Harvey Mudd College recently added three new members to their Board of Trustees, according to an announcement posted on the HMC website. The newly appointed members include Ann McDermott HM ’81, Greg Rae HM ’00, and John Vickery HM ’90.
McDermott graduated from Harvey Mudd with a degree in chemistry. She has continued to pursue chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. in chemistry. She is currently the Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University. Over the course of her tenure as Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia, McDermott has worked with a number of graduate students, conducting research in the use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study different biological systems. In 2006 McDermott was elected to the National Academy of Sciences as one of 72 distinguished new members and 18 foreign associates.
Rae graduated from Harvey Mudd with a degree in computer science and mathematics. He returns to the board after serving as Young Alumni Trustee, one of two positions reserved for recent graduates at HMC, from 2006 to 2009. Rae is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Shiny Boxes. Previously, he worked at Google as a software engineer for six years. Rae is also the founder of the internet technology company 22 by 7 Labs. Apart from his work in the technology industry, Rae is a devoted member of several non-profit organizations. He serves on the Boards of Living Liberally, the National Leadership Council, Lambda Legal, FriendFactor, Play Outdoors and The Tank Space.
Vickery graduated Harvey Mudd with a degree in physics and economics before going on to earn his master’s degree in engineering in 1991. He is currently employed at Sony DADC, where he oversees business development across all studios of the international company. At Sony, Vickery handles content and distribution rights, and was instrumental in defining the go-to market strategy for Sony’s Digital Distribution platform. Vickery was a partner at Accenture, specializing in the media and entertainment industry. He spent a great deal of time managing and organizing the company’s partnership with Blockbuster. This summer Vickery was honored for his family’s contribution to the endowment of Harvey Mudd’s Global Clinic Program.