Monday, August 4, 2014

Kriti Thapa, MPH, starting medical school at University of Rochester School of Medicine this fall

I graduated in May 2013 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Epidemiology. As I am a Rochester Early Medical Scholar (UofR's combined 8 year BA/BS-MD program) and finished my undergraduate studies a year early (3 years instead of 4), I completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology/Biostatistics in New York City from 2013-2014. While pursuing my MPH, I worked as a Research Associate on the New York City Health an Nutrition Examination (collaborative project between NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the CUNY School of Public Health) and on the Hilton-Westat Foster Youth Initiative. After graduating form my MPH program, I spent the past summer as a Postgraduate Fellow at the Yale School of Medicine.

I will be starting medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine this August! 

Two pieces of advice I can give:

First, do not to be afraid to ask for help from anyone from peers to professors. Noone expects us to know everything--after all, we're all students! With this regard, there are many invaluable resources on campus from our Departmental Offices to the Career Center that will help us attain our goals.

Second, explore fearlessly! The UR curriculum was phenomenal and encouraged me to take courses that I hadn't considered before. In fact, it's flexibility, along with research opportunities with faculty, helped me discover my passion for public health and fueled my love for medicine further!

 Find more UR Student Success stories here.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Spotlight on Summer Interns 2014: Brynn Wilkins, '15, Dixon Schwabl

Brynn Wilkins, Media Production, is learning about audio-visual production this summer in the production department at Dixon Schwabl 

Dixon Schwabl is a full-service advertising, public relations and digital media agency in Rochester. Known for its work culture, Inc., Magazine named the firm one of the "Top 20 Small Company Workplaces" in 2010. 

"My work day really depends on what is going on that day. Sometimes I'm at the computer editing footage from previous shoots, sometimes I'm in the studio recording footage, and sometimes I'm traveling around Rochester and upstate New York for shoots! I've gotten to shadow and assist with so many shoots, and I've been able to edit so many videos that the agency will actually be using, which is awesome experience! It feels so good to have a company see the potential in you and trust you to create footage and videos for them as an intern!

I feel very fortunate to have found a major (Media Production) that I am so passionate about. This passion drives me to challenge myself and search for more and more opportunities that will help me achieve my challenges and goals. I've learned that it's important to always keep an open mind, and never let your drive and motivation run out of fuel. Even with my drive, however, I could not have gotten this internship without (Greene Center Associate Director) Amber Graham. She met with me the day before my interview and really helped me nail down answers to possible questions, do research on the company, and just really helped with my overall preparedness. I am thankful that she is so knowledgable and willing to help!

I have learned so many things while at my internship. Apart from the immense amount of technical knowledge that I'm gaining (editing software, different types of lights/mics and their setups, camera work, etc.), Dixon Schwabl has taught me what it feels like to really love what you do. Everyone who works there is so motivated and happy to be at work, and they really want to do the best job they possibly can for each and every one of their clients. I feel so lucky to be able to work in such an inspirational environment, and I don't want my internship to end!"

Spotlight on Summer Interns 2014

Spotlight on Summer Interns 2014

According to a recent survey published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers,  39 percent of entry-level hires come from an employer's own internship program;  67 percent of interns were offered a full-time position with their employer, and 87 percent of interns accepted a full-time job offer.

At the University of Rochester, 93 percent of students complete at least one internship as an undergraduate and almost 40 percent complete two or more. In our own annual survey of graduating seniors a majority of our students credit their internship experiences as a "highly influential" factor in helping them identify and achieve their career goals.

Click on the links to read about some of the experiences our students are having this summer. We will be publishing summer intern stories starting in mid-July and throughout the summer and fall. Share your summer internship story! Email Kerrie Anne Merz in the Greene Center. 

Brynn Wilkins, '15, Media Production

Interning in the production department at Dixon Schwabl, a full-service advertising, public relations and digital media agency in Rochester.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Student Success 2014: Evan Marcantonio

Evan Marcantonio, who graduated with his bachelor's in chemical engineering, has  accepted a full-time position into the UBS graduate training program in New York City. He worked at UBS as an undergrad last summer.

"I will be working as a technical business analyst finding and creating technical solutions to business needs in conjunction with software and network engineering teams. 

My chemical engineering education at the UR prepared me to easily adapt to different data/analysis driven fields and will continue to help me as I plan to pursue a masters degree in engineering after the rotational program.

I used the great resources at the career center to hone in on representing myself and my skills accurately on my résumé and the job postings on career link to sift through the thousands of job postings. 

The career center at UofR was very important in staying on top of job/internship applications which eventually opened the door for me to pursue this upcoming opportunity."

UR Student Success Stories 2014

Senior Success Stories 2014

From full-time jobs and post-baccalaureate internships to graduate school and service positions, our graduates are finding success around the world.

Read their stories below for inspiration and tips on your own search, and contact Kerrie Merz to share your story. Check back throughout the summer for updates!

Gregory Dimock
Off to Duke University for Master of Engineering Management. 

Evan Marcantonio
Headed to UBS gradate training program in New York City. 

Kriti Thapa
Off to University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shadowing Opportunities in Human Services and Counseling

Human Services and Counseling Shadowing Opportunities

Job shadowing offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional in a person's career field of interest. Gaining exposure through job shadowing can assist with your career planning process by assessing what a typical day is like in a particular career.

UR students are invited to apply to shadowing opportunities below by sending a networking note and resume to the email listed. We continually add to this list, so subscribe or remember to check back. Thank you to our alum and UR Parents for hosting these valuable opportunities.

If you need assistance in preparing for the job shadow contact Michelle Marks-Hook, Assistant Director of Student-Alumni/Parent Engagement Programs.

Williams College, Williamstown, MA
I am a Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Manager with 10 years of comprehensive human resources experience including HRIS implementation/administration, policy development, strategic data analysis, management coaching, change management, performance management, domestic/international compensation & benefits and recruiting.  My career progression: HR Coordinator to HR Generalist to HR Manager in a variety of small to medium sized software companies (start-up and public).  I then transitioned from a broader HR generalist/manager role to HR Business Partner in an Oracle Consulting firm, supporting both internal HR and internal HRIS / systems infrastructure projects.  I am now in a completely HRIS-focused manager role, although I also work on policy, compensation and workflow. See for more details.  My current role is to support the administration and use of the PeopleSoft HRMS system and related interfaces by providing functional and technical expertise within HR and across campus. This is accomplished through planning, recommending, testing, and implementation of system improvements, enhancements and process automation, following best practice methodologies. I also oversee HRIS data integrity and conduct system audits on a regular basis. The key value of this position is supporting HR and institutional strategic planning through data analysis and report preparation.
Overview of Current Employer: My current employer is Williams College, in Williamstown, MA (located in the Berkshires in northwestern Massachusetts, 135 miles from Boston and 165 miles from New York City). Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students, supported by over 1300 faculty/staff/temporary employees.
Special Notes: I would be happy to talk to students/recent graduates about my journey from Psychology major (followed by a brief stint as a Case Manager / Counselor) and my return to graduate school for Human Resources/Organizational Development, as well as my career progression from Human Resources to a functional technology focus.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

LAURA BOND ‘90, Social Worker / Mental Health Therapist
Noyes Mental Health Services, Dansville, NY
Opportunity to shadow clinicians in a rural community mental health clinic with a wellness philosophy. The clinic employs social workers, mental health therapists, family therapists, sex therapists, art therapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists. Treatment population includes children, adults, families, and couples. The clinic treats a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Depending upon the length of the shadowing experience, there may also be opportunities to initiate or participate in projects or group treatment.
Overview of Current Employer: Noyes's mental health professionals collaborate with patients, their families, and the community to support wellness and recovery, and to make a profound difference in the lives of area residents-those struggling with life's everyday challenges, as well as those with severe and persistent mental illness.
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RICHARD BRUMBERG ‘91, Community ASL/English interpreter
Atlanta, GA
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CECILIA COOPER (RAMOS) ‘05, Bilingual School Psychologist
Methuen Public Schools, Boston, MA
I graduated from U of R and enrolled at Tufts University where I obtained my MA/CAGS in School Psychology. I have worked in Methuen as their bilingual school psychologist since 2008, with a one-year employment in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. In my comprehensive role as a school psychologist, I conduct bilingual assessments to determine learning disabilities. I consult with teachers and parents regarding behavior plans, and behavior management. I also do counseling, both group and individual in a K-8 setting. I specifically work with all children in the Sheltered English Immersion program. These are students who are new to the country (mostly from the Dominican Republic) and are learning English as a second language.
K-12 Public School System in Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Methuen is an urban-rim school district located 30 miles north of Boston and borders New Hampshire.
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MICHAEL GRANDNER ‘01, Instructor in Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Philadelphia, PA
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, in the position of Instructor in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The majority of my time involves designing and running research studies, though my week sometimes includes clinical work and administrative duties. My job is fairly typical for a junior faculty at a major research institution -- writing grants and papers, running and supervising studies, etc. My work focuses on sleep and health -- how poor sleep can lead to cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and also how social and environmental factors may lead to poor sleep.
I am a member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania, and also a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology. Penn is a well-known, research-intensive university, and the Center for Sleep at Penn represents one of the top sleep research centers in the world.
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LESLIE HARF ‘83, Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice, New York, NY
Special Note: As a Psychologist in private practice, Leslie is not able to provide an internship due to the sensitive nature of her practice, but she is happy to answer any questions that prospective students may have about entering into the field of Psychology, especially in the New York City area.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

KELLIE ILETO ‘10, Research Assistant II
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
Kellie is a research assistant doing research with autism spectrum disorders. She is a project coordinator for one project, a therapeutic assistant in an early intervention classroom and also has many other responsibilities as needed.
Overview of Current Employer: Kennedy Krieger Institute is well known in the Baltimore community. There are many different campuses but I specifically work in the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Our main focus here is research, practice and education for families and individuals with developmental delays.
Special Note: Kellie would absolutely love to have someone shadow but she is unsure of what this might entail because of HIPPA regulations here. The student might have to undergo training first and cleared with the management.
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CASEY LADUKE ’09, Doctoral Candidate
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Casey is currently a 3rd-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Drexel University, with concentrations in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2009, and completed his MS in psychology at Drexel University in 2011. His current interests include forensic mental health assessment (particularly violence risk assessment), the diversion of individuals with serious mental illness from the justice system, and the application of clinical neuropsychology in the forensic context. While at Drexel he has worked with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, the Pennsylvania Mental Health & Justice Center of Excellence, a private practice specializing in neuropsychological assessment, the Forensic Clinic at Drexel University, and is currently completing a practicum at the Albert M. "Bo" Robinson Assessment & Treatment Center in Trenton, NJ. Casey has also been elected Chair-Elect for the student section committee of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Div. 41).
Overview of Current Employer: Psychology seeks the answers to a variety of questions regarding brain function and the behavior, thoughts and emotions of individuals. These questions range from the biochemical basis of memory and the effects of stress on health, to understanding the causes of emotional problems or experiences such as falling in love. Students pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees in the Department of Psychology at Drexel study these questions alongside award-winning faculty using scientific research techniques both in the laboratory and in the real world. The answers are applied in diverse fields, including business, the health sciences, law, education, counseling, and the design of useful and usable technologies. Recently ranked 7th nationally among colleges offering doctoral programs in clinical psychology, the department’s community of researchers and scholars is dedicated to training students for rigorous graduate study programs and professional careers in psychology.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

ELLEN LEWIS ‘73, Site Manager
Mercy Community Services Outreach Center, Rochester, NY
Following graduation from the UR, Ellen worked as a community organizer in Chicago and then pursued a law degree. Following graduation, she was in-house counsel for an Illinois welfare agency and a major financial institution.  She possess over 20 years in leadership positions in social sector organizations: community/neighborhood development, family services, education and health care.  Ellen is a very passionate advocate for internships and had several outstanding placements during her education.
Overview of Current Employer: Mercy Community Services (MCS) is a not-for-profit corporation with tax exempt status and a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. MCS provides donation-based health care to the uninsured and under-insured, through volunteer providers and housing, comprehensive support and life skills education to pregnant and parenting young women and their children. Services are provided without geographical or other restrictions and without regard to religious affiliation. Our Outreach Center is supported by donations from individuals, some grants and special events.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

CHUCK MONTANTE ‘71, Sr. Clinician
Westfall Associates, Rochester, NY
Chuck has 39 Years in the social work, mental health, and chemical dependency treatment field. Currently he is a Partner in a dual diagnosis outpatient treatment program and Senior Clinician with a staff of 14 clinicians.
Overview of Current Employer: Westfall Associates has been a NYS licensed as a provider of outpatient chemical dependency services for 26 years. Specializing in individuals with dual disorders (mental health and chemical abuse and dependency) along with chronic pain management in recovery.
Special Note: Chuck would be willing to do a networking interview with a student, but clinical internships would require a masters level of study and an intern site relationship with the UR.
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BENJAMIN NAGLE ‘02, Executive Director
Rappahannock Area Office on Youth, Fredericksburg, VA
Benjamin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rappahannock Area Office on Youth. He is responsible for the oversight of all day-to-day operations of the agency, to include all fiscal, programmatic, and personnel functions. Benjamin has served on a number of community boards and coalitions that impact the lives of youth and families in the region and the state. He has served in this capacity for nearly 7 years. After graduating from the UR, Benjamin joined AmeriCorps for 2 years then ran a program for suspended and expelled students for one year.
Overview of Current Employer: The Rappahannock Area Office on Youth exists to reduce juvenile delinquency by promoting and providing opportunities for positive development to at-risk and court-involved youth and their families. The agency has been in existence since 1989 and serves the City of Fredericksburg, and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford in Virginia. They provide education-based services and programs for the youth that we serve and attempt to intervene to prevent further court involvement.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

PAMELA NOACK ‘83, Associate Clinical Director
School of Health Tecnology and Management, Health Policy and Management Department
StonyBrook University Medical Center, StonyBrook, NY
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JEROME PAGANI ‘96, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD
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United Way of King County, Seattle, WA
Nora Peters current position is an AmeriCorps VISTA placement at the United Way of King County.  She is serving a year there, building capacity with UWKC's hunger-relief work, with duties ranging from volunteer recruitment and management, program development, social media networking, federal nutrition program outreach, event planning, technical assistance, etc.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

JUDY ROTHENBERG ‘73, Psychologist
Los Altos School District, Los Altos, CA
28 years as a clinical psychologist working with children, adults, and families.  Emphasis on child protection work.  8 years of administration as well.  Currently working as a school psychologist.
Special Note: Only available during the school year
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AMANDA SHAW ‘05, Court Clinic Social Worker
MHM Services, Dedham, MA
After graduating from UR, Amanda Shaw attended Boston College where she earned a Master's in Social Work (MSW). During her second year, Amanda interned in the Cambridge Court Clinic where she conducted court ordered evaluations for the Juvenile Court, Probate Court (Divorce and Custody), and adult District Court. Upon graduation, Amanda was offered my current position with MHM Services, formerly Forensic Health Services. In her current position, she conducts mental health and substance abuse evaluations of people who are court involved. This may be conducted on an outpatient basis while a person is residing in the community or being held at a local jail. In addition, Amanda also provides the court with same day "crisis" evaluations to assess whether a person is in need of inpatient psychiatric care or inpatient detox. MHM Services is a national organization that primarily provides mental health services to inmates in correctional facilities. Amanda works in a small division of the company that provides forensic evaluations to the courts.
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MELONY E.S. SORBERO 1992(BA), 1993(MS), 1996(MPH), 2001(PhD), Senior Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Melony E. S. Sorbero (PhD, Health Services Research, University of Rochester; MS, Public Policy Analysis, MPH, Public Health), is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND corporation, Co-Director of the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute, and RAND Health's Client Manager for the Office of the Secretary for Health and Human Services. A health services researcher with a background in public policy analysis and public health, Dr. Sorbero, has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and over 10 years of experience conducting evaluations. Her work has been funded by the NCI, ASPE, CMS, AHRQ, NQF, HRSA, VHA, TMA, and the Army Medical Department, the Defense Centers of excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and RWJF. She has studied quality of care and patient safety, disparities in quality of care and outcomes, the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions, performance measurement, value-based purchasing and quality improvement efforts in a variety of populations, including Medicare beneficiaries, commercially insured individuals, injured workers, active duty military personnel and veterans.
Overview of Current Employer: The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND focusses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. With a research staff consisting ODF some of the world's preeminent minds, RAND has been expanding the boundaries of human knowledge for more than 60 years.  As a nonpartisan organization, RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures. Though our dedication to high-quality and objective research and analysis and with sophisticated analytical tools developed over many years, RAND engages clients to create knowledge, insight, information, options, and solutions that will be both effective and enduring.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

EMILY STEINBERG ‘01, CCO and Logistics Coordinator
Rigpa Fellowship, San Diego, CA
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DAVID VAGO, Ph.D. '97, Instructor
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
David Vago is an instructor of psychology in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of Psychiatry at BWH, the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry, and at the Utah Center for Mind-Body Interactions within the University of Utah Medical School. David has held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions. He currently is a Mind and Life Fellow, a selected group of distinguished scientists, scholars, and contemplative practitioners who support the Mind and Life mission and strategy by advising on strategy and programs. He received his Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from the University of Rochester. In 2005, David received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Sciences with a specialization in learning and memory from the department of Psychology, University of Utah. David's research interests broadly focus on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology. In this context, David has been specifically focusing on investigating functional-anatomical brain networks supporting cultivated forms of awareness developed through mindfulness meditation training in order to clarify adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders. By revealing the neural circuitry and further identifying endophenotypes for pathophysiology, David hopes to better predict outcomes and potential targets for the development of biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness. Lastly, David is involved in designing multiple real-time functional neuroimaging studies that aim to use direct neurofeedback as a form of self-regulation to improve outcomes of anhedonia, dysthymia, depression, and addiction. David is an avid Vipassana, Dzogchen meditation and Hatha Yoga practitioner, and enjoys recreating in the outdoors.
Overview of Current Employer: With roots in medicine that date back to 1832, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers and an internationally recognized 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Consistently named to the U.S. News &World Report’s Honor Roll of top hospitals, BWH epitomizes what makes an academic medical center special—the translation of research discoveries into better care for patients at the hospital and beyond. Located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area and adjacent to Harvard Medical School, BWH is in a nexus of some of the best medical and research hospitals in the world. This environment enhances collaboration among medical researchers. At the center of this activity, BWH faces unprecedented opportunities to dramatically advance its patient care and medical research programs. The Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a national leader in brain-mind-body medicine. Under the direction of Dr. David Silbersweig, the department has built on its strong foundation of medical psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine to greatly advance an integrated approach to neuropsychiatry, and a strategic approach to translational research.
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HEIDI WOLTHAUSEN GREEN ‘90, Director of Counseling Services
Fayetteville-Manlius School District, Manlius, NY
Oversee k-12 school counseling program at high-performing suburban school district outside of syracuse. Previous experience: 2006-present in current position; 2002-2006 Assistant Principal @FMHS; 1997-2002 School Counselor at Pittsford Mendon HS; 1992-1997 Assistant Director of Admissions at University of Rochester; 1990-1992 Senior Benefits Consultant at Aetna
Overview of Current Employer: Fayetteville-Manlius School District is a high-performing suburban district outside of Syracuse. In addition to the academic program, the arts and athletics are highly valued. Our district is committed to excellence.
Special Note: Would consider hosting a school counseling practicum or internship student from Warner school if commute isn't prohibitive.
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MARJORIE ZIPIN ‘70, Learning Disabilities Specialist
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Marjorie has more than 40 years experience working with people with disabilities including working in mental health, physical rehabilitation and education settings. She is currently work in the Disability Services Offices at Bucks County Community College.
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Shadowing Opportunties in Engineering, Applied Sciences and Physical Sciences

Job shadowing offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional in a person's career field of interest. Gaining exposure through job shadowing can assist with your career planning process by assessing what a typical day is like in a particular career.

UR students are invited to apply to shadowing opportunities below by sending a networking note and resume to the email listed. We continually add to this list, so subscribe or remember to check back. Thank you to our alum and UR Parents for hosting these valuable opportunities.

If you need assistance in preparing for the job shadow contact Michelle Marks-Hook, Assistant Director of Student-Alumni/Parent Engagement Programs.

CHRISTOPHER ANDREWS ‘93, Senior Product Manager, Life Sciences
Autodesk, Novato, CA
Christopher Andrews has a 15 year career in information technology, the first 15 years focusing on the geospatial domain and recently switching back into the life sciences domain as the Senior Product Manager on a new initiative at Autodesk.  His current position as a product manager involves defining the requirements, strategy, customer contacts, and business models for software products that will be manufactured by Autodesk. Autodesk is the world leader in 3D design software with over 12 million customers in the architecture, infrastructure, manufacturing, and media and entertainment domains.
Special Note: Autodesk is  just getting a brand new life sciences initiative off the ground.  Given Rochester's great concentration in the domain, Andrew will be exploring longer term internship opportunities for students in the future.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

ERIN BANK '03, Research Development Specialist
UCSF, San Francisco, CA
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DAVID BARAN ‘97, Product Engineering Manager
ATK Aerospace Systems, Beltsville, MD
David Baran has spent the past 12 years at ATK Aerospace Systems where he has supported small payload integration for the Space Shuttle program, satellite design, build, test and pre-launch preparations for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is currently an engineering manager supporting spacecraft thermal control product lines where  ATK designs, builds and tests heat pipes, loop heat pipes and lightweight aluminum honeycomb spacecraft panels.  Previously, David worked approximately three years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory supporting an airborne test bed aircraft as well as development and field trials of a biological agent detection system.
Overview of Current Employer: ATK is an aerospace and defense company with locations in multiple states across the US. ATK's products include solid rocket motors, spacecraft structures, solar arrays and therma control systems, small complete spacecraft as well as ammunition for commercial and government customers.
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ANNE BASTONI ‘06, Environmental Planner
VHB, Watertown, MA
I work as an Environmental Planner specializing in stormwater management planning, permitting, funding, and outreach. I have additional experience working with state and federal clients in developing and organizing large and small environmental permitting documents.
Overview of Current Employer: VHB is a civil engineering firm providing planning, design, engineering, and consulting for some of the nation's most complex infrastructure and development initiatives.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

LYDIA BEALL ‘02, Design Challenges Program Manager
Museum of Science, Boston, MA
I received my BS in Chemical Engineering from U of R and worked for several summers as an intern at Corning Incorporated in extrusion engineering for high temperature ceramics. After volunteering at both the Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Corning Museum of Glass, I attended Tufts University earning my MA in Museum Education. I now work at the Museum of Science, Boston combining my experience in engineering and education to develop programs and exhibits on technology and engineering.
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort to promote engineering education awareness, bringing science, technology, and mathematics alive through its exhibits, programs, and more.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

BOEGART BIBBY ‘97, Technology Consultant
DPE Systems, Inc, Seattle, WA
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Rich Carney ’04, Process Engineer
Temptime Corporation, Morris Plains, NJ
Process Engineer with nine years experience in coatings, textiles, packaging and printing.
TempTime provides vaccine and pharmaceutical or medical device viability solutions with time and temperature sensitive indicators, customizable to support a range of applications.  Specialty in providing WHO specified vaccine viability monitors.
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NASA, Greenbelt, MD
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SHAWN DOMAGAL-GOLDMAN ‘01, Research Scientist in the Planetary Atmospheres Lab
Goddard Space Flight Center, Washington, DC
Shawn Domagal-Goldman is currently a postdoc at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. For 3-4 days a week he works in the astrobiology program office, organizing conferences and workshops. The other 1-2 days are dedicated to research focused on exoplanet characterization lessons from the “pale orange dot” that was the Archean Earth. You can also find him blogging about baseball stats and the woe of being a Cubs fan at Bleed Cubbie Blue.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

Michael Errigo ’99, Fishery Biologist
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Summerville, SC
I am a Fishery Biologist, tasked with data analyses and preparation of information relating to the goals of the SAFMC.  I work with fishery data (mostly landings) and prepare analyses and graphics in support of amendments to the Council's fishery management plans, as well as in support of all meetings pertaining to the management of fisheries in the South Atlantic.
Overview of Current Employer: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, headquartered in Charleston, S.C. is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida to Key West.
Special Notes: We are often at meetings throughout the year, but I am still willing to host a student.  Attending a Council meeting is actually a great way of learning about what I do.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

FRANK GILSON ‘89, Director of Live Game Operations
FireForge, Inc., Irvine, CA
FIreForge, Inc. is a startup in the online free to play game market. We also extend and maintain platform technology to partners.
Email Networking Note & Resume to:

ANTHONY GRAHAM ‘81, Managing Director
Pamet Software, Hudson, MA
16 Years on Wall Street with Smith Barney, Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup as Investment Banker; 9 Years in Current Position as Entrepreneur running a software company providing software for public safety agencies. Anthony Graham purchased his current employer in December 2008.  This organization operates with 7 staff from two offices and develops and sells public safety software.
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LAURA HALES,'89, Founder, CBO
Extended Biosciences Inc., Cambridge, MA
I am a scientist turned entrepreneur. I am a founder of a biotech company and a scientific communications company.
I would be happy to host or let shadow student that is interests in starting their own biotech company or learning more about biotech. I am open to any kind of project: marketing, lab work, informational etc. I also own a scientific communications company and could host /shadow a student who is interested in using social media to promote a business, scientific editing or writing, or grant writing.
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MARGARET HAZZARD ORMANOSKI ‘99, Associate Professor Imaging Sciences
URMC, Rochester, NY
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Patrick Hughes ’08, Policy Director
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Arlington, VA
Patrick is the Policy Director for High Performance Buildings and Industrial Energy Efficiency at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).  He manages NEMA's work on energy efficiency, sustainability, resilience, and safety in commercial, public, and industrial buildings.  Before joining NEMA, Patrick was a Senior Associate for the Energy Future Coalition (EFC), and initiative of the United Nations Foundation. Patrick focused his work on developing new methods to increase the energy efficiency commercial building stock, as well as advocating for policies that encourage the build-out of the electric grid to interconnect remote renewable energy resources.  He managed EFC's Americans for a Clean Energy Grid and Rebuilding America coalitions.  Prior to joining the EFC, Patrick worked in the office of Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (as part of the University of Rochester's Washington Semester program) and at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Patrick also worked as the Communications Manager for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the founders of Black History Month.  Patrick graduated from the University of Rochester in 2008 with degrees in political science and Spanish, as well as a concentration in logic.  He is currently studying climate science and energy policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Overview of Current Employer: NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.
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Joseph Karam ’94, Senior Manager, Collaboration Services
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
I am the Senior Manager of the Collaboration Services Group (CSG) in Enterprise Infrastructure Service at Princeton University. The Collaboration Services Group (CSG) provides secure, reliable, and efficient enterprise applications to the University community to support collaboration and the exchange of information. These applications include electronic mail, web content management, unified communications, audio and video streaming, mobile device services, and other collaborative systems.  Previously, I worked at Hamilton College in the role of Director for Networking and Telecommunications for over eight years and at the University of Rochester as a Senior UNIX Systems Administrator for over four years.    Specialties: UNIX Systems Administration (Sun, RedHat), Cisco Network Administration, Windows Administration, IT security, management, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft SharePoint.
Princeton University OIT provides IT services to the entire University community.
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DEREK KOZIKOWSKI'84, Senior SQA Engineer
Bit9, Waltham, MA
After graduating from the Uof R with a BS in Physics and Astronomy I received I received a MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago. I worked in a corporate library at DEC for a few years before starting my current career in Software Quality Engineering. I've tested a variety of products (security, photography, business process) across multiple platforms and industries, doing both manual and automated testing at a highly technical level. In my current role with Bit9 I am responsible for coordinating and implementing the functional test automation framework and tests for the Bit9 Security Platform.
Overview of current employer: Bit9 is the leader in a new generation of endpoint security and server security based on real -time visibility and protection. Bit9 is the only solution that continuously monitors and records all activity on endpoints and servers and stops cyber threats that evade traditional defenesBit9's real-time visibility and protection. Bit9 is the only solution that continuously monitors and records all activity on endpoints and servers and stops cyber threats traditional defenses. Bit9's real-time sensor and recorder and cloud-based services provide actionable intelligence within days of implementation, and Bit9's real-time enforcement engine delivers the most reliable form of endpoint and servers, real-time signature-less detection of and protection against advanced threats, and a recorded history of all endpoint and server activity to rapidly respond to alerts and incidents.
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MARK KRETSCHMANN ‘05, Lead Engineer
Brand Networks, Inc., Rochester, NY
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KRISTEN LESKOW ‘06, Formulation Development Scientist
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
I graduated from UR with a BS (2006) and MS (2007) in Chemical Engineering.  I was part of the 3/2 program.  After Rochester I moved to Philadelphia and worked as an analytical chemist for a contract manufacturing organization in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  In 2011, I moved to Cambridge and began working as a Formulation Development Scientist.  That means I spend my day in a research lab trying to figure out all the "inactive ingredients" you see on drug labels.  It is very hands on and I love it.
Overview of Current Employer: Ironwood is an entrepreneurial pharmaceutical company with a passion for discovering, developing, and delivering human medicines.    We just received approval on our first drug in 2011.  (
Special Notes: I have run this by HR here and have their blessing.  When it is closer to the time or there is a student who is actually interested, I will need to clear it with a larger group so please provide enough notice.
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RICHARD METZ ‘03, Manufacturing Technology Engineer
Dupont, Buffalo, NY
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Guy Mongelli ’10, ’12, Doctoral Student
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
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DOUG MORHAC ‘08, Regional Director
Noramtec Consultants, Rochester, NY
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RICHARD QUINBY ‘90, Assoc. Director - Global Project Engineering
Biogen Idec, Cambridge, MA
I have a BS in Chemical Engineering from the UofR and I have over twenty years of experience in the Life Sciences industry. In my current role, I am responsible for overseeing the capital project execution at the Cambridge Campus. Projects include renovations to our Biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility, facility infrastructure, lab and office space.
Overview of Current Employer: BIOGEN IDEC Inc. (“BIOGEN IDEC”) creates new standards of care in neurology and immunology. As a global leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of novel therapies, BIOGEN IDEC transforms scientific discoveries into advances in human healthcare. For product labeling, press releases, and additional information about the company, please visit
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RUSS ROGERS ‘85, Engineer
Humedica, Boston, MA
Russ Rogers possesses over 28 years in software development including founding / co-founding 3 startups. Currently, he is the technical lead / systems architect for a small healthcare data analytics company. Due to privacy aspects of data, Russ would not be able to do "shadowing" but would be happy to discuss his career path, type of work, etc. Humedica is a small, venture funded company providing data analytics to hospitals, physician groups, and 3rd parties.
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Emily Rosenfeld ’09, Clinical Research Assistant
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
I manage multiple pharmaceutical and cooperative group-funded clinical trials testing novel agents and new therapy combinations in various gynecologic oncology. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, I spend a lot of my time with the patients and am a vital member of each patients' treatment team. I have worked various research related roles at UCSF previous to this experience.
Overview of Current Employer: The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the ten-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.
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SARAH ROSENSTEIN BS'09, MS'10, Digital Electronics Design Engineer
Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
After completing two summer internships at the lab, I started full-time in September in 2010 as a Digital Electronics Design Engineer in the Embedded Systems group at Draper, designing small low-powered electronics. Daily tasks include circuit design schematic and some layout), integration and test design and execution, programming microcontrollers, FPGAs for scripts for PCs, etc. 
Overview of Current Employer: Draper is a not for profit research and development; lab focused on the design, development of advanced technological solutions for our nation's most challenging and important problems in security, space exploration, healthcare and energy. Our expertise includes the areas of guidance, navigation and control systems, fault-tolerant computing; advanced and software solutions, modeling and simulation. And MEMS and multicap module technology.
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KATHERINE SHARP ‘07, Graduate Student
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
I am a Ph.D. student in the Stanford University of Medicine Department of Genetics. I use fruit flies to study epithelial development. I would be happy to talk to any current students interested in a PhD in the biological sciences generally or at Stanford in particular.
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IBM, Somers, NY
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William Shedd ’73, Senior Geophysicist
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, New Orleans, LA
B.A.geology, 1973, Univerisity of Rochester, Spent Fall of 1972 at West Indies Lab, St Croix, USVI, in tropical marine geology program M.S graduate program, incomplete, LSU (left in 1977 to work in oil industry 1977-1997, Shell Oil Co., Koch Exploration, Dorchester Exploration, Ensource, Inc., co-founded Independent Energy Corp, consultant for several small and medium sized oil companies.  1997-present, MMS/BOEMRE/BOEM, evaluated bids on offshore blocks after lease sales; mapping seafloor amplitude on 3-seismic data to locate deepwater hydrocarbon seeps and the carbonate rocks that form at the sites that provide substrates and food for chemosynthetic communities and corals (identified over 27,000 to date); go out on 1-2 cruises annually to investigate, video, and physically sample the sites in manned submersibles and robots; played a large role in post-Macondo spill environmental evaluation of the deepwater oil plume that emanated from the spill.
Overview of Current Employer: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, US Dept of Interior, manages offshore oil and gas, and alternative energy (from wind, currents, waves, and tides), from pre-drill/pre-installation of wells and facilities; evaluates and monitors environmental, archeological, and cultural effects of industry activities.
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JASON SHERRON ‘97, Principal Service Engineer
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
15+ years in online services, running one of the world's largest email services
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BARRY SILVERSTEIN ‘84, Senior Director, Technology
IMAX Corporation, Rochester, NY
Senior Technical Director of IMAX corporation.  Specialize in Optical System design and development. 28 Years of experience in design at Kodak relating to Optics, Optical Storage, Projection Optics, Opto-mechanical packaging, product development and engineering management.
IMAX is the world leader in Large Screen Entertainment.  Movies...need I say more?
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BOB VIEIRA ‘81, Software Engineer
LGS Innovations, LLC, Westminster, CO
Started at StorageTek, where Bob Vieira was a senior development engineer.  Proceeded to Compaq, where he was a systems engineer.  Presently a software engineer (titles are not important at present job). LGS Innovations is a telecommunications company providing one-of-a-kind solutions for the government and private sectors.
Special Note: Although candidate will not be able to follow Bob specifically, due to the sensitive nature of my project, he will be willing to forward their resume to all of his management contacts, which are always looking for exceptional intern candidates.  In this case, the term could last all summer.
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