The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field is a great career field to enter, and many Christendom alumni easily tranisiton from the liberal arts to the STEM field upon graduation. Software development, engineering, IT, and web development are some of the most lucrative careers available today. To be successful in these fields, it demands an aptitude for logical thought, analytical skills, and understanding the nature of things and how they work, along with a knowledge of how to work within complex technological systems. While that knowledge is important, the ability to learn it and communicate it well to others is perhaps even more important. That makes a liberal arts background a great stepping stone to success into these fields.
Christendom graduates have been jumping into these fields since the tech boom of the 1990s, creating companies that were even later bought out by IBM. Their ability to communicate the complex ideas behind these technological advances helped them become leaders in the field, with many other alumni following suit later.
At Christendom’s Life on Tap alumni networking series, alumni successful in these fields have returned to campus to speak on how they used their liberal arts education and the career preparation they received at Christendom to find post-graduate success.
Watch these talks below.
Stories About Alumni
Stories About the Liberal Arts & Web Development
Alumni Bryan Hadro (‘04) and Brandon Vaughan (’05) gave insights into their success in web development. Hadro, a history major, worked as a software engineer for ESPN before taking on his current role as a senior web developer for US News and World Report. Vaughan graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and worked as a web developer for Nclud and Trinity Consulting, and later cofounded Nvite, the world’s first attendee-focused event registration and ticketing platform
Technology and Systems Engineering
Christendom welcomed alumni Sean Garvey (’93) and Alex Scrivener (’05) to speak at this Life on Tap. Garvey has been involved in the IT industry since earning his B.A. in political science and economics from Christendom College, founding two computer technology companies, including NovusCG, a privately held storage solutions company that was acquired by IBM in 2007. Scrivener, a 2005 graduate with a B.A. in political science and economics, is currently the Lead Cloud Services Engineer at LiteCloud.
Software Development and Systems Engineering
Alumnus Bennett Ellis (’92) who earned his degree in philosophy, and has worked as a Lead Software Architect for IBM, now owns his own software develpment company, called Slice, LLC. Tim Lanahan (’10) also earned his BA in philosophy before earning his Masters in Systems Engineering and working as a software engineer for Capital One.
STEM – Nueroscience
Alumnus Phil O’Herron, a philosophy major from the Class of 2000, is now a Ph.D in Neuroscience.