Profiles

Nicole Gravagna

Class of 1999
Major/Minor: Biology

Chapter Leader

Front Range, CO 

 

I think broadly. Dr. Gillin and English literature taught me that we are are driven by human nature. I learned to work with the human forces of myself and those around me. It’s a powerful thing.


How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your liberal arts education in your current career?


I think broadly. Dr. Gillin and English literature taught me that we are are driven by human nature. I learned to work with the human forces of myself and those around me. It’s a powerful thing. 

I studied science in a school that was founded to teach the classics. This gave me a unique perspective on the hard sciences as compared to people who were introduced to science in research universities. I learned that communication is more important than knowledge. The job isn’t done until everyone understands what happened.

Now, I start companies. I wasn’t directly trained to do this. My liberal arts education taught me to observe the world holistically. I took that perspective into my PhD and subsequent real-world experiences. I can zoom in and look at a tiny piece of a process, then zoom out and see how that little thing fits into the company, then zoom out more and see how the company fits into the world. Most people get stuck on one level and never understand the context of their own work.

Current companies:
  • The Quandary Group is a consulting firm that provides technical, business, manufacturing, finance, and strategy support to inventors and company founders. 
  • AQ Distribution is a medical device distribution company that sells spinal implants for neurosurgeons.
Who was your favorite faculty member?

Dr. Connaughton had us all in the grass on our hands and knees picking marshmallows up with chopsticks. We were “foraging.” Every minute or two he’d run by and yell, CAW! He was pretending to be a predator. I really didn’t mind writing up the lab report for that population dynamics lab. Hilarious!


What is your favorite Washington College memory?

My quiet, five-foot-nothing-roommate hot wired a campus security golf cart with her barrette. She went on a 10 minute joy ride. No one suspected her

Campus Involvement
  • Hands Out
  • BBB Biology Honor Society
  • Swim team
Graduate school
  • University of Maryland - MS. Biology
  • University of Colorado - PhD. Neuroscience

 

Books Published

MindSET Your Manners will be available on Amazon pre-order on Sept 25. E-book and print copies release October 18!