Alumni

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After attending Pitt, Shawndya Simpson (SCI ’87, LAW ’90) made her way from assistant New York attorney general to bureau chief to civil court judge — then all the way to the Supreme Court of New York State.
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Bhavini Patel (A&S ’16) is combining her deep personal knowledge of immigrant communities with her research at the University of Oxford on extended refugee displacement.
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Lisa Maddox (MED ’95) has won 17 titles and finished 2017 as No. 1 in the United States Tennis Association’s Wheelchair Tennis Women’s A division. Next up: aiming for the 2020 Paralympics.
When Byong Hyon Kwon left South Korea to attend Pitt, he found a wealth of knowledge and new ideas. What he brought home helped to transform his country. Pitt Magazine profiles Kwon and nine other alumni making an impact in South Korea.
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Anne Keenan's (A&S ’81) nonprofit, Reading Recycled, has delivered more than 18,000 books to young readers in Philadelphia-area schools, homeless shelters and other community spots.
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Samir Lakhani (A&S '15) is one of 10 CNN Hero of the Year finalists vying for a $100,000 grant to advance their work. His project has brought sanitized and recycled soap to rural areas in Cambodia, Laos, Tanzania, Rwanda and Nepal.
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As chief operating officer for Allianz Africa, Delphine Maïdou (BUS ’96) has been credited with turning around the company’s reputation in South Africa. For her significant impact on the continent's economy, Africa Economy Builders named her CEO of the Year.
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Increasingly, universities are looking to their alumni in China for help creating important international links, and for the University of Pittsburgh, that effort is being bolstered by one key graduate.
Jess Edelstein
Sick of stains, Jess Edelstein (A&S ’11) invented a new activated-charcoal deodorant product — and made a successful pitch on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to expand its distribution.
"Woman on Fire," a film by alumna Julie Sokolow, paints a portrait of change in the American family and workplace with the story of Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender woman in the New York City Fire Department.