Alumni Services

June 2020

Graduates in India, Australia, the United States and Germany tell of their passion for forest conservation, sustainable winegrowing and technologies, public service and poetry.

Kodira Kushalapa

Kodira Kushalapa outside the Ashworth Laboratories in 2019

Dr Kodira Kushalapa arrived in Edinburgh in 1970 to research forest mapping technology. A return visit to King's Buildings in 2019 prompted him to reflect on his work in forest conservation over the past five decades.

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[I] am fortunate to have had many opportunities to serve the forests and environment of India to bring about many crucial developments in the areas of climate changes, forest protection and depleting natural resources.

Dr Kodira KushalapaFormer Regional Chief Conservator of Forests, Indian Forest Service (IFS)

Kendra White

Kendra White in her winery

Winemaker Kendra White on moving to Australia, contributing to sustainable viticulture and keeping an open mind to seemingly random life experiences.

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I found myself in Australia. Up until this point I had always considered my fine dining experience separate to my degree or career as a sustainability community engagement officer. Through working a grape harvest on an organic vineyard in McLaren Vale, I realised I could combine all those passions into one.

Kendra WhiteOwner, Camwell Wines

Timothy James (TJ) Hatter

TJ Hatter

International Relations graduate Timothy James (TJ) Hatter on his enthusiasm for serving the public and working with New York State's Attorney General.

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I get to protect vulnerable populations and help everyday people with issues.

Timothy James (TJ) HatterLong Island Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Elisabeth Feldstein

Elisabeth in the Meadows

Chemistry graduate Elisabeth Feldstein reflects on the opportunities she grasped as a student, from supporting women in STEM to co-founding a medical device start-up.

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Augment Bionics has become a huge part of my life and has allowed me to develop my abilities as I initially made the transition to follow a commercial-based role.

Elisabeth FeldsteinCo-founder, Augment Bionics

Eleonore Blaurock-Busch

Eleonore Blaurock-Busch

German medical researcher Dr Eleonore Blaurock-Busch shares why she started the MSc in Creative Writing at age 75.

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​​​​​​​...Research papers and poetry have something important in common: the writer must be precise and know how to get to the point - before the reader becomes bored.

Dr Eleonore Blaurock-BuschResearch Director

What's your story?

We're interested in the path you've taken since your studies at Edinburgh and want to learn about the challenges and highlights you've encountered along the way. Please send us your profile and your experiences could feature on our website and inspire today's students, as well as fellow alumni.