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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’re an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

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."
Jacob Sloan
Major: Journalism, Public Relations
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2007

I am the director of digital strategy at Wieck.

Location: Dallas, TX

"Overall, the BDPs helped me discover my true interests, dive deep into those interests, and connect that knowledge to the career I have now."
James Norris
Major: Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Fall 2006

I am the founder and CEO of Self Spark, an organization that focuses on teaching people how to life hack.

Location: San Francisco, CA

"I was given permission to direct my own learning, which was powerfully motivating to me."
Jamie Lippman
Major: Plan II, Marketing
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2008

I am a social responsibility specialist for JCPenney.

Location: New York, NY

"My BDP experience gave me the foundation to pave my own career path towards corporate social responsibility."
Jared Kinsler
Major: American Studies
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

I am a music producer and the co-founder of SoundNoodle, a sonic branding firm.

Location: Austin, TX

"The experience and connections I made in the Bridging Disciplines Programs were a determining factor in getting my first job producing games."
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.”