Alumni Success Stories

Dr. Pamela Spencer, 1996 CMU Graduate with her MS in Biology, has been named TERC Science Director at the Dow Chemical Company.  In her role as TERC Science Director she is responsible for the development and implementation of science strategy for the global organization, including management of the strategic research program.  This includes shaping TERC to lead in the advancement, acceptance and use of predictive product safety assessment capabilities.  In addition, she will lead the TERC Science Team, whose primary responsibilities include the evaluation and improvement of TERC science programs, enhancing scientific career development, and partnering with Dow R&D on topics of strategic interest.

Dr. Spencer began her career at Dow over 28 years ago and has served in various technical leadership roles within the TERC organization.  Her research focus has included many aspects of genetic toxicology testing, rapid screening models for carcinogenicity and most recently, toxicology's role in sustainable product development and selection.  She is co-chair of the HESI Sustainable Chemical Alternatives Technical Committee, a member of John Hopkins Center for Animal Alternatives Testing (CAAT) Green Toxicology Committee and chair of Central Michigan University's College of Science and Technology Executive Advancement Board of Alumni. 

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Casey Droscha, '09
Graduate Student/Cancer Researcher

Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Casey Droscha

Jason Link, '90
Senior Scientist, Ecosystem Management

National Fisheries Service within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Jason Link

Dr. John Bartholomew, '70
Head of Vascular Medicine and Professor of Medicine

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. John Bartholomew

Ahmad Bajjey, '14
Weekend Meteorologist and Weekday Reporter

NBC25, Flint, Michigan

Ahmad Bajjey

Catherine Bodak, '10
Morning and Noon Meteorologist

WNEM TV 5, Saginaw, Michigan
Catherine Bodak

Matt Kirkwood, '96
Broadcast Meteorologist

WOOD TV8
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Matt Kirkwood

Derek Van Dam, '05
Chief Meteorologist and Head of Weather

eNCA, eTV and eNews Channel Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Derek Van Dam

Laura Velasquez, '08
Broadcast Meteorologist

WOOD TV8
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Laura Velasquez



Michael Grudner, '14​
Powertrain Manufacturing Process Engineer

Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, Michigan
​​Jon Cusack, '00​
Chief Technology Officer/Owner

Westshore Design
Holland, Michigan
Jon Cusack



Eric Fisher
Mechanical Engineering Technology Major
Offensive Tackle, CMU Chippewas
No. 1 Pick, 2013 NFL Draft

Offensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City, Kansas



Eric Fisher

Monica Ghita, '04
Medical Physicist

Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, Connecticut
Monica Ghita