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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.”
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.”
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.”
Kate Mowrey
Major: Human Biology, emphasis on Genetics and Biotechnology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work for Baylor College of Medicine as a research technician. I perform a variety of experiments as a part of the Knock out Mouse Project (KOMP), which is an NIH-funded initiative to systematically generate mutant embryonic stem cells for every gene in the mouse genome, eventually using that information to generate new models for human diseases.

Location: Houston, TX

“My interdisciplinary education has whole-heartedly prepared me to pursue my next step of entering graduate school.”
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.”
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.”
Ashley Rivera
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Ashley Rivera, who completed her BDP certificate in Media, Culture & Identities in fall 2015, spent the summer of 2015 on the coast of Nicaragua where she conducted ethnographic research on the Garifuna people. Her research explored the unique culture and identity of a black indigenous population within the broader Mestizo population of Nicaragua.

“Through this Connecting Experience I learned about these peoples’ histories, lives, and experiences as well as how to conduct research.”
Alicia Chopite
Major: Economics
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a PLUS peer coordinator, Alicia works with facilitators and professors to promote academic success.

"UT has a surprising number of resources ready and waiting to help you succeed - you just have to utilize them."