Namrata Kolla & Jett Villarin were both interviewed by the College of Sciences recently. Links to the full interview are at the bottom of the page.
Namrata Kolla graduated in 2016 with two degrees: B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the College of Sciences and B.S. in Public Policy from the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She has been a project coordinator at the Office of the President in The Nature Conservancy, in Washington, D.C. She attended Alpharetta High School, in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Jose Ramon T. Villarin, or Fr. Jett to colleagues and students, is the Filipino Jesuit priest and scientist who has led Ateneo de Manila University as president since 2010. Founded in 1859 by the Society of Jesus, the private university, which is located in Quezon City, is the third oldest in the Philippines. Ateneo serves more than 20,000 students, from elementary to graduate school. Its alumni include José Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, and several former Philippine presidents and government leaders.
Villarin himself is an Ateneo alumnus, graduating from Ateneo de Manila High School and then earning a B.S. in Physics (magna cum laude) in 1980. The scientist/priest’s journey to the presidency of a major Philippine university includes the Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, he received from Georgia Tech in 1997.