Following in Formidable Footsteps
The Dietrich School has more than 98,000 alumni living, working, and making a difference across the country and around the world. They have careers in business, health care, the arts, education, politics, law, and every other field and discipline you can imagine. Some are well established and world famous, while others are just starting on paths that they’re still designing. But they all started their journeys here—excited, inspired, and maybe even a little anxious. And they all worked hard to build an educational foundation that would help them get where they wanted to go. Just like every Dietrich School freshman always has and always will.
Not to Be a Name Dropper, but...
Many of our graduates have brought honor and recognition to the Dietrich School and to the University of Pittsburgh with their outstanding accomplishments. Perhaps you even recognize a few of them.
Eva Tansky Blum, elected first female chair of Pitt’s Board of Trustees in 2015
Herbert W. Boyer, recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the National Medal of Science for his pioneering work in genetic engineering
Michael Chabon, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Terrance Hayes, recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” award and currently a professor in our Department of English
Gene Kelly, Hollywood song and dance man and star of the beloved film Singin’ in the Rain
Paul C. Lauterbur, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Wangari Muta Maathai, recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize
From Generation to Generation
Pitt alumni in general—and Dietrich School alums in particular—are highly invested in the ongoing success of their alma mater. Not just the institution, but the individuals. Simply put, our alumni care about our students and they’re always looking for ways to support and celebrate the dreams and achievements of the next generation. That’s why thousands of our grads are part of the Pitt Career Network. Through this group, current students can reach out to graduates for information, advice, and even job leads.