Mentor Chats are designed to assist students and recent graduates with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories. Hosted within and outside of classes, Mentor Chats provide opportunities to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors.
Learn what's possible with an IAS degree by reading about our past mentors.
Upcoming Mentor Chats
Mentor Chat with Richard Buzard
'15, IAS - Environmental Science
Thursday, January 5, 2017 | 3:30-4:30 pm
UW Bothell, UW1-370
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Richard Buzard is a master’s candidate studying geology and remote sensing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He uses aerial and satellite imagery, unmanned aerial vehicles, and high-grade GPS to measure changes in Alaska’s coastline. Richard is currently an Alaska Sea Grant fellow working on two projects which aim to determine past and current rates of shoreline retreat in nearly a dozen villages surrounding Bristol Bay. He is working closely with partners from the Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, Borough of Indian Affairs, Bristol Bay Native Association, and several Alaskan organizations. While his objectives are primarily focused on producing high-resolution datasets, a bulk of the work hinges communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.
Richard transferred to UW Bothell from Cascadia Community College, focusing on Environmental Sciences and GIS. His coursework in earth system sciences, writing and communication, and environmental law proved invaluable when applying for graduate school. His undergraduate research, using microscopic fossils as proxies for climate indicators, facilitated the transition from academia to real-world scientific research and writing. Richard will be pursuing a Ph.D. in geology at UAF, and hopes to expand his shoreline monitoring project across Alaska’s coastline.
Mentor Chat with Maximilian Dixon
'11, IAS - Environmental Studies
Monday, February 13, 2017 | 3:30-4:30 pm
UW Bothell, UW1-361
Maximilian Dixon is the Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Programs and is responsible for coordinating the seismic and associated hazard risk reduction efforts between federal, state, tribal, and local partners with a goal of increasing community resilience. He staffs the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee, Chairs the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Tsunami Committee, is on the Board of Directors for Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), and is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Coordinating Committee.
In addition to his emergency management expertise, Maximilian has an extensive background in starting and running local non-profit organizations. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Shoreline Farmers’ Market Association and was on the Board of Directors for Friends of North Creek Forest.
Maximilian received his Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s Degrees from the University of Washington.
Our mentors want to share their career stories and advice for the journey. Many are open to connecting and may be contacted by emailing: email@example.com. Please list the mentor's name in the subject line.
Emily Anderson, '09
Senior Compliance Program Manager
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Lauren Fay, '07
Downtown Emergency Service Center
Coordinated Entry & Housing Placement Manager
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Jason Hampton, '14
Bellevue Downtown Association
Transportation Program Manager
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Kristie Johnson, '07
King Co. Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Public Records Officer and Legal Services Supervisor
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Matt Libby, '14
The Boeing Company
787 Flightline Operations Chief of Staff
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Stephanie Thomas, '12
United Way Snohomish County
Learning and Analytics Manager
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Alice Tsoodle, '13
Friends of North Creek Forest
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