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Employment Resources

The following videos were recorded during the April 2021 Employment Month program offered by the ISS office. The theme of employment and job preparation was suggested by both the ISS Global Student Ambassadors and many of our students. Thank you for your recommendations.

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Recorded Videos

Alumni Highlights


Malithi Wickramathilaka - Sri Lanka

Hello Cowboys and Cowgirls! My name is Malithi Wickramathilaka and I am a Research and Product Development Engineer at Porex Filtration Group. I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at University of Wyoming in 2011, a Master of Science in Bioengineering at University of Missouri, and a PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University.

I design polymeric products for diagnostic devices and manage them throughout their lifecycles. I have been in this role for nearly 3 years, and I thoroughly enjoy solving problems in a variety of diagnostic fields such as infectious diseases, drugs of abuse, and hormones. Outside of work, I spend my time traveling, hiking, biking, reading, spending time with family & friends, Latin dancing, and playing badminton, basketball, and volleyball.

I was a very active member of the UW community, where I indulged in activities associated with the International Students Organization, Undergraduate Admissions Office, Multicultural Affairs, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The secret to my professional success was forged through constant mentorship throughout my academic life, networking at career fairs and professional social media, participating in professional development activities, completing several internships, and engaging in extra-curricular activities where I had multiple opportunities to learn invaluable soft skills.

There are a lot of great resources available at the University of Wyoming. Make the best of your time in school and the connections you make along the way. Go pokes!


Bradley McCaskil - Canada

Hello my fellow Pokes! My name is Bradley McCaskill, and I am a research scientist for the Center of Innovation for Flow through Porous media. I currently live in Fort Collins Colorado, and work at a satellite office for the COIFPM. After moving to Laramie from Canada in 2007 I received my Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2012, and my PhD in Mathematics in 2018.

I work within the digital rock technology group at the COIFPM on the development of an efficient and robust pore network extraction platform that faithfully converts micro-CT images of the pore space into an equivalent network representation. These networks are then used within pore network models to simulate various flow processes within the medium and predict fluid production, fluid saturation, and phase-distribution data. The aim of this research is to provide guidance for oil recovery processes in petroleum engineering, as well as aid other science and engineering research areas such as contaminant transport in groundwater.

Initially I chose to attend college in Wyoming because I was recruited to join the UW’s rodeo team. UW offered a unique experience since it gave me the opportunity to both pursue the degree I wanted and compete in the events of Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding at the collegiate level. Although I turned out to be mediocre rodeo athlete, I fell in love with the surprisingly diverse and friendly community I found at UW. As I neared the end of my undergraduate studies the decision to stay in Laramie to pursue a graduate degree was an easy choice to make. I found my time working as a graduate assistant at UW to be extremely rewarding. Serving as a teaching assistant and instructor for introductory math courses gave me an opportunity to repay the UW community for the kindness it had shown me as an undergrad. My professional success is mostly a result of the mentorship I received, and sense of community that I found while at UW.

While you are in Laramie, I encourage you to engage with the community at UW. Meet and learn about the amazing people around you. They will make your time in Laramie more interesting than you might expect.


Shambhavi Tannir - India

Hello UWYO community! My name is Shambhavi Tannir and I came to Laramie in 2013, from India, and received my PhD in Chemistry in 2019. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate here and am moving to Boston University (summer 2021) to continue as a researcher. I am a materials chemist and my research has focussed on chiral quantum dots, DNA based biomaterials and is currently on organic materials. These materials have applications in display technologies, sensing and solar energy devices.

Having lived in Laramie for almost 8 years, it has become a second home! UW has been a very supportive community and being a teaching assistant with the department gave me the opportunity to interact with students and. colleagues from various diverse backgrounds. Apart from research, I love hiking, camping and being in nature which Laramie completely fulfilled. I also love concerts, restaurants and museums and a short drive to Denver made it easy for me to soak in the city life too.

UW has several resources that students and young professionals alike can take advantage of such as the International Student & Scholars, conferences, seminars and various scholarship programs. Joining groups/clubs on campus helped will expand your network and make new friends. My advice to everyone coming to Laramie is to get as involved with the community on campus, and in the city as you can, to thoroughly enjoy yourself. And make the most of these beautiful outdoors!

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