2012 - Where do I go from Yale?



Where do I go from Yale? - 2012

Please join us for the Graduate School Alumni Association’s annual career mentoring workshop for students in all stages of graduate study -- from first year to fifth year or more!

This workshop showcases a few of the many career paths – in academia and beyond – taken by graduate school alumni, in order to help graduate students at all levels think creatively about turning their PhDs into meaningful careers. Presenters will share their experiences working in expanded academic environments (this year, emphasizing digital humanities), in research and industry, and with government and policy. Each panel includes a question and answer session. A reception following the workshop allows time for individual conversation and networking.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
1:00 - 4:15 pm

Panel Discussions on jobs in Expanded Academia, Research and Industry, and Government and Policy.
View panel details and speaker bios here
Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium, 53 Wall Street

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Informal discussion over drinks and hors d’oeuvres
The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street (between College and Temple Streets)

Hosted by the Graduate School Alumni Association in partnership with Yale Graduate Career Services

 This event is FREE and open to all students in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Where Do I Go From Yale? - 2012
Tuesday May 15, 2012
Workshop, 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm, Whitney Humanities Center
Networking, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, The Graduate Club


1:-00 PM: Welcome and Introduction

Rahul Prasad (PhD, Yale, Engineering and Applied Science, 1987) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility, Livermore, CA

Rebecca Peabody (PhD, Yale, History of Art and African American Studies, 2006) Head of Research Projects & Programs, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles


1:15 PM: Panel I
Expanded Academia: Places for PhDs in the Broader Academic and Cultural World


Valerie Hotchkiss (PhD, Yale, Medieval Studies, 1990) is Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor of medieval studies and library science. As a rare book librarian, she has worked most notably on fund-raising, acquisitions, and public programs, bringing the three together by organizing lecture series, conferences, publications and over 40 major exhibitions.


Dina Dommett (PhD, Yale, Italian, 1993) is Associate Dean for Programmes in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She develops global leadership programs for high potential graduates and senior executives, and is launching a new LSE executive masters program with study tours to Istanbul and Singapore. As a Yale graduate who has used her PhD in both traditional and non-traditional ways, she will talk about her work as a university administrator to bring the values of the humanities into the more “practical” realm of business education.

John Unsworth (PhD, University of Virginia, English, 1988) is Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis, with a faculty appointment in English. He is co-editor of A Companion to Digital Humanities (2004) and Electronic Textual Editing (2006). He served from 1993 to 2003 as the first director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, with a faculty appointment in English, at the University of Virginia. From 2003-2012, he was Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Margaret Ketchum Powell (PhD, University of North Carolina, English, 1980; MLS, also from UNC, 1987) is W. S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. Powell began her career on the English faculty at the University of Hawaii before coming to Yale as a librarian. She has written on Dryden, Juvenal, and Keats, and, since moving to the Lewis Walpole Library, on Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Under her direction, the Library has been renovated, the visiting scholars' program has flourished, and the collections have entered the digital age.

Stephen Wolfram (PhD, California Institute of Technology, Particle Physics, 1979) is Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, a distinguished scientist, inventor, author, and business leader. He is the author of A New Kind of Science (2002), the developer of Wolfram|Alpha, and the creator of Mathematica, the definitive software environment for science and technology. In 1981, Wolfram became the youngest recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship. The PhD allowed Wolfram to pursue his research and to impact science education fundamentally. In addition to providing software for a generation of scientists and students, Wolfram's company maintains some of the web's most visited sites for technical information.


2:15 PM: Panel II

Research and Industry: A Wide Spectrum of Opportunities

Chair and Panelist

Andrew S. Richter (PhD, Yale, Sociology, 1979). After earning his doctorate, Andrew Richter has spent over three decades in the field of compensation and benefits as both a partner at the consulting firm Towers Perrin and an executive at IBM and NBC Universal. He served on the board of the American Compensation Association and has written a book and numerous articles. He now has his own consulting firm, Richter Associates, and serves as the Treasurer and Foundation Chair of Hudson River HealthCare, a community health center delivering primary care to over 80,000 patients.


Thomas H. Curtis (PhD, Yale, Nuclear Physics, 1968). After earning his Ph. D. in nuclear physics, Thomas Curtis did a two year postdoc at the University of California Lawrence Radiation Lab, then joined Bell Labs, where he spent 28 years holding a variety of applied research, development and management positions, including acoustic and speech research, digital signal processing, satellite transmission systems, digital switch development and Internet security. He left Bell Labs in 1999 to form a startup company with a professor at Princeton University who had developed a novel technique for very fast all-optical switching. In 2004, he joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab as the director of their New Jersey branch office, from which he retired in 2011.

Anthony Sabatelli (PhD, Yale, Organic Chemistry, 1984; JD, Salmon P. Chase College of Law), is currently Vice President and Authorized House Counsel for Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Yale-spawned biotech company focused on developing novel antibiotics. Dr. Sabatelli originally began his career as a research and development scientist at Procter & Gamble. After obtaining his law degree, he moved into the field of intellectual property law and served as patent counsel at both Procter & Gamble and then at Merck. He continues to maintain an interest in education, currently serving as an adjunct chemistry professor at the University of New Haven.

Molly A. Mérez (PhD, Yale, Sociology, 2008), is executive director of Ticket Summit®, Inc.—the leading conference and trade show for live entertainment executives. Previously, Mérez served as associate vice president of Corporate Marketing at TicketNetwork® and conducted ethnographic research for SmartRevenue Marketing Research Company. Currently, she serves as chair of the Marketing committee of the Professional Convention Management Association (Greater New York Chapter), and was recently named in EXPO Magazine’s Top 20 Elite (2012).

Arthur Estey (PhD, Yale, Administrative Science, 1978), is a founding partner and portfolio manager at Realm Partners LLC, an investment management firm specializing in "event-driven" investing. He was formerly a managing director at Lehman Brothers Inc. With almost 30 years of experience in the industry, he spent his entire Wall Street career at Lehman prior to Realm’s formation. Dr. Estey spent six years as a finance professor at the University of North Carolina before he joined Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb Inc. in 1983 as a charter member of its equity derivatives proprietary trading desk. After subsequently working as a convertible trader and arbitrageur at Lehman Brothers, he joined the investment team within Lehman that later became Realm in 1989.


3:15 PM: Panel III

Government and Policy:  Career Paths In and Around Governments


Tom Gustafson (PhD, Yale, Economics, 1982), a Washington-based health policy consultant, is  currently a senior policy advisor at  Arnold & Porter LLP,  He served for 30 years at the US Department of Health and Human Services -- from the time he left New Haven until five years ago -- working on policy development, legislation, regulations, research, and operations. In his last position was the senior civil servant in charge of the Original Medicare program.


Joe Annunziata (Graduate studies toward the PhD, Yale, Comparative Literature, 1963 - 1965; doctorate completed at the Sorbonne, 1967) is a former foreign policy advisor to the White House.  After two years of doctoral study in comparative literature, Joe Annunziata became an assistant professor at the Air Force War College, lecturing and studying political-military issues in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Moving to Washington, he worked for the Secretary of the Air Force, the military services, and the Executive Branch, concentrating on Vietnam and working on legislation. He concluded his government service in the Carter White House, advising on foreign policy and military and governmental reorganization.

Lawrence Atkins (PhD, Brandeis, Social Policy, 1983) is a health policy analyst with 40 years of experience at the state and local level, on the staff of the U.S. Senate, and in private consulting and corporate government affairs. He worked on legislation to reform social security, private pensions, and health care. He now heads U.S. Public Policy for Merck, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Josebe Bilbao-Henry de Bueno (PhD, Yale, Philosophy, 1999) is program manager for Language and Culture at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She taught Spanish language and culture at George Washington University for fifteen years before moving to the World Bank three years ago. 

Carol H. Ripple (PhD, Yale, Psychology, 1995) is Principal Evaluator in the North Carolina General Assembly Program Evaluation Division.  With graduate training in child development and policy, she now conducts evaluations on topics as diverse as agricultural research stations and school nutrition. Previously, Carol was Senior Research Associate at Casey Family Services and Assistant Professor in the Yale School of Medicine.