Katherine Paulsen

Product Manager – FITR Spectrometers, Materials & Structural Analysis Division at Thermo Fisher Scientific


Katherine Paulsen earned a PhD in chemistry in 2013. She studied heme-containing proteins in Judith Burstyn’s research group. Immediately after graduating, she began working for Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Madison-based company that designs and manufactures scientific instruments.

Fernanda Lopes

Ruminants Business Manager at Adisseo South America


Fernanda Lopes received her PhD in Dairy Science in 2014, studying with Professor David Combs in the Department of Dairy Science. She now works for the South America division of animal feed nutrition company Adisseo SA, where she is responsible for the ruminant business. Lopes is based in Brazil but travels throughout South America as part of her work. The scientific knowledge she gained at UW–Madison has been key in helping her talk to clients about Adisseo’s products.

Jessa Valentine

Managing Consultant for DVP-PRAXIS LTD

With a passion for applied social science research, Jessa Valentine earned a PhD in Sociology from UW–Madison. She now works as a managing consultant for DVP-PRAXIS LTD, a consulting firm focused on higher education and the workforce.

Hanif Nu’Man

Chief Sociologist/Founder of ReSCI Consulting, LLC

Having obtained his doctorate in sociology from UW–Madison in 2014, Hanif Nu’Man currently applies his disciplinary knowledge in his work as the Chief Sociologist of ReSCI Consulting, LLC—a management consultancy firm he founded based in Madison.

Winslow Sargeant

Managing Director for S&T LLC

Graduating from UW–Madison in 1995 with a PhD in electrical engineering, Winslow Sargeant is motivated by a passion for solving problems, now working as the managing director for S&T LLC, a firm in Great Falls, Virginia. His role supports investment and business development for early-stage growth companies that specialize in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and education.

Tom Kuplic

Founder and President of ETO Consulting

After graduating with a PhD in Marketing and Communications, Tom Kuplic went on to become ETO Consulting’s founder and president. He is blending his studies with his work experience to help companies connect their brand stories to people through social media, email and digital marketing.

Timothy Oleson

Acting Associate Editor/Staff Writer at EARTH Magazine

Once he finished his PhD in Geology, Oleson stayed at UW to earn his master’s in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis on science writing, now working as the associate editor and staff writer at EARTH magazine.

Kate Baldwin

Freelance Scientific Diagram/Figure Designer

Baldwin completed her PhD in cellular and molecular biology at UW–Madison. Baldwin now uses her understanding of science in her freelance business creating clear visual communication tools for science journal articles, magazines, and papers along with consumer diagrams for lay audiences.

Evan Sengbusch

Vice President of Business Development for Phoenix Nuclear Labs

Growing alongside the up-and-coming local success story of Phoenix Nuclear Labs, UW–Madison alumnus, Evan Sengbusch, exemplifies how a well-rounded résumé of expertise and a push from an advisor can lead to extraordinary post-graduate ventures.

Liz Percak-Dennett

Technology Director at Hess Corporation

Examining the résumé of Liz Percak-Dennett, a Wisconsin alumni who completed her PhD in Geoscience in 2014, would bring pride to any fellow Badger, and awe to any employer, including Hess Corporation in Houston – the lucky one that snatched her up right out of an internship.