Program 2015

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Where Do I Go From Yale?
Tuesday May 12, 2015

Workshop, 9:30 am–4:30 pm, Loria Center (190 York Street)
Luncheon, Noon–1:30 pm, The Graduate Club (155 Elm Street)
Networking, 4:45–6:00 pm, The Golden Center (268 Park Street)


9:30–10:00 am:  Welcome and Introductions

Anthony Sabatelli (1984 PhD, Chemistry), GSAA chair, is a partner in the intellectual property law firm Dilworth IP in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Lynn Cooley is Dean of the Graduate School and C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics.

R. Tripp Evans (1998 PhD, History of Art), workshop co-chair, is professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Anna Barry (1998 PhD, Chemistry), workshop co-chair, is Vice President of Legal and Corporate Secretary at Jounce Therapeutics, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

10:00–10:15 am:  Transferable Skills: “You know more than you think you know.”

  Jeanine Dames is director of the Yale Office of Career Strategy.

10:20–11:40 am:  What They’re Looking For...  Leaders in industry and academia charged with recruitment give their sense of the hard facts and subtle nuances behind getting hired in today's job market, while more recent graduates share tips for success. 



Andrew Richter (1979 PhD, Sociology) is former Senior Vice President, Compensation & Benefits, at NBC Universal in New York.


Craig Greaves is recruiting partner at Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in biotechnology and life sciences companies, in Boston.

David Price (1985 PhD, German) is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jenna Sullivan (2013 PhD, Engineering & Applied Science) does medical imaging at Invicro in Boston. She was recruited by Invicro through LinkedIn.

Fatimah Williams Castro heads a consulting business, Beyond the Tenure Track, and is also a half time associate director in the University of Pennsylvania Career Services office. She has a 2011 PhD in cultural anthropology from Rutgers.

Noon–1:30 pm: Luncheon at the Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street.  Graduate students will be assigned to tables with alumni who share interests in common.


#1.  Opportunities in High-Tech and Social Media. Some thoughts on how to prepare and market yourself in the rapidly evolving, ever-reinventing environment of high tech and social media.



Paul Bosco (1984 MS, Engineering & Applied Science), moderator, is vice president of strategy and market development at Cisco Systems in Massachusetts.

An Bui is manager of commodity management at Lab126 (research and development subsidiary of in Cupertino, California. He has a BS in mechanical/aerospace engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business.

Jia Chen (2000 PhD, Physics) is director of Health Solutions, Smarter Cities at IBM, New York.

Andy Katzman (1998 BA, Economics) is the App Re-engagement -- Gaming Lead at Twitter, New York. He has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Stuart P. Meyer (1988 JD) is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an MS in EE/computer science from Princeton.

Emily Pitler (2003 BS, Computer Science) is a research scientist at Google in New York City. She has an MSE and PhD in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania.

#2.  Scientists off the Bench. Alumni offer insights into what can happen when scientists leave the lab, but not the science. Come learn about some of the interesting ways you can use your training and knowledge of a discipline to carve out a career.


Peter Andersen (1978 MS, Physics), moderator, is chief investment officer at Congress Wealth Management in Boston.

Pierre Beaurang is vice president, business and corporate development, at Nurix in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a PhD in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley.

Tarek Fadel (2011 PhD, Chemical Engineering) is a staff scientist at the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia.

Shanta Whitaker (2008 PhD, Microbiology) is a health policy consultant at LMI in McLean, Virginia. She also has a 2013 MPH from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

#3.  Working in Cultural Institutions. Using a graduate degree to work in cultural institutions, from museums and libraries to foundations and think tanks.



Susan Ball (1978 PhD, History of Art), moderator, is deputy directory of the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Graham Boettcher (1995 BA, 2006 PhD, History of Art) is chief curator, and the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama.

James Caudle (1995 PhD, History) is an associate editor of the Yale Boswell Editions at Yale University.

Jeff Hardwick (2000 PhD, American Studies) is a senior program officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for Humanities in Washington, DC.

Daniel Ksepka is the science curator at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in Greenwich, Connecticut. He earned a PhD in earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University in 2007.


#1.  Careers in Entrepreneurship. The dropout with a startup-turned-megabusiness may make good headlines... but thoughtful, knowledgeable folks with an advanced degree might be even better prepared to get in the game.



Elie Track (1988 PhD, Physics), moderator, is CEO of nVizix LLC, a start-up developing high-efficiency and low-cost solar cell technology and devices.

Jason Fuller is a principal at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm in the Washington, DC, area.  He focuses on investments in biopharmaceuticals. He has a 2007 PhD in chemical engineering from MIT.

Eddie Martucci (2009 PhD, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) is founder and CEO at Akili Interactive Labs, and a principal at Pure Tech Ventures in the Boston area.

Robert Tepper is a founding partner at Third Rock Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in biotechnology and life sciences companies, in Boston. He has an MD degree from Harvard Medical School.

#2.  Law:  The Sexy Second Degree? Another degree? Come learn about the doors a law degree opens — and what awaits on the other side.



Katherine Miller (2005 PhD, Neurobiology), moderator, is an attorney in the Patent Counseling & Prosecution practice of Cooley, LLP, located in Boston. She has a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Stephen Altieri (2008 PhD, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) is a patent attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Boston. He has a law degree from Boston College Law School.

Layne Jacobs (2014 PhD, Religious Studies) is a corporate attorney at Cooley LLP in Boston. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Petra Scamborova (2005 PhD, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) is an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. She has a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

#3. Academic Careers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Academics from different types of universities offer advice on breaking in, advancing, and navigating academic workplace environments. In other words: What to expect when you’re expecting — in the 21st century — to do what your dissertation advisor did!



Carrie Lane (2005 PhD, American Studies), moderator,  is Associate Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Bernt Hagtvet (1974 MPhil, Political Science) is a professor of political science at the University of Oslo.

Katherine Hermes (1995 PhD, History) is chair of the Department of History at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Julie Higgins (2008 PhD, Psychology) is assistant professor of psychology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.

David Price (1985 PhD, German) is professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

#4.  Pursuing Science, Promoting Science. Whether engaged in hands-on research or encouraging scientific understanding, these panelists have found careers in which they can pursue and promote science.


Tom Curtis (1968 PhD, Physics), moderator, now retired, had a varied career spanning research, applied research, development work, government-sponsored research and entrepreneurial academic interaction.

Carie Cardamone (2010 PhD, Astronomy) is assistant professor of Astronomy, Math and Science at Wheelock College in Massachusetts.

John Diener (1998 PhD, Chemistry) is senior investigator at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in the Boston area.

Robert Mabry is director of Protein Sciences and Antibody Technology at Jounce Therapeutics in Boston. He has a 2005 PhD in biochemistry from the University of Texas.

Amy Savage (2010 PhD, Epidemiology and Public Health) is director of the Citizen Science Program and visiting professor of biology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

4:30–6:00 pm:  Networking Reception at the Golden Center, 268 Park Street.  Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and conversation for students and alumni.

Additional alumni will be participating in the workshop as mentors. They will attend the luncheon and reception, and may also join the discussion in relevant breakout sessions:

Nancy Brune (2006 PhD, Political Science) is executive director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities in Las Vegas, Nevada.

George Camp (1967 PhD, Sociology) is co-executive director of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and co-president of the Criminal Justice Institute. He is based in Nevada and Connecticut.

Maria Martha Chavez-Brumell (2004 PhD, Sociology) is an applied sociologist with a history of researching, implementing and evaluating social policy.

Glen Hickey (1974 PhD, Physics) has enjoyed an active career in his native Australia as an executive leader in financial services with a specialization in information technology. He is based in Melbourne.

Gregg Keaney (2005 PhD, Chemistry) is Senior Scientific Investigator in Medicinal Chemistry at H3 Biomedicine in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Felipe Pait (1993 PhD, Electrical Engineering) is an associate professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has worked for engineering companies in Brazil and in the U.S.

Elizabeth Sullivan (1974 BA, 1976 MA, Soviet and Eastern European Studies) is director of opinion for the Northeast Ohio Media Group in Cleveland and also heads the editorial board for NEOMG and The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper.

Bobbi Sutherland (2009 PhD, Medieval Studies) is an assistant professor in history at the University of Dayton, a Catholic research university.