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Ask-A-Mudder

Our alumni are just one more way to connect with Harvey Mudd College. They can answer most questions about the Harvey Mudd experience, but more importantly provide insight into post-graduate careers and opportunities. To get you started, we’ve provided profiles of the alumni who have volunteered to answer your questions. Ask a Mudder!

More to come…

  • Obviously, this is only a small sampling of our amazing alumni. We hope to add more Mudders in the future.

Ichiro Sekimitsu ‘79 / Engineering / Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Graduate Study: M.B.A., International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland

Katherine Perdue

I made the decision to pursue a business career after graduating from Harvey Mudd College. I joined American Express in San Francisco as an internal auditor within the management development program and subsequently left to earn my M.B.A. from IMD in Switzerland. I then joined Continental Bank in Chicago in the wholesale banking training program and then worked as an interest rate derivatives trader in Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo through mergers with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. I am currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Asia Pacific Rates and Currencies group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo. As an analogue freak, I continue to listen to my collection of rock and jazz vinyl records that we blasted our ears out in North and South dorms. Ask Ichiro!

Katherine Perdue ‘05 / Physics / Boston Children’s Hospital

Graduate Study: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Dartmouth College
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital

Katherine Perdue

I graduated from Mudd in 2005 with a B.S. in Physics, and then went on to do a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital working on developing new brain imaging methods for infants and kids. In my free time, I like rock climbing and culinary experimentation. Ask Katherine!

Diana Hawkins ’08 / Engineering / City Winery Chicago

Diana Hawkins

When I graduated from Harvey Mudd with a B.S. in Engineering with a focus on Project Management, I knew one thing: I didn’t want to be an engineer. However, I did want to manage people, like I did as team lead during clinic. Most managers I spoke to said they started off in sales or the lab and then got promoted. So I took the business and marketing skills I learned while at Mudd and put them to work. I ended up in technical sales right out of college. Turns out, selling air compressors is as interesting as it sounds. So I moved onto selling hardware and software to businesses at Softchoice. My technical background meant I could geek out with IT Departments over new product releases and technologies, so I excelled. Somewhere along the way, I finally acknowledged that my passion was for wine, beer, and spirits and decided to actually pursue it.

I know what you’re thinking, but no, I don’t just like to drink. I love learning about the biological and chemical processes that give us wine and beer; the various distillation methods that help refine them into the purest spirits; and all the fascinating history and scientific discoveries along the way. There are just so many different factors from soil type, to trellising method, to the yeast strain used, to what vessel you hold it in, etc. that affect what kind of wine you end up with – don’t even get me started on the genetic clones and mutations.

So I quit my sales job; completed my Level 2 Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild; and am now a Restaurant Manager & Sommelier at City Winery Chicago with an emphasis on beverage operations. I never would’ve thought my journey after college would land me working as a sommelier in a restaurant. But now, I simply can’t imagine doing anything else. Ask Diana!

David Gross ‘08 / Mathematics / eSolar

Website: http://about.me/davidagross

David Gross

Since graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics in 2008, I have been working at eSolar on the Systems Team where I write high-performance ray-tracing software for the prediction and validation of solar-thermal power plants. The modeling techniques, technical skill, and computational tools I took from the Mudd Math Department have primed me to do my daily work well, but my broad HMC background in Engineering and the others Sciences has allowed me to contribute positively to the Mechanical, Electrical, Thermal Analysis, and Recruiting teams as well. I loved so much my time in the 5C Improv Group Without a Box that I continue to improvise on a team in Hollywood. You can still find me at Hangar 18 where I train to climb rocks, and I like to tinker on the side as a computational enthusiast, contributing to Chebfun and other open source software projects. Ask David!