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Alumni Snapshots


Insights and updates from UMSI alumni.

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Featured Alumni Snapshots

A headshot of Shannon Elkins

Shannon Elkins (BSI ’20) leads user-centered design processes to improve software tools used by Boeing’s engineers. 

Elkins knows how to educate people about the value of UX in engaging ways. She shares the UMSI experiences that helped her become an effective communicator and led her where she is today. 

A headshot of Loretta Parham

Loretta Parham (AMLS ’77) has applied her expertise in library administration around the nation, serving Chicago Public Library, Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library and the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Her key to success? Flexibility.

Krishna Vadrevu standing next to a waterfall

Uday Krishna (MSI ’14) got his first job through a campus career fair and has worked at AirWatch, Capital One, PayPal and Amazon Web Services.

He recommends that students and graduates trying to get a foot in the door of the tech industry use the Michigan Difference to their advantage.

A headshot of Avalon Hu

Avalon Hu (MSI '11) has fused her creativity and her passion for user experience into a career spanning companies at the forefront of innovation. 

Learn how she used unique career development opportunities at UMSI to explore the broad pathways open to her with an information degree.

Alumni areas of study

Archives & Records Management

Data Science & Analytics

Health Informatics

Human-Computer Interaction/UX Design

Information & Library Science

Social Computing