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.

Rachel Mallinger

Earning her MS in agroecology and entomology (2009) and her PhD 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.

Krista Willing

Besides managing activities which include Iron Man and triathlon competitions, her three year old daughter Lily, and another due in February, Krista Willing also manages the eight billion dollar Medicaid budget for the state of Wisconsin.

Gordon Shaw

Gordon Shaw, Research Chemist, Mass and Force Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has some advice for students eyeing the future: focus on the present.

Alison Patz

A passion for public service and foreign languages has taken Alison Patz around the world and back. She spent time in Morocco with the Peace Corps, attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs for a master’s degree, and traveled to Egypt on a Boren fellowship.

Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori

Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori took advantage of on-campus leadership opportunities during his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences to walk away from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a unique blend of business acumen and scientific knowledge.