About the Players
Greg Herman, 22, is a graduate student at Colorado State University, pursuing a PhD in Atmospheric Science. His research focuses on the application of statistical methods and machine learning algorithms towards improving short and medium range weather forecasts.
|Julie is 23 and recently graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Environmental Science and Psychology. She has since moved to metro DC and currently works through Americorps for a county-level division of the Maryland Forest Service.
She started playing duplicate bridge in college and has since earned bronze medals in pairs events at the World Youth Championships in Atlanta and Opatija, Croatia.
She says that she owed her accomplishments to the metro Detroit bridge talent and USBF junior program, who have mentored her to where she is today.
|Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Oren now lives in Chicago and is a fourth-year at the University of Chicago studying Political Science. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career playing, teaching, and writing about bridge.
He won the U21 World Youth Open Teams in 2013 and finished second in the U21 World Youth Championship in 2014. In 2015, he captained the University of Chicago bridge team to victory in the National Collegiate Championship and was on the winning 0-5000 Spingold team. His writing work includes articles published in Better Bridge Magazine, the Bridge Bulletin, and The Bridge World.
He spends most of his free time reading about bridge, writing on Bridge Winners, and watching Netflix.
|Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, I first learned to play bridge in Karachi, Pakistan at age sixteen. My first teachers, Khaled Mohiuddin, Hassan Rashid, Mubashir Puri, and Tehsin Gheewala opened a world of opportunity for me and I'll never be able to thank them enough for it. With the help of the Juniors' program on BBO (run by Valerie Westheimer and Hedy Grey) and the newly formed US Junior training program, I've steadily been able to better my game. Being able to get expert opinions from Michael and Debbie Rosenberg, Barry Goren, Marinesa Letizia, Curtis Cheek, and so many others has taught me so much in such a short period of time. I can only hope to do them proud and reward their efforts by continuing to improve.
Since picking up the game, I've tried to go to every Junior event my schedule allowed. I had the good fortune of being able to go to China in 2008, Turkey in 2009 and 2014, Philadelphia in 2010, Croatia in 2011, and China (again) in 2012 playing for both USA and Pakistan. While I haven't had any major success at these events, each of them changed my life. The experiences, good and bad, I've had because of this game have been one of a kind. Yet, more important than the experiences themselves, are the truly unique personalities I've come across. I'm not sure who I would be without bridge at this point in my life, to be honest.
I recently graduated with a triple major in Microbiology, Psychology, and Chemistry from the University of Las Vegas Nevada. I have professional goals I'd like to achieve that will take time away from bridge, but I plan to play on some serious level for the rest of my life.