Zixing (Rex) Li is currently pursuing a master's degree in computer science at UPenn.
Hal Matthews is living in Vienna, working as an English teaching assistant at two different high schools. The position is similar to a German ETA, but is different in that the program is organized by Fulbright, but funding exclusively by the Austrian government. The program is awesome and could be a good opportunity for any students who want to teach aborad, but might want to apply to something less competitive than Fulbright Germany. More information can be found here: https://www.usta-austria.at
Jacob DeHovitz says "I'm currently working at Princeton University as a chemistry graduate student in Dr. Erik Sorensen's lab. I've actually met many Germans and have been able to practice my speaking skills a lot!"
Gabe Conradi is currently in New York city, working at Uber ATC doing mapping, autonomy, and safety work as a staff engineer in the site reliability engineering group.
Elisabeth Housman is in her third year of graduate school at the WashU med school and will graduate with her doctorate in physical therapy in May 2017. She is doing a clinical rotation in Denver until December, working with patients with neurological conditions. She's been doing a lot of rock climbing and hiking.
Diana Jack is living in Berlin doing an exchange semester at the Hertie School of Governance, where she's studying European Union economic issues. Though she's currently in Germany, Diana is in her second year of a master's program in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IIHEID) in Geneva, which is going really well so far. She is working on a wide range of topics, but is planning to write her thesis on the negotiation of the Paris Climate Agreement, possibly with an EU spin. She's not sure of her post-graduation plans, but will most likely be looking for jobs in Berlin or heading back to Washington, DC, where she lived prior to moving to Geneva. While there, she worked at the United States Council for International Business doing trade and customs policy, and interned at the Delegation of the European Union. Diana would be thrilled if any German Department faculty or students will be in Berlin soon and would like to grab coffee.
Gabe Conradi is currently in New York, working at Uber ATC doing mapping, autonomy, and safety work as a staff engineer in the site reliability engineering group.
John C. Witty has been studying since fall 2013 for a PhD in art history at Emory University. Only a few weeks ago, he passed his prospectus defense, and has been approved to begin a dissertation on 14th-century Venetian painting. The knowledge of German he refined as an undergraduate major at WashU continues to be an invaluable asset! Before starting his PhD, John worked at the National Gallery in Washington for one year. After John's year in DC, he completed an MA in art history at Williams College and held internships at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art, while he was there. In Atlanta, John completed a research fellowship at the High Museum of Art, focusing on a series of early sixteenth-century panels attributed to Lorenzo Costa. John is currently applying for fellowships to fund a year of dissertation research based in Venice.
Daniel Barks is working at Beacon Press in Boston, going undercover with the English majors. He is in the production department, ushering final manuscripts through copy editing, proofreading, and printing. Not a whole lot of opportunity to flex his Sprachfähigkeiten, but there have been a couple of instances of proofreading backlist philosophical works for e-book conversion with long passages of quoted German material.
Jason Brown says "After graduating in 2009, with majors in German and international business, I went to work as a Marketing Specialist for Sabre Hospitality Solutions, an advertising agency based outside of Washington, DC. There, I provided digital marketing solutions for hotels and resorts and particularly enjoyed consulting with German clients. Determined to return to WashU, I found my way back in 2013 when I started the MBA program. Upon completion of the program, I stayed at WashU, working in the Graduate Programs Office at Olin Business School, and now serve as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions."
Thom Wall says he is "working in Osaka, Japan, juggling for Cirque du Soleil right now. I have the opportunity to speak German with some fellow performers - a few musicians and a clown, as well as some older Russian guys who studied German as a second language, back before the wall came down."
Charlie Machan says "I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. After majoring in chemistry and German at WashU in 2008, I moved on to graduate school in chemistry at Northwestern. I completed my PhD in 2012 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California San Diego from 2013 to 2016. I live in Charlottesville with my wife, Amanda, and our 4-month old daughter, Harriet. I still have to read old synthesis papers in German every one in awhile."
Dan Daranciang completed his PhD at Stanford in 2012 and was offered a postdoc performing ultra fast x-ray experiments at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (DESY) in Hamburg. In the end, though, Dan decided to go to work at a photonics manufacturer, Thorlabs, and is presently in New Jersey. His company has several locations in Germany, and he frequently has the opportunity to collaborate with engineers there, who are generally impressed by his speaking/writing proficiency. He is also often asked to assist when a particularly tricky technical manual has been translated into English by someone less than fluent. Dan counts himself lucky to have been a part of the great department at WashU, and can only imagine that it has strengthened since his graduation in 2006.
Nickolai Detert is a first-year doctoral student in a 3-year program to be a family nurse practitioner at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He, his wife, and his two sons are planning on moving back to St. Louis shortly after he graduates. Interestingly, his German came in handy a few years ago during his honeymoon in Italy: relatively few Italians speak English, but many seemed to know German, so he was able to navigate through some situations.
Martin Schilling has been living in Berlin for nearly two years, after a few years in Heidelberg. He is working as a project manager for a software company in the public transit and railway industry. This builds on the transportation-related planning work he was doing in Oakland.
Christina Wills says: “How nice to see a quick update from your department, including your request for alum whereabouts. For the past year, I’ve been on assignment with Boeing living and working in Berlin. It’s a far cry from my days studying 18th century German lit, but I feel as though my personal passion and professional interests have finally aligned. Since my time in STL, I completed a Fulbright teaching fellowship, earned two master’s degrees at the University of Washington (MA/MBA), and have worked for two Fortune 100 companies.
Here in Germany, I’m responsible for driving Boeing’s research and development projects utilizing publicly available funds, either at the state or federal level. As such, I work quite closely with the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, academic institutions, as well as the German supply base to achieve our technology goals. It’s a complex assignment requiring the ability to act on the intersection of the political environment, technology advancements, as well as the shifting global aerospace supply chain.
This role would not have been open to me had I not been both fully proficient in German, as well as possessing the business acumen to work in ambiguous circumstances. I certainly credit my time at WashU, particularly in the German department, for letting me hone my German language and critical thinking skills in a safe and stimulating environment.
Side note – my husband, also a WashU alum (EN06), works here in Berlin for Amazon doing machine learning research at their Development Center. I’m proud to say he’s taking German lessons at the Goethe Institute, and he’s realizing what a challenging – but beautiful – language it is. For the sake of our happy home life, we decided it was best to have someone else give him language instruction! We rounded out the full German experience by moving here with our “Dackel,” Albert.
I imagine most of your students are still studying abroad in Tübingen, however, should you have students in Berlin, don’t hesitate to pass along my contact info. My husband and I are happy to have academic or career discussions – or even provide a home-cooked meal.”
Tavi Yehudai is living in Atlanta with his wife and two children. He is a partner at a healthcare-dedicated investment fund. Tavi is forever grateful for the education provided to him by Profs. Erlin, Tatlock, Schindler, and others, and the experience he had working in Germany through the business school was invaluable as well. He is saddened that his high school is doing away with their German language program because of lack of demand, and the private school his son attends in Atlanta doesn't offer it, nor do comparable schools in the area.
More to come...