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Scotty Stories

Scotty Stories

By Carnegie Mellon University Career & Professional Development Center

Scotty Stories is a podcast about the career pathways of Carnegie Mellon University Alumni. Listen as Kristin Staunton of the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) interviews former Scottys on how their experiences at CMU have impacted their choices and subsequent journeys. With each episode, current students will see just how many varied opportunities exist for them after graduation! Our Scottys also offer valuable insights on how students can optimize their time on campus, and navigate the transition from being a student to embarking on a fulfilling professional career.
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Jason Weill: Senior Front-End Developer + Author of "Personal Finance for People in Tech"
Jason Weill: Senior Front-End Developer + Author of "Personal Finance for People in Tech"
On today's episode of Scotty Stories, we talk to Jason Weill about his successful career as a front-end developer and his new role as the author of Personal Finance for People in Tech. 
32:29
November 28, 2022
Ronjan Sikdar: Getting Paid To Do What He Loves – DATA ANALYTICS!
Ronjan Sikdar: Getting Paid To Do What He Loves – DATA ANALYTICS!
On today's episode of Scotty Stories, we talk to Ronjan Sikdar about his career in the world of Data Analytics. As a former CMU student and current self-proclaimed stats nerd and video game aficionado, learn about Ronjan's impressive career journey and how he currently gets paid to do what he loves!
31:33
November 16, 2022
Brian Belowich: His Path to Fulfillment
Brian Belowich: His Path to Fulfillment
This podcast episode features Brian Belowich, the Facilities & Lab Engineer within the CEE department. Listen to Brian discuss his interesting path to career “fulfillment” through various titles like CMU swimmer/student, high school physics teacher, CMU faculty, and more! 
26:57
November 02, 2022
Sid Viswanathan - CMU and Beyond: Forging His Own Path to Entrepreneurialism
Sid Viswanathan - CMU and Beyond: Forging His Own Path to Entrepreneurialism
In this episode, we meet Sid Viswanathan, the Co-Founder and President of Truepill, and a Class of 2006 Mechanical Engineering graduate! We talk about finding what satisfies you within and beyond the requirements of your degree, discovering entrepreneurship, and how the strength of the Carnegie Mellon network can help you succeed. Sid offers a relatable voice to all STEM students at CMU (it turns out Thermodynamics classes have been and will be antagonizing young engineers forever). At the same time, Sid provides inspiration and insight to anyone who aspires to a role within the Bay Area startup ecosystem. You don’t want to miss this one!
29:51
April 19, 2022
Creating Delightful Experiences With Sandhya Pillalamarri
Creating Delightful Experiences With Sandhya Pillalamarri
This episode of Scotty Stories introduces us to Sandhya Pillalamarri, an HCI grad with experience in fields ranging from fin tech to healthcare. Sandhya shares her fascinating journey to Pittsburgh and CMU from Arizona, and how she followed her passion in HCI after finishing her education. Through her eyes, we view the authenticity of Pittsburgh, the camaraderie of CMU, and what HCI and user experience means. Sandhya advises us to completely live in the moment, even those moments spent in a Wean Hall classroom!
37:42
March 10, 2022
Dancer, Data Scientist, Perennial Overachiever
Dancer, Data Scientist, Perennial Overachiever
In this episode, we’re introduced to Christopher Peter Makris, AKA CPM. Graduating from CMU with a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and a Master’s degree in Statistical Practice, this Dietrich alum shares his journey from overloading CMU student to Executive Director of the MSP Program, to his current role as Lead Data Scientist at Dataiku. Listen as CPM talks about dancing, drive, and how he takes steps to balance his very busy life.
27:25
December 01, 2021
Amy Quispe - How a "Good" Programmer Went From CMU to the White House
Amy Quispe - How a "Good" Programmer Went From CMU to the White House
In this episode, we meet Amy Quispe, digital services expert and SCS graduate! We learn about Amy’s ceaseless drive to make the world better as a computer scientist, starting at CMU. Whether by expanding the Pausch Bridge into Purnell, running for Undergraduate Senate, or creating CMU’s groundbreaking (and constantly evolving) Scotty Labs, Amy is all about people-focused engineering. Tune into this episode to follow Amy’s journey from Pittsburgh to Silicon Valley to New York (and, briefly, Buckingham Palace!)
27:22
November 10, 2021
Left Brain, Right? Pittsburgh Dad Producer Alex DiClaudio’s Unexpected Career Path
Left Brain, Right? Pittsburgh Dad Producer Alex DiClaudio’s Unexpected Career Path
In this episode, we meet Alex DiClaudio who, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master of Arts Management, has served as a film, television and theater producer, the president and CEO of a tech start-up, and the former President of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association. This former President of Scotch’n’Soda Theatre also produces the popular web series Pittsburgh Dad. Listen as Alex talks about the importance of saying yes (without being afraid of the word “no”), being a geek with a sense of optimistic adventurism, and the classic CMU trope of being passionate about many things at once.
34:21
October 20, 2021
Stepping Stones: Joanna Lovering on Unapologetic Authenticity
Stepping Stones: Joanna Lovering on Unapologetic Authenticity
This episode features BXA graduate Joanna Lovering, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Copper + Rise. Joanna opens up about stumbling through that first job, and then creating a career from her passions that allows her to be in charge of herself, while uplifting other women in corporate America as an executive presence coach. Listeners will also relate to Joanna’s stories, whether about being a loud, confident Italian woman, Playfair at O-Week, or being deep within your feelings to the sound of John Mayer.
27:10
October 07, 2021
Tech Leader...and Humanities Major? Leslie Robertson on the value a humanities student can bring to a company like Oracle.
Tech Leader...and Humanities Major? Leslie Robertson on the value a humanities student can bring to a company like Oracle.
In this episode, we talk to  Leslie Robertson, Vice President of Software Development at Oracle.
16:11
January 06, 2021
The Fast Track to Founder - Inside Start-Ups with Emily Kennedy
The Fast Track to Founder - Inside Start-Ups with Emily Kennedy
Emily Kennedy is the President and founder of Marinus Analytics, a social impact company that uses artificial intelligence to fight human trafficking.
18:58
January 05, 2021
Can I work in Entertainment, even if I majored in Economics? Advice from Jeremy Toeman on how to land your dream job, regardless of your major.
Can I work in Entertainment, even if I majored in Economics? Advice from Jeremy Toeman on how to land your dream job, regardless of your major.
Jeremy Toeman is the Chief Product Officer in the Warner Media Innovation Lab. 
20:44
January 04, 2021
Back to the Future: Finding a Fulfilling Career in Higher Education with Sammie Walker Herrera
Back to the Future: Finding a Fulfilling Career in Higher Education with Sammie Walker Herrera
Sammie Walker Herrera is a Career Coach at the University of Florida.
18:53
January 03, 2021
Using History to Create Positive Change - with Shauna Grovell, History Major and Corporate Consultant
Using History to Create Positive Change - with Shauna Grovell, History Major and Corporate Consultant
Shauna Grovell is the founder of the Customer Experience Unleashed, a consulting firm focused on solving difficult business challenges and guiding clients towards creating a more inclusive and diverse environment.
18:47
January 02, 2021
Have you considered a career as a Military Intelligence Officer? Nate Durika explains why you should.
Have you considered a career as a Military Intelligence Officer? Nate Durika explains why you should.
Nate Durika is a longtime military intelligence officer with the US Navy.
16:18
January 01, 2021
From Creative Writing Major to Published Author: Elyssa Maxx Goodman reveals how to do what you love - and get paid for it!
From Creative Writing Major to Published Author: Elyssa Maxx Goodman reveals how to do what you love - and get paid for it!
Elyssa Maxx Goodman is a New York-based writer and photographer specializing in non-fiction writing and documentary photography.
22:17
December 31, 2020
A Growth Mindset and Chance Encounters: Noelle Conover’s journey to becoming a leader in Pittsburgh’s non-profit community
A Growth Mindset and Chance Encounters: Noelle Conover’s journey to becoming a leader in Pittsburgh’s non-profit community
Noelle Conover is the Executive Director and co-founder of Matt's Maker Space, a non-profit organization created to inspire a new generation of creative and experiential learners through STEAM-focused programming.
16:17
December 30, 2020