The majority of our alumni continue their studies at the graduate level in geography, planning, and other natural and social sciences. Recent graduates have joined M.A. or Ph.D. programs in geography, urban planning, urban studies, and international relations at universities such as Syracuse University, Rutgers University, the University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Chicago, NYU, the University of Chicago, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Below are a sample of profiles from some of our recent graduates.
Class of 2013
Alyssa Hernandez will begin graduate work in Education Policy & Leadership (PhD) at Florida State University in Fall 2013.
Refugio Mariscal is Interim Executive Director of the Division Street Business Development Association in Chicago
Erin McConnaughhay will begin graduate work (Masters) in Sustainable Urban Development at DePaul in Fall 2013.
Joe Nieciak will begin graduate school (Masters in Transportation Engineering & Planning) at the NYU's School of Engineering in Fall 2013.
Matt Pietrus has entered an internship with the Chicago Transit Authority, focusing on analytics and urban planning.
Mollie Pelon has entered an internship with the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
Jessica Vorobel is a Quality Assurance Associate for Hyland Software, Inc. in Cleveland, OH where she is a member of the government team working with, among other things, GIS integrations into software design.
Class of 2012
Kari Chael is a GIS Specialist I at CDM Smith.
Rohail Dean is a computer tech teacher at West Ridge Elementary School in Chicago.
Kristin Meirzejewski is a Customer Account Rep at Pactiv Corporation in Chicago.
Mia Robidoux will begin graduate work in Geography (Masters) at the University of Toronto in Fall 2013.
Alex Vasquez is a Telematics and GPS Administrator at the Donlen Corporation in Northbrook, IL.
Class of 2011
Zach Aubrecht works for Continental Mapping Consultants in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lizzie Browder is pursuing her Master's in City and Regional Planning at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Brad Nosan is pursuing his Master's in Geography at Miami University in Athens, Ohio.
Alex Ulp is a GIS Analyst at Forum Analytics in Chicago.
Class of 2010
Ashley Ambuehl is a Sales Training Coordinator at AEP Energy in Chicago.
Jay Borchert is pursuing his PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan. He received his Master's in Sociology from UM in 2012.
Nikki Chaffin is a GIS Specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Chicago. She currently is working on questions and issues involving flood and levy development.
Victoria Lopez is pursuing graduate work (Masters) in Public Administration at DePaul. She also manages a Substance Abuse Prevention Program for at-risk youth at the Anixter Center in Chicago.
Darcy Lydum is an Operations Analyst at Seitel Data, Ltd. in Houston.
Diana Maties is a GIS Specialist at Camp, Dressler & McKee (CDM), an engineering and development agency in Boston. She works on FEMA-related mapping issues.
Brian McCormick is a Project GIS Analyst for GeoFields in Houston.
Class of 2009
Laura Levy received her Masters Degree in Library Sciences at the University of Illinois.
Ian Tobin is a Mayoral Fellow and Masters student in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Class of 2008
Andrea Craft is pursuing her Masters in Geography at the University of Kentucky.
Mandy Nyerges is a GIS Specialist I for CDM.
Susi Rankis is the Sustainable Forestry Program Administrator at Rural Action in West Virginia.
Mike Armstrong is pursuing his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University, Portland, OR.
Lou Barreiro is a research associate at Gaines International in Chicago.
Harpreet Gill is a consultant at S.B. Friedman, a planning and development firm in Chicago.
Elizabeth Baer is a GIS Analyst for Clarke Mosquito Control in Chicago.
Phil Jones teaches in Kenya.
Class of 2007
DJ Forbes completed his Masters in Urban Planning at Tufts University. He is a planner for City of Chelsea, Massachussets.
George Nikokiris is an analyst at a primary vendor and Geospatial Company in St. Louis.
Class of 2005
Jon Paul Diipla is a metropolitan planner with the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP). He received his Bachelors in Geography from DePaul University in 2005 and his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois in 2007. He is the lead planner responsible for the MPO’s Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) and their Mobility Subcommittee. Currently, Jon Paul is pursuing AICP certification.
Matthew Anderson is District Director at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Imperial Export Assistance Center in San Diego.
Peter Boutsikakis continued to work as a GIS intern for the City of Chicago Department of Environment. He then moved on to a full-time position as a Neighborhood Planner for the City of Aurora. Currently, Peter is pursuing a Masters in Urban Design from Glasgow's School of Art in Scotland.
Class of 2004
Samuel Pearson is an Economic Development Organizer for the Near Northwest Neighborhood Network in Chicago.
Grant Garstka is GIS Editor at the Colorado Department of Transportation. His scholarly articles appear in Exploring Globalization, Infinity Journal, and Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review.
Amy Walker earned her MA in International Affairs at The New School in New York City. She is now Program Coordinator at the Stroke Program.
Michael Niedzielski (2003) completed his Ph.D. in Geography at Ohio State University in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of North Dakota.
Sarah Barr (Arturi) (2001) is Sr. GIS Analyst/Urban Planner at Urban GIS (Sole Proprietorship) and a Principal at Join and Relate Consulting. Sarah has worked as a consultant on a variety of data-driven visualization projects as both manager and analyst, where she has been responsible for everything from data collection, processing, warehousing, deployment, maintenance, and application development. Her clients have varied from large government agencies to private consulting firms to community organizations.
Robert Haug (1999) received his PhD in History at the University of Michigan (2010), He is and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at University of Cincinnati.