Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beyond Rochester: Career Conversations | Spring '15

See our lineup of UR Alumni presenting this Spring!
Come hear alumni speak about their current roles and the career paths they traveled. Learn from their experiences, ask questions, and get advice for how to best set yourself up for success!

Where: Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center Conference Room, 4-200 Dewey Hall
How to Register: RSVP for the Career Conversation(s) of your choice by sending an email to with the alum's name in the subject line.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2pm
Who: Chris Legocki, '12, Mechanical Engineering
Career: Commercial Portfolio Underwriter, First Niagara Bank

Chris's Bio: Chris is a financial analyst with the Commercial Real Estate group at First Niagara Bank.  Chris works with the bank’s Boston team, which focuses primarily on deals in Boston and its neighboring submarkets.  The CRE group at First Niagara Bank provides long-term debt for stabilized properties as well as construction financing for new developments.  In his time with the bank, Chris has worked with all major property types including multi-family/apartment, office, condos, retail, and industrial/warehouse.  As an analyst, Chris is responsible for underwriting the cash-flow for each property and anticipating future performance based on market trends.  Additionally, Chris conducts ongoing reviews of existing loans to ensure that the creditworthiness of the property and borrower remain stable. Prior to joining First Niagara, Chris was a consultant with Carlisle & Co., a boutique management consulting firm based on Concord, MA that specializes in the automotive industry.   Chris studied mechanical engineering at UR and graduated in 2012.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10am
Who: Alex Parker '12, Political Science
Career: Marketing Manager, Miami Dolphins

Alex's Bio: Alex Parker received his bachelors in political science from the University of Rochester in 2012. Following graduation, he used his experiences and knowledge from the University of Rochester to leverage a position with the Miami Dolphins. As a marketing manager, Alex works diligently to oversee all brand initiatives while managing and overseeing daily tasks of the creative department; he also works closely with the team’s owner and CEO on special projects throughout the year. His primary initiative is to humanize the Dolphins brand in order to increase brand affinity and brand value and he strives to achieve his number one goal of making decisions based on opportunity growth. Alex Parker believes that the personal connection to fans and their emotional attachment to the brand is the most rewarding part of his job and he strongly emphasizes family and togetherness within the workplace.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 3:30pm
Who: Sorcha Dundas '12, Anthropology
Career: Teacher, Sampson County Schools, NC

Sorcha's Bio: Dundas is a high school science teacher in the Sampson County School District in North Carolina. She was placed here as a 2013 Corps Member with Teach For America. Prior to teaching in North Carolina, Dundas spent 9 months in Nepal as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant where she co-taught with a Nepali teacher in a government school, lived with a host family, and trekked in the beautiful Himalayas. Originally, Dundas' focus was not on education, but on refugee resettlement. Her experience working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and writing her honors thesis in Anthropology on the Bhutanese refugees resettled from Nepal inspired her to experience the country of Nepal first hand. In addition to immersing in the culture of Nepal, Dundas discovered a love for teaching. She received her BA in Anthropology in 2012 from the University of Rochester and is currently working on her Post-Baccalaureate teaching certification at East Carolina University. At the University of Rochester, Dundas tutored through the UReading program in the Rochester City School District, worked as a Resident Assistant, and was an active member in GlobeMed. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10am
Who: Evalyn Gleason, '12, Political Science
Career: College Access Coordinator, University Community Collaborative

Evalyn's Bio: Evalyn is an AmeriCorp VISTA currently serving in Philadelphia, PA at the University Community Collaborative. The Collaborative is housed at Temple University and brings Philadelphia students to campus for after school programming. As the College Access Coordinator, Evalyn wears many hats in the process of helping high schools students go on to successful endeavors post High School. Evalyn has developed a college access class for students and has recently become responsible for fundraising through social media campaigns, fundraising events and private donations. Additionally, she works closely with Advisory Board members to increase visibility of the organization while planning for sustainability of funds and resources. While at the University of Rochester, Evalyn majored in Political Science and was involved in various clubs and activities including Colleges Against Cancer and working as a resident adviser. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12pm
Who: Robin Williamson, '98, BioScience/Biochemistry
Career: Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Robin's Bio: Robin Williamson graduated from UR in 1998 with a major in biochemistry and minors in chemistry and American Sign Language. She continued her studies at Harvard University where she completed her PhD in genetics in 2005. After graduation, from 2005 to 2011, she served as Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics where she reviewed submitted manuscripts to determine whether their scientific content was suitable for publication in the journal. In 2011, she went to work for the consultant firm Booz Allen Hamilton. At Booz Allen Hamilton, she served as project manager of a team supporting military medical research and development clients. Her team worked on projects ranging from literature reviews to research abstracts to conference proceedings to strategic plans. In July 2013, she received her project management professional (PMP) certification.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 12pm
Who: Dan Hutchinson, '12, Brain & Cognitive Science
Career: Ophthalmic Technician, Beetham Eye Institute

Dan's Bio: Dan is an ophthalmic technician at the Beetham Eye Institute (BEI) in Brookline, MA. The BEI is the ophthalmology department of the Joslin Diabetes Center and is involved in both clinical care of patients as well as clinical and lab research of diabetic eye disease. The BEI’s current academic focus is in identifying biomarkers of diabetic macular edema to improve assessment of disease prognosis as well as treatment of patients in clinical care. Dan’s role as an ophthalmic technician entails direct contact with patients to perform refractions, ocular anterior segment exams and supplementary eye imaging. Dan received a BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester in 2012. While at UR, Dan was a member of the UR Fencing Club and Vice President of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Council. Dan will be attending medical school at Ross University in September of 2015.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1pm
Who: Jeremy Steflik, '01, BioScience/Biochemistry
Career: Process Development Specialist, Pfizer, Inc.

Jeremy's Bio: Jeremy is Process Development Scientist at Pfizer, Inc, working in Groton, CT.  For the past eight years he has been with the Biocatalysis Center of Emphasis, a group within Pfizer focused on using isolated enzymes or whole cell organisms to perform chemical reactions that traditional organic chemists find problematic.  A large part of Jeremy’s work centers on enzyme engineering; modifying enzymes found in Nature to better suit the demands of the pharmaceutical production environment.  He received a BS in Biochemistry with Distinction in Research in 2001 and is currently enrolled in a Biology Master’s program at Brown University.  At Rochester, Jeremy was a DeKiewiet Research Fellow and an active member of the UR Fencing Club.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3pm
Who: Fred Guterl, '81, Electrical Engineering
Career: Executive Editor of Scientific American

Fred's Bio: Fred Guterl, executive editor of Scientific American, has been writing about science for more than 25 years. He is author of The Fate of the Species: Why the Human Race May Cause Its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It  (“From reverse genetics that creates a deadly flu virus to climate change that kills the Asian monsoons, his scenarios are so fascinating and compelling you almost forget what's at stake. Almost.”--Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal).  Guterl's narrative in Discover, "Riddles in the Sand,” won the Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Overseas Press Club honored his Newsweek article "The Wasteland" for environmental writing. Guterl led Scientific American to a General Excellence Award from the National Society of Magazine editors in 2011 for the first time in its 169-year history. Guterl was formerly deputy editor at Newsweek International, an editor of Discover and IEEE Spectrum. He also worked as a foreign correspondent based in London, England. Guterl has appeared on CNN, Charlie Rose, the Today Show, and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart to discuss popular issues in science. Guterl holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, and has taught science writing at Princeton University. He lives in the New York City area.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2pm
Who: Matt Kaufman, '95, Political Science
Career: Partner, Leason Ellis - IP Attorneys

Matt's Bio: A ’95 UR graduate with a BA in Political Science, Matthew L. Kaufman regularly counsels clients in the areas of patent prosecution, litigation and transactional engagements. He has extensive experience in all facets of patent acquisition and as a seasoned patent prosecutor has advised many high tech companies with regard to portfolio development and patent mining, working closely with management and engineering to facilitate the identification and protection of key technical assets. Prior to practicing, Matthew worked in the technology sector developing enterprise client/server systems for a variety of applications. He has extensive experience developing, maintaining and implementing database systems, broad knowledge regarding the architecture and deployment of wired and wireless networks, and is familiar with a number of development environments, languages and frameworks. He earned his JD from New York Law School in 1999.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10am
Who: Sal Caldarise, '82, Mechanical Engineering & '83, MS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Career: Director, R&D Technology Portfolio and Intellectual Property
Who: Ben Wooley, '88, Ph.D in Optics
Career: Senior Principal Engineer, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Sal's Bio: Sal works closely with both JJVC, Inc. scientists and engineers as well as J&J patent counsel in order to secure intellectual property aligned to JJVC’s  business interests.  This year marks Sal’s 30th anniversary with J&J.  He has held both individual contributor and management roles in Research & Development in multiple J&J Operating Companies working on designing, developing and protecting medical devices such as orthopaedic implants (DePuy), cardiovascular & endovascular stents (Cordis), and contact lenses (Vistakon).  He worked briefly at a technology start-up and is an inventor on over 20 patents in the medical device and solid-freeform-fabrication technology space.  He received his JD with a concentration in intellectual property in 2004 from Seton Hall University and is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bars, as well as registered patent attorney with the USPTO. While at the University of Rochester, he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Mechanical & Aerospace Sciences in 1982 & 1983 respectively, and was a member of the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team for four years.

Ben's Bio: For Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, first in Roanoke, VA and most currently in Jacksonville, FL Ben’s research and design efforts have been primarily directed toward understanding the eye and visual system with the goal of enabling the design of products that provide improved vision.  This work first resulted in the Definity® Progressive Lenses that are now sold by Essilor, in the Acuvue® Oasys® Brand Contact Lenses for PRESBYOPIA, and the recently announced 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST Brand MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses.  The work at J&J includes defining and interpreting data from clinical studies, creating new theories and models for how the human visual system works, creating new design methodologies and using them for design optimization, partnering with other companies and universities, assessing competitive patents and creating new intellectual property, mentoring and teaching, and of course some important but mundane activities.  Ben also has experience at several small companies including family owned and a couple of startups, so has knowledge and insight not only into how new products are created, but how it is done in various kinds of businesses.  Ben completed his Ph.D. at The Institute of Optics in 1989 with Duncan Moore as his thesis advisor and some of your current professors as classmates. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:00pm
Who: Jon LoTempio '14 (BioScience/ Biochemistry)
Career:  Analyst at National Human Genome Research Institute 
Jon's Bio: Jon LoTempio presently serves as an analyst in the Extramural Research Program at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. His projects include the Large Scale Sequencing and Analysis Centers, Centers for Mendelian Genomics, and the NIH Common Fund’s Human Microbiome Project. He is responsible for facilitating interaction with grantees, staff, and advisors, creating and summarizing information and data from university centers, as well as assisting in the reorganization of online scientific content for the average American audience. LoTempio graduated with a degree in Biochemistry with Distinction in Research for the successful defense of a dissertation under the mentorship of Drs. Robert Bambara, Lata Balakrishnan, and Jennifer Surtees (SUNY at Buffalo). LoTempio was also involved in Students’ Association Government, the 2014 Class Council, and an international NIC Greek-letter organization.

Our Career Conversations have proven invaluable to students in the past, as they open doors for networking and give you an opportunity to ask questions. We hope to see you at many of the Beyond Rochester events this Spring! 


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