Alejandra Huerta

USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Pathology, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University


Alejandra Huerta earned a PhD in Plant Pathology from UW–Madison in fall 2015. As a student, she worked in Caitilyn Allen’s laboratory studying intraspecies competition in plant pathogenic bacteria. Huerta is now a postdoctoral fellow investigating bacterial-rice interactions.

Adam K. Schneider

Nurse Practitioner for UW Organ and Tissue Donation


As a DNP student who was also working at UW Organ and Tissue Donation as an organ procurement coordinator, Adam Schneider leveraged evidence-based strategies on organ donation to inform his team’s protocols, resulting in more viable organs from donors. He earned his DNP in 2017.

Michelle Buchanan

Michelle Buchanan is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where she guides strategic directions for the lab and provides mentorship for staff members in the early stages of their careers. She earned her PhD in chemistry from UW–Madison in 1978.

Zulmarie Perez-Horta

Fellow of Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Zulmarie Perez-Horta completed her doctoral program in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from UW–Madison in 2016 and began a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C. in fall of 2017.

Teddy Wiggins

Principal Violinist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Teddy Wiggins is a University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate from the School of Music, in violin performance. He is currently a co-concertmaster/principal violinist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a training orchestra that develops musicianship and prepares musicians for professional careers.

Frederick Porter

Senior Director of Product Development for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute

For biochemistry Ph.D. alumnus Frederick Porter, graduate school was a start to the second phase in his career. After graduation, Fred spent eight years in the vaccine industry where he led the development of vaccines against viral diseases such as influenza, HIV, and respiratory syncytial virus. In June 2016, he moved back into an academic role to become the senior director of product development at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Rachel Mallinger

Research Entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Earning her MS in Agroecology and Entomology (2009) and her Ph.D. in Entomology (2015) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Rachel Mallinger currently studies attraction—the kind that involves bees and flowers, and which is especially consequential for farmers in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Amy Powell

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign

In 2005, Amy Powell came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue her MA in Art History. Upon completion of her master’s in 2007, the Kentucky native decided to stay at the university to pursue her PhD in the same field. She is now the curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum (KAM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign—overseeing a collection that contains roughly 10,000 works of art.

Ned English

Senior Research Methodologist with NORC at the University of Chicago

English completed his M.S. in Geography at UW-Madison in 2001. After a year at Empower Geographics, English took a position with NORC at the University of Chicago. NORC is an independent research institution that delivers reliable data and analysis for business and policy decisions.