Alumni

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NASA Researcher and Intelligent Systems Program Alumnus Puts Safety First

At his work and in his latest book, Steve Casner (A&S ’90G) explores how people put themselves in harm’s way by underestimating risks and overestimating their own abilities.

International Development Alumna, Survivor of Acid Attack Advances Human Rights

Hanifa Nakiryowa (GSPIA ’17) is empowering other survivors of gender-related violence through her nonprofit, the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence.
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Bachelor of Science Degree Earned in 1930s Awarded Posthumously to Civic Leader

Joshua Rose attended the University of Pittsburgh and went on to lead a storied civic life that included breaking ground with the YMCA organization and serving as the first Black city council member in Oakland, California. Eighty years later, his daughter accepted his Pitt degree on his behalf.
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Alumna Merges Passions for Art and Science

When it came time to choose, Pearl Galido didn't want to abandon her study of art. So she combined studio arts and chemistry majors and found they fit together better than she'd imagined.
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Information Science, Law School Alumna Marks Supreme Achievement in New York State

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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Studying Migration, Refugee Issues at Oxford University, Alumna Draws on Personal History

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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Alumna, Paralympic Hopeful Courts Victory

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.

Change Agents: How Pitt Alumni Are Transforming Modern South Korea

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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Alumna Delivers Donated Books to Children

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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Alumnus Helps World One Bar of Soap at a Time

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.