Full-Time Students-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Noah Adler

Noah Adler

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: npadler@andrew.cmu.edu

Noah Adler graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis on Professional, Creative, and Dramatic Writing. He still has no idea what he specifically wants to do with his life, but he is very interested in working in publishing or science writing. His hobbies include playing the dulcimer, cooking, and reading as many novels as he can.

Niles Champeaux

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: champeaux@cmu.edu


Sarah Dix

Sarah Dix

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: sdix@andrew.cmu.edu

Sarah Dix graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina's Honors College with a B.A. in English with a creative writing focus and a minor in Political Science. She came to Carnegie Mellon University to continue to develop her interest in writing both professionally and creatively. Sarah is interested in non-profit and international communication with a particular interest in Japan. Her personal interests include writing fiction, reading, volunteering, listening to and playing music, as well as practicing Japanese.

Catherine Dougherty

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: cdougher@andrew.cmu.edu


Katherine Ey

Katherine Ey

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: katherie@andrew.cmu.edu

Katherine Ey graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English and a minor in Music in 2012. For the past three years, she has served the students of nearby Chatham University as a Campus Minister in partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and Shadyside Presbyterian Church. She is eager to hone her passion for the written word in order to help others communicate effectively. When her nose isn't stuck in a book, Katherine enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, singing her heart out, and savoring a good cup of coffee.

Elizabeth Finley

Elizabeth Finley

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: efinley@andrew.cmu.edu

In 2013, Elizabeth graduated Magna cum laude from West Virginia University with BA degrees in English and Psychology. After an influential internship at the WVU Office of Admissions, she came to Carnegie Mellon University to pursue interests in publishing, editing, and strategic communications. Still exploring all her options, Elizabeth is currently interning as a technical writer at Management Science Associates in Pittsburgh. Other than professional writing, her interests include pastoral poetry, trumpets, and traveling.

Kate Foust

Kate Foust

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: kfoust@andrew.cmu.edu

In 2013, Kate graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in English and minors in Rhetoric and Music. Working as a tutor at C of O’s writing center helped her discover an interest in technical and professional writing, which led her to Carnegie Mellon’s MAPW program. Her main interests of study are technical writing and non-profit communications. Before coming to CMU, she worked as a freelance proofreader for John Marshall Media, a company that produces audio books and interactive e-books. In her free time, Kate likes to write short non-fiction, listen to music, and play the clarinet.

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: catherig@andrew.cmu.edu

Catherine graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A in English Literature. She always enjoyed creative writing, but became particularly interested in professional writing after completing an internship as a copy editor for the OSU English Department webpage. She worked for the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office for several years after graduation, where she helped crime victims navigate the criminal justice system. Catherine is currently interested in pursuing a career as a technical writer or copy editor. However, she is also eager to learn about different opportunities within the professional writing field while at CMU.  When she is not studying, she will enjoy exploring Pittsburgh, cooking, reading mystery novels, drawing, theater and hockey!


Amanda Hicks

Amanda Hicks

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: ahicks1@andrew.cmu.edu

Amanda graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Political Science. While completing her undergraduate degree, she served as Vice President of R-MC's Sigma Tau Delta chapter, worked as a copy-editor of the student newspaper, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. During her time at CMU, she hopes to continue to foster her appreciation for writing while exploring all possible facets of the Professional Writing program. Her main
interests of study are in editing and publishing.


Alyssa Higgins

Alyssa Higgins

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: alyssah@andrew.cmu.edu

Alyssa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English Writing, focusing on Fiction, a B.S. in Psychology, and a certificate in Public and Professional Writing.  While she does not know what she wants to do with her life just yet, she knows she wants to write (and sleep). Her prior experience in the writing field includes working as an assistant editor for a biomedical magazine, tutoring in the Writing Center at the University of Pittsburgh, reading for Hot Metal Bridge, and interning with Simmons-Boardman Publishing. She plans to continue tutoring throughout her time at CMU in the Global Communication Center.


Elli Anne Karras

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: elliannk@andrew.cmu.edu


Mollie Kaufer

Mollie Kaufer

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: mkaufer@andrew.cmu.edu

In my experiences in the Arabic and Mandarin-speaking world of language and cultural immersion and teaching ESL, I was most interested in learning the Arabic and Mandarin used in conversational speech along with cultural norms. These interests led me to pursue a degree in Applied Second Language Acquisition with a focus in teaching ESL to native speakers of Arabic. From my  interests developed in this program, I worked at CMU-Qatar as a Research Associate in the teaching of technical communication to local ESL audiences. Seeing professional communication as an important extension of English language learning, I am happy to be in the MAPW program. My focus has been intercultural and technical communication and I am excited for a future with opportunities to grow.


Gabrielle LaFavre

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: glafavre@andrew.cmu.edu


Changyuan (Caroline) Liu

Changyuan (Caroline) Liu

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: changyul@andrew.cmu.edu

I really enjoy studying English, which I majored in as an undergraduate, with a focus on English literature during the third and fourth years. In 2013, I represented the Foreign Language Department of Beihang University to study at CMU for an exchange semester. During that semester I took five courses and strengthened my writing skills with strategies gleaned through study of rhetoric, style and structure. These academic experiences and related internships together contribute to my interest in earning a Master Degree in Professional Writing, with a focus on technical writing. In my spare time, I am also into volunteering, hosting and dancing.


Nimisha Madhusoodanan

Nimisha Madhusoodanan

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: nmadhuso@andrew.cmu.edu

Nimisha graduated from Amrita School of Engineering in Bangalore, India with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She then filled her professional life with a myriad of experiences by working as a software developer, writer, and copy-editor for four and a half years. After getting a taste of working life in engineering and writing, she decided to aim for a career that captured the best of both worlds. CMU's program in Professional Writing will give her an opportunity to do just that. She hopes to explore her options, with a particular interest towards technical and science writing. In her spare time, you will find her enjoying a good book, writing, trying her hand at painting and slowly turning her headphones into an appendage.

Alli Russell

Alli Russell

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: arussel1@andrew.cmu.edu

Alli Russell is an MAPW student who received her undergrad degree in professional writing from Taylor University. She is most interested in book publishing, but wants to explore all opportunities in the field. She completed an internship with DZANC Books, a small non-profit publishing company, where she evaluated fiction submissions. She also enjoys creative writing and, of course, reading.

Natasha Saidikowski

Natasha Saidikowski

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: nsaidiko@andrew.cmu.edu

After graduating from Marble Falls High School, I went to Cornell University for a four-year stint in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Although I was accepted as an Animal Science major, I soon decided that animal science wasn’t for me and switched into the Biological Sciences and Computational Biology department. I graduated in 2013 with a BS in Biometry & Statistics, emphasis on the statistics (yeah, I’m one of those). Because I didn’t want to be an actuary or a research analyst at a big bank, I returned to my parents’ house in Texas to search for a job I did want, a quest which often felt fruitless. During my gap year, I did some soul-searching, and I realized that what I really wanted to do was write. After some research, I chose the Masters in Professional Writing program at Carnegie Mellon. I hope to synthesize my statistics background with my love of writing. Currently, I’m on track to be a technical writer. My other interests, when I have the time, include watching bad television, reading good books, drinking a lot of coffee, and sleeping.


Andy Sharfman

Andy Sharfman

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: asharfma@andrew.cmu.edu

I earned my undergraduate degree in English from Allegheny College. My primary literary focus was the study of Shakespeare’s plays as both texts and performance pieces. I completed a senior thesis on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, using the play as a mode of discussing appearance and the expectations of ideal beauty. In addition to my academic growth at Allegheny, I also gained valuable experience as a four-year cross country and track and field athlete. Looking toward the future, I am excited to continue my education as a Carnegie Mellon Tartan! My interest in pursuing a Master’s degree in Professional Writing is to develop my written, verbal, and visual communication skills within the context of the highly changeable and diverse field of Professional Writing.


Catherine Spence

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: cspence@andrew.cmu.edu


Emily Tait

Emily Tait

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: etait@andrew.cmu.edu

Emily graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC) and a minor in Environmental Studies. During her undergraduate career, Emily worked for the Department of Communications and Marketing at JMU as the editorial assistant of its alumni magazine, Madison, was the Copy Edit Chief for the school's chapter of Her Campus, and served on the Senior Editorial Board for WRTC's undergraduate journal, Lexia. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with Cum Laude honors in May 2015.

While attending CMU, Emily wants to explore new avenues in the field of professional writing while also fostering her current interests in editing and visual rhetoric. She hopes to develop both academically and professionally during her time here and is thrilled to see what opportunities await her in this new phase of life.


Jacqueline Treboschi

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: jtrebosc@andrew.cmu.edu


Will True

Will True

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: wtrue@andrew.cmu.edu

Will graduated from Allegheny College in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. To give back to the community, he enlisted in AmeriCorps in August of that year and began work as a HandsOn Tech VISTA at Pittsburgh Cares, serving the nonprofit sector by finding and implementing cost-effective tech solutions to their problems. After two years of volunteer work, Will transitioned back to the academic world, and is now pursuing his MA in Professional Writing. With it, he hopes to go into the fields of web editing, publishing, and journalism. In his spare time, he writes, sings, explores Pittsburgh's culinary scene, and plays basketball.

Tiana Weisman

Tiana Weisman

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: tweisman@andrew.cmu.edu

Tiana Weisman graduated Cum Laude and with departmental honors from the University of South Florida. There she attained a B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology.

Currently, Tiana is most interested in visual rhetoric, human-computer interaction, and UX testing. With the MAPW degree, she hopes to refine and develop her design and writing abilities. In addition, she also believes the degree will help to determine whether she will continue her studies to attain a Ph.D. following graduation, or begin working in a field relevant to writing and technology.

                                                 


Lindsay Westervelt

Lindsay Westervelt

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: lwesterv@andrew.cmu.edu

Lindsay Westervelt graduated from Towson University with her B.S. in English. While studying for her undergrad, she was part of the editorial team for the school’s literary magazine, Grub Street. She has also interned with Limerence Magazine, an online indie magazine, and BrickHouse Books, a small publishing company in Baltimore.

Currently, she works as an assistant editor at Fey Publishing, a growing company based in California. She is interested in the publishing and editing fields, and hopes that the Master’s program will help advance her skills as an editor and writer.


Corrie Whitmer

Corrie Whitmer

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: corriew@andrew.cmu.edu

Corrie Whitmer graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in journalism in 2014. She was a member of the Cook Honors College there, and minored in political science.  Her coursework at CMU is directed toward a career in science or healthcare writing, though she is also considering other options.  In her free time, she knits, reads, writes fiction and works on her webcomic.

Sophie Wodzak

Sophie Wodzak

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: swodzak@andrew.cmu.edu

Sophie Wodzak was born in West Sussex, England, and was raised in Columbia, Missouri, where she earned Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Philosophy from the University of Missouri in 2008. Since that time, she has travelled the western hemisphere working alternately as a pastry chef, a tutor, and a personal organizer, among other things. As a Masters student of Professional Writing, she has developed her skills as a journalist, with an emphasis on scientific communication, writing for both the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Heinz school of Public Policy and Information Systems Management. In the fall of 2015 she began an internship writing for the science section of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Upon graduating in December, Sophie plans to pursue a career in journalism, with an emphasis in science communication.


Haley Woodley

Haley Woodley

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: hwoodley@andrew.cmu.edu

Haley Woodley graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English, B.S.Ed in Art Education, and minor in studio art. For the past five years, she has worked as a summer office assistant at Sheetz, Inc. in brand development and internal communications. Haley applied to the professional writing program after completing student teaching, when she realized she was more passionate about her work at Sheetz than she was about teaching.

Haley is still exploring her options in the professional writing field, but is interested in a career that will incorporate her experience in visual art and design. When she isn’t trying to reclaim her belongings from her dog, Haley has a fascination with typewriters (she already owns five) and enjoys watching movies.


Yin (Cecilia) Zheng

Yin (Cecilia) Zheng

M.A. Student, Professional Writing

Email: yinzheng@andrew.cmu.edu

I am currently a  master candidate in professional writing with a concentration on Technical Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, I was an exchange student here in the English department of Carnegie Mellon University where I fully developed my interest in professional and technical writing.

I am particularly interested in technical communication and information design. My course works here direct a career towards the technical writing. Besides regular coursework, I am also constantly expanding my horizon via MOOCs. I am now learning User-Interface design and computing programming in my spare time. I believe that the more I understand about the technology, the better I could write about it and the closer I could bring it to my audience. For extra curricular activities, I am the PR & Digital Marketing leader of Carnegie Mellon University's Summit on China-US Innovation and Entrepreneurship.