March 11, 2013
The White House
Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing on behalf of Calvin Gee, in strong support of his interest in, and application for, a Presidential Innovation Fellowship. I have known Calvin in several capacities over the past two years – first as an applicant and subsequently as an intern working on an exploratory social networking project and as an employee.
Calvin is a big thinker, confident and able to adapt to changing demands and opportunities. As an applicant for the internship he left a lasting impression – Calvin came prepared with several of his most recent projects, in particular a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)-based iPad application that he had developed with the intent to help children with autism communicate more effectively. This quickly and clearly demonstrated his ability to identify a challenge that needed solving and a keen awareness of how technology could be leveraged to do so.
As an intern, Calvin was tasked with conducting the preliminary supporting research that would be the basis for a new social network tailored to the needs of children and families who were hospitalized. His passion, vision and technical acumen were tremendous assets to the project, the first phase of which was ultimately successful in proving both a measureable need, interest and willingness-to-pilot by patients, families and clinicians.
Following the completion of his internship, Calvin was invited to continue his engagement with my office in a technology and web consulting capacity. His efforts were instrumental in redirecting the development of a functional website and volunteer management system geared for the grand opening of a new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Based on my experiences overseeing and working alongside Calvin, I am quite confident that he would be an asset to the program. He possesses strong, forward-looking vision, a productive approach to brainstorming and the technical skills to carry the work forward. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.
Assistant Director, Strategic and Philanthropic Partnerships
Development and Alumni Relations
University of Michigan Health System