Where will your career take you? On Thursday March 15th, Rackham alumni from various disciplines will gather to share their stories about their innovative career paths outside the academy. Students will have the opportunity to network with alumni and share strategies about how to envision new directions in their field. There will be four concurrent roundtables from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Rackham Building and the Lurie Engineering Center on North Campus, followed by a reception in the Rackham Assembly Hall at 5:30 p.m. To register for a roundtable, visit our website.
See below for the roster of our impressive group of panelists for this exciting event!
Biological Sciences Roundtable
- Victoria Blanc, Ph.D., Molecular Biology
From Genomic Solutions to VP, Strategic Planning and Government Affairs at Asterand
- William Ziehler, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, J.D.
From developing whole genome amplification to intellectual property and technology law
- Christopher Rohlman, Ph.D., Biological Chemistry
From postdoc to Project Kaleidoscope – shaping undergrad STEM learning environments that attract undergrads to STEM fields
- Dunrie Greiling, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, P.M.P.
From technical writer to coauthor of Internet Marketing Start to Finish: Drive measurable, repeatable online sales with search marketing, usability, CRM, and analytics
Engineering and Sciences Roundtable
- Cliff Adams, M.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A.
From Ford engineer to international investment banking in renewable and energy technology companies at Coady Diemar Partners
- Laurel Harmon, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry
From non-profit R&D to LanzaTech VP for Government Relations; advancing innovative and cost-effective routes to liquid fuels from novel, non-food feedstocks
- Mark Buchanan, M.S.E., Aerospace Engineering
From space systems at Lockheed Martin to dual clutch transmissions at BorgWarner
- Daniel Meléndez Alvira, Ph.D., Atmospheric and Space Sciences
From research physicist to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Lead for Tropical Cyclones and Weather Radar
- Debbie Beres, M.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering
From BSE to Planning Manager, Cypress Semiconductor
Social Sciences Roundtable
- John U. Bacon, M.A., Education
From Knight-Wallace Fellow to teacher, coach, sports commentator, and bestselling author of Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership
- Harold Jackson, Ph.D., Communication Studies
From first African American reporter at the Savannah Morning News to President & CEO of The JacksonHeath Group, providing communications counsel to corporations and universities
- Margaret Boryczka, M.A .,Political Science
From consultant on nuclear waste to co-founder of Apex CoVantage, a private firm in the field of process and workflow design
- Kevin Hurley, Ph.D., Economics
From the Fed to Managing Director, Private Equity and Venture Capital Investing
- Cheryl Hurley, M.A., French
From University of Lyon to President of Library of America, NPO preserving America’s most significant writing
- Steven Hamp, M.A., Museum Practice
From The Henry Ford to Principal, Hamp Advisors, developing K-12 schools, economic pathways, and arts and culture, in Detroit
- Kate Kush, Ph.D., English Language and Literature
From technical writer to Fidelity, facilitating content management systems for technical writers and web publishers
- Judy Keller, M.A., History of Art, M.A., Museum Practice
From DIA intern to Senior Curator, Department of Photography, Getty Museum
- Ken Breisch, Ph.D., History of Art
From Director of Survey and Planning for Texas State Historic Preservation Office to founder of graduate program in Historic Preservation in the School of Architecture at USC
- Rob Grossman, M.A., English Language and Literature, J.D.
From English major to real estate investor in Philadelphia/NY
About the Author
Wendy Ascione-Juska, Annual Giving Officer, Rackham Graduate School