Alumni@Work

The University of Texas at Austin prepares graduate students 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.

Aïcha Lakhssass received her Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from UT-Austin in 2018. She is currently working as an urban designer and planner at Stantec in Montréal, QC. Her responsibilities include masterplanning for a variety of projects at different scales, performing planning and policy reviews for developments, seeking planning approvals for developments, implementing public engagement processes, and coordinating work in multidisciplinary project teams. Projects she is working on at located both in the United-States and Canada.

  • Aïcha Lakhssass

Jorge Vazquez Anderson earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin where he focused his research on synthetic biology and RNA regulation. He joined BCG in 2017 as a Consultant in their Dallas office. Jorge has served clients across multiple practice areas, now focusing primarily in the biopharma industry. He spent the better part of 2019 working with BCG Gamma data scientists as part of our Digital Rotation Program. Jorge enjoys spending time with his wife and children, learning Chinese, reading, and watching movies.

  • Jorge Vazquez Anderson, PhD

Jesse Thomason received his PhD from UT Austin in 2018. He is currently working as a visiting academic at Amazon, and will join the University of Southern California Computer Science department in fall 2021. He works at the intersection of natural language processing and robotics (RoboNLP), helping to bring human language capabilities to robot platforms.

  • Jesse Thomason, PhD

Carrie Andersen received her PhD in American Studies from UT-Austin in 2017. She is currently working as a Senior Content Strategy Manager at Wayfair, where she leads the user experience team dedicated to Wayfair’s loyalty and financing programs. She is also an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she teaches a course in user experience.

  • Carrie Andersen, PhD

Thi Nguyen, PhD is a neuroscientist, virtual learning consultant, and career coach. She aims to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment for students. She teaches about strategic career planning, storytelling, and presenting your professional self authentically. She has worked with professionals across corporate and non-profit spaces in the Bay Area, Boston, and now St. Louis. She has worked as associate dean for a graduate school, program director at a career center, visiting scientist with an academic research group, and grant writer. She also is creator and editor of a job exploration website, volunteer at refugee and international centers, and mom. She has a doctoral degree in neuroscience from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She earned a BA/BA in psychology and biology at UT Austin.

  • Thi Nguyen, PhD

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