Alumni@Work

The University of Texas at Austin prepares advanced degree students and scholars for a wide range of career possibilities. Search these alumni profiles by disciplinary background, industry and identity and watch their short videos to learn more about the type of work that advanced degree alumni pursue, the strategies they employ, and how their typical days look.

Eric D. Waters received his PhD in Communication Studies from UT Austin in 2016. He is currently working as a Management Consultant at Accenture, where he drives transformational change management outcomes for clients through learning and leadership development to activate people, technology, process, and behavior change.

  • Eric Waters, PhD

Nikidrea Rey is a mother and US Army veteran currently working as a Foreign Affairs Specialist within the Europe and NATO Division in SAF/IA. Ms. Rey is the Country Director for Finland and Sweden with a focus on the High North. She previously worked as the Country Director for Ukraine, coordinating multiple Presidential Drawdown packages and Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative tranches for Department of the Air Force equities. In additional to her primary duties, Ms. Rey also serves as a Gender Advisor and works to integrate Women, Peace, and Security into defense cooperation.

  • Nikidrea Rey, MA

Abhi Bhat received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UT-Austin in 2015. He is currently working as a Senior Scientist at Evonik corporation, where he is responsible for developing new polymers for powder based additive manufacturing. His team is successfully developed a novel powder making process, and has launched several new products using this technology.

  • Abhi Bhat, PhD

ChangJui Chen received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UT Austin in 2020. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine, where she develops and performs various molecular and cell biology experiments to progress multiple research projects like investigating the relationship between condensates and ER shape in breast cancer cell lines. She also establishes and optimizes detail-oriented STED microscopy data acquisition and analysis experimental protocols and workflow for training purposes.

  • Chang-Jui Chen, PhD

Kira Street received her Masters of Fine Arts from UT-Austin in 2018. She is currently working as a Product Designer at Guild Education where she works with a team of designers on their product for working adults to go back to school and earn a degree.

  • Kira Street, MFA

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