Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts

BXA Alumni

The BXA programs support an outstanding group of innovative students. These students are creative thinkers who have unique visions of how their disciplines combine in their individualized education. They are often campus leaders who pursue internships and capstone projects that contribute to shaping their career path.

A BXA intercollege degree prepares students for graduate study or additional training in the arts and other academic areas. Recent graduates have pursued medical, dental, law, professional, MFA and PhD programs at top ranking institutions such as Columbia, Harvard, MIT and Penn.

In addition, students are prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including positions with arts and education nonprofits like museums and foundations, as well as technical positions with media and technology companies.

Alumni Bios

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Chris Barley
BHA 2004 Architecture, Anthropology and Psychology
Co-founder, Are.na & Consortia

Ten years after graduating with a BHA degree in Architecture, Anthropology, and Psychology, Chris started a strategic design office, Consortia. He has been fortunate to work with a range of brands and institutions including, Audi, Microsoft, Apple, Louis Vuitton, Harvard and Columbia University to develop new frameworks for innovation and communication around design, technology and culture.

Most recently Chris joined Are.na as a co-founder. He is working to build an online platform for creative and collaborative research. Are.na's membership is incredibly interdisciplinary, proof that thinking across disciplines, industries, specialties is becoming increasingly necessary.  Their mission is build a social network that provides an online space where intelligence is valued more than likes. Chris' interdisciplinary degree has translated directly to his career and projects by giving him a strong perspective on how to create links between ideas and connections between people to develop new ways of thinking and designing.

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Andy Biar
BCSA 2014 Computer Science and Music Technology
Mixed Reality Developer/Designer, Universal Creative

Andy’s work delivers novel experiences through emerging media, and is characterized by the use of a wide range of software and hardware platforms.

In his current position, Andy designs and develops next-generation attraction prototypes, crafting novel experiences with a wide range of software and hardware. He also seeks and establishes technical partnerships across the Comcast NBCUniversal family, cross-pollinating ideas, sharing tools and unlocking additional revenue streams by finding markets for Mixed Reality content development throughout the enterprise. He has been involved in developing custom facial animation and mapping algorithms used in the interactive Vol show at Volcano Bay Resort™, as well as designing, developing and deploying an iPad application for the Attractions Operations team that eliminates a slow paperwork process for ensuring safe loading of ride vehicles (currently in use at Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon™).

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Marissa Suvi Gluskin
BHA 2012 Psychology and Music Performance with a minor in Global Systems Management
Product Quality & Community, Seesaw Learning

Suvi Gluskin graduated from the BHA program in December 2012, with concentrations in Classical Voice and Child Development. Throughout her time at CMU she was very involved on campus as a participant in several conservatory performances, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Greek organization, a Teacher’s Assistant at the Carnegie Mellon Children's School and a student researcher in the Infant Language Acquisition Research Lab.

Since graduation, she worked at UCSF Children's Benioff Hospital as a Music Therapy Intern, worked at LeapFrog on the Infant and Toddler Toy Content Team, was a freelance craft collaborator for Klutz (Craft Books), did voice-over work and supported content development for all digital apps and web games at PBS Kids, and is now with Seesaw Learning.

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Evan Shimizu
BCSA 2014 Computer Science and Drama
PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, CMU Computer Science

Evan is a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Computer Science Department Graphics Lab, advised by Kayvon Fatahalian. His research seeks to build new systems for providing artists and designers with tools for intuitively controlling lighting at scale. His lighting control framework, Lumiverse, has been presented at SXSW. His current project is all about providing better ways to do lighting design by using high-level descriptions to assist with exploring the design space. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (Lighting Design) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, after spending many late nights in the theater and coding graphics projects.

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Connor Sites-Bowen
BHA 2008 Creative Urbanism
Distribution Manager and Inventory Analyst, Global Links

Connor Sites-Bowen lives, loves and works in Pittsburgh, PA. This city electrifies him, keeps him turned on. He functions on pedestrian density. He thrives on serendipitous meetings. He's a coffee shop sketch artist, a people watcher, a logistician. He's a nights and weekends guy. He has big hopes and complicated thoughts.

He works at Global Links, where he manages their distribution programs and keeps their inventory flowing. Global Links redirects still-useful medical materials away from landfills and towards health initiatives, both locally and internationally, mostly in Latin America. 

From 2010 to 2015, he worked at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, where he coordinated their Produce to People program – large-scale produce distributions across the region.

He's moved millions of pounds of food and millions of dollars of medical supplies to people in need. This is his artistic practice.

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Mary Tremonte
BHA 2000 Creative Writing, Gender Studies and Art
OCAD University MFA 2014, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Artist in Residence, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Mary Tremonte is an artist, educator and DJ. After five years in Toronto to study for her MFA and work with community arts in Canada, Mary has returned to Pittsburgh. She works with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, through the Office of Public Art, as their first artist in residence, as part of an initiative to build connections between refugees and immigrants in Pittsburgh through creative collaborative projects.

A member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, Mary uses printmaking as a catalyst for social change, working in tandem with grassroots groups working for social and environmental justice and equity. As DJ Mary Mack, she strives to make safe(r) spaces on dance floors for embodying a body politic with pleasure. 

Mary has exhibited, taught workshops, lectured and performed throughout Pittsburgh and Toronto, as well as internationally. She has presented projects with Justseeds in venues such as the PNCA in Portland, OR, the 2011 Graphic Arts Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial at the Miller Gallery at CMU. Recent solo exhibitions include Manchester Craftsmans Guild (Pittsburgh, 2017) and Redd Flagg (Toronto, 2017). She loves working with teens and was an artist in residence with Power Youth at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Centre, and a visiting artist with the youth council at the Art Gallery of Ontario, both in Toronto. She worked in the education department at the Andy Warhol Museum for almost a decade as an artist educator and youth programs coordinator, and values art education as a vehicle for empowerment and amplifying underrepresented voices.