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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.

Ben Weiss
Major: Humanities, History, Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am a doctoral student in the Department of History at UT. My work focuses on African history.

Location: Austin, TX

"...I am integrating methods from public health, history, political science, social work, African studies, and numerous other disciplines. The BDPs helped me to fluidly integrate these perspectives."
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am a Program Manager at Google, currently focused on improving customer experiences.

Location: Mountain View, CA

"Interdisciplinary education experiences at UT helped me set the foundation for navigating my way through cross-functional organizations in the workplace."
Brian Hertz
Major: Civil Engineering
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am a sustainability analyst for Waste Management Sustainability Services.

Location: Houston, TX

"The interdisciplinary nature of the BDPs helped me understand how to attack modern environmental issues from various angles and viewpoints to determine the best solution."
Caleb Wiley
Major: Public Relations
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Summer 2012

I am a professional staff member for the Senate Finance Committee.

Location: Washington, D.C.

"An interdisciplinary education in college has enabled me to stay organized and understand the information I must know versus the information I must understand."
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!""
Cassy Dorff
Major: Government
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver.

Location: Denver, CO

"...the BDPs helped me find resources to attend research conferences in political science. This experience undoubtedly prepared me for grad school and opened numerous doors into the academic world of research."
Charles Sisemseghan
Major: Economics
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am an economist at the Texas Workforce Commission.

Location: Austin, TX

“I am a better and more informed world citizen because of the courses and research experience I completed for my BDP.”
Christopher Robertson
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University.

Location: Evanston, IL

"My experience in the BDPs continues to shape my research, where I draw from history, political science, and philosophy, among other fields."
Daniel Hung
Major: Plan II, Government, History, Asian Studies
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I am pursuing a law degree at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Location: Austin, TX

“The Ethics & Leadership BDP taught me how to become an ethical leader, lessons that I will utilize for the rest of my life.”
Danielle Folsom
Major: Communication Studies, Government
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Fall 2007

I am an assistant city attorney for the City of Houston. Location: Houston, TX

"Completing both a research and internship Connecting Experience helped me to choose between an academic postgraduate career path and a professional degree."