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Alumni Career Highlights

  • Richard Flinn (PhD '54, Advisor: Wallace); Career Highlights: Has 27 patents and 30 publications, also went on to receive his MBA from Lehigh University.
  • Michael Altman (BS '60); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. 
  • Dennis McKeever (BS '62); Career Highlights: Established the L. Dennis McKeever Undergraduate Research Fund in Chemistry and has held  executive positions at Dow Chemical North America and Worldwide Plastics, SYM Financial Corporation and Semafore Pharmaceuticals.
  • Ivan Sanford Smith (BS '64); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD, was originally in private practice before being recruited ot the pharmaceutical industry working in pharmacoepidemiology.
  • Nicholas Cerimele (BS '65); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1970.
  • Carol Knepshield Kunselman (BS '65); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from The Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, was in private practice as an OB/GYN for 25 and is currently a faculty member at Texas Tech University Medical School.
  • Edward Zelnick (BS '66); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from New York Medical College, served as CEO of Horizon Institute of Clinical Research and was appointed to the Board of Director of Milestone Scientific Inc. in 2015.
  • Eric Garver (BS '67); Career Highlights:Went on to receive MD from Georgetwon Medical School, during his career he made great contributions in ortho, and is currently retired.
  • John Kokales (BS '69), MD; Career Highlights:Went on to receive MD from the University of Pittsburgh, practiced internal medicine with UPMC for 38 years, served as faculty at Pitt School of Medicine and Senior Medical Director of UPMC Health Plan.
  • Joseph Pepe (BS '69); Career Highlights:Went on to receive PhD in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and had a long and highly decorated career as a research scientist with Eastman Kodak Company contributing greatly to enhanced picture quality of motion pictures, and is currently retired.
  • Larry Zyontz (BS '72); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MS in Psychical Chemistry from Rutgers University, worked in X-ray Crystallography at Bell Laboratories and Analytical Chemistry, Standards and IT at Colgate-Palmolive.
  • Thomas Debies (PhD '75, Advisor: Rabalais); Career Highlights: Held various engineering, research and leadership roles at Westinghouse, Gulf Oil Research, Motorola and Xerox, is also a co-inventor on 7 US patents and a co author of over 40 publications.
  • Jack Mayausky (BS '77); Career Highlights: Went on to receive PhD in analytical chemistry form Ohio State University, served as Plant Manager for Monsanto and Hercules Inc., and is currently the Director of Operations Excellence for Ascend Performance Materials.
  • Joseph Biber (PhD '79, Advisor: Safford); Career Highlights: Served as an R&D Research Fellow for Sherwin-Williams for 34 year with a focus on coatings, also working in business development, marketing and business operations, and SPC quality program creation.
  • William Dimitrakis (BS '79); Career Highlights: Has worked in the downstream oil & petro-chemical industries, specifically in lubricant and lubricant additives since March 1980 and has worked with The Lubrizol Corporation since 1986.
  • Bill Floyd ('79) MS Chemistry; Career Highlights: After 21 years in industrial R&D at Sun Chemical (later Sequa Chemicals), formed AQUES Chemical Consulting Group, LLC where they have help develop a light activated anti-microbial agent that can kill MRSA and TB in vitro.
  • Robert Karlicek Jr. (PhD '79, Advisor: Wallace); Career Highlights: Currently a Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering and the Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he also conducts LED systems research.
  • Jeffrey Zubkowski (BS '79); Career Highlights: Went on to serve as a Chemistry faculty member and the Associate Graduate Dean at Jackson State University and is currently retired.
  • Thomas Lomis (BS '83), MS Medicinal Chemistry, MD; Career Highlights: Went on to obtain his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and is currently working as a Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of Valley Breast Care and Women's Health Center.
  • Christine Berliner (BS '85); Career Highlights: After 10 years of working in biological research, she has served as an academic advisor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Biological Sciences department for the last 22 years.
  • Bob Fidler (BS '85); Career Highlights: Currently serving as Executive Vice President of DataPhysics Instruments USA Corp. where h oversees the company's new US operation for sales, service, and support of instruments for surface and interfacial science.
  • Kurt Kolasinski (BS '85); Career Highlights: Went on to received PhD at Standford University, has received a Philadelphia Section Award from the American Chemical Society and is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and two textbooks.
  • Alvin Mjurn (BS '85), MD; Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from the University of Pittsburgh, served in the Air Force and was a Fellow at the American College of Emergency Medicine.
  • Lily NG (PhD '85, Advisor: Jordan); Career Highlights: Is the recipient of several distinguished service awards and is currently a Professor Emeritus and Chair Emeritus at Cleveland State University.
  • Ben Askew (PhD '88, Advisor: Rebek); Career Highlights: Recipient of Serono President's Award and University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumni Award. Inventor on over 60 US patents and contributed to the discovery of 3 marketed drugs.
  • Dr. Ann Hebda (BS '88); Career Highlights: Went on to receive DDS from Ohio State University and currently owns a private dental practice in Ashburn, Virginia.
  • Dennis McCullough (PhD '88, Advisor: Cohen); Career Highlights: Has over 25 years of experience directing large chemical and polymers businesses and is currently the Managing Director of International Business at CAS.
  • Paul Chappano (BS '89), MD; Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a General Surgeon at St. Vincent's Medical Center, President of North Florida Surgeons and Chairman of the Board of Directors at St. Vincent's Health System.
  • Lori Henninger (BS '89); Career Highlights: Worked for DHC USA INC, a local makeup and skincare company, American Mint with coins and collectables, and spent 14 years in a computer company and was considered for CEO position.
  • Kent Baldauf (BS '90), JD; Career Highlights: Went on to receive his JD from the University of Pittsburgh and is a practicing patent lawyer and partner at the Webb Law Firm.
  • Benjamin Shtrahman (BS '90), MD; Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from the University of Pittsburgh and has been practice Neurology at Passavant Hospital since 1996.
  • Erik Verner (PhD '91, Advisor: Cohen); Career Highlights: Worked on the discovery and development of Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) which has been approved by the FDA to treat B cells cancers like chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mantle cell lymphoma, and Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia.
  • Duane Wong (BS '92); Career Highlights: Has worked in sales and currently works as a dishwasher at Ruby Tuesday.
  • Gary Cseko (BS '93); Career Highlights: Went on to receive a MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of New Mexico and currently works at the Mayo Clinic as the Division Chari of Research and Education Shared Services.
  • Camille Diges (BS '93); Career Highlights: Went on to receive PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado and is currently the Global Director of Life Sciences eat Unisys Corporation.
  • David Gallaher (BS '93); Career Highlights: Went on to receive PhD in Bioanalytical Chemistry from Duquense University and is currently a member of the Chemistry Faculty at Carlow University and is currently service his second term as Department Chairperson.
  • Andrew Held (PhD '93, Advisor: Pratt); Career Highlights: Has 25 years experience in Business Management, Research, Sales and Marketing of lasers into a broad range of markets and applications and is currently Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Fiber Components and Low Power Fiber and CO2 Laser Businesses.
  • Jeffrey Albert (PhD '94, Advisor: Hamilton); Career Highlights: After spending over 15 years working for AstraZenec working in Neuroscience Chemistry, he founded "IntelliSyn" in 2012 and "Avisyn" in 2016, both groups focus on R&D in neuroscience, oncology, and metabolic disorders.
  • Jane Valenta ('87 MS, PhD '94, Advisor: Weber); Career Highlights: Served as Vice President of EHS & Sustainability for 3 years before becoming the Vice President of Technical, Global Architectural Coatings for PPG Industries.
  • Paul Pirozzola (BS '95); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MBA from Indiana University and is currently the Vice President of Marketing for Bettcher Industries.
  • Timothy Pollagi (PhD '95, Advisor: Hopkins); Career Highlights: Previously held positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Exciton Chemical Corp. and is currentl a Senior Chemistry Manager at Luxottica Rx Operations / Oakley Inc.
  • Elizabeth Wise (PhD '95, Advisor: Weber); Career Highlights: Former Associate Professor of Chemistry at Brookdale Community College and is currently service as Professor of Chemistry at Lourdes University. 
  • Walter Klein (BS '96); Career Highlights: Went on to receive his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently  a Pathologist at Bryn Mawr Hospitcal and was installed as the 168th president of the Montgomery County Medical Society in June 2018 and will serve a 2 year term.
  • Mark Bacco (BS '99); Career Highlights: Currently working as Chemistry and General Science teacher at McKeesport Area High School and is also the Head Coach of the Cross Country, Track & Field and Bowling teams.
  • Vasil Pajcini (PhD '99, Advisor: Asher); Career Highlights: Currently a Senior Scientist at Evans Analytical Group.
  • John Tamine (BS '02); Career Highlights: Is currently retired, but has most recently served as a visiting Professor at Davis & Elkins College and a sponsored affiliate research at the University of Pittsburgh and he continues to collaborate and publish in retirement.
  • Geoffrey White (BS '02); Career Highlights: Went on to receive JD from Widener University and LLM from George Washington University and currently serves as the General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for SilcoTek Corporation.
  • Kessler McCoy-Simandle (BS '04); Career Highlights: Went on to receive PhD From Northwestern University in Microbiology and Immunology and is currently an Academic Specialist in Chemistry and Biology at Union County College.
  • Angela Slampak-Cindric (BS '04) MD; Career Highlights:Went on to receive PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center where she also serves as Director of the PGY1 Pharacy Residency Program.
  • James Becker (BS '05); Career Highlights: Currently a Senior Development Engineer at First Solar
  • Adam Martin (BS '05); Career Highlights: Currently working for Mars Wrigley Confectionery as a Cocao Scientist where he works to ensure both that both quality and supply objectives are met.
  • Michael Majewski (BS '06); Career Highlights: Went on to receive MD from Rush Medical College and is currently practicing Anesthesiology at Loyola University Chicago where he is also an Assistant Professor.
  • Neil Robertson (BS '07)  DMD; Career Highlights: Went on to receive DMD from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently an Associate at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery.
  • Kevin Davies (PhD '08, Advisor: Grabowski); Career Highlights: Previously studied landmine degradation in Cambodia and is currently serving as a faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Bryan Wakefield (PhD '08, Advisor: Wipf)
  • Lindsey (Sorber) McGeehan (BS '09); Career Highlights: Currently practicing as a Physician Assistant in the greater Philadelphia region.
  • Sarah Gdaniec (BS '09); Career Highlights: Currently teaching high school Chemistry at Mercyhurst Preparatory School.
  • Allen Pistner (BS '09); Career Highlights: Went on to receive PhD in Chemistry from University of Delaware and is currently an Assistant Professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Eleanor Gillette (BS '10); Career Highlights: Currently finishing first year as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego.
  • Angelica Andreoli (BS '11); Career Highlights: Previously worked as an analytical chemist at Boron Specialties LLC and is currently working toward his JD at Michigan State University in hopes of becoming a patent lawyer.
  • Benjamin Norris (PhD '1, Advisor: Meyer); Career Highlights: Currently serving as Associate Professor at Frostburg State University and was elected Chair of the Faculty in 2017.
  • Rachel Harris (BS '12); Career Highlights: Went on to receive PhD in Materials Chemistry from Northwestern University and currently works at PPG Industries.
  • Yanan Chen (PhD '13, Advisor: Star); Career Highlights: Previously worked in R&D at Bayer Material Science in Pittsburgh and is currently working for Covestro Shanghai and is responsible for business unit global strategy and implementation.
  • Cory Demino (BS '16); Career Highlights: Is currently working toward is MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
  • Sarah Wells (PhD '16, Advisor: Brummond); Career Highlights: Currently working as a Lecturer at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching introductory chemistry courses with a goal of making these more inclusive for UNCC's diverse student body.
  • Cindy Jiao (BS '17); Career Highlights: Recipient of the Monroe County Medical Society Scholarship Fund and will be starting Medical School at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in August 2018.
  • Amit Paul (PhD '08, Advisor: Waldeck); Career Highlights: highlighted as an Emerging Investigator by Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 6442-6457