Fifty For The Future®

Winners Announced for the

Illinois Technology Foundation

2016 Fifty for the Future®


50 College and 10 High School Students from Illinois recognized as the technology industry’s best and brightest student

February 20, 2017 | CHICAGO – The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF), a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting college age students in the transition from academia to industry, announced the 2016 winners of their Fifty for the Future® award. The program, currently in its 10th year, recognizes the best and brightest technology students in the state.

The formal celebration recognizing these winners will occur at Robert Morris University, Chicago on March 7, 2017.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Awardees.

Student School
Sabita Acharya University of Illinois at Chicago
Kevin Bautista Lake View High School
Kaileen Beckman Lewis University
Asment Benjamin DeVry University
Patrick Bizimana DeVry University
Frank Brandt Lewis University
Jackal Brewer Catalyst Maria High school
Daniel Brooks Governors State University
Joanna Bursakowska University of Illinois Springfield
Andrew Camphouse Lewis University
Francisco Cano Lewis University
Joseph Casalino Lewis University
Marc Cerda Lewis University
Trent Chamness Lewis University
Danny Chandler, Jr Year Up Chicago
Tyler Christianson Byron High School
Annie Cimack Prospect High School
Anthony Conte Lewis University
Michael Craven DeVry University
Alison Cross Lewis University
Justin Drake-Sanchez DeVry University
Robert Dudasik Lewis University
Grecia Equihua Lewis University
Abir Fathalla Governors State University
Jordan Gibb Augustana College
Lauren Goggin Augustana College
Erik Gonzalez West Leyden High School
Vasko Jovanovski Robert Morris University
Chaitanya Jujjavarapu Dunlap High School
Louis Karagiannes DeVry University
Samrah Khan DeVry University
Musa Killins Year Up Chicago
Stefan Klenk Robert Morris University
Yazmin Lara-Perez Curie Metropolitan High School
John Laschober Lewis University
Krystal Le Lewis University
Anthony Leon University of Illinois at Chicago
Jia Li University of Illinois at Chicago
Clinton MacQueen Governors State University
Sreejith Menon University of Illinois at Chicago
Artur Oganezov DePaul University
Lucas Parker Lewis University
Arpankumar Patel DePaul University
Megan Pecho DePaul University
Swarnav Pujari University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jenna Rolowicz Lewis University
Linnea Rylander Buffalo Grove High School
Xavier Sepulveda DePaul University
Ramandeep Singh Lewis University
Aynaz Taheri University of Illinois at Chicago
Mubashra Uddin DeVry University
Angel Valdez Lewis University
Andrea Vega Lane Technical High School
Loyda Villate City Colleges of Chicago – Wilbur Wright College
Ryan Walker Lewis University
Ashley Walsh Lewis University
Michael Wasack DeVry University
Tyrese Wetzel Intrinsic Schools
Frederick Williams Chicago State University
Sriram Yarlagadda DePaul University


The annual event, Fifty for the Future®, continues to build awareness of the talent of tomorrow for the Illinois technology ecosystem. The ITF is proud to carry on the tradition of highlighting and supporting the future technology workforce of Illinois.

About the Illinois Technology Foundation

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to assisting college age students in the transition from academia to industry.

In doing this, we enrich the careers of students by helping them find meaningful employment that allows them to pursue their technical aspirations and make valuable contributions to their employers.

The ITF accomplishes this mission by focusing on the following goals:

  • Helping students understand their career path, goals, and how to achieve them
  • Recognizing and retaining top student talent in the field of technology within Illinois
  • Connecting students with better job opportunities
  • Providing working professionals with an opportunity to mentor local student talent
  • Providing Illinois technology employers with a pool of local student talent

Illinois Technology Foundation Partner Sites
Student Tech Club
Center For Innovative Thinking