University School of Milwaukee and predecessor school alumni have made an indelible impact in their chosen fields after leaving our campus. Click below to read their stories and learn how our alumni are changing the world around us!
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Bennett Williamson '11
Currently working towards his college degree, Bennett Williamson '11 has wasted little time making his mark on the design industry. In addition to his courseload, Williamson works as an assistant designer for Naeem Khan in New York City and also owns his own company, Evelyn Brawner, a custom designer of eveningwear.
Emily Cooley '08 was recently awarded the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor reserved for exemplary young composers. Cooley is currently serving under the Milton L. Rock Composition Fellowship at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and frequently travels the country to work with orchestras and ensembles.
A passion for dance has guided Maxine Hupy '07 from USM to Northwestern University and, ultimately, to Hollywood, where she currently plies her craft as a professional dancer and choreographer. Hupy, who has worked with artists including Iggy Azalea and Cee-Lo Green, among others, is still inspired by a passion for dance that began during her years at USM.
A passion for computer science and information technology developed late for Madeline Cohen '15, but she has more than made up for lost time. Cohen joined USM's House of Technology during her junior year and quickly developed an interest and aptitude for troubleshooting devices as she answered tickets and entered classrooms to repair devices.
After excelling in the early days of the USM Science Fair adn as a member of the Upper School theatre crew, Kurt Stiehl '03 brought his intellectual curiosity for design to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and eventually, Apple, Inc., where he now thrives as a product design manager. Responsible for many of the Apple product accessories that so many of us carry on a daily basis, including iPhone "bumper" cases, earpods, and more, Stiehl still reflects on some of the lessons learned from his days developing his science project, which involved the acoustic modeling of rooms.
Cristina Costantini '07 has enjoyed an atypical career path as an award-winning reporter following graduation as USM, using her skills and abilities as a social scientist as a springboard to a career as an investigative journalist. Costantini, who worked for the Huffington Post before settling in as a journalist for Fusion, an ABC/Univision collaboration, won an award at Intel ISEF in 2004 for her research and study of the impact of peer pressure and conformity.
For many young boys, working in the field of astronautics is a childhood dream, but for Matt Junker '85, his passion for innovation helped make it a reality. Following his time at USM, Junker graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in engineering and computer science and entered the U.S. Navy, where he underwent a series of trainings before emerging as a submarine officer and instructor of missile launching procedures.
Even as a child, David Routier '14 always had a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together. Now, entering his junior year at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a computer engineering double major, Routier is using his skills to help create a "smart grid" that will better protect our nation's electric grid system against broken lines or outside hacks.