Undergraduate Alumni Profiles

Name: Jessica Bodford
Title: User Experience Researcher
Employer: Facebook, Inc.
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2012
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I was an undergraduate Psychology major at Carolina, and wanted to marry my two loves: social psychology (including foci in social influence and judgment and decision-making) and...
Name: Kristian Perks
Title: User Experience Analyst | Financial Intelligence Unit
Employer: US Banke
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2016
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? I was a UX and Project Manager for a software development company managing teams of up to 5 people before moving into a UX position focusing on financial crimes compliance. In your current employment,...
Name: Denzel McCollum
Title: Senior Marketing Analyst
Employer: United Parcel Service, Inc
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2013
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? Since graduating from SILS I have went on to complete a research project detailing what causes online videos to go viral through the University of Pittsburgh's i3 iSchool Inclusion Institute. I have...
Name: Mandi Gonzalez
Title: Associate UX Designer
Employer: Blizzard Entertainment
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2014
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? Since I graduated from SILS, I immediately went into graduate study at the University of Michigan School of Information, where I got my master's degree in Human Computer Interaction, which in turn...
Name: Kate Meyer
Title: UX Specialist
Employer: Nielsen Norman Group
Degree: BSIS, MSIS
Graduation year: 2015
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? I was fortunate to begin my career while working on my bachelor's and master's degrees: through internships while earning my BSIS, and by studying part-time while earning my MSIS. Balancing work and...
Name: Sharon Austin
Title: User Experience Designer
Employer: Northrop Grumman
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2013
How has your career progressed since you graduated SILS? Immediately after graduation from SILS, I worked as a user experience designer in a temporary position for ITS Web Services at UNC, helping with the revamp of the ITS website in 2014.  I eventually...
Name: Alaina Sajatovic
Title: Senior Technical Product Manager
Employer: GE Oil & Gas
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2014
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS? I took my first class at SILS during my first year at UNC. I was 17 and had no idea what I wanted to major in. I took an Intro to Information Science class and it opened my eyes to...
Name: Thomas Jones
Title: Information Security Specialist
Employer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2009
I'm an information security specialist and entrepreneur with an eclectic background in a multitude of information technology roles. I have worked for two federal agencies and multiple Fortune 100 corporations, but currently work for Information Technology...
Name: Benito Luciano III
Title: Associate Software Developer Engineer
Employer: MetLife
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2012
As a software developer I am responsible for developing and enhancing the software used to make companies profitable and customers happy.  I work on one of the core applications that holds information about our customers and their plans.  After graduating...
Name: Louise McGowin
Title: Software Engineer
Employer: Hewlett-Packard
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2013
I am based in Boise, Idaho, where I support HP's Managed Print Services. We install printers at large company sites, like Deutsche Bank and American Airlines, and we monitor their ink/toner levels remotely. If a consumable like ink is running low, we will...
Name: Nicolette Ash
Title: Technical Analyst
Employer: Credit Suisse
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2013
I work as a database administrator (DBA) on the Strategic Platform Operations team within the Technology Infrastructure Systems (TIS) department at Credit Suisse. Besides day-to-day DBA tasks, which involve things like database and server inventory, assisting...
Name: Sean Gartland
Title: Global Product Services Product Manager in the Technical Analyst Program
Employer: Credit Suisse
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2013
After graduation in May of 2013, I began working as a member of the Global Product Services team in the Product Management & Storage IT Divisions at Credit Suisse as a part of the Technical Analyst Program. I have had the incredible opportunity to work...
Name: Shawn Guy
Title: Business Systems Analyst
Employer: SAS
Degree: BSIS, MSIS
Graduation year: 2010
I am currently a Business Systems Analyst within the Sales Operations Department at SAS.  From a young age, I was always fascinated by technology and helping people solve their problems so it was only natural that I was interested in the Information Science...
Name: Kat Styons
Title: Developer, IT
Employer: The Washington Post
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2012
The coolest thing about my job now is that my boss has me doing something new every few months. My first months at the Post, I was a back end Java Developer on a legacy project, the next few months I spent as a back end PHP developer building a Drupal Web...
Name: Samira Akpan
Title: Sr. Clinical Trial Administrator, Clinical Development
Employer: Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2006
Samira Akpan is in the Training and Integration area of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She currently leads efforts to transition over to GSK processes for the systems and a vendor for reports required by local and global regulatory agencies. When the transition has...
Name: John Walker
Title: Principal Engineer and Manager, Enterprise Print & Output Management, and Communications Consultant
Employer: Fujitsu America
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2006
As my many titles indicate, I wear multiple hats, but I spend the majority of my time leading a small group of application engineers who support a set of core business applications that provide imaging services, integrated document and report management, and...
Name: Evan Carroll
Title: Author, Keynote Speaker, and Marketing Technologist
Employer: Evan Carroll and Associates
Degree: BSIS, MSIS
Graduation year: 2012
When I first came to Carolina in 2004, I hadn’t heard of Information Science. Little did I know that I was already designing information systems. I had a keen understanding of technology, but always in the sense of how it could help people work smarter. In...
Name: Beth Sams
Title: Senior Analyst
Employer: OneWest Bank
Degree: BSIS
Graduation year: 2011
After working at Credit Suisse for two years, Beth Sams joined OneWest Bank in California. She has a wide range of job responsibilities including software development, database development and data analysis. She says that it's been interesting to learn...

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