Faces of STEM

EPSCoR is showcasing the unique characteristics that Alaskans bring to STEM by sharing a series of interviews with former University of Alaska students in successful STEM careers.

Cartagena de JesusCarla Cartagena De Jesus received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from UAF and works as a pediatrician at Fairbanks’ Tanana Valley Clinic.

DennettLiz Dennett got her bachelor’s in Geology and Earth Science at UAA and builds cloud-based solutions for Amazon Web Services.

FarrugiaThomas Farrugia earned his doctorate in Fisheries at UAF and now monitors harmful algal blooms for the Alaska Ocean Observing System.

GrahamMindy Kim Graham got her bachelor’s in Chemistry from UAA and works as a postdoctoral cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins.

FoulkesLee Foulkes received a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology from UAF and has a job as a Program Support Biologist for the Muckleshoot Tribe in Western Washington state.

Grant-HoffmanNikki Grant-Hoffman's Ph.D in Ecology at UAF led to a career as an Ecologist and Science Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. 

HughesThomas Hughes earned his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at UAF and is now an engineer for the Alaska Department of Transportation.

mugJames Campbell received a doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from UAF and is a meteorologist for the Naval Research Laboratory.



Shawn TakakShawn Takak turned an Engineering B.S. from UAA into a career improving village infrastructure with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

HreinsdottirSigrun Hreinsdottir received her Ph.D in Geophysics from UAF and now studies earthquakes and volcanoes in New Zealand.