Career Chats is a virtual panel series featuring alumni of Auburn University graduate programs working in both industry and academia. We have invited alumni from each of the 12 colleges and schools on campus to share their insights and answer questions in 50-minute panels via Zoom.
All Auburn University graduate and undergraduate students are invited to register. Take a moment to browse through the panelists below and register for any and all panels you are interested in.
All panels will be held via Zoom. Links will be sent directly to registrants.
Hosted by the University Career Center and the Graduate Student Council.
Schedule (all times CST)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
9:00am-9:50am: College of Agriculture
10:00am-10:50am: Harrison School of Pharmacy
11:00am-11:50am: College of Human Sciences
12:00pm-12:50pm: College of Veterinary Medicine
1:00pm-1:50pm: College of Architecture, Design, and Construction
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19th
8:00am-8:50am: Harbert College of Business
9:00am-9:50am: School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
10:00am-10:50am: Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
11:00am-11:50am: College of Sciences and Mathematics
1:00pm-1:50pm: College of Education
2:00pm-2:50pm: College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Camp Hand | Assistant Professor and Extension Cotton Agronomist, University of Georgia
Mr. Will Howard Wendland | Soil Fertility Specialist, GreenPoint Ag
Mr. Heath Barton | Project Engineer, JE Dunn Construction
Master of Building Construction | Auburn University
Bachelor in Business, focus in Risk Management and Insurance | Troy University
Mrs. Katie Kirkwood | Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction
Mr. Mark Froehlich | VDC Manager, The Beck Group
Master of Building Construction, Master of Integrated Design and Construction | Auburn University
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture | University of Kentucky
"Over the years I have accumulated extensive knowledge of BIM, 3-D modeling, and design software. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky (2010). Since receiving my undergraduate degree, I have worked in the construction industry gaining a great deal of experience. Furthering my education in the Construction Industry I attended Auburn University and obtained two Master Degrees, Master of Integrated Design and Construction (2015), and Master of Building Construction (2016). Today I have pursued my dream of working for an integrated firm (Design and Construction) as a Virtual Design and Construction Manager."
Mr. Carl Lyness | VDC (Virtual Design in Construction) Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
"Graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Building Science and then again in 2016 with a Masters in Building Construction. Joined Whiting-Turner after graduation and worked in Orlando, FL for 2.5 years on various jobs ranging from Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, to the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Phase II, and the United Technology's High Performance building in Jupiter, FL. After that I moved to Charleston, SC while staying with Whiting-Turner during that time. Since then I have just recently completed Harrah's Cherokee Renovation and Expansion to their existing Hotel and Casino. My wife is also an Auburn graduate with a degree in Architecture, we have a daughter that was born this past August."
Ms. Sabrina Bernstein | Project Manager, Turner Construction
Mrs. Macy White | Strategic Financial Consultant, Fiserv
Ms. Darnesha Green | Corporate Accountant, Warren Averett
Dr. Brad Prince | Associate Dean, University of West Georgia, Richards College of Business
Mrs. Darcie Fleming Wilmann | Operations Area Manager, Amazon
MBA | Auburn University
Mr. Glenn Scott | USC Supply Chain
Bio coming soon!
Mrs. Michele Stephens | Director of Human Resources, Rockdale County Public Schools
Dr. Khalil Lee | R&D Senior Scientist, Gatorade Sports Science Institute
Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) | Auburn University
Dr. Chantel Tremitiere | Nike
Bio coming soon!
Dr. Martha "Meg" Barnes | Director of Career Prep; Management Instructor University of Mississippi
Mrs. Breanna Yarbrough | Director, Center for Assessment, Research, Effectiveness, and Enhancement; Faulkner University
Mr. Akilesh Yamsani | Sr. Process Engineer, Tesla, Inc.
Mr. Alexander Pfeiffenberger | System Engineer, Apple Inc.
M.S. Electrical Engineering | Auburn University
Dr. Naveenan Thiagarajan | Lead Research Engineer, GE Research
Dr. Cesar Mayorga | Quality Control Manager, North Perimeter Contractors
Dr. Richard Holl | Sr. Director, Development Operations, Lupin Research, Inc
Mr. Ryan Hill | Research Engineer and Site Lead, Integrated Solutions for Systems, Inc. (IS4S)
Mr. Brandon Craft | Technical Services Forester, Forest Resource Consultants
Mrs. Dana Stone | Management Division Director, Alabama Forestry Commission
Dr. Dana Varner | Science Coordinator, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture
PhD | Auburn University
MS in Zoology | Southern Illinois University
Mr. Chris Erwin | Director, Biodiversity and Southern Conservation, American Forest Foundation
Dr. Bill Retzlaff | Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
PhD Forestry | Clemson University
MS Forestry | Auburn University
BS Forest Management | Auburn University
Mr. Drew Kostic | Head Brewer, Archetype Brewing Co.
Dr. Erol Sozen | Assistant Professor, Illinois State University
Ph.D. in Hospitality Management | Auburn University
"Dr. Erol Sozen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University. Dr. Sozen teaches a range of food-related classes, including Principles of Food Preparation, Food Planning, Marketing, And Cost Controls, and Food Service Management. He is also a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE). He has his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition with specialization in Hospitality Management from Auburn University. Dr. Sozen conducts research in the area of food allergies in both commercial and non-commercial foodservice settings. He explores how food allergies affect the commercial restaurants, in term of menu planning, customer satisfaction, and marketing strategies. Dr. Sozen also focuses his research in the area of food safety. He investigates food handling behaviors and attitudes of individuals towards food safety, evaluate their food safety knowledge, and identify the food safety training needs. Another research area of him has been food and beverage management and owner and consumer behavior with an emphasis on environmental management. His recent research sought to understand environmental best practices across U.S. Craft Breweries, along with the owners’ motivations to practice these eco-friendly activities. He also seeks to analyze the values and attitudes that influence craft beer consumers’ green product purchase intention, willingness to pay a premium, and willingness to sacrifice for environmentally friendly products. To date, Dr. Sozen has published seven research papers in peer-review journals and presented his research in more than 20 conferences at the national and international levels. He also serves as reviewers for several top ranked journals in foodservice and hospitality management area. He is a member of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), Foodservice Systems Management and Education Council (FSMEC), and International Association of Food Protection (IAFP)."
Dr. Khalid Eyoun | Assistant Professor, The Hashemite University
Mrs. Mariah Gullatte | Assistant Events Coordinator / Owner & Creative Director | Auburn University Office of the Provost / Princess Closet Designs (Self-Employed)
Master of Science in Hospitality Management | Auburn University
Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Production Management; Minor in International Studies in Human Sciences | Auburn University
Ms. Wallis Stanfield | Senior Program Associate, International Republican Institute
Master of Public Administration | Auburn University
Mrs. Genesis Bateman | Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistant, Northeastern University
Mr. Dana Chandler | University Archivist/Associate Professor, Tuskegee University
MA | Auburn University
Mrs. Meghan Amerson | Outpatient Speech Langauge Pathology Supervisor, Children's of Alabama
Dr. Alice Shillingsburg | Sr. Vice President of Children's Services and Training, May Institute
M.S. and PhD in Clinical Psychology | Auburn University
Bachelor's in Psychology | Mississippi State University
Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing panel. Unfortunately, this semester we were not able to locate Nursing alumni with availability to participate in Career Chats. However, there may be panelists from other colleges you could benefit from conversing with. Please review other panelist bios to see which panels you’d like to attend.
Dr. Phillip Rigsby | Pharmacist - Independent Pharmacy Owner, Huntsville Compounding Pharmacy & The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
Dr. Chris Eickholt | Senior District Manager, Atlanta Diabetes Specialty, Eli Lilly
Pharm.D. | Auburn University
"2001 Graduate of Harrison School of Pharmacy. Lives in Vestavia Hills, AL with Catherine (2002 HSOP Graduate) and 3 daughters. Have worked in the industry since 2002, all with Eli Lilly and Company. Leads a team of 12 Diabetes Specialty sales professionals in Southeast. Will provide perspective towards a industry career path."
Dr. Laura Matthews | Director of Pharmacy, East Alabama Health
Ms. Audrey Cormier | Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Chevron Corporation (retired) ; CEO of Tapis LLC (current)
MBA - Supply Chain Management | Arizona State University
Dr. Tim Demko | Geologist, State of Arizona
Mr. Josh Poole
Master's in Geology | Auburn University
Dr. Desiree Wanders | Associate Professor, Georgia State University
Dr. Terrence Clark | President, Nexcyon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
PhD, Biomedical Science | Auburn University
DVM | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Pete Velotas | Associate Veterinarian, Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic
Last modified: November 12, 2021