Class of 1957 Spectrum Award
Update to our Classmates, September 2020
The Class of 1957 is proud to congratulate Ana Gabriela Duque Schumacher ’20, an Industrial and Systems Engineering major as our fourth Spectrum Award winner. Ana’s active involvement on campus throughout her years at Rensselaer has mirrored her interest in the Industrial Engineering field.
While at RPI as well as before she became a college student, Ana has been a committed community member, volunteering and impacting many lives along the way. Some of her campus activities include active involvement in the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, where she served as an e-board member. She was also involved in the Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program, Society of Women Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi.
Ana started volunteering in the Salvation Army in the Albany Area Service in 2018, for which she organized one of the Friday night activities within the facilities that was focused on sustainability and ecological consciousness. For her final project in Information Systems, she designed a database system for the organization to be able to more efficiently manage all their donations. Her active involvement outside of the Rensselaer community stems from the previous and ongoing volunteer work that she runs in her hometown of Cali, in Colombia. She founded Little Hands Across the Americas, whose mission is to provide children with better living conditions, while in her young teens.
Through partnerships with Manos Unidas Por Colombia, the foundation helped run annual medical missions providing medical assistance and medicine to 3,800-5,000 patients from marginalized societies within Colombia. Since 2016 she has had an ongoing partnership with Quick and Tasty to provide daily lunches to 200+ school-aged children in Aguablanca. This will help ensure she is still making an impact in the place that she was born and raised.
Her nominator for the Spectrum Award described her as “a role model not only for the Hispanic and women communities but for any Engineering student that seeks to be also an outstanding human being.”
We couldn’t be more proud of all the students who have strived to embody the values of our class. Although COVID-19 would not allow us to meet Ana in person as we try to do with all our Spectrum Award winners, we have emailed her to convey the congratulations and best wishes of the Class of 1957. As we look ahead to our 65th reunion, the class committee is still committed to growing the endowment fund sufficiently to assure its long-term survival. With that in mind, each member of our committee has made an additional pledge to the Spectrum Fund.
We will continue to reach out to all of you requesting your support. Whenever the timing is right for you, we invite you to join us by making a gift to Spectrum, as it will be through this unique gift that the Class of ’57 will leave our long-term impact on RPI.
Meanwhile, we wish all of you and your families good health!