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The department is thrilled to announce that Nabeel N. Gillani ‘12 has been elected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2012. Nabeel is the first Brown computer science student to receive this honor and was selected from a pool of 830 candidates.

Nabeel, majoring in applied mathematics and computer science, has also served as a research assistant on a biotechnology project with George Karniadakis, as a Microsoft program manager on Microsoft Access, as head TA for Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming, and is working now at Brown’s optimization lab on electricity restoration for disaster relief with Pascal van Hentenryck. He founded a Providence-based microfinance organization, The Capital Good Fund, as well as an outreach program in the Providence public schools (The Learning Exchange) to help younger students learn math. After graduating from Brown in May, Nabeel plans to do the M.Sc. in computer science and the M.Sc. in education.