Milken alumni continue to make amazing contributions to our community and the world and embody the "portrait of a Milken graduate." We couldn't be prouder to share some of these exceptional achievements.
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Ami Fields-Meyer '12
Ami started Emory College “undecided,” but through the liberal arts environment, he became a History major with a minor in African American studies. He also began the ground-breaking student group TableTalk, bringing students from different backgrounds together for engaging, authentic conversations around tough topics like race, religion, and cultural norms. Read and watch Ami’s story.
A licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at American Jewish University in the Department of Psychology, Raymond teaches undergraduate students about the causes and treatments for various behavioral, social, psychological, and emotional struggles. Read a recent article featured on The Skribe: People-Pleasing: What Are You Really Trying To Do?
Max Aruj ‘07
Millions of people love music, but learning to play an instrument takes time and dedication. For Max, music has always been more than an enjoyable hobby. His interest in the field began when he took up piano lessons at the age of 6 and his early exposure to music opened up an avenue towards a career.
Max is succeeding in pursuing his passion and life long dream of composing music. As a high school student at Milken Community Schools he participated in Jazz band and Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, in AP music theory his junior year, Max was introduced to composition, which enthused him to pursue this area of study in college. Dr. Russell Steinberg, Max’s music teacher was also instrumental in inspiring him to study music composition in college.
After graduating from Milken in 2007, Max attended USC Thorton School of Music for a Bachelor in Music Composition. At USC, Max received thorough training in composition, musicianship, theory, analysis, orchestration, and counterpoint. While a full-time student, he served as a licensing and publishing intern for Universal Pictures, Film and Music. During his sophomore year, Max landed a position as the Studio Intern for Hans Zimmer, a world-renowned composer, at Remote Control Productions. Zimmer has created music for over 100 films, including award-winning film scores. Among this, are 4 Grammy awards, 3 BRIT awards, 2 Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. It is an understatement to say that obtaining this internship, as a college student, was a huge accomplishment.
After graduating from USC in 2012 Max was hired on as the assistant to Lorne Balfe. Some of Balfe’s works include The Dark Knight Rises, Madagascar 3, The 84th Academy Awards, The Bible (TV Series), Assassin’s Creed-Revelations, Assassin’s Creed III-The Tyranny of King Washington (Video Game), and many more. Now that he has had ample experience working as a composer he says that his favorite part of composing is “being able to work on something different and fresh everyday, being challenged by it, and working with people who are passionate about their profession.” When writing scores for commercials, films or video games, he is able to make his life long dream a reality.
Most recently, Max completed additional music for Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force. Upcoming projects that he will be working on with other composers include, but are not limited to, Gloria (post-production) and The Penguins of Madagascar (production).
Max has an impressive disposition, a positive attitude, and an unbeatable work ethic. He is an up and coming and respected composer. Milken is looking forward to seeing what he has in store next!
Barbara Schloss ‘11
Barbara Schloss, a Milken Community Schools alumna from the class of 2011, is attending MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an Engineering student. She focuses her time in the field of Aviation & Aerospace, working at Virgin Galactic, Draper Laboratory. Following is a phenomenal article written about Schloss by Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group.
The Importance of Encouraging Children to Shoot for the Moon By Richard Branson
“Children are sponges, they absorb what we say and do. Our actions and words can greatly influence and inspire their young minds, and ultimately their future. Knowing this, we should always strive to make a positive impact. This doesn’t mean we have to censor ourselves; but instead lead by example to help them reach their full potential.
I recently heard a wonderful story about how one of Virgin Galactic’s college interns discovered her passion for space. In 2004, when Barbara Schloss was 11 years old, her ‘space geek’ parents took her and her brother into California’s Mojave Desert to watch SpaceShipOne attempt to win the XPRIZE. They drove from Los Angeles, bunked down overnight at a motel, and woke up just before dawn to set up for the event. Bundled under multiple blankets to combat the cold desert morning, Barbara and her family witnessed the historic space flight.
She explained: “I could hardly contain my excitement. I remember watching WhiteKnightOne take off and then waiting, for what felt like forever, for SpaceShipOne to separate and fire its rocket engine.” Of course, that day SpaceShipOne reached space and entered the history books for being the first privately-funded spacecraft to carry astronauts to space, thereby winning the Ansari XPRIZE.
By exposing her to the XPRIZE – a prize that encourages radical breakthroughs for the benefits of humanity – Barbara’s parents unknowingly sparked her life’s passion. Barbara claims to have enjoyed math and science since before she can remember, but on that day she set her sights on becoming an aerospace engineer.
Today, Barbara is a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and interns at Virgin Galactic where, as a member of the Advanced Programs group, she works on the liquid propulsion system for LauncherOne – Virgin Galactic’s launch vehicle for small satellites. She said, “I still have WhiteKnightOne and SpaceShipOne painted on my closet at home, but working on the real thing is infinitely better.”
Children are often told ‘you can’t do this,’ ‘you shouldn’t do that,’ and ‘that is out of your reach.’ Youth is an incredible thing; it spurs confidence, vitality, drive and a fresh outlook. When allowed to, children can be unstoppable; so let’s expose them to the opportunities and support they need to achieve the seemingly unachievable. I’ve always had a soft spot for dreamers – not those who waste their time thinking ‘what if’ but the ones who look to the sky and say ‘why can’t I shoot for the moon?’
Thank you, Barbara, for your work at Virgin Galactic. We’re proud to have you on the team! Good luck in your final year at MIT and for your future travels into space.
Nicolette Mason ‘04
Nicolette Mason is a Los Angeles native living and working in New York City. She received her college education from Parsons New School for Design in 2008, with a BA in Design and Management.
While completing her thesis on Heteronormativity in Mass Media and the Impact on LGBT Youth, Nicolette created an online magazine, Enfant Terrible, for LGBT and questioning teens.
As a creative consultant, writer, and fashion editor, Nicolette's Brooklyn-based life offers her many exciting experiences, most of which are documented through the blog she launched in 2009. Her blog, an exploration of her love for all things design, soon blossomed into the diary of her adventures in international travel, personal style, arts, and her burgeoning career in the fashion industry.
Nicolette prides herself on creating an environment filled with beauty and a positive outlook. While her blog provides readers with optimal eye-candy, from her cherished glittery heels to French macaroons, it is also an insightful chronicling of visual culture.
Nicolette is a contributing fashion editor and columnist at Marie Claire. She also hosted a web series in partnership with Hearst and YouTube, which now lives at Cosmopolitan.com. She has contributed to many publications, both online and in print, including Vogue Italia, Refinery29, Brooklyn Magazine, The L Magazine, Stylecaster, Glamour Magazine Italy, and more.
She has also worked and consulted on projects with many of the world's top fashion and lifestyle companies, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Josie Natori, Unilever, eBay, Arcadia Group, Gwynnie Bee, MYNT 1792, ASOS, and ModCloth.