Nora Smith

Assistant Director, Residential Education at Montana State University

Nora Smith earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW–Madison in 2004. She has worked in a variety of administrative and instructional roles in academia and now serves as Assistant Director for Residential Education at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay

Native American Student Success Coordinator, University of Wisconsin System

Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation from the Menominee Indian Reservation of Wisconsin. She attended UW–Madison as an undergraduate majoring in Sociology and American Indian Studies and continued to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) in 2009.

Justin Brumbaugh

Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder

Justin Brumbaugh earned a PhD in Biochemistry in 2011. After completing a postdoc in Boston, he is now an assistant professor in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. There, Brumbaugh has worked to start his own lab, building and managing a team that applies stem cell biology to explore fundamental aspects of biology, development, and regenerative medicine.

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.

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 MS 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.

Steven Wright

Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Wisconsin Law School

Steven Wright came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012 to pursue his MFA in creative writing. Upon completion of his degree in 2014, Wright became a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In this role, he supervises the Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP), a program focused on exonerating individuals who were wrongly convicted of serious crimes.

Keivan Stassun

Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University; Adjunct Instructor at Fisk University

Graduating with a doctorate in astronomy from UW–Madison in 2000, Keivan Stassun has built a career dedicated to advancing our understanding of the cosmos through research, teaching, and outreach. He now works as a full professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University and as an adjunct instructor at Fisk University.

Mark Stanley

Resident Lighting Designer for the New York City Ballet, Professor in the Lighting Design Program at Boston University

Since earning his MFA from UW–Madison in 1986, Stanley has regularly crossed boundaries between theory and practice, classroom and community, and academic and professional worlds. He is now working as the professor in the Lighting Design Program at Boston University.

Gerardo Mancilla

Director of Education Administration and Leadership for Edgewood College

Completing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction has been a stepping stone for Gerardo Mancilla to combine scholarly pursuits, cultural identity, and community involvement and become Edgewood College’s new Director of Education Administration and Leadership.