Master's and Ph.D. Career Symposium

3.2 Exploring Interdisciplinary Careers

Organized by the Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory

Time: 1:00-2:10pm

Room: 126 Wellman

This panel discussion covers the multitude of careers that can be pursued by scientists, social scientists, or humanities scholars. Panelists will share their views on what it takes to find, create and thrive in careers that cross traditional discipline boundaries.


Raymond Costantino is an associate planner with the City of Sacramento’s Community Development Department. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the urban planning and community development field, including land use planning, design review and environmental planning. An avid observer of how cities function, he is especially interested in the importance of Urban Design in the redevelopment of urban cores and its importance in making cities more sustainable, livable and enjoyable. Raymond holds a dual Master’s degree in City Planning and International Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus in environmental planning and policy. He is also a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Chris Jackson oversees the operation of the first company he founded (Rowy Networks) in a strategic role, and actively leads a second start-up company (Ceres Agronomica) that spun off from the first to capitalize on intellectual property created for the agricultural technology market as its CEO. The Rowy Company was founded to capitalize on the industry technology trajectories for the corporate enterprise, virtualization, security, and remote management. Prior to founding Rowy Networks in 2007, Chris worked for the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturing company, Intel Corporation, for over 10 years. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California State University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis.

Shawn Lani is a senior artist and curator of the Exploratorium’s Outdoor Gallery and other outdoor works. His Outdoor team is creating more than twenty-five site-specific installations and commissioning a wide range of artists to help enrich and enliven the museum’s new home at Pier 15. As principal investigator for the NSF-funded project Ciencia Publica, Shawn is leading the development of portable and public interactions in predominantly Latino neighborhoods, working in partnership with San Francisco city planners and advocates for urban improvements. An active public artist, Shawn has participated in a number of national and international artist-in-residencies. Shawn has a BA in English/Creative Writing & Art History from the University of California at Davis, and an MA in Museum Studies (Design and Education) from John F. Kennedy University.