Alumni Spotlight

Alumni talk about their professions, their favorite Miami experiences, and more.

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Henry Hockeimer

photo of Henry Hockeimer(Class of 1985)

"Miami offers a broad-based curriculum that helps you to think and look through different viewpoints. When I was a student I remember taking a variety of classes, including Russian and Soviet studies and African American literature. Getting such a broad background was very helpful in my decision to attend law school."


Read what Henry had to say about his path to the legal profession.


Amanda Grandjean

photo of Amanda Grandjean(Class of 2013)

"Remember that taking time to figure it all out is okay! You don't have to have all of the answers immediately. If you want to take a gap year to get more experience, do that. Miami is ripe with so many different people who want to help you. This place gives a lot, so take advantage of what it has to offer."


Read what Amanda had to say about her position in public service.


Jean Forney

photo of Jean Forney(Class of 2011)

"Take advantage of opportunities that are given to you — and seek them out to give yourself the breadth that you need. I think flexibility is important to be successful, because there are so many different routes and pathways that can open up to you. If you haven't prepared yourself adequately, you won't be able to really take advantage of them."


Read what Jean had to say about her career path that started at Miami.


Katie Liss

photo of Katie Liss(Class of 2002)

"I started my freshman year as a pre-med student and soon thereafter realized I wanted to go a different path. I changed my major to psychology and never looked back! Learning about the dynamics of the human psyche and exploring different cultures as well various social interactions within a society really appealed to me. My courses challenged me to think and analyze differently."


Read what Katie had to say about her profession and Miami's pre-law program.


Shengqian Ma

photo of Shengqian Ma(PhD Class of 2008)

"My writing training [at Miami] was phenomenal and helped me improve my English. After taking that English writing training class for one semester, I became a lot more confident in my writing skills, and this has definitely helped me lay a foundation for my future."


Read what Shengqian had to say about his initial experiences at Miami.


James Rogers

photo of James Rogers(Class of 1983)

"A liberal arts education will give majors general knowledge in many areas, so it can prepare Miami students to work in a variety of jobs and careers — just like me. The ability to communicate professionally, both written and verbally, is essential. A successful liberal arts graduate will combine these skills and abilities and leverage them to their professional success."


Read what James had to say about his food safety and testing role at Consumer Reports.


Leah Vincent

photo of Leah Vincent(Class of 2003)

"I chose a STEM major by majoring in microbiology, and I have leveraged it into a rewarding career as a scientific administrator. However, the most valuable part of my college education wasn't my excellent microbiology courses but Miami's liberal arts requirements, where I was able to take courses on art history and English literature."


Read what Leah had to say about her career as a health scientist administrator.


Lucas Nourse

photo of Lucas Nourse(Class of 2009)

"The liberal arts are extremely important because they force students to become dynamic in their learning. This is important for your success after you leave Miami. You may be the best microbiologist in the nation, but you won't get a research grant if you cannot navigate the world outside the microscope. These days, you have to be multidimensional."


Read what Lucas had to say about his career as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist.


Bill Mahoney

photo of Bill Mahoney(MEn Class of 1981)

"Learning people skills is critical, and having a broad perspective on a variety of topics makes you a much more balanced individual. I work with a lot of renowned scientists, and many don't have the people or leadership skills necessary to advocate for the sciences or mentor early career staff. A background in the liberal arts is an ideal way to provide these skills."


Read what Bill had to say about his career in the atmospheric sciences.


Sandy Doyle-Ahern

photo of Sandy Doyle-Ahern(MEn Class of 1992)

"I remember coming out to Miami for an interview, uncertain whether I wanted to attend because I was from the East Coast and wasn't sure it would be a good fit for me. But when I got to the school, I fell in love with the campus and the program and was so impressed with professor emeritus of geography Gene Willeke that I made my decision on the spot to accept and attend!"


Read what Sandy had to say about her successful career path at EMH&T.


Karen Kosiba

photo of Karen Kosiba(MS Class of 2002; MAT Class of 2003)

"Miami has given me the foundation for my PhD: the background knowledge and methodology, the laboratory experiences, and being able to communicate with and educate people. These days I work with a lot of interns, both undergraduate and graduate students, so my own experiences help me explain my work to them on a fundamental level."


Read what Karen had to say about her research studying tornadoes and hurricanes.


Todd Foster

photo of Todd Foster(MEn Class of 2000; MBA Class of 2001)

"Few people, if any, can achieve great things completely on their own, so decide today to be an enabler of greatness by finding ways to assist those around you. If you choose to actively support others, the breadth and depth of your contributions will know no bounds."


Read what Todd had to say about his pragmatic approach to improving the environment.


Rebecca Jorgensen

photo of Rebecca Jorgensen(Class of 2016)

"Mentorship was definitely the biggest influence I've had at Miami. My phenomenal mentors in the economics department really pushed and guided me as I tried to figure out how to get where I wanted to go."


Read what Rebecca had to say about her research and path to graduate school.