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Jun 162014

Denis_RussuThe 2014 winner of the Brendan Kutler Memorial Scholarship is Denis Russu of Portland, Oregon.

Denis grew up in an agrarian village in southern Ukraine. Like many young aspiring scientists, he spent his early years in school with his heart set on becoming an astronaut. As he grew older and moved to the United States, that ambition developed into a love for astrophysics and mathematics.
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Oct 102013

SSKutler02aThe 2013 Harvard-Westlake Annual Report included two items concerning Brendan and his legacy.

First was a short essay written by Robert Reeves, Brendan’s classmate at Harvard-Westlake. The essay also included a picture of the S.S. Kutler, which Robert and others constructed in Brendan’s memory.

The report also included a sample of course titles offered at the Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Download “A Collective Search for Meaning” by Robert Reeves.

Download Kutler Center Course Offerings.

Jun 102013

Henry Noonan

Henry Noonan

Henry Noonan is the 2013 recipient of the Brendan Kutler Sportmanship Award. A senior captain of the tennis team, Henry showed great character, dedication, honesty, and compassion to his teammates and opponents both on and off the court this season. He is a dedicated soccer fan and claims Everton as his favored club. Henry will be attending the University of Edinburgh this Fall and is looking forward to spending weekends watching derby games in Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle.

May 302013

two_hats_2013 This year’s winner of the Two Hats Award is Daniel Palumbo. Harvard-Westlake president Tom Hudnut presented the award to Daniel in a ceremony attended by Brendan’s parents.

Apr 302013

Rasmi Elasmar

Rasmi Elasmar

The recipient of the 2013 Brendan Kutler Memorial Scholarship is is Rasmi Elasmar of Lakewood, California.

With support from the scholarship, Rasmi is attending Columbia University in New York where he is studying engineering. He attended the Summer Science Program in Santa Barbara, was a member of Key Club and played in his high school marching band. He has strong intellectual curiosity with a wide diversity of interests all balanced by a good dose of compassion and humility. Rasmi wants to use computer science to address the “big issues” in this world.

Apr 132013

Exoplanet KOI-94b has been named “Brendan Kutler” in the Keck Exoplanet Registry.

The planet is estimated to be 70% larger than Earth and orbits a F-type main sequence star 600 light years in the constellation Cygnus.

Click here to download a copy of the naming certificate. Exoplanet Certificate – Kutler

May 302012

Aaron Ashley

Aaron Ashley

The first recipient of the Brendan Kutler Memorial Scholarship is Aaron Lewis Ashley of Gretna, Nebraska. With support from the scholarship, Aaron is now attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aaron lead his Gretna High School rocketry team in the nationwide Team America Rocketry Challenge. While he has extensive interests and accomplishments ranging from competition-level piano and percussion, astronomy and Boy Scouts, Aaron dreams of one day being instrumental in advancing the exploration of space.