Next Steps

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What will our recent graduates be doing when they leave the UW? We look forward to expanding this page quarter by quarter!

Content will be added on this page as students graduate, so check back periodically! Last update: 12/8/2023

James E. Baumann (Ph.D. 2023) accepted a position with the Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge Center at Stanford University as a medicinal chemistry postdoctoral fellow, where he will work closely with the group of Professor Rogala in order to develop novel small molecule probes for the mTORC1 signaling pathway guided closely by structural biology.

Emma Cave (Ph.D. 2023) will be starting a position as senior scientist I at Group14 Technologies in July 2023.

Progyateg Chakma, Ph.D. is going to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for a position as a postdoctoral research associate. Progyateg conducted postdoctoral training with Prof. Matt Golder from August 2020 through January 2023.

Zachary Cohen (Ph.D. 2023) will start postdoctoral research at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Peter Defnet (Ph.D. 2021) is now a process engineer at Intel.

Katie Guye (Ph.D. 2021) concluded postdoctoral work in the Ginger group in May 2023 and is moving to Richland to begin a postdoctoral position at Pacific Northwest National Lab.

S. Elizabeth Harman (Ph.D. 2022) is a radiochemist at TerraPower Isotopes.

Hang Hu (Ph.D. 2023) is a software engineer at Google.

Rachel Huchmala (Ph.D. 2023) will start postdoctoral research at Boise State University.

Jonathan Kephart (Ph.D. 2023) is starting postdoctoral research at MIT in the group of Yogesh Surendranath.

James Kim, Ph.D., who was a postdoctoral researcher with Daniel Chiu, is starting a role as a bioprocess scientist at PBS Biotech.

Kyle Kluherz (Ph.D. 2023) is moving to Colorado for a postdoctoral position at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Ding-Yuan Kuo, Ph.D. will be a senior materials scientist at ASML, a corporation in the semiconductor industry.

Ulri Lee (Ph.D. 2022) is starting postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will be funded as an MIT Engineering Excellence Fellow!

Calvin Leonen (Ph.D. 2021) now works as a postdoctoral associate with Professor Hironori Funabiki at the Rockefeller University.

Yue Liu (Ph.D. 2022) accepted a position with Google as a software engineer.

Yun (Demi) Liu (Ph.D. 2021) is now an associate at McKinsey and Company where she advises and supports clients to create sustainable impact in advanced electronics, healthcare, and telecommunication.

Alexis Mills (Ph.D. 2022) accepted a position with Microsoft as a machine learning engineer II.

Grant Ochoa (Ph.D. 2023) is an analytical chemist for the Human Breath Atlas.

Nayon Park (Ph.D. 2022) is a scientist at Nanosys.

Zachary Potter (Ph.D. 2023) will start postdoctoral research with Dr. Ben Cravatt at Scripps Research in May 2023.

Sonia Schoneich (Ph.D. 2023) is starting a senior scientist role at Pfizer.

Ryan Shafranek (Ph.D. 2021) conducted postdoctoral work with Assistant Professor Dianne Xiao and has accepted a position as a scientist III with Wacker Chemical Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sumeet Kumar Singh, Ph.D. is moving to San Diego to work with Neurocrine Biosciences. Sumeet conducted postdoctoral training with Prof. Champak Chatterjee from April 2019 through March 2023.

Julian Smith-Jones (Ph.D. 2023) will be an materials engineer at Meta/Facebook in Redmond, WA.

Sarah Sweger (Ph.D. 2023) is headed to UW Math Science Upward Bound to serve as the continuing education coordinator.

Timothy Trinklein (Ph.D. 2023) is moving to the University of Illinois to conduct postdoctoral research with Prof. Jonathan V. Sweedler.

Tammi van Neel (Ph.D. 2023) is starting a postdoctoral research fellow position at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS/NIH).

Kendahl Walz Mitra (Ph.D. 2023) will be joining the Boston Consultant Group as a consultant.

Jitkanya (Jenn) Wong (Ph.D. 2022) is starting a new role as a senior process engineer for Noise Figure Research / Meta.

Marcus Woodworth (Ph.D. 2023) will be conducting postdoctoral research with Dr. Melike Lakadamyali at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.

Muammer Yaman (Ph.D. 2023) will be a process engineer with HCI at Meta.

Ben Zercher (Ph.D. 2023) has accepted a position as a management consultant with Qral Group. 

Jicheng Zhang, Ph.D. will join the research group of Assistant Professor Will Gutekunst at Georgia Tech as a research scientist. Jicheng worked with Daniel Chiu from 2016-2023.

Kun Zhao, Ph.D. will be a silane scientist at REC Silicon.

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