DMS Spotlights

The goal of this initiative is to highlight the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in the Undergraduate Program in Digital Media Studies and help our community develop stronger connections and synergies. You can think of these spotlights as the beginning of a conversation that we very much hope you will continue in real life.


Headshot of Mara Heppard.Mara Heppard


What are your plans after you graduate?
As I work towards graduation, I am eager to start a career in brand marketing or marketing consulting.

Headshot of Ellen Li.Ellen Li


Why did you choose digital media studies as your major?
I've always been fascinated by the intersection of art and technology...

Headshot of Naylea Santos.Naylea Santos


Where has your degree in DMS taken you?
I am currently working in Marketing and Engagement at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.


Headshot of Tash Brown.Tash Brown


What are your plans after graduation?
I’m currently in the process of trying to get a full-time offer to be a UX/UI Designer, preferably in the entertainment industry.

Skye Dole with a city scape in the background.Skye Dole

Human Resources Business Partner

What has your career path been like?
If you told me I’d be working in HR back at UR I wouldn’t have believed you. I originally moved to China to teach English and travel, but I ended up falling in love with the country and started working in recruitment with my first company.

Headshot of Patrick DoylePatrick Doyle

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

What is your favorite part of working at UR?
I really enjoy hearing about students’ ideas, problems, successes, and failures. My undergraduate experience was overwhelmingly positive. I want to pay it forward.

A headshot of Robert.Robert Petrosyan


Why did you choose DMS?
Here I can collaborate, learn from, and co-design prototypes that allow me to explore my full potential and step out of my comfort zone.

Headshot of Angie Pham.Quynh-Anh (Angie) Pham


Fun fact or quote:
“Wildly succeed or gloriously fail – have fun while you do it and keep learning!”, from a mentor.

Headshot of Arjay RomanowskiArjay Romanowski

Liaison Librarian

What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Getting hired by UR, hands-down. The River Campus Library staff is full of incredibly talented people, and I’m honored to be one of them.

Headshot of Mojin Yu.Mojin Yu

UX Designer

What is your degree?
I have a double major in digital media studies and psychology from the University of Rochester and an MS in human centered design and engineering from the University of Washington.