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Students with an interest in rapidly changing fields like physics, computer science, engineering, and math find the University of Chicagoâ€™s rigorous liberal arts curriculum to be excellent preparation for related careers. The Chicago Careers in Science and Technology program provides experiential opportunities to students as they explore ways that science, technology, and innovation provide solutions in areas that range from particle physics, bioinformatics, and national security to search engines, alternative energies, and entertainment.
Yair L andau & Susan P urcell UChicago degrees Landau, AB’84, statistics; Purcell, AB’85, history Home Santa Monica, CA Occupation Cofounders of Mass Animation Landau and Purcell’s Mass Animation is a virtual animation studio that collaborates with artists around the world using Facebook as a platform. Landau previously served as vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and president of Sony Pictures Digital. Purcell leads Mass Animation’s design initiatives and serves as its in-house counsel. She credits UChicago with helping her become the thinker she is today: “The Core allows you to be more of an interdisciplinary thinker. Particularly in today’s world, where everything is so globally connected, I think that’s a real benefit.”
Dav id U nderwood UChicago degree AB’06, physics Home Washington, DC Occupation Software engineer for Apple, Inc.
he Chicago Careers in Science and Technology (CCIST) program helps undergraduate students
explore, prepare for, and obtain careers in science and technology. Students of any major who have an interest in science and technology may join CCIST at any time during their College years. Students hone key skills in collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, teamwork, innovation, and communication. They also have the opportunity to participate in an elective workshop curriculum, which focuses on career exploration through presentations and case studies with industry leaders. Students may also explore such experiential learning options as research assistantships, internships, externships, and innovation competitions. Opportunities for mentorship, alumni networking, and one-on-one advising with the CCIST program director are readily available.
A self-taught computer programmer since high school, Underwood creates and updates audio and video for the iPhone and for QuickTime Player and QuickTime technologies on the Mac 0S X platform. “Having four years of a rigorous and well-rounded academic experience was, in a lot of ways, better preparation for the work I’m doing than if I had gotten a computer engineering degree somewhere. Learning how to learn and to embrace a completely unfamiliar concept has made me a lot more agile in my job.”
amy ryan UChicago degree AB’72, history Home Pasadena, CA Occupation Principal member of technical staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology For 21 years, Ryan has worked on the technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA laboratory operated by Caltech. With her team, she recently finished developing an electronic “nose”—a device that monitors air quality in space habitats— which was the result of 15 years of research and development. “When I came to the College, I was interested in so many different things. I really liked that, because of the Core, I didn’t have to make a lot of decisions early on. By taking courses in a lot of different fields, I got a sense of what I was most interested in knowing about.”
Career Exploration Opportunities Jeff Metcalf Fellows Program The Jeff Metcalf Fellows Program provides paid, substantive internships exclusively to UChicago undergraduates in a wide variety of fields across the country and around the world. Metcalf Fellows explore career fields and gain meaningful work experience, increasing their marketability and value to future employers. The Metcalf Program offers more than 400 opportunities each summer and is continuing to build the number of internships abroad. Students interested in science and technology have worked for such organizations as the Adler Planetarium, Chicago Wilderness, Amazonia Expeditions, BioEnterprise, Google, Trimble Navigation Limited, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. CCI Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition This challenge partners students in the Chicago Careers in Science and Technology, Chicago Careers in Public and Social Service, and Chicago Careers in Business programs. Students create viable business plans for a for-profit or nonprofit enterprise with a technology component that will have a positive social impact on the University, local, national, or global community. Winners receive a $10,000 prize to launch the enterprise and change the world.
Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program Through the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program, first- and second-year students can spend two to three days of their spring break shadowing alumni at their places of employment. Recent science and technology job shadowing sites have included Facebook, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Taking the Next Step Each January, the College holds a daylong career planning event for second- and third-year students. Students attend panels with alumni from around the world and a keynote presentation by a prominent alumni speaker. Hundreds of alumni attend this event to discuss the ways in which they have put their UChicago educations to use. Recent panelists from science and technology have included Christopher Darnell, AB’92, a group finance manager at Microsoft; Ruth Carmichael, AB’93, a senior marine scientist at Dauphin Island Sea Lab; and Jacob Janey, AB’98, a senior research chemist at Merck. Alumni Careers Network The Alumni Careers Network is an online database of UChicago alumni who have volunteered to provide career-related informational interviews to students and other alumni. Alumni of the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools participate in this vast and growing global network. Many graduates report that their most valuable career advice comes from other alumni. In addition to offering valuable information about career options, employment conditions, and job responsibilities, alumni recount their experiences of translating their UChicago educations into rewarding careers in science and technology. Alumni Leaders in Science and Technology Casey Cowell, AB’75, cofounder of USRobotics Edwin Hubble, SB 1910, PhD 1917, astronomer who found first evidence for the big bang theory Karen Katen, AB’70, MBA’74, senior advisor to Essex Woodlands Health Ventures; former vice chairman of Pfizer, Inc.; former president of Pfizer Human Health; University trustee Deborah Mack, AB’76, chief scientific consultant for Terranova Pictures; project director for the Africa exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum Lynn Margulis, AB’57, National Medal of Science winner, 2000 Irwin Rose, SB’48, PhD’52, Nobel laureate in chemistry, 2004, for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation Janet Rowley, LAB’42, PhB’44, SB’46, MD’48, discovered the link between genetics and cancer; National Medal of Science recipient, 1998; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, 2009 Frank Wilczek, SB’70, Nobel laureate in physics, 2004, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr., SB’40, SM’41, PhD’42, a PhD in mathematics at age 19; second African American elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Myrtle P otter UChicago degree AB’80, political science Home San Francisco, CA Occupation CEO and president of Myrtle Potter & Company A leader in the health care and pharmaceutical industries, Potter has helped launch breakthrough prescription drugs, and her marketing expertise helped make Prilosec the largest-selling pharmaceutical product of its day. Before founding her own advisory firm, she held a series of leadership roles at Merck, BristolMyers Squibb, and Genentech, where she was president and COO. “I had a great foundation from my undergraduate experience and worked for great companies that allowed you to go as far as you wanted, as long as you demonstrated you had the skills.”
R o g er W ieg and UChicago degree AB’72, biochemistry Home Wayland, MA Occupation Associate director, Infectious Disease Initiative, the Broad Institute
Wiegand researches malaria parasite genetics. His studies include a search for novel antimalarial drug compounds, and he’s interested in how malaria genes flow within populations and how traits like drug resistance occur and spread. “The University will equip you broadly. That’s important because as you go through your careers, you’ll be called upon to do many different things. Learning to educate yourself is an evergreen skill. You’ll get that at the University of Chicago.”
S cott D urchslag UChicago degree AB’87, interdisciplinary studies in the humanities Home Seattle, WA Occupation President of Expedia Worldwide As the president of Expedia Worldwide, Durchslag is responsible for the company’s operations in 23 countries, including developing strategy, product, marketing, and operations, with full responsibility for its financial performance. Before joining Expedia, he was the chief operating officer for Skype and the corporate vice president and general manager for Motorola Mobile Devices. “The humanities at UChicago really helped me get a deep understanding of human nature and consumer behavior. I find the overlapping areas between disciplines to be the richest and the most interesting. I’ve taken that same multidisciplinary perspective into business, and I think it has helped me make a difference to my customers, employees, and shareholders.”
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Division of the Biological Sciences The mission of the Division of the Biological Sciences (BSD) is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars. BSD is unique in American higher education in that no other American university combines the delivery of undergraduate biological sciences education with graduate, medical, and postgraduate education.
Division of the Physical Sciences The history of the Division of the Physical Sciences (PSD) is arguably the richest of any such division in any university in this country. PSD scientists have advanced their fields, and in many cases they have defined new ones. That tradition of discovery continues to the present day. PSD faculty, staff, and alumni have earned 45 Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry and nine Fields Medals in mathematics.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy. Fermilab provides leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines.
Institute for Molecular Engineering The University of Chicago’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering will explore innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through modern advances in nanoscale manipulation and the ability to design at a molecular scale. Molecular engineering is an emerging field, and researchers foresee its applications in clinical medicine, energy supply, clean water production, and quantum computing. As the institute grows, students will have the opportunity to collaborate on research and earn a major in the field.
Our science and technology employer partners Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne’s mission is to apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering, and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies. Argonne creates new knowledge that addresses the most important scientific and societal needs of our nation.
Adler Planetarium Argonne National
BioEnterprise Bulletin of the Atomic
Computation Institute The Computation Institute was established in 2000 as a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to advance science through innovative computational approaches. As an intellectual nexus, it brings together researchers from different disciplines with common interests in advancing the state of the art in computing and its applications.
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Alex Seropian UChicago degree SB’91, mathematics Home Los Angeles, CA Occupation Developer of Halo; senior vice president and general manager of core games at Disney Interactive Media Group; founder of Wideload Games and Bungie Software “In my industry, you have teams of hundreds of specialists coming together to create a video game. The greater understanding of the world I got at UChicago has allowed me to develop expertise so I can bring all those disciplines together and effectively make one team out of the many contributors.”
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Mag g ie L acovara UChicago degree AB’09, physics Home Tucson, AZ Occupation Multidisciplinary engineer at Raytheon Company “Having a background in physics is great, because you can really do anything with it. I’m an engineer, and I think I’m more prepared than a lot of people who got very focused degrees in electrical engineering. I have different ideas because I was trained to think outside the box.”