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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you are an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

David Drell
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2006

I am a lead character technical director at DreamWorks Animation.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

"One thing that the BDP offered that I wanted to round out my undergraduate experience was the Connecting Experience."
Elena Lewis
Major: Ethnic Studies (Mexican American)
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2006

I am the director of new students at an Arthur Murray Dance Center.

Location: Ashburn, VA

“Working one-on-one with professors in their respective fields was eye-opening. It not only pushed me to expand my educational horizons, but it ultimately gave me the chance to say that I am officially published.”
Elisabeth Netherton
Major: Human Biology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I completed an MD at UT Houston and am currently in Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Houston, TX

“In medicine, everything is interdisciplinary . . . An interdisciplinary education sets the foundation for this, and helps us learn to appreciate and hopefully integrate multiple perspectives in the care of our patients.”
Emily Cadik
Major: Plan II, Government
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2007

I am a senior policy analyst for Enterprise Community Partners.

Location: Washington, D.C.

"Participating in a BDP helped me select my elective courses from an otherwise overwhelming slate of options, and pursue something practical and focused."
Emily Callinan
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I am pursuing a master of arts degree in counseling at St. Edward’s University.

Location: Austin, TX

"The BDPs influenced me to become an advocate for my clients and to expand my passion for non-profit work."
Emily Petri
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Fall 2011

I am a staff environmental scientist at Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Location: Dallas, TX

"Through the BDP, I shaped my education to better align with what recruiters were looking for."
Erin Elbel
Major: Biology Honors
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am earning a medical degree at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Location: New York, NY

“…having the perspective on health disparities both globally and at home has greatly influenced the way I see the world.”
Felicia Pena
Major: Sociology, Communication Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I am a community events coordinator for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

Location: Austin, TX

"Participating in the BDPs motivated me to challenge myself by taking on new assignments and adventures that I may not have thought of otherwise."
Freddy Gottesman
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

I work with user operations at Facebook as an analysis and reporting project manager.

Location: San Francisco, CA

"The BDPs taught me to embrace new challenges and transfer lessons from seemingly unrelated experiences. "
Gwen Cubit
Major: Social Work
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am currently employed by Austin Travis County Integral Care, where I provide person-centered thinking facilitation, complete crisis plans and assessments, and provide therapeutic interventions.

Location: Austin, TX

"What I value the most about my BDP experience is the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary studies."