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.

Chantell Evans

Postdoctoral Researcher, Holzbaur Lab, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Chantell Evans graduated with her PhD in Neuroscience in 2015. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and was selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as one of 15 early-career scientists in the first cohort of Hanna Gray Fellows, a program that supports scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research.

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.

Frederick Porter

Senior Director of Product Development for the Duke Human Vaccine Institute

For biochemistry PhD 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.

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.