Four Penn Students join inaugural Schwarzman Scholars class

CURF is proud to announce that two Penn students and two alumni are joining the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars.

Angela Chen will graduate in May 2016 from the Wharton School with a bachelor’s degree in economics, concentrating in health care management. She will also complete the pre-med curriculum. Chen was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma during her junior year, and she is also a Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. She conducts research with Professor Guy David of the health care management department, and her senior honors thesis examines health policy efficacy as it pertains to hospital charity care. Last year, she worked with Helen Pun (NU’16, WH’16) to create an Academically-Based Community Service (ABCS) public health initiative in West Philadelphia, and she also enjoys serving as a Mentoring Fellow with the Netter Center’s College Access and Career Readiness (CACR) program. As a Research Fellow with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, her research on social enterprises contributes to WSII’s work to foster Philadelphia’s economic growth. In her free time, Chen competes with the Club Tennis Team and plays piano in a chamber music group.

Aaron Goldstein will graduate in May 2016 from Penn’s Wharton School with a bachelor’s degree in economics with concentrations in risk management and finance. Aaron has been actively involved with a number of entrepreneurial resources on campus and participated in Wharton’s Venture Initiation Program as a co-founder of Fever Smart, a smart thermometer that allows for remote and continuous temperature monitoring. As a result of his work on Fever Smart, Aaron was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of 2014. Through the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Aaron hopes to develop a better understanding of and an ability to navigate the Chinese business world. Moving forward, he plans to leverage his knowledge to become a mediator between China and the West, helping to facilitate the exchange of ideas and products across borders through entrepreneurship.

Dan Goldstern graduated in 2013 from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
During his junior year studies in Beijing, understanding the scale and complexity of China’s urban centers and infrastructure inspired Dan’s direction. Today, he is a real estate investment professional with Silverstein Properties, where he has worked on the development and financing of impactful projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. After the Schwarzman Scholars, he hopes to contribute to the development of transformative, large-scale infrastructure initiatives at the international level.

Ryan Marschang, 23, was originally born in Colorado, USA before moving overseas at a young age to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ryan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics as a member of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. He is currently working as a reservoir engineer for ExxonMobil on one of the world’s largest energy developments to date in Kazakhstan. Ryan has prior experience working in early stage venture capital through helping found the Dorm Room Fund in 2012. He also co-founded a building integrated photovoltaic company in 2011. Ryan plans to focus his studies on Chinese energy policy and the role of new energy technologies in promoting sustainable development in China.

Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.  To learn more about the Schwarzman Scholarship, visit our page on it, or visit