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2018 Student Staff Alumni

2018 Idea Lab Student Staff Alumni

Theon Masters ’18
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Current City: Minneapolis, MN
Economics Major
I love to find solutions to problems, and help others that do so. I like to understand what motivates others and find ways to channel the motivation into something greater. I enjoy working with people and working with my hands in my spare time. I currently work in Minneapolis at American Public Media.

Tejas Singh ’18
Hometown: Kolkata, India
Current City: Minneapolis, MN
Economics Major
I am a passionate problem solver. I like to interact with people and enjoy working in teams to solve problems. I currently work in Minneapolis as an Investment Banking Analyst at TripleTree.

Ben Sydel ’18
Hometown: New York, NY
Current City: St. Paul, MN
Economics Major
I love learning new things and sharing my knowledge. I currently work in St. Paul as a Business Associate at Techstars Retail.

Joe Trier ’18
Hometown: Madison, WI
Current City: Washington, D.C.
Economics Major, Political Science Minor
I spent four years at Macalester trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life, and even though I didn’t get a direct answer, I found something much more valuable in the entrepreneurship department. I learned to welcome failure as an invaluable tool in problem solving, and focused my love for people into helping build solutions and share ideas. Currently, I work for Dragos, a cybersecurity startup in the DC area, as part of the business development and sales teams. I love to engage with anyone I can – feel free to contact me about anything and everything.

Jaime Hasama ’18
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current City: Minneapolis, MN
Biology Major, Psychology Minor
I’m an entrepreneurship nerd who’s landed at a hospitality tech startup in downtown Minneapolis called Kipsu! I’ve worked for startups ranging from 3 employees to my current growth phase, 60 employee company and really enjoy the excitement and teamwork that originates from this kind of culture. I love having an impact on small and growing businesses and find passion in supporting diversity through tech! In my free time, you can find me taking care of my plant collection, playing with my cat Chicken McNugget, and playing soccer!

Lilian Vo ’18
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Current City: Minneapolis, MN
International Studies Major, Anthropolgy Minor, Japanese Minor
Inspired and motivated by the human connection, I am passionate about using design to strengthen and build community. True to my Seattle roots, you can often find me cozied up at my favorite coffee shop when I feel homesick. I am energized by meeting new people with exciting ideas and always open to connecting. I currently work as the Associate Art Director at The On Being Project in Minneapolis.

Cuau Cruz Herrera ’19
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Current City: Guadalajara, Mexico
Economics & Applied Math Major
Currently, Cuau is in the Mexican state of Jalisco where the new administration invited him to join the government to roll out a mathematics education program across the state. He’s training and inspiring a new generation of mathematics instructors for whom the playing field is wide open. His goal is to give all students a chance to become the next engineers, teachers, doctors, economists, and more.