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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.

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.”
Patrick Meaney
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Summer 2010

I am an email operations specialist for SolarWinds, Inc.

Location: Austin, TX

"I interned with green and social entrepreneurs, which has led me to continue to develop business and technology skills with an end goal of building creative social-environmental non-profit and for-profit ventures."
Peyton Styles
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I am pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at UT.

Location: Austin, TX

"The most valuable aspect of my BDP experience was how it broadened my understanding of speech-language pathology."
Prianka Legesse-Sinha headshot
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2014

I work for Causeway Galveston as a Brown Fellow Project Specialist who evaluates the Causeway Galveston pilot project.

Location: Galveston, Texas, United States

“Interdisciplinary education prepared me for my current job by teaching me to understand various perspectives for approaching problems and situations.”
Priya Gupta headshot
Major: Human Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I am earning a D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University

Location: Davie, FL

My BDP allowed me to take classes and participate in research projects that went beyond the scope of my science major, while still focusing on healthcare.
Rachel Short
Major: Communication Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am a business development manager with American Philanthropic.

Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania

“The BDP experience helped me realize my passion for marrying my business and communications skills with the causes and missions of the nonprofit sector.”
Rachel Sibley
Major: Plan II
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I am the head of communications at IBM Design.

Location: Austin, TX

“In today's professional world, the interdisciplinary individual gets the gold.”
Rachel Weiser
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Summer 2006

I am the Midwest finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Location: Washington, D.C.

"My BDP experience taught me the importance of interdisciplinary studies in my career."
Sakina Karimjee
Major: Exercise Science
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am in medical school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Location: Champaign, IL

"My BDP experience helped me be a well-rounded premedical student."
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.”

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