Josie Guiney Igielski

4th Grade Teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison

Josie Guiney Igielski, a 4th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Madison, Wisconsin, uses her UW–Madison graduate training to help students succeed. In 2014 she received the Milken Educator Award, an award which is only given to about 40 teachers in the nation each year.

Mike Gonzalez

Principal of Gordon Olson Middle School in Mauston

Gonzalez earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2006, going on to be the principal of Gordon Olson Middle School. Later in 2015, he was named the Junior and Middle School Administrator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils.

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.

Ben Moga

Co-founder/President of Tasso

Armed with a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from UW–Madison, Moga is co-founder and president of a company trying to revolutionize how blood is drawn to make it less invasive.

Emily Haga

Plant Breeder at Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Haga completed both her bachelor’s in horticulture and master’s degrees in plant breeding and genetics at UW–Madison. After graduating, Haga is now a plant breeder at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, where she develops new varieties to support small scale farmers and growers and looks at trends in the market to meet the future needs of these growers.

Greg Richards

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Parkside

Richards received his PhD in microbiology in 2008 from UW–Madison and now splits his time between teaching, research, and outreach activities at UW–Parkside. When Richards isn’t teaching or researching how bacteria deal with stress, he enjoys participating in outreach activities or engaging with the media.

Matthew Desmond

Faculty at Harvard University

Matthew Desmond graduated from UW-Madison with his PhD in sociology, going on to write his recent New York Times bestselling book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”. He is now part of the faculty at Harvard University.

Idella Yamben

Co-designer and Consultant for the Ideadvance Seed Fund with UW-Extension

After graduating with her PhD in cellular and molecular biology from UW–Madison, Idella has been using the “set of tools” she learned from her degree to work as the co-designer and consultant for the Ideadvance Seed Fund.

Hilary Shager

Associate Director for the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison

Armed with both a master’s degree in public affairs and PhD in public policy from UW–Madison, Hilary now serves as the associate director of the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.