Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

Under Construction 2014

This is a unique opportunity for Dietrich College alumni to come together with current sophomores, juniors and seniors to network, to share stories from life after graduation and to help students begin to navigate their career options, internships, undergraduate choices and post-graduation opportunities.

Under Construction: Building Your Future is current students' chance to take an active role in figuring out their next steps by listening to Carnegie Mellon graduates who have successfully and interestingly navigated their way forward.

Event Schedule Click to expand

10:30-11:15 am Alumni Campus Tour*
11:15-11:30 am Alumni Check-In*
11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm Alumni Lunch and State of Dietrich College Address*
12:30-1 pm
Student Check-In
1-1:20 pm Under Construction Student and Alumni Welcome
1:30-2:45 pm Panel Sessions (A)
3-4:15 pm Panel Sessions (B)
4:30-5:30 pm Appetizer Networking Reception
6 pm
Departmental Dinners for Alumni*
* Event is open to alumni only.

Alumni Bios and Panel Assignments Click to expand

Corinne Allarde (DC'03)
Panel B: Operations Management, Human Resources, & Recruiting
Corinne Allarde is a 2003 graduate of the Information Systems program at Carnegie Mellon University. She currently works as a University PhD Recruiter at Facebook for software engineering teams specific to systems and infrastructure as well as Connectivity Labs and Oculus VR. Previously she had started her career as an application development analyst at JPMorgan Chase and transitioned to the field of recruiting for a number of years in the financial services industry in NYC. She currently lives in San Francisco, CA.

Andrew Althouse (CMU'08)
Panel A: Academic & Research Careers
Panel B: Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions
Andrew Althouse, PhD, is a member of the CMU Class of 2008, receiving a B.S. in Statistics from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Althouse was also a standout member of the Tartan football team during his time on campus, starting 29 games in four seasons and twice named to the All-UAA team. He also pushed Buggy for the SDC organization and served on several student committees. After matriculating from CMU, he proceeded to get a Master's in Applied Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Arts and Sciences (2010) and a doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health (2013). Currently, Dr. Althouse is employed just down the street from CMU as a faculty biostatistician at Magee Womens Research Institute, with a faculty appointment in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Alexander Andrews (DC'09, HNZ'11)
Panel A: Entertainment, Creative Arts, & Arts Management
Alexander Andrews graduated in 2009 with a degree in Decision Science applying his knowledge of supply chain management to the production pipeline. He "studied abroad" in New York while interning for Saturday Night Live's Digital Short team. From there, he entered the MEIM program at Heinz College where he worked with Love & Other Drugs, Steiner Studios (Boardwalk Empire, Mildred Pierce), Final Destination 5 and American Reunion. Upon graduating, Alexander worked at Syfy launching his career in Unscripted Television Development. Today, he continues to seek out projects around the world to shepherd, sell and produce one network at a time.

Amy Badiani (DC'11, HNZ'12)
Panel B: NGOs, Non-Profits, & Community Organizing
Amy Badiani graduated with a B.S. in International Relations and Politics, Policy and Management and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management in 2011 and 2012 respectively. She is currently on the Africa team at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a citizen sector organization that supports systems changing high impact social entrepreneurs and accelerates an Everyone A Changemaker world. She also serves as Managing Director for the Washington, DC, hub of Development Solutions Organization (DSO), a volunteer driven international development consultancy that started at CMU in 2008. While at CMU, some of Amy's formative experiences include being a Resident Assistant, initiating the UNICEF Tap Project in Pittsburgh, leading the Amnesty International chapter and founding Project Rwanda. In her free time, Amy enjoys exploring DC, dancing, playing tennis, cooking, and anything Harry Potter.

Lindsey Bartel (DC'11)
Panel A: Adverstising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Lindsey Bartel graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2011 with a B.S. in Decision Science and a minor in Business Administration. She currently works as a consultant for Brandtrust where she helps clients in numerous industries uncover deep emotional insights about their consumers.

Katie Bergman-Bock (DC'09, HNZ'10)
Panel A: Consulting
Panel B: Big Data
Katie Bergman-Bock graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2009 with a degree in Policy Management and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She had the opportunity to live in Argentina for a year during her junior year, performing research on the history of Argentinean immigration policies. She participated in the Accelerated Masters Program and graduated from Heinz College with her Masters of Science in Public Policy in 2010. She has experience in non-profit and government work, but has focused on Federal Consulting for the last four years. At Deloitte, she's worked with a broad range of clients, focusing on health IT strategies, new public-private partnership programs, and helping Federal agencies develop new visions/strategies given budgetary and political challenges.

Michelle Bova (DC'07)
Panel A: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Michelle Bova graduated in 2007 with a degree in Professional and Creative Writing from the Dietrich College. Following graduation she worked in marketing for a financial software company. In 2011 and 2012 Michelle made two major life changes by beginning a Masters in Public Administration and switching careers to become a part of the Business Development team at StoryCorps. In her current role as Custom Services Manager, she plans complex partnerships with out-of-house clients that include typically community recording events and audio production. She resides in Jackson Heights, one of the most diverse neighborhoods of New York City.

Meredith Clark (DC'06)
Panel A: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Meredith Clark graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Humanities & Social Sciences in 2006 with a double major in European Studies and International Relations and a minor in Voice performance from the School of Music. After graduation Meredith worked in Paris, France as an English teacher and then in a marketing position at a French e-commerce start-up. She now works as an Account Executive in advertising sales at Google in New York City. She continues to support Carnegie Mellon by serving on the Admissions Council. She also serves as Vice President of Programming for the New York Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Fred Crawford (DC'83)
Panel A: Government & Politics
Fred Crawford is an Associate General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency. With the CIA since 1988, his current responsibilities include providing legal and policy advice in support of Military, Intelligence Community, Strategy & Policy, and Liaison matters. He is also a retired reserve Commander in Naval Intelligence. He holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University (BS in Political Science (Honors), 1983), the University of Chicago (MA in Public Policy (Honors), 1984), Georgetown University (JD in Law, 1989), the Naval War College (Diploma, 1996), the Joint Forces Staff College (Diploma, 2004), and the National War College (MS in National Security Strategy (with Distinction), 2008).

Alex DiClaudio (DC'09, HNZ'11)
Panel A: Entertainment, Creative Arts, & Arts Management
Alex DiClaudio graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2009 with a BA in Economics, and earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Heinz College in 2011. While he was a student at Carnegie Mellon, Alex was an active member of Scotch'n'Soda Theatre and the Kiltie Band. Alex worked as an Off-Broadway Company Manager and House Manager at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. More recently, Alex has relocated to Pittsburgh and started his career in commercial entertainment as a Broadway Producer, having been affiliated with the recent productions of Annie, Grace starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Ed Asner, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, and No Man's Land & Waiting for Godot starring Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. Alex is a leader of the Scotch'n'Soda Alumni group, and an Executive Committee member of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association Board.

Heather Dietrich Batzel (DC'00)
Panel B: Law: Private & Public Sectors
Heather Dietrich Batzel graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2000 with a BS in Policy & Management and an additional major in English. Heather opened Batzel Law PLLC in 2013 to bring her substantial corporate law experience to her favorite clientele — entrepreneurs and small businesses. Her decade of legal experience prior to founding her own firm includes representing the World Bank in international transactions, working as a corporate and securities associate at two top law firms and serving as General Counsel at an international start-up company. She focuses her practice on corporate counseling, M&A and financing transactions and commercial contracts.

Peggy Doyle (DC'84)
Panel A: Entertainment, Creative Arts, & Arts Management
Peggy Doyle has held a number of leadership roles with companies in the media, entertainment & technology sectors, from early stage start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies such as Yahoo & BMG Music.  She graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a minor in Theater, and launched her career in television, developing and producing award-winning programs for the networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO, Showtime & Disney. In 1996, she shifted her focus to digital media, earning a Masters of Professional Studies from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Her current role as Co-founder of WHAT NOW WHAT NEXT, a media brand, social platform & digital marketplace, is the most challenging – and rewarding – of her career to date. Leading her own start-up affords her the opportunity to bring everything she's learned and accomplished in her life so far, both personally and professionally, to the work she does every day.

Emily Feenstra (CMU'13)
Panel A: Consulting
Emily Feenstra graduated from Dietrich College in May 2013 with a dual degree in International Relations & Politics and Policy & Management and a minor in Hispanic studies. While at CMU, she was very involved with FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) as well as other service initiatives on campus and in the Pittsburgh community. Emily interned at a women's health organization in Nicaragua and at the White House, prior to exploring the private sector and joining McKinsey & Company. Emily currently works as a Business Analyst in Pittsburgh office. She has worked in both strategy and operations, across multiple industries include healthcare, consumer packaged goods, and agriculture. Most recently Emily worked with the McKinsey Social Initiative on Generation, a new education to employment model piloted in Pittsburgh!

Chloe Fraboni (DC'11)
Panel B: Editing & Publishing
Chloe Fraboni graduated from Dietrich College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and English with college and university honors. At Carnegie Mellon, Chloe served as resident assistant for the Humanities Scholars Program, literary editor for Dossier Art and Literary Magazine, vice president for Mortar Board, organizer for the creative writing center student reading series, and costume designer for Scotch'n'Soda Theatre. She has worked for Simon & Schuster Publishing for the past three years, most recently as an Assistant Editor for the Simon Spotlight imprint in the children's division. She works primarily with middle-grade fiction and leveled readers, as well as media tie-ins for television shows such as DreamWorks Dragons, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Peanuts, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. She has written over 15 books for children, including two in an upcoming series of her own design slated for spring 2016 publication.

Peter Fusaro (DC'72)
Panel A: Government & Politics
Panel B: Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
Peter Fusaro is a best selling author, thought leader, and visionary on energy & environmental finance. He has worked in the public sector both at the US Dept of Energy & NYC Mayors Office. For the past 25 years he has worked in the sector as consultant, entrepreneur, professor & mentor. Peter has authored 16 books including the NY Times best seller What Went Wrong at Enron. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center. He has taught Renewable Project Development & Finance at Columbia Univ. He is on the advisory boards of the Univ of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise as well as Bard College's MBA in Sustainabilty. Peter is advisor to cleantech startups, hedge funds, and venture capital groups. He is also founding Partner in Team Green Partnership LLC which is sourcing expansion capital for cleantech, energy efficiency, clean water & sustainable agriculture. He is engaged heavily today in the world of impact investing and social entrepreneur by mentoring the next generation of leaders.  Peter graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972 with a B.A. in History.

Emily Garrett Kudrytski (DC'06, TPR'11)
Panel A: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Panel B: Big Data
Emily Garrett Kudrytski graduated with a B.S. in Social & Cultural History and a minor in Political Science in 2006. After a few years working with donor databases and online fundraising, she returned to Carnegie Mellon and received an MBA from the Tepper School of Business. She went on to work in product marketing for a local startup before joining an IT department to lead the global implementation of Most recently, Emily joined UPMC Health Plan to develop their marketing analytics program in anticipation of the new consumer market created by the Affordable Care Act.

Marc Guldimann (DC'01)
Panel A: Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
Panel B: Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
Marc Guldimann is the founder and CEO of Sled, a NYC and Pittsburgh based company that helps publishers increase mobile revenue by creating better advertising experiences. Previously he founded Spongecell and Enliken. Marc graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2001 with a degree in Decision Science.

Lauren Gumbel (DC'11)
Panel A: Education: Policy and Teaching
Lauren Gumbel graduated from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and minor in Music Theory. As an undergraduate, she participated in Varsity Swimming, Tri Delta, and Counterpoint A Cappella.  After graduation Lauren joined Teach For America. Now in her fourth year of teaching, Lauren guides seniors through the college application process and supports alumni in college. In particular, she supports students with special needs through their transition from high school to college and employment. She has since earned a Master's of Arts in Teaching Special Education and is completing a Certification as a Transition Specialist.

Allison Insley (DC'11)
Panel B: Public Health, Health Policy & Health Professions
Allison Insley graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in December 2011 with a major in Global Studies and a double minor in International Relations and Politics and Hispanic Studies.  She continued her education at Drexel University's School of Public Health, where she earned an MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health in June 2014. Currently, Allison is employed as an associate health scientist at Cardno ChemRisk, a scientific consulting firm that specializes in human health risk assessments.

Michael Kobold DC'01)
Panel B: Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
 Michael Kobold founded his namesake watch company in 1998, while an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. The brand quickly rose to prominence among explorers, astronauts, test pilots and divers for its line of professional-grade tool watches. Since then, Michael has been credited with ringing in the renaissance of American watchmaking. In 2008, Kobold became the first U.S.-based watch company in 39 years to produce a watch with mainly U.S.-made components. Headquartered in Amish Country outside of Pittsburgh, Kobold Expedition Tools today also produces a collection of knives and leather goods alongside its watches. Together with his company’s brand ambassador, the English explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Michael has lived through many adventures: despite suffering from a fear of heights, he has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest (becoming the first German citizen to do so twice), hunted a group of Nazi war criminals, helped organize the first winter traverse of the Antarctic continent, and ironically almost froze to death in the explorer’s unheated country home in the middle of winter. Next year, Michael and Sir Ranulph plan to drive two U.S.-made firetrucks to Kathmandu, a city that boasts the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites but the least number of firetrucks per capita (4 trucks vs. 2 million people).

Aaron Kozbelt (DC'95)
Panel A: Academic & Research Careers
Aaron Kozbelt graduated from CMU in 1995 with a BS in Psychology. He was then awarded a Fifth Year Scholarship at CMU and later attended graduate school at The University of Chicago, where he received a PhD in Psychology in 2002. That year he also began work as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is now a Full Professor. He has published some 75 research articles and chapters, besides numerous conference presentations, mostly on the topic of creativity and cognition, especially in the fine arts. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has been awarded several national and international awards for his research.

Kimberly Lackner Mauro (DC'05)
Panel A: Education: Policy & Teaching
Kimberly Lackner Mauro is a 2005 graduate of Carnegie Mellon within the Humanities and Social Science Program.  She majored in Social and Cultural History and also had the unique opportunity to cross-register at Chatham University to complete her education courses. After graduating, she earned her first full-time teaching position at Baldwin High School and earned her MEd in History Education from the University of Pittsburgh at the same time. In 2007, she accepted a history position at Gateway High School and has been in the district since then.  She also earned her Pennsylvania Certification to teach English 7-12 in 2011, and is currently pursuing a second master's degree in Special Education, 7-12.  She currently resides in Mount Lebanon with her husband, who is also an educator, and their 20-month old son, Marco.

Dan LaVallee (DC'09, HNZ'10)
Panel A: Government & Politics
Dan LaVallee earned his B.S. in Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and his Master's of Science in Health Care Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in 2010, while playing basketball for the university. While at CMU he was awarded the James G. Fulton and J. Steele Gow Political Fellowship and the Milton S. Friedman Fellowship. Dan was the Democratic nominee for United States Congress in Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district in the November 2014 election. Dan ran on a platform of investing in education, expanding job training and workforce development, and increasing research and investment in Pennsylvania's natural gas industry. He also focused on issues affecting seniors, student loan reform, as well as innovative partnerships between business and schools in the region. While running for Congress, he had the opportunity to hear the concerns of a large number of Pennsylvanians as well as address those concerns at many presentations throughout the district's seven counties. Shortly after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was passed into law, Dan joined America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing the health insurance industry as a policy analyst. During his time at AHIP, Dan earned several promotions and ended his tenure as Deputy Director of Product Policy. He worked with a wide variety not-for-profit and for profit insurance companies ranging from the largest national insurers to state and regional insurers as well as with governmental agencies. Dan's scope of responsibility included a broad range of health care issues including cost and affordability, coverage expansions, impact on seniors, fraud and abuse, government programs, and the regulatory impact of recent national and state-based health insurance reforms.

Joanna Lovering (BHA'04)
Panel B: Operations Management, Human Resources, & Recruiting
Joanna Lovering graduated from CMU's Bachelor of Humanities and Arts program in 2004, concentrating in Drama Directing and Psychology. She utilizes both passions as Director of Coaching Recruitment, Training, and Administration at DailyBurn, an online fitness company owned by InterActive Corp. In order to support DailyBurn's virtual coaching product, Joanna strategizes and executes the hiring, training, and overall management of a team fitness & nutrition professionals as well as consults with the product development team on enhancements. Joanna has a Master of Arts degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. Her leadership and development experience includes positions at companies such as JetBlue, Tiffany & Co., NBC-Universal, and L'Oreal USA. Joanna has many fond memories of her time at Carnegie Mellon. She was very involved in residence life as an RA (Mudge House) and CA (Fairfax Apartments), student rock cover band Idiot Boyfriend, and Fringe booth and buggy. FRBRF!

Brian Macdonald (DC'91)
Panel B: Big Data 
Brian Macdonald graduated from the Dietrich College in 1991 with a degree in Information and Decision Systems with a concentration in Computer Science. He currently works for Oracle Corporation as an Enterprise Architect specializing in Big Data and Analytic platforms. Brian co-authored the Oracle Big Data Handbook and speaks at many Big Data events for Oracle. Brian is currently working on a Master's degree in Predictive Analytics.

Julie Mallis (BHA'12)
Panel A: Entertainment, Creative Arts, & Arts Management
Julie Mallis has exhibited her paintings, installations and video art nationally in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work investigates perception, imaginary worlds and the relationship between music and art. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BHA'12) where she received her degree in Electronic Time Based Media and Anthropology. Julie completed a Flight School Fellowship in 2014 through the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts / Pittsburgh Filmmakers. She is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts (5139 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh) and is currently an artist-in-residence at The Silent Barn in Brooklyn, NY.

Katie Martinez (DC'00)
Panel A: Academic & Research Careers  
Panel B: Public Health, Health Policy & Health Professions
Katie Martinez graduated from Dietrich College in 2001 with a BA in History and Policy.  She then went on to receive a Master's degree in Public Health from UCLA in 2003 and a PhD in Health Services Research and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012.  She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the quality of medical care, healthcare disparities, clinical outcomes, and medical decision making using quantitative end econometric methods. 

Ryan Menefee (DC'08, HNZ'09)
Panel A: Consulting
Ryan Menefee graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. in Political Science in 2008 and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College in 2009. As an undergraduate, Ryan was an R.A. for Mudge House; studied abroad in Shanghai, China; and worked as a Student Development Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Following graduation from Heinz, Ryan worked for Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC serving public sector clients. In 2013, Ryan joined Kaiser Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm in DC, where he works with consumer goods & retail companies to help them shape their existing business ideas, make informed choices, and create disruptive solutions to wicked problems.

Claire Morgenstern (DC'09)
Panel A:  Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
Panel B:  NGOs, Non-Profits, Community Organizing
Claire Morgenstern graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Professional & Creative Writing and Hispanic Studies. She is currently the Online Activism and Fundraising Manager for the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she manages design, content and production for the organization's digital activism and fundraising campaigns. Prior to that, she was the Communications Manager for the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston.

Mario Nuñez (DC'10)
Panel B: Big Data
Mario Nuñez graduated from Dietrich College in 2010 with a BS in Economics & Statistics.  He is currently a senior data scientist at Glassdoor. Previously, he served as a data scientist at Twilio and research assistant at the Science and Technology Policy Institute. While at CMU Mario was a member of AC Mellon, the club soccer team.

Aashish Patel (CMU'03, DC'03)
Panel A: Technology & HCI
Aashish Patel graduated Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa in 2003 obtaining his undergraduate degree in Information Systems and a Master's degree in Information Systems from the Heinz School. For the past 5 years, he's worked at Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, as a Security Program Manager in their Research department. Prior to that he was a Vice President in JPMorgan Chase's Information Security Team.

Andrew Peters (DC'09)
Panel A: Government & Politics
Andrew Peters is a campaign associate at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he oversees state-based campaigns to improve children's access to oral health care. Previously, he was a policy associate at Burness Communications, where he supported the efforts of non-profits in health and health care to build relationships with members of Congress and other policymakers. Prior to Burness, Andrew was an assistant in the Government Relations department at Carnegie Mellon, assisting with major events and working on community relations. Additionally, Andrew worked in the Press Office of then-Sen. John Kerry and at The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, PA. He received this bachelor's degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy in 2009 from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jamie Quinterno (DC'12)
Panel B: Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
Jamie Quinterno is the COO of PECA Labs a CMU biomedical start-up. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2012 with a B.A. in History.  Carnegie Mellon has provided him with the skills necessary to transcend traditional business practices and excel in a start-up environment. During Jamie's tenure at the university he was involved deeply in research and other extra-curricular educational opportunities. Examples include functioning as a history researcher and as Chairperson for the CMU SAE Racing Team. Additionally, the history department nominated his research work for the Phi Alpha Kappa history awards.

Shivdev Rao (DC'02)
Panel A: Technology & HCI          
Panel B: Public Health, Health Policy, & Health Professions
Shivdev K. Rao, M.D., is a cardiology attending at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2002 with a B.A. in History.  Dr. Rao completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Michigan before cardiology fellowship training at UPMC. His clinical practice is based at the main academic hub of UPMC Presbyterian hospital as well as at the UPMC Magee Womens Heart Center. In addition to a strong base of clinical achievements, he functions as a Physician Advisor in Residence at the UPMC Technology Development Center - an innovation center dedicated to . In this role, he is able to leverage a technology background and work across multiple products in varying capacities.

Christian Reyes (DC'13)
Panel A: Technology & HCI          
Christian Reyes graduated in May 2013 with a B.S. in Information Systems with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction. Christian studied abroad at the Qatar campus fall of his sophomore year. Senior year, he co-founded PayTango in the Tech Startup Lab course and received seed investment from Y Combinator. He is currently working in research and development for new technology for the Army, fulfilling his government service commitment as part of the S.M.A.R.T. Scholarship sponsored by the Department of Defense. Christian was recently admitted to the Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) Program at Georgia Tech and started classes in January of 2015.

Kim Smaczniak (DC'02)
Panel A: Government & Politics
Panel B:  Law: Private and Public Sectors
Kim Smaczniak is majority counsel at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Her work at the Committee entails providing legal advice and supporting federal oversight relating to a variety of federal environmental laws. Prior to working at the Senate, she served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resource Division. In addition to her work at the Senate, Kim is an adjunct professor who teaches international environmental law at Howard University School of Law. She is also an active member of the American Bar Association, serving as Chair of the ABA International Environmental Law Committee. In that capacity, she recently wrote and edited portions of the book International Environmental Law: the Practitioner's Guide to the Law of the Planet; served as an ABA delegate to Myanmar and Cambodia to support the development of the rule of law; and contributes to the ABA's World Justice Project taskforce. Kim graduated in 2002 from Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a B.S. in technical writing and environmental policy. She also received her J.D from Harvard Law School, a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and additionally studied international law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Michael Szczerban (DC'07)
Panel B  Editing & Publishing
Michael Szczerban is an executive editor at Little, Brown and Company. Previously he worked as a book editor at Simon & Schuster. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2007 with degrees in creative writing and information systems. His publishing career started as a reader of poetry manuscripts at the university press. He has published work ranging from fiction and food to politics and technology. He has written for Poets & Writers magazine, worked as a software developer, and published scholarly articles on human-computer interaction. In 2012, he received the Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award, which is designed to nurture the career of a promising young book editor.

Sach Takayasu
Panel B: NGOs, Non-Profits, Community Organizing
Sach Takayasu is the President and CEO of Asian/Pacific Islanders American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE). ACE is devoted to addressing the needs, interests and aspirations of entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate leaders of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage. Prior to joining ACE, Sach has built many of IBM’s new businesses, including Digital Marketing. Her contributions have been recognized by the industry through many awards, including the 2011 Forrester Groundswell Award and an invitation from the Executive Director of the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) to join its Strategic Innovation Advisory Board. Over the years, Sach has also helped various organizations such as Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, UNFPA, and New York International. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Organizational Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.

Anna Walsh (DC'13)
Panel B:  Editing & Publishing
Anna Walsh is the Copy/Eats & Drinks editor at the City Paper, an alternative newsweekly in Baltimore, Maryland. She copy edits all the articles in the paper each week, assigns articles and manages writers for the Eats & Drinks section, and writes a wide variety of articles, including restaurant and book reviews, news stories, and a classical music column. In her spare time, she works with Know Your IX, a national activist organization that empowers students to fight sexual violence on college campuses. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2013 with a B.A. in professional writing and a minor in history and earned university and college honors. While at CMU, she was an active member of The Tartan—during her three years on staff, she wrote more than 100 articles and served in several different positions on the editorial staff.

Henry Wang (DC'97, HNZ'97)
Panel B: Entrepreneurship, Business Ventures, & Start-Ups
Henry Wang graduated in 1997 with a  B.S. in Information Decision Systems and a minor in Engineering Studies. He also received a M.S. Information Systems and Public Policy Management.  He is currently the Principal at TMD Holding, LLC and 3E Group. In the past he worked as a consultant for First Annapolis Consulting and American Management Systems.

Andrea Hamilton Weinsten (BHA'07, DC'07)
Panel A: Education: Policy & Teaching   
Panel B: Law: Public & Private Sectors
Andrea Hamilton Weinsten graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2007 with degrees in Art and Visual Sociology and Ethics, History, and Public Policy. After college, she taught in Houston, Texas with Teach For America before attending law school. Andrea now works as an intellectual property attorney (think trademarks, copyrights, and related litigation) at Hogan Lovells, one of the world's most preeminent law firms, at the firm's U.S. headquarters in Washington, DC. She knows Carnegie Mellon students are making important decisions about their paths in life and is happy to help in any way she can.

Randy Weinsten (TPR'05)
Panel B: Law: Public & Private Sectors
Randy Weinsten graduated from CMU in 2005 with a degree in Business and Philosophy. After graduating, he served as the Coro Fellow in Local Democracy for one year prior to attending Duke University for law school, where he also received a master's degree in philosophy. Randy spent four years in private practice prior to his current position as an antitrust attorney for the Federal Trade Commission.

Beverley Wheeler (DC'76, HNZ'78)
Panel A: Education: Policy & Teaching   
Panel B: NGOs, Non-Profits, Community Organizing

Beverley Wheeler (DC'76,HNZ'78) is a Past President of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association. She is a graduate of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1976 and the Heinz College in 1978. While at Carnegie Mellon, Beverley was involved in WRCT radio station and was the President of Student Government. After graduation, Beverley served on the Heinz College Alumni Board and is currently serving on the Dean's Advisory Council. She is a member of the Andrew Carnegie Society, the Carnegie Mellon Black Alumni Association and the DC Alumni Chapter. She has also served as a mentor working with the Heinz DC program. As the President of the AAB, she served on the CMU Board of Trustees. In addition to her involvement with Carnegie Mellon, Beverley has worked professionally in both the public and private sector. Beverley has been the President and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, the Executive Director of the DC State Board of Education, Chief of Staff to a DC Council Member, and a management consultant in education and community development. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Heinz College DC program.

Dave Williams (DC'11, HNZ'12)
Panel A: Education: Policy & Teaching   
Dave Williams graduated from CMU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Politics and Policy & Management. He then stayed for a fifth year to get his master's in Public Policy and Management from Heinz. After graduating in 2012, Dave worked as a field organizer in southwestern Pennsylvania for President Obama's reelection campaign. While in school, Dave interned at the U.S. Department of Education, and spent time teaching at-risk students in the Pittsburgh area. Dave now works in education policy at an advocacy group in Washington, DC.

Julie Wilson (DC'99)
Panel B: Law: Public & Private Sectors
Julie M. Wilson graduated from Carnegie Mellon, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1999 with a B.S. in Political Science, Social History, and Spanish from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She loves Carnegie Mellon so much that she refused to leave, staying as a Fifth Year Scholar until May 2000. While at CMU, Julie was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the International Relations Organization, Mock Trial, and the H&SS Advisory Council. In 2011, Julie joined the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association Board. She is also an inaugural member of the Carnegie Mellon Annual Giving Committee. Julie holds a JD and MA International Politics from American University in Washington DC. She is an Associate General Counsel at the National Treasury Employees Union. Since joining NTEU in 2003, Julie has litigated a broad range of constitutional, administrative, and labor law issues in a number of administrative forums and in the federal courts. Julie lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Marcio and their two children, Marcinho and Elena.

Kamilah Woods (DC'02)
Panel A: Consulting
Panel B:  NGOs, Non-Profits, Community Organizing
Kamilah Woods is a 2002 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a BA in Ethics, History, & Public Policy. She holds a Masters of Public Administration, from American University, with a focus on non-profit management/leadership and social policy. She currently works at Logistics Systems Inc. as a certified Project Manager and has experience in providing services to Federal Government clients for business process improvement; training; facilitation; financial management policy & procedure development; OMB A-123, Appendix A internal control program implementation, monitoring and testing of internal controls over financial reporting. Kamilah resides in the Washington, DC metro area and enjoys participating in community service events, tutoring and mentoring youth, as well as singing in the local arts community.

Leah Worbs (CMU'07)
Panel B: Operations Management, Human Resources, & Recruiting
Leah Worbs is currently a University Programs Specialist in Google's Cambridge office. Leah graduated from the Science and Humanities Scholars program at CMU in 2007, where she pursued a double major in Ethics, History and Public Policy and German. While at CMU, she served as president of the Tri Delta sorority as well as the Rho Lambda Panhellenic Honor Society. Leah was also a varsity cheerleader, worked as an Admissions Assistant, Desk Attendant and Pre-College Counselor, volunteered as an Orientation Counselor and was a member of Order of Omega. Upon graduation she began a career in higher education administration, and worked in collegiate admissions, program management, alumni relations and development at several institutions before joining Google's college recruiting team in their New York office.

Rachel Wu (DC'06)
Panel A: Academic & Research Careers
Dr. Rachel Wu is an NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester. She completed her undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University (2006, B.S. in Psychology, B.S. in History and Anthropology), Masters at University College London (2007), Ph.D. at the University of London (2011), and Diploma in Art at Middlesex University (2011). Her developmental cognitive neuroscience research uses EEG and eye-tracking methods to investigate how we learn from infancy to older adulthood. She was in a rock band as a violinist for 7 years (2003-2010), and also is a professional artist (painting and sculpting).

Cristian Young (CMU'11, DC'11)
Panel B: Big Data
Cristian Young works in the field of knowledge management, where enjoys the challenge finding strategic applications of technology and processes that balance the human with the need for organizational efficiencies in a digital world. He currently leads the knowledge management practice at Siegel+Gale, a global branding firm, as Global Knowledge Manager. Previously, Cristian worked in digital marketing analytics at SapientNitro and interned at The Boeing Company and The International Institute for Learning. His past clients include The World Bank Group, Nutella, Webster Bank, Goldman Sachs, Verizon, Unilever, and Global Footprint Network. He has lived, worked or volunteered in New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, London, Oxford, Madrid, Doha, rural Ecuador, and rural Panama. Cristian graduated CMU with a BS in Information Systems and a BA in Hispanic Studies from the Science and Humanities Scholars program in 2011. And in 2013, he graduated Columbia University with his MS in Information & Knowledge Strategy.

Farah Zaman (DC'09)
Panel B: Law: Public and Private Sectors
Farah Zaman graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Decision Science and International Relations. While at Carnegie Mellon University Farah was a recipient of the Milton and Cynthia Friedman Scholarship and a Fellow of the Center for International Policy and Innovation. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2009 and currently works in the Privacy and ADA Compliance Unit of NYC HRA (the largest social services provider in the country). Farah has experience in contracts, corporate governance, start-ups/social entrepreneurship, transactional intellectual property, data privacy, and HIPAA compliance. She also serves as an Officer of Legal Hackers, Chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the New York County Women's Bar, Chair of the Associate Board for the media literacy nonprofit, The LAMP, and as a Board Member of the Carnegie Mellon University New York Alumni Network. Farah is also a certified yoga instructor.

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