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Meet UGS Students

Major: Computer Science
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media

Briana Gray is a computer science senior who has worked on video and computer game design through the Bridging Disciplines Programs.

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work for BookSpring as the Schools and Libraries Partner Manager. I manage book giveaway programs in over 30 local Title 1 Elementary Schools.

Location: Austin, TX

“I am now able to view challenges from different perspectives and think more critically about how to solve them.”
Jessica Norriss
Major: Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for CUAHSI, Inc. as a GIS/Data Analyst. I am also earning a joint M.A./M.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering/urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University.

Location: Boston, MA

“Everything I do is incredibly interdisciplinary; the importance of valuing a variety of skill sets can not be understated.”
Darbi Donaldson
Major: Sociology, Communications
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I work for One Little Indian Records as head of digital.

“The BDP courses allowed me to dive deeper and take a more hands on approach to the digital side of my studies.”
Michelle Poehlmann
Major: International Business, Spanish
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Fall 2012

I work for VMware Inc as a strategic sourcing manager. I manage the contracts, negotiations, and supplier relationships within the sales, marketing, and training categories.

Location: Austin, Texas

“I learned that having broad experiences outside your field of study develops you as a person, in addition to developing your career.”
Cassandra Shankman
Major: Music Composition
BDP Certificate: Film Studies
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am the co-founder of Picardy and work in User Development and Engagement.

Location: Austin, Texas

"The most valuable experience with BDP was my internship . . . These lessons led me to where I am today!""
Nidhi Reddy
Major: Mathematics, Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am currently enrolled in a programming bootcamp.

“My BDP experience allowed me to dip my feet into the intersection between art and technology, a place in which I am currently paving a path.”
Adam Zeiner
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I work for Razorfish as an associate designer, doing UI and a bit of UX design on a product team.

Location: Austin, TX

“[My BDP] helped me to view problems at both a macro and micro scale. . . It also helped me become more comfortable with collaboration and the fact that many big ideas can't be realized individually.”
Samuel Hagan
Major: Government, Spanish, & Portuguese
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for New York Life Insurance Company as an agent. I educate young professionals and families on how to build strong, protected financial foundations.

Location: Austin, TX

“My interdisciplinary education with the BDP was crucial in teaching me to expand my horizons as far as they could be imagined.”
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.”