Alumni Stories: Alik Widge '99

"I am a physician-engineer developing new treatments for mental illness. My Cognitive Science major focused on the interactions and similarities between the brain and digital computers. I went on to graduate study at Carnegie Mellon and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. There, I developed new brain recording technologies and learned about the incredible economic burden caused by diseases like depression, anxiety, and addiction. Now I practice clinical psychiatry, using electrical and magnetic stimulation to change the same circuits that I studied in college. I run an engineering lab where we create new medical devices to better modulate those circuits. My undergraduate major led me into a career where I'm changing people's brains every day."