Our alumni span the globe, moved by curiosity. Here are some of their unfolding adventures.
When the pandemic hit, Scott Henderson, international (global) studies, launched Project Tumbleweed with an epic road trip.
Patrick O’Donnell, history and political science, has protected and guarded Nebraska’s Unicameral for more than four decades.
Registered nurse Christine Plummer Huber, psychology, has become the patient as she confronts Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Kimberli Lee, American literature, wrote her dissertation from letters in the Sandoz archives and is now a professor at Northeastern State University.
Jeff Torczon, computer science, is an entrepreneur and investor who founded InfinityHR and AspenIO. Read his Alumni Spotlight.
Timothy Ehlers is a high school English teacher in Salem, Oregon, and 23 years as a GIS expert for years in government before that. "My time at UNL was a great experience, especially when I found my home in the geography department. It was an area of study that kept me wanted to learn more and more, along with professors that had a passion to help us learn and discover." Read more in the Curious Alumni post.
Scott Eastman, political science, is federal research manager at the Tax Foundation, where he coordinates research production for the Center for Federal Tax Policy, and a contributor to Business Insider.
Moe Bidgoli, computer science, started the computer science department and the Association for Computing Machinery group at Saginaw Valley State University.
Major Rolando Perez is the chief of Air Battle Manager training at the 129th Combat Training Squadron at Robins AFB, GA. He utilizes the remote sensing/GIS/cartographic skills he learned in the Department of Geography for a Moving Target Indicator/Synthetic Aperture Radar.
Brooke Bolin, geography, is employed with City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation and works on prairie restoration.
John Jackson IV, geography, works at an engineering firm in Los Angeles.
Kevin Thor, communication studies, won a Fulbright fellowship, leading to a year in Vietnam, and is moving into global nonprofit/NGO work.
Michael Forsberg, geography, is a well-known conservation photographer and Nebraska native. He recently delivered the Lavin Seminar and received a national award from the Sierra Club.
Aubrey Streit Krug, English and Great Plains Studies, had her essay “Grounded,” featured on the Center for Humans and Nature website.
Julia Moore, communication studies, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Utah, has won the National Communication Association’s Gerald Miller Dissertation Award. more
Marlan Downey, geology, was a highly-accomplished geologist who received the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the AAPG, in 2008 for his outstanding contributions to oil and gas exploration. He passed away Memorial Day, 2017. more
Lynnette Kelly, Urban Studies, is Executive Director at Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and was recently named a Freda Johnson Trailblazing Women in Public Finance 2016 honoree. more
Mary Ann McDowell, biological sciences, is associate professor at the University of Notre Dame. more
Janet Ahler, anthropology, lived with a Yu'pik family and has worked with many native tribes. She is now an emerita professor at the University of North Dakota. more
Jerry Janulewicz, psychology, is Grand Island, Nebraska's city attorney. more
Todd Bahensky, psychology, is Hall County corrections director in Grand Island, Nebr. more
Kathleen King, English, taught at Idaho State University. She has had poems, stories, essays, and a novel published, and she has edited and published many literary magazines. more
James Carr, chemistry, is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. more
Loren Eiseley, English, anthropology, geology, was an anthropologist and writer. more
Morgan Montgomery, English, is part of the coaching staff of the Nebraska School of Gymnastics program. more
Iris Elezi, film studies, received Oscar consideration for her first feature film, “Bota.” more
Jenifer Dugdale, English, is an instructor at Lincoln East High School who was named Teacher of the Month in April, 2016. more
Johnny Henderson, mathematics, is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Baylor University and received the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year award. more
Rebecca Fahrlander, sociology, is a decorated instructor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and was inducted into her high school's Hall of Fame. more
Amanda Barker, poltical science, economics, and English, is the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Civic Health Programs at Nebraskans for Civic Reform. more
Fred Zwonechek, sociology, has served with the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety for 42 years, the past 35 as administrator, making him the longest-serving state traffic safety director in the country. more
Chad Myers, meteorology, is a CNN meteorologist who wrote “I, for one, have changed my conclusion over time on whether humans are responsible for the increased heat content of the Earth. I write this article not to change your mind about global warming; I simply want to show you why I changed mine.” more
Donor Gwinnie Berexa did what her great-grandfather, alum John D. Clark, did decades ago. more
Leo Sierra, psychology and Spanish ('14), is coordinator of the Scotts Bluff County TEAMS Program and also works at the AIM Institute. more
Christina Riesselman, geology, works on the Antarctic ice shelf and at sea, collecting sediment cores from hundreds of meters under the sea floor and reads the climate history of millennia past. more
Brian Vaske, computer science, is founder and CEO of ITI Data, and he started a scholarship for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
William Poe, anthropology, had a career path that went from researcher to Collection Information Manager at the Smithsonian Institution and ultimately success in several government agencies.
Jonathan Kusy, geography, is a cartographer at a natural gas pipeline company in Omaha.
Jesslyn Brown, geography, is a "Research Geographer" with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of Interior.
Nina Murray, English, has translated Russian and Ukranian novels and published poetry. "Minimize Considered" draws on her experience as a Foreign Service officer. She is now serving in Moscow in the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health section of the Embassy. Her poetry collection, "Alcestis in the Underworld," will be published spring 2019.
Mele Koneya, geography, developed Fire Headquarters Maps and Emergency Operations Center Maps for Scottsdale, Arizona. The maps were featured in the Esri Map Book.
L.W. (Roy) Stoesz, geology, spent 45 years in the energy exploration trenches, traveling over the world for Shell Oil Co. and later his own consulting company. more
Benjamin Miller, biochemistry, is a supervisor in the water permits division of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was recently accepted into the seventh class of the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy. more
David Allen Lindsey, geology, found his lifetime job - field research in minerals and mapping at the U.S. Geological Survey - rewarding. more
Molly Merrell, English, is currently the Locations Coordinator for FOX drama "Shots Fired" and is assisting with Cinemax's "Outcast." more
Nathan Sanderson, history, is the director of Policy and Operations for the State of South Dakota. more
Natasha Scholz, psychology, is case manager at Live Yes Studios. more
Nick Starling, political science, is a reporter at KMTV Action 3 News in Omaha, Nebr. more
Natalie Wagner is a vice president at State Street Global Advisors, the second largest institutional asset manager in the world. more
W. Kim Austen, mathematics, is president and chief operating officer (retired) at Nationwide. more
David Penn, psychology, is heading new research that could revolutionize schizophrenia treatment. more
Faith Colburn, political science, is the author of two memoirs, 'Threshold' and 'Prairie Landscapes.' more
Tom Casady, political science, is public safety director for Lincoln, Nebraska, responsible for the Lincoln Police Department, 911 Emergency Communications, and Lincoln Fire and Rescue. more
Christine Ngaruiya, sociology, is a practicing physician in the emergency room at Yale University New Haven Hospital and a social activist for equal healthcare access. more
Ali Nilsen, psychology, is Talent Specialist at Lincoln Industries. more
Brooke Mullen, international studies, owns Sapahn (“suh-pawn”), a fair-trade and ethically sourced accessory shop that she runs from Lincoln and Thailand. more
Katie Brossy, sociology, is an attorney for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, one of the most influential lobbying firms in the country. more
Thomas Williams, chemistry, is Nebraska's chief medical officer. more
Rev. Eliot Schwer, psychology, serves at St. Patrick’s Church in Fremont, Nebraska, and had a winding journey to get there. more
Zachary Smith, Modern Languages, doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, analyzes critique from Mizrahi radicals in Israel in this podcast. more
Barbara Hendricks, chemistry and mathematics, is a world-renowned opera singer in Europe. Born in the United States, she raised a family in Switzerland and travels as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. more
John Schiel ('04, '09) is a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology coordinating bioanalytical efforts of the Biomanufacturing Program. He is the Nebraska Alumni Association Early Achiever Award 2014 Winner. more
Pippa White, English, had an extensive career in theatre and television on the West Coast and created and performs Love in Action, a one act solo performance that explores the lives of Florence Nightingale, Lillian Wald, and Margaret Sanger. more
Emily McKeone, environmental studies and sociology, was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Zambia who raised money to refurbish wells. more
Brian Buescher, political science, serves as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
Rosemarie Anderson, psychology, received the Abraham Maslow Heritage Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 32.
Mallory Netz, psychology, is a third year graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology studying Pediatric Psychology. more
Zain Saleh, psychology, works at the Clyde Malone Community Center in Lincoln, Nebraska as the Youth Program Coordinator. more
Mark Baxa, biological sciences, discovered a new species while studying at Cedar Point Biological Station and has given back. more
Reid DeSpiegelaere, English, history, and political science, is leading a startup in connection with United Way in Phoenix, AZ. more
Katie Czapanskiy, philosophy and political science, is an attorney at Human Rights First. more
Theodore Wheeler, English, is a fiction writer and legal reporter in Omaha, Nebraska. more
Todd Arrington, history, is Site Manager at James A. Garfield National Historic Site and an Army veteran. more
Mary Ann McDowell, biological sciences, is an associate professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and the past chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Eck Institute for Global Health. more
Kathie Starkweather, sociology, works for the Center for Rural Affairs as its farm and community program director. more
James Dolton, political science, is chief imagineer at Jake's Construction. more
Mari Lane Gewecke, political science and history, founded Lane Gewecke Consulting, has served on numerous boards, and is on the advisory committee of Nebraska Alumni Association's Nebraska Women's Leadership Network. more
Bub Windle, political science, is a lawyer at Mueller Robak LLC. more
Shams Al-Badry, political science, works with Teach America and is an Iraqi refugee. more
Andrew Molthan, meteorology (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences), is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and received a Presidential Early Career Award in February, 2016. more
Eric Leyden, history, is executive chef at Sandhills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska. more
Cynthia Harris, sociology, is administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division. more
Aleah Peters, communication studies, was crowned Miss Nebraska. Her platform is “Cyberbullying Prevention — Make Kindness Viral.” more
Tyrone Jaeger, Theodore Wheeler, and Dave Madden, English, are writers who met each other during their time as students. more
Bradley Peters, psychology, studied photography at Yale and teaches at Southeast Community College. more
Shahidrah Cowgill, psychology, is the clinical director at Fundamental Foundations Counseling Center in Frisco, TX and attends events like Carry the Load. more
Former Husker wrestlers Jordan Burroughs and James Green, sociology, represented the United States men’s freestyle team in the 2015 World Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. more
Eleanor "Jean" Kops, sociology, returned to the University of Nebraska in 2015 after a 68-year hiatus to finish her degree. more
Noboko Tsukui, English, was a child living in Tokyo when the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings killed more than 200,000 people in 1945. She moved to the United States in September 1961 and completed her doctorate here. more
Ayman Sahli is CEO of Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) in the United Arab Emirates. After earning his Ph.D., Sahli worked in process development in Syngenta, Ala. and Wyeth, N.Y. more
Erin Healy, political science and Latin, ('09) is a consumer insights specialist at Lawrence & Schiller. more
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, physics and mathematics, is Rice University’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. She is a dual member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as of April 2015, a status few scientists hold. more