Inspiring Beyond the Classroom

Students at Stamford American get to engage with thought leaders, Nobel laureates, artistes, star athletes and other role models through the Global Mentor Program. Our wish is for every student to be inspired by the achievements of these great minds to make their own valuable contributions to society.

Nobel Laureates

Stamford American has been proud to host outstanding contributors in the areas of economics and science. The stories of these Nobel Laureates have shown our students that there is immense opportunity to do good in the world.

Sir James Mirrlees
Nobel Prize Recipient in Economics, 1996

Scottish economist Sir James Mirrlees was recognized for his influential work on improving tax efficiency in the United Kingdom. Together with William Vickrey, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his theory on “information asymmetry”.

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi
Nobel Prize Recipient in Chemistry, 2010

Professor Negishi grew up in modest conditions in Japan and moved to the US on a Fulbright scholarship. He is best known for his discovery and development of the Negishi coupling, used in many areas of organic synthesis.

Professor Ada E. Yonath
Nobel Prize Recipient in Chemistry, 2009

A pioneer in the area of ribosomal crystallography, Professor Yonath was the first woman in 45 years and the first woman in the Middle East to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She was awarded the prize for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.

Professor Robert F. Engle III
Nobel Prize Recipient in Economics, 2003

Professor Engle was awarded the Nobel Prize for his methods in analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility. His work has been essential in statistical models that manage risk in financial markets.

Dr Peter Agre
Nobel Prize Recipient in Chemistry, 2003

Currently the Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Dr Agre began his career with an interest in global health. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his theory on how water is transported into and out of the cells of the body.

Sporting Champions

Athletes all over the world have inspired us with their grit in the pursuit of excellence. The Stamford swimming squad got a rare demonstration of this when they got to swim a relay race with Olympic medalists Jessica Hardy, David Plummer and Nathan Adrian.

Jessica Hardy
Olympic Gold Medalist

Swimmer Jessica Hardy won gold and bronze medals for the US in 4 × 100–meter relay events at the 2012 Olympics in London. Despite having to overcome major hurdles, she has managed to break several world records in her swimming career.

David Plummer
Olympic Gold Medalist

David Plummer won gold and bronze medals for the US at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. After his retirement from competitive swimming, David has continued in the sport as a coach to award-winning swim teams.

Nathan Adrian
Olympic Gold Medalist

Nathan Adrian is a five-time Olympic gold medalist. He represented the US swimming team in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Nathan now serves as Ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming.

Pernille Blume
Olympic Gold Medalist

Despite once being told that she would never succeed in the 50-meter freestyle race, Danish swimmer Pernille Blume won the gold medal in that very event at the 2016 Olympic Games. She was also instrumental in leading Denmark to a bronze medal in the 4 × 100–meter relay race.

Roberto Carlos
World Cup Champion

A FIFA World Cup legend, Roberto Carlos began his career with football club Real Madrid. He played for Brazil in 3 World Cup events, with a win at the 2002 event hosted by Japan. Stamford students got to see his legendary bending free kick at a football clinic on campus.

Thought Leaders

Students at Stamford American have had the privilege of meeting some of the world’s most inspiring personalities from diverse fields.

Dr John Francis
Environmentalist and United Nations Ambassador

Nicknamed “the planetwalker”, Dr Francis did not use motorized transportation for 22 years after witnessing the devastation of an oil spill. He has traveled the world extensively, having walked across the US and the length of South America.

Jane Seymour, OBE
Award-winning Actress

Jane Seymour has earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and also has a star to her name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has had a successful career as an actress, author, producer and designer. She is also actively involved with several charities.

Andy Stumpf
Former Navy Seal and World Record Holder

Andy Stumpf had a long and illustrious career with the US Navy Seals even after suffering serious combat injuries. In 2015, he jumped from a height of 18.26 miles to break the wingsuit flight world record. Andy now travels the world to share his experiences.

General (Ret.) David Petraeus
Former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director

General Petraeus served in the US Army for 37 years before taking up the reins at the CIA. During his long military career, he was Commander of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) armed forces in Afghanistan.

Mr Kirk Wagar
Former US Ambassador to Singapore

Kirk Wagar served as US Ambassador during US President Barack Obama’s second term in office. He is credited with enabling the 2016 State Dinner hosted for Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Mr Peter Grauer
Chairman of Bloomberg Inc

Besides holding the role of Chairman at Bloomberg since 2001, Peter Grauer is also an advisor to several global business groups. He has been widely recognized for advocating diversity and inclusion at the workplace.

His Excellency Jose Manuel Barroso
11th President of the European Commission

Under the stewardship of Durão Barroso, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. He also served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 2002–2005.