USM's storied history of superior academics and supportive community have developed numerous notable alumni who have made an indelible impact in their chosen fields after leaving our campus. Here, we feature some of those illustrious alumni, and share their stories of personal and professional growth and success. Check back for more alumni being added soon. If you know any alumni who should be featured, please contact our Alumni Office.
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Mark Rylance '78
From stage to screen, there may not be a more talented and accomplished actor in the world today than Mark Rylance '78. The three-time Tony Award winning thespian earned the 2016 Best Supporting Oscar for his role in the Steven Spielberg-directed Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies", as he continues to bolster his resume as one of the very best character actors. Rylance will also star as the lead in Disney's "The BFG", another Spielberg film, in July 2016 while continuing to shine as a stage actor.
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.
Great things happen when great minds come together. This is evident every day within our School community, as members dedicate themselves in so many ways to supporting the educational development of our students while contributing to the vitality of USM.
The new Bruce '81 and Jennifer Lee Community Room will be an asset for all at USM–a place where parents and other community members mingle, connect with teachers, exchange ideas, and share more than a passing hello at drop-off and pick-up.
Recognized as "one of the top boys in his class" from this days at Milwaukee Country Day School, to his time as a technology pioneer in Silicon Valley, Dick Kramlich MCDS '53 has made an incredible impact throughout his academic and entrepreneurial career.
A visionary venture capitalist who has been involved with 10 companies that have grown from the start-up or near start-up stage to accrue market value in excess of $1 billion, Kramlich was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Global Silicon Valley Hall of Fame in 2015.
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.
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.
Whether facing the Fed Challenge as a USM student or tackling global issues as a member of the Uber executive team, Gus Fuldner '00 has always relished solving complex problems. Fuldner, a senior director and global head of insurance with Uber, a ridesharing app that provides transportation to users in nearly 500 cities in the U.S. and abroad, has helped pass more than 40 state laws and changed regulations in many other countries that have allowed each Uber ride to be insured. As a result of his efforts, Fuldner was named Business Insurance's 2016 Risk Manager of the Year.
After excelling in the early days of the USM Science Fair and 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.
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.
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.