Rachel Mallinger

Research Entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

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.

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.

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.

Loni Gornick

Music Educator/Orchestra Director for Badger High School in Lake Geneva, WI

While juggling motherhood and a full-time job in the public school system, Loni Gornick completed her Master’s of Music degree with an emphasis on string development in December of 2016. She now works for the public school system in Lake Geneva, designing a new curriculum based around ear training to better prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in Music Theory.

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.

Heather Pickering

Founder/Artistic Director for Flutter Productions

Heather Pickering graduated with her MFA in Theatre and Drama at UW–Madison with an emphasis on Acting/Directing in May 2016. She now devotes herself full-time to Flutter Productions, an all-abilities company founded in 2008 as part of the Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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.