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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.

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."
Blair Rhodes
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Fall 201

I work for Integral Care as an Intake Counselor. I conduct bio-psycho-social assessments with clients seeking community mental health services.

Location: Austin, TX

“BDP helped shape my collaboration skills by exposing me to multiple perspectives outside of my own school of thought, which is vital to social work practice.”
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am a Program Manager for Engineering Education at Google. I contribute to Google’s computer science education efforts for students and educators across the globe.

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."
Carson Taylor headshot
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I work for Electronic Arts (EA) as a Junior Project Manager where I manage IT and software tool development from idea conception to deployment

Location: Redwood City, CA

"The BDP experience allowed me to explore game development through the lenses of Computer Science and Fine Arts as well as RTF, which encouraged my interest in the industry and prepared me for a role where I work with a variety of interdisciplinary specialists."
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."

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