UMD iSchool Alumni Spotlights

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From archivists to librarians, web developers to information architects, our iSchool alumni succeed as information professionals in every field imaginable. Take a moment to read these interesting stories about your fellow iSchool Terps!


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PhD Alumni Spotlight: No Such Thing as Perfect in Research – Jes Koepfler, ‘14

Wayfinding through our integrated digital world as a UX research leader.

PhD Alumni Spotlight: The Fight for Access to Justice – Ursula Gorham, ‘15

How an alumni is working towards improving access to critical online legal resources and striving to close the “justice gap.”

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PhD Alumni Spotlight: Navigating the HUman eXperience – Gagan Jindal, ‘20

Gagan Jindal’s unexpected journey to creating a more accessible and meaningful user experience for all.

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PhD Alumni Spotlight: Examining the "Datafication" of Family Life – Priya Kumar, PhD ‘21

From interests in public policy and journalism, to a fascination for social media’s influence on entire industries, Priya Kumar “felt like a …

PhD Alumni Spotlight: To Build or Not to Build? – Myeong Lee, PhD ‘19

While planning his Master’s degree thesis, Myeong Lee was offered a simple question – “Do you want to build something or understand something?” …

Alumni Spotlight: Alumnus Turns a New Page After 40-Year Career in Librarianship and History – William Peniston ‘87

William Peniston, MLS ’87, proclaims himself an “old-fashioned librarian,” trained in the management of rare books, special collections, an …

Alumni Spotlight: Alumna’s Mission to Grow Promising Businesses Through the Power of Data – Vyjayanthi Kamath, MIM ‘20

Vyjayanthi Kamath, MIM ’20, became increasingly captivated by the intersection of data, marketing, and product development after watching Hans …

Alumni Spotlight: How One Alum’s Voyage to Transform Businesses Began at the UMD iSchool – Rishi Jain MIM ‘19

Rishi began his “exciting voyage of discovery” at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool) where he pursued his fu …

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Alumni Spotlight: Alumna and Trailblazer Lands Career in UX Design – LaRia Rogers MIM ‘20

Driven to pursue a higher education, LaRia Rogers, MIM ’20, found a second home at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (U …