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

Noah Adler

Noah Adler

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Georgia

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.

Manford Blacksher

Manford Blacksher

M.A. in English Studies, McGill University & M.Phil. in History of Ideas, Trinity College, Dublin

Email: mblacksh@andrew.cmu.edu

Manford Blacksher received his M.A. in English Studies from McGill University and an M.Phil. in History of Ideas from Trinity College, Dublin. In Dublin, he apprenticed in IT and stapled CAT5 ethernet wiring in the former library of Charles Stewart Parnell. He has taught composition and introduction to English literature for three years at Alabama State University and for five at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is eager to write and edit.  Currently, he’s reading Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style and imagining new uses for old fonts.

Colleen Casey

Colleen Casey

B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University

Email: ccasey@andrew.cmu.edu

Colleen graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon before continuing as an MAPW +1 student. She is currently focusing on technical writing after gaining some experience in marketing and corporate communications. Outside of school, Colleen enjoys blogging, reading, and writing fiction.

Lindsay Corry

Lindsay Corry

B.A. in Professional Writing & Minor in Photography, Carnegie Mellon University

Email: lcorry@andrew.cmu.edu

Lindsay Corry graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a minor in Photography. She was inspired to continue her education at CMU in the MAPW +1 graduate program because she wanted to learn more about technical writing and design. The MAPW program has allowed Lindsay to focus on these two subjects, technical writing and design. Lindsay is also interested in music, sports, and photography.

Sarah Dix

Sarah Dix

B.A. in English & Minor in Political Science, University of South Carolina

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.

Elizabeth Finley

Elizabeth Finley

B.A. in English, Psychology, West Virginia University

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

B.A. in English, College of the Ozarks

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.

John Godfrey

B.A. in English and Spanish, Emory & Henry College

Email: jwgodfre@andrew.cmu.edu

I graduated magna cum laude from Emory & Henry College (’09) with a BA double-major in English and Spanish. I have written, designed, and thrived in both start-up and Fortune 50 (five-zero) environments, where I approached projects with a broad skillset accrued from years of experience, scholarship, and curiosities. I am a technical writer and aspiring UX designer seeking to join a company with high design and usability standards, strong leadership, and mentoring environment where I will benefit myself, my team, and our clients through listening, collaboration, and hard work.

Mollie Kaufer

Mollie Kaufer

M.A. in Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University & B.A. in Modern Languages focus in Arabic and Mandarin, Chatham University

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.


Natasha Saidikowski

Natasha Saidikowski

B.S. in Biometry & Statistics, Cornell University

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.


Will True

Will True

B.A. in Political Science, Allegheny College

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.

Corrie Whitmer

Corrie Whitmer

B.A. in Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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.

Yin (Cecilia) Zheng

Yin (Cecilia) Zheng

B.A., Beihang University

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.