Alumni

Samir Lakhani standing in front of a colorful neon wall display
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.
Maïdou in a black and white shirt wearing bright red lipstick
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.
Frank Ning
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.
Pitt alumni Erikah Abdu and Richard Dodge
Erikah Abdu (BUS ’10) and Richard Dodge (A&S ’95), social director and president of the Houston Pitt Club, found ways to personally lend their support to friends, neighbors and strangers affected by the massive storm.
Adam Haritan
Adam Haritan, a wild-food enthusiast and researcher, leads educational walks, offers presentations on topics such as Mushrooms of the Fall and sells his own handcrafted wild plant- and mushroom-based supplements.
D'Cruz in a maroon tie, white shirt and black suit
As a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, alumnus Brian D'Cruz has treated trauma patients in Chad, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. In 2013, he headed to Syria.
woman smiling
Inspirational stories of pioneering lives highlighted Pitt's African American Alumni Council ceremony in June, during which five alumni were honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Doctor-turned-state-senator and School of Medicine alumnus Richard Pan discusses the importance of "herd immunity" amidst public concerns and misconceptions about vaccines.