Alumni Interviews

Alumni Interviews

PGSS alumni make an impact in a variety of professions and endeavors, including law, science, medicine, business, education, and the creative arts. They are often leaders and innovators in their fields. Here are some alumni stories captured through interviews by fellow alumni.

Thanks to Joe Suyama (PGSS 1989) for organizing the more recent interviews, and to Mark Meier (PGSS 1994) for organizing the earlier ones. If you are interested in interviewing, or being interviewed, please get in touch!

Amy Ogan, PGSS 1998

There may be no better time to talk with an expert on human-computer interaction than during an academic semester upended […]

Dan Velazquez, PGSS 1989

Dan Velazquez (PGSS 1989) originally hailed from New Jersey, but he moved to Pennsylvania just before starting 10th grade. While […]

Thad Starner, PGSS 1986

Originally published as an “Alumni Spotlight” in the PGSS Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2013 When Thad Starner attended PGSS in 1986, most […]

Megan Ginter, PGSS 1998

Originally published as an “Alumni Spotlight” in the PGSS Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2013 Growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, […]

Alexander Laun, PGSS 2006

Originally published as an “Alumni Spotlight” in the PGSS Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2014 While in high school at Woodland Hills […]

Dana Boyd, PGSS 1995

Originally published as an “Alumni Spotlight” in the PGSS Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2014 As a self-described “troublemaker and “geek, freak, […]

Anna Li, PGSS 2016

Editor’s Note: Anna Li and Erica Wang both attended PGSS in 2016. Anna provided the following thoughts to Erica regarding her […]

John Paul, PGSS 2002

John Paul is a 2002 PGSS alumnus and was a Chemistry TA for the program from 2005 to 2007. As […]

Ed Feng, PGSS 1994

Q: Why did you decide on chemical engineering as an undergraduate major (and subsequent doctoral program)?  A: During my senior year […]

Laura Babcock, PGSS 1999

1. What do you currently do? I’m a post-doctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where I’m examining the […]

Diya Das, PGSS 2007

Both interviewee and interviewer are alumni of PGSS ‘07 More about Diya’s work and research can be found on her […]

Juan Gil, PGSS 2015

Amir: I wanted to discuss three parts of your life: your career beginning with around the time you did governor’s […]

Anna Hu, PGSS 2016

Anna Hu is our featured alumnus.  Anna hails from Latrobe, PA and is currently living in DC where she attends […]

Katie Haas-Conrad, PGSS 2005

Katie Haas-Conrad is our featured alumnus.  Katie hails from Erie, PA and is currently living in Pittsburgh, PA.  Katie was […]