Jake Gaba is headed back to China.
The Lake Highlands High School 2012 grad who danced across China in 2014 is one of two Dartmouth students and one of 111 students nationwide chosen to study for a year at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Jake and his fellow participants were chosen from more than 3,000 applicants from 135 countries to receive the inaugural Schwarzman Scholarship. The Schwarzman Scholars Program was founded by New York businessman and philanthropist Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Jake majors in computer science modified with digital arts, and he’ll earn a Master’s degree while studying in Beijing. He’s worked with Dartmouth’s Digital Arts, Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab, and turns the heads of professors who encounter him.
“Jake has been one of the top students I’ve worked with in 30 years of university teaching,” said Lorie Loeb, DALI Lab Director and Research Professor of Computer Science, speaking to Dartmouth Now. “He deserves this honor.”
Jake also performs with Sing Dynasty, a Dartmouth a capella group, and he made history serving as their musical director while a freshmen – their youngest leader ever.
Jake has also worked on a 360-degree virtual reality video of zero gravity plane ride for NASA and the user-interface for an Android app that monitors symptoms in asthma patients. In his spare time.