Farmer
University of California, Santa Cruz    Hertz Fellow 1981

"My clout in college probably connected me to the people that co-founded Infoseek. Folks that knew me, knew what I did... but folks that didn't know me, understood what my Fellowship award meant."
James Roskind
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 1983

"It allowed me to complete my degrees quickly without being a slave to my professor."
John Wakerly
Stanford University    Hertz Fellow 1973

"The Hertz Fellowship was terrific. It gave me easy entry into the research group that I really wanted to be in and allowed me freedom to change my project as scientific thrusts changed. It was great!"
Nathan Lewis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 1981

"The Hertz Fellowship was transformational. The technical depth it helped me pursue was crucial to earning credibility with the founders and inventors of GPS."
W. Neil McCasland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 1988

…"having this Fellowship has boosted my confidence and willingness to bring new ideas to the table."
Paul R. Abel
University of Texas at Austin    Hertz Fellow

"This incredible academic freedom is only surpassed by the extraordinary students, entrepreneurs, and professors I have had the privilege of meeting through Hertz Foundation events, such as the Fellows retreats and the Hertz Symposium."
Gleb Akselrod
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2012

"Fabrication work at Stanford has taken longer than expected, and a freedom from teaching responsibilities as well as a large enough stipend has allowed me to continue traveling back and forth between Princeton and Stanford as necessary."
Dario Amodei
Princeton University    Hertz Fellow 2011

"As I prepare to move on in my career, the Hertz community becomes an increasingly valuable resource. I plan to work with Hertz alum Philip Eckhoff on modeling of HIV progression and transmission for a few months following graduation, and then seek a postdoctoral position again related to HIV vaccines or therapies."
Anna Bershteyn
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2010

(The Hertz Fellowship)…"was very helpful to have the ability to discuss challenges I was facing with such knowledgeable and helpful people (Dr. Weaver) who were outside of my immediate research group at MIT.  In addition, the Hertz symposia and retreats were always very engaging and interesting, and provided a great opportunity to discuss all kinds of interesting ideas with a wonderful group of people."
Brett Bethke
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2010

The Hertz Fellowship…"helped me to obtain resources I need (textbooks, computer software, conference travel, etc.), and…helpful for my thesis advisor, as he is no longer required to pay my tuition, stipend and fees."
David Breslow
University of California, San Francisco    Hertz Fellow 2010

"I would not have had the freedom to pursue this project were it not for your support."
Michael Busch
California Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2010

The Hertz Fellowship…"has made a huge impact both in my choice of problems—where I can work on longer-term, riskier questions as well as occasional small intriguing ones - and in my ability to solve them, through the funding for computer equipment freed up by my advisor not having to pay my salary."
Brian Camley
University of California, Santa Barbara    Hertz Fellow 2012

The Hertz Fellowship…"give(s) me the leeway to choose the questions I am most interested in and to utilize the techniques I consider most appropriate even if they lie outside the scope of our lab."
Maya Chandru Overland
University of California, San Francisco    Hertz Fellow 2013

"Additional Hertz Fellow benefits I enjoyed this year were the Invention Session with Intellectual Ventures and Applied Minds, including the prep work with the current Fellows, and the Symposium last winter."
Nicholas Cizek
Stanford University    Hertz Fellow 2010

"My Hertz Foundation Fellowship has allowed me to reach this point, by providing the resources for investigating this new direction without distraction."
Richard Darst
Columbia University    Hertz Fellow 2012

The Hertz Fellowship was "a great help in starting my new thesis project. In the summer I was supported by the LANL high explosives modeling project to which I am contributing; I understand that it will provide further support as of the expiration of my Fellowship, but it was quite useful to be able to start the work without needing immediate funding from the project."


S. Davis Herring
University of California, Davis    Hertz Fellow 2010

The Hertz Fellowship "changed my graduate experience…having the freedom…has actually been the catalyst for the possibility of graduating so early (and) choosing my own research directions."


Ankur Moitra
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2011

The Hertz Fellowship "afforded me the comfort of feeling less constrained by cost so that I can think more about interesting science and the best way to discover scientific truth [and] allowed me to switch from thinking about the cost of an experiment to the cost of missing out on a key scientific discovery."


Arvind Ravi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2011

The Hertz Foundation (has been) "an incredible resource for me—and a support network to go to (and) the freedom to choose the projects I work on. Probably most importantly, the other Hertz Fellows have been a very valuable resource to me. Collectively there is expertise on almost any subject I would want, and it has been very useful to know people to contact for help with research questions."


Michael Schnall-Levin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2011

"Given the diverse areas of Mars research in which I have been involved, it is possible that substitutions, additions, or subtractions of dissertation chapters may occur. Nevertheless, I (had) a relatively clear mental image of what work to be done to complete my degree. Working on these diverse projects and traveling around the world to attend conferences would likely have been impossible without the Hertz Fellowship, and I continue to be most grateful to the Foundation for its support."


James Wray
Cornell University    Hertz Fellow 2011

"The independence granted by the Hertz Fellowship was essential for my graduate study, as it enabled me to work with a spectacular advisor even as he moved between universities. The Fellowship transcends boundaries, and frees individuals to explore and create on a global stage."


Po-Shen Loh
Princeton University    Hertz Fellow 2009

The Hertz Fellowship "provides me the flexibility to collaborate with several faculty members (without regard to their funding situation). The personal connection with other Hertz Fellows provides a network to exchange ideas and learn of opportunities."


Alan T. Deckelbaum
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow

"The Hertz Fellowship changed my life. It allowed me to follow my instincts and explore whole fields and also nooks-&-crannies with a freedom that might have taken most of a career to construct from less efficient funding strategies."


John Frank
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow

The support from the Hertz Foundation Fellowship "has allowed me to explore many different topics and to find my own path in my research. In the end I believe it will help me to become a truly independent researcher."


Kenneth Franko
Stanford University    Hertz Fellow 2011

"The Hertz Foundation was Transformational! It literally changed my life... I canceled plans to spend a year in Germany and decided to go to graduate school at Berkeley, instead."
Christopher McKee
University of California, Berkeley    Hertz Fellow 1969

"I benefited tremendously from the Hertz Fellowship. It (allowed me) to spend time on my research—and on a few other activities that help keep me sane and happy rather than spending time worrying about money. The other Fellows are a wonderful source of both camaraderie and inspiration."


Monika Schleier-Smith
Massachusetts Institute of Technology    Hertz Fellow 2011

"Having a Hertz Fellowship helped me to learn to think independently and attack problems in unconventional ways."
Edward Ratner
Stanford University    Hertz Fellow 1995