Beyond IMSA:Where are they now?Class of 20035 Year ReunionJune 21, 2008
Shreyas BhatUniversity of Chicago ‘07 After IMSA… I traveled to/around India and Europe for a month and a half and recorded an album with my college rock band. I am… Being a certifiable bum. I will start graduate studies in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University this August.
Matt BornUIUC ‘06 Currently in Santa Barbara, CA, working in the software industry plus a bit of surfing. Single (ladies, take note).
Adam CarpenterB.S. ‘07, George Washington UniversityM.S. ‘08, Johns Hopkins University After IMSA… I majored in Biology as an undergrad, then completed my Masters in Environmental Sciences and Policy. I am… Working for Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research and development organization, at the Arlington, VA field office. Currently doing environmental research for federal clients.
Alicia ChanStanford University I made it through Stanford and am currently toiling away in a windowless, grey ‘workstation’ as an analyst for a business litigation consulting firm. Unfortunately, my high school education has not led me to a path that allows me to be here today. Until some other time then, Alicia
Samantha ChanUIUC I am… Still pursuing my Bachelors degree, currently in Graphic Design with a minor in Computer Science.
Jenny ChenIllinois Institute of Technology After IMSA… I graduated with degrees in Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. I am… Currently in the MD/PhD program at the Mayo Clinic for neuroscience, in Rochester, MN, and have just finished my 2nd year. “I hope you guys have a blast, and I wish I was there!”
Puni ChennamaneniLoyola University Chicago After IMSA… I went to Loyola University Chicago where I double-majored in Biology and Psychology. I am… Currently in medical school at Loyola and have just finished my first year.
Sean CollettiIllinois Institute of Technology After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. I am… Working in construction management for FH Paschen in the Chicago area. Engaged to Joey St. Clair, to be married in May ‘09.
Cynthia DangB.S. ‘07, UIUC After IMSA… I attended UIUC and majored in Community Health - Health Planning and Administration. I am… Currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Systems Management at Rush University Medical Center.
Dean DiekerOlin College ‘07 After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Bioengineering. I am… Currently in Boston, MA, working for a defense contractor (Textron Defense Systems). I also volunteer as an instructor at a Karate Dojo (Academy of Traditional Karate).
Michael DonahueB.S. ‘07, UIUC I am… Pursuing Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science at UIUC. Currently spending a summer at the Air Force Research Labs in Dayton, OH for research. “Extends his well wishes to his former classmates: some more-so than others, some less-so (you know who you are!)”
Aaron DoukasB.S. ‘07, UIUC After IMSA… I majored in Computer Science at UIUC. I am… Working for Amazon.com in Seattle, WA. Currently writing software that allows our various fulfillment centers to operate at their best to ensure we provide the best customer experience we can.
Matt GetzUniversity of Southern California After IMSA… I majored in biochemistry and got my master’s degree in marine and environmental biology. To complete the master’s degree, I spent a semester on Catalina Island, about twenty miles off the California coast, which gave me a fantastic excuse to snorkel and kayak. In my spare time, I ran four marathons and worked in a molecular biology lab. I am… Starting a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC in August.
Dan GulottaMIT After IMSA… I graduated from MIT with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. I am… A physics grad student at Princeton studying string theory.
Caleb HarperB.S., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology I am… A Radar Analyst for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Working towards half marathon in September. “Student loans own my soul.”
James HolmesDepauw University After IMSA… Gave up on science. Small town Indiana for college at DePauw University. Summers in Germany and Cleveland (you gotta be tough). I am… Now in NYC for investment banking.
Kurt HohenbergerPurdue University After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am… Currently working for Case New Holland as a Field Test Engineer. I live in Hinckley, Illinois and recently got engaged to Lauren Clinton.
Sarah HoweB.A. ‘07, Fairfield University I majored in History, spent a month in China making a documentary about the lives of women in Chongqing during World War II, spent four months in France, and traveled widely in Western Europe. After IMSA… An Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. I joined a kickball team (Jerry Curl and the Activators) and we play on the National Mall…I enjoy exploring everything that DC has to offer! I am…
Joyce HwuB.S. ‘07, Washington University in St. Louis After IMSA… I received my degree in Biomedical Engineering. I worked in orthopaedic surgery for a few years and interned at Sigma-Aldrich, held leadership roles on campus, and picked up Tango and classical Chinese dance on the side. I am… An actuarial analyst for Progressive Insurance in Cleveland, OH. I also volunteer at the Cleveland Animal Protective League in veterinary and surgical support.
Jessica JacobsonB.A. ‘07, Oberlin College After IMSA… Since graduating with a degree in French, I've been living and working in Annecy, France. I taught English to high school sophomores all the way up to Associate degree students. I am… Beginning my Masters work at UofI in French Language Learning in August.
Tim JohnsonUIUC ‘07 “What’s up guys sorry I couldn't be there. I'm at the Jack Johnson concert up at Alpine right now. Hope you guys are all doing well and feel free to call me or hit me up on Facebook if you ever want to get together. Peace.” - Tim Johnson After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Economics. I am… Living at home for the moment helping my mom get our house ready to sell and then will be moving to Chicago around the end of summer.
Ben JornsYale From conducting the Yale Precision Marching Band in front of 60,000 screaming fans to running the New Jersey marathon to taking a trip in zero-g in NASA's Vomit Comet with an undergraduate research team, I have had some great experiences in the five years since we left IMSA. Most recently, I just completed my first year toward a doctorate in the aerospace engineering department at Princeton where I am a member of the Electric Propulsion and Plasmadynamics Lab.
Joe KerleyKnox College Here are some things I did in the last five years, in semi-chronological order: 1) Pledged a fraternity 2) Saw my first game at Wrigley Field 3) Sang in Carnegie Hall 4) Took up golf 5) Sang in a professional choir for two years
6) Dropped several classes in order to inflate my GPA 7) Lived and "studied" in France for three months 8) Traveled to Barcelona, Paris, Prague, Geneva (Switzerland), Brussels, Amsterdam, New York City, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and Kenosha 9) Ate over 30 varieties of cheese 10) Graduated Cum Laude from Knox College with a major in Mathematics and Minors in Economics, Vocal Music Performance, and French
11) Moved to Chicago 12) Got a big kid job 13) Became an uncle 14) Grew a beard 15) Skied a black diamond and didn't die 16) Quit my big kid job 17) Did some other stuff that wasn't quite as memorable
Chris KnowltonUIUC After IMSA… Since Poetry in Motion at IMSA, I have pursued dance extensively, including various performances in Cincinnati. Most recently, I performed a solo work in the UIUC Dance Department's venue for student choreography. In spring and summer '07, I interned at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Cincinnati, OH and will return for another rotation this fall. I am… Currently writing this blurb from Duisburg, Germany, where I am doing undergraduate research on hip replacements for three months with the DAAD RISE program.
Sneha KumarUIUC ‘07 After IMSA… I graduated a dual degree in Accountancy and Finance and a minor in the Hoeft Technology & Management Program. I am… Currently living in downtown Chicago and working at Deloitte Consulting as a Business Technology Analyst.
Jieun KwakB.A. ‘07, Cornell University After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Chemistry. I am… planning to attend an Illinois medical school for the Fall 2009 school year and will soon be residing in downtown Chicago. “Jieun is sorry she cannot attend the reunion but hopes to see many of you next year!”
Carl LambertWashington University in St. Louis ‘07 After IMSA… I earned a Bachelor's in Biology. I am… (by the grace of God, lol) a second-year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago. I like to spend my time being involved with my home church, working and seeing patients at a clinic this summer, (still) getting back in shape, volunteering at Project Brotherhood, and spending quality time with my family, friends, and lady love :)!
Sarah LambertB.A., Macalester College After IMSA… I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology, and worked as an athletic trainer when I wasn't playing softball myself. I am… Currently counseling patients and scheduling surgeries for an orthopaedic clinic in the Twin Cities. This fall I'll be getting my Master's at UMass-Amherst in Sports Management with an emphasis in community relations at the pro level.
Julie LauffenburgerPharmD ‘10, University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy and traveling have been the main focus of my last few years of college. I participated in Semester at Sea, a study abroad program to 9 mostly-non-Western countries. This past year I volunteered at a local federally-qualified health center, educating immigrant and elderly patients on medications. I just got back from a month in Israel through a pharmacy exchange program. After finishing pharmacy school I will either pursue a pharmacy practice residency or a PhD program after finishing pharmacy school.
Brian LinkUniversity of Illinois After IMSA… I studied economics and math. I am… Attending Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. I am unable to attend the Reunion because I am clerking for the Constitutional Court in Kampala, Uganda for the summer… “…but sending best wishes to the whole class of 2003!”
Nicholas MorylYale After IMSA… I majored in Economics and History. Rode from New Haven, CT to Seattle, WA in summer 2004 in the Habitat for Humanity Bicycle Challenge. Played in the Yale Precision Marching Band and a band that opened for Ben Folds and Ludacris in 2006. Wrote for the Yale Daily News, and wrote for and ran business side of start-up indie music magazine at Yale. I am… Currently working in Manhattan for UBS Investment Bank in the Financial Sponsors and Leveraged Finance Group. Moving to London next July to work for Silver Lake Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm. “I'm really sad I'm missing this weekend --my job is such that I'm working most weekends -- but I'll be there at the next one unless something dire happens.”
Amanda Murphy After following in the foot steps of the greats, Harry Potter and William Shatner, Amanda Murphy has decided to settle down with Richard Yao. Unfortunately, she took his last piece of gum.
Sami NarayananUIUC “My IMSA friends and I have stayed in touch really well over these 5 years and I still miss them and all the good times we had together. I wish I could have been there, guys! I hope you all have a great time at the Reunion!!” After IMSA… I did my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. I am… Finishing up my first year in the Biochemistry PhD program at UofI.
Gabriella OdeUniversity of Virginia ‘07 After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine. I am… Back in Chicago and will be attending Rush Medical College this fall in pursuit of a future career as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Jean ParkNorthwestern University I just my second year at Northwestern Med. I am postponing third year and instead, pursuing research in sunny California.
Anna PeraltaUniversity of CA Berkeley After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. I am… Currently on a trip through Europe (Portugal, Spain and France) before moving into my new condo in Oakland, CA and starting my new Improvement Engineer position at Dow Chemical's California plant in August.
Urvi PurohitNorthwestern University ‘07 After IMSA… I majored in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. I spent my free time dancing and remaining heavily involved in various leadership activities on campus. I am… Working as a healthcare consultant at Revere Group in Chicago and just got engaged =)
Angel Qin I just finished my first year at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I'm doing research this summer at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and I'm thinking about going into pediatric oncology.
Kavita RamakrishnanUniversity of Southern California “Kavita told me to say ‘Hi and said that she wished she could be here to see all of you, too. She’s doing well and just finished the first year of her Masters in Public Health degree program at UCLA.’ - Matt Getz
Mayra Rosas After IMSA… Within the past year or so I have been to California, Georgia, Mexico, looking forward to many more travel opportunities. I live on my own in Cicero, have 3 cats, a rabbit and a mouse. I am… A Consumer Banking Specialist for MidAmerica Bank (National City).
Erica SimB.A., University of WI Madison After IMSA… I majored in Linguistics and Russian Languages & Literature. I am… In the Linguistics graduate program, still at UW. I am researching the sociolinguistics of dialect changes over generations in Central Illinois. I work at the university's IT department, doing software repair.
Philip StantonUIUC ‘06 After IMSA… I got my Bachelor's majoring in Political Science. I am… currently the HR Officer for professional and technical Civil Service classifications. I wear a tie pretty much all the time, and think basically everyone here should move to Champaign to work for UIUC.
Harrison SteinB.S. ‘07, CalTech After IMSA… I participated in 2 pranks on MIT. In 2006, 20 of us went to Boston to retrieve our house's Spanish-American War Cannon. Then in 2007, to repay MIT for the cannon fiasco we pranked their newspaper during their freshman weekend. I am… A Quantitative Analyst for Tower Research Capital in New York City. My boss is Mark Gorton who owns LimeWire and is also Mel Chua's boss!
Stephanie SullivanDrexel University ‘07 After IMSA… I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I interned with NASA Goddard in Maryland and participated in NASA’s Reduced Gravity program at the Johnson Space Center. I am… Currently in San Diego representing Drexel University's Career Development Center as a cooperative education coordinator. I will be starting a Master's in Higher Education this fall.
Chris SzuckoB.S. ‘07 UIUC After IMSA… He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering. And Now… After graduation he took a job in Sugar Grove, IL writing software for aircraft computers. And ladies: He's single.
Amber ThompsonB.S. ‘06, UIUC After IMSA… I interned at a Residential Treatment Center for children with mental illness and participated in extracurricular ethnic music groups and drama projects. I worked for a year at Boys Hope Girls Hope. I am… In a research position at UIC's Department of Psychiatry, studying the use of psychopharmacology in children.
Dionte ThompsonB.A. ‘07, Truman State University I am… A Customer Account Specialist for PepsiCo in Chicago, IL. I will… Begin working on my M.B.A. in 2009 and relocate for approximately 2 years to another state with PepsiCo.