Alumni

Ryan Rydzewski in a purple shirt with Pittsburgh in the background
A new book co-authored by Ryan Rydzewski (A&S ’09) captures the lingering lessons from Pittsburgh’s favorite teacher and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
A compilation of the headshots of Diego Chaves-Gnecco, Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Vyasa Sai from left to right
Diego Chaves-Gnecco, Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Vyasa Sai (ENGR ’13G) are working toward equality in health care and STEM fields.
Vjosa Osmani speaking at a podium in a dark top
Vjosa Osmani (LAW ’05, ’15), a respected voice in Kosovo’s political circles and around the globe, is the new president of her native land. She’s the second woman to hold the position.
Paria Hassouri in a white top leaning on her elbows on a table with stacks of books
Book excerpt: Pitt alumna Paria Hassouri’s (A&S ’94, MED ’99) memoir, “Found in Transition: A Mother’s Evolution During Her Child’s Gender Change,” weaves her story of growing up as an immigrant and outsider into her daughter’s story of gender transition.
two women smiling
As the first Black woman on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Doris Smith-Ribner (CGS ’70, LAW ’72) ordered a series of reforms that created a roadmap for equity in K-12 education. Another Pitt alumna paved the way.
Margaret and Stella Stein in black and white photographs
Sisters Margaret and Stella Stein were the first women to attend the University of Pittsburgh, then known as Western University of Pennsylvania. They blazed a trail for all future Pitt women to follow.
Maathai in a blue headscarf and shirt
Activist Wangari Muta Maathai (A&S ’65G) was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Emily Klonicki in a black jacket and white top against a brown background
In 2018, Pitt student Emily Klonicki was an intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory trying to make sure “freeloader” bacteria didn’t make it to Mars. Today, she’s a full-time NASA planetary protection engineer pushing the boundaries of science and tech.
Kim Haas, in a yellow dress, stands next to a person in an orange and white outfit and a white hat
Travel show producer and host Kim Haas (A&S ’90) brings the profound influence Africa has on Latin America to light in a new television series. Join a virtual discussion with her on Feb. 22.
George Barbour in a black and white photograph next to a blackboard
Pitt alumnus George Barbour had the harrowing experience of being one of only two Black reporters covering the historic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. His career is the subject of a new documentary premiering on Thursday, Feb. 11.