Carnegie Mellon Engineering




Alumni Profiles

College of Engineering alumni make up an amazing group of diverse and successful people. Learn more about some of our alumni by reading the following profiles.


Alex Lavin: Launching a path from rocket science to AI

At 26, it seems a large feat to say you have already worked for NASA, completed a master's thesis in collaboration with Blue Origin, and now work as a research engineer at the forefront of artificial intelligence (AI). But for alumnus Alex Lavin, it's all in a day's work. Read More...


Brittani Grant: For One Alumna, a Rare Opportunity on the National Mall

For Brittani Grant (BS, MS ’12), a Project Manager at Clark Construction Group, the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture on September 24 also will signify the end of her first major building project as a Carnegie Mellon alumna. Read More...


Corinne Clinch: Building a Better Filter

Corinne Clinch (CEE, BME '14) learned an important lesson about resource access from her uncle when she was young: "People didn't die because of malaria" in his home country of Cameroon, she says; "they died because they couldn't get transportation to clinics where the proper malaria treatment was available." That early lesson in the dramatic impact of basic infrastructure and specific systemic flaws—what Clinch calls "close, but no cigar" failures—was part of what led her to devote herself to water purification and to found the startup company Rorus, Inc. Read More...


Aaron Pavkov: Breaking Through Siloes to Drive Product Innovation at 4moms

"I am a passionate Design Thinker, cleverly disguised as a mild-mannered Engineer." This is how alumnus Aaron Pavkov now identifies himself. As a Senior Mechanical Engineer at 4moms, one of the most technology-driven baby product companies in the industry, Pavkov plays a key role in advancing the company's integrated approach to product development. Read More...


Rebecca Cassler Fearing: CEE Experiences Reflect Work at Google Today

Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 1999, Rebecca Cassler Fearing has found that the project-based courses she took while studying civil engineering at the university have prepared her for many of the challenges she faces as a manager at Google today. “Carnegie Mellon forced us to solve real-world problems that weren’t necessarily well-defined … and that’s how the real world and industry works,” Fearing says. Read More...


Josh Caputo: Best Foot Forward

Josh Caputo (ECE ’10, MechE ’10, ’15) knows it’s hard to predict the future. As a prospective college student, he didn’t predict starting a company that develops advanced robotic prostheses and exoskeletons. Since launching his startup, HuMoTech, Caputo couldn’t have predicted a few months ago where he’d be now. Read More...


Glenn Philen: Lightweight Flight

If you’ve traveled on a flight overseas on a large aircraft, you’ll know the airplane’s tremendous size and weight. These aircrafts are large. They have twin aisles, and make up three quarters of the world’s aircraft economy. The materials used on devices to store and transfer cargo are key in limiting the cost of fuel and emissions, but currently the parts used to make these massive machines are weighty and inefficient. Seeing a need for lighter weight materials, alumnus Glenn Philen (MechE ’15) began Carbon Freight, a company that creates durable, lightweight air cargo products. Read More...


Luke Fromowitz: How smart is your watch? Chronos turns any regular watch into a smart device

Chronos is a three-millimeter-thick disk that attaches to a watch using microsuction. The device, capable of fitness tracking for steps, distance, stairs, and active time, filters contacts, emails, and texts with different light patterns and vibrations for each notification. Read More...


James Rogers: A ripe solution to end hunger

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, approximately 795 million people go undernourished daily. That’s about one in nine people—a staggering statistic. Even more shocking is that the world is producing more than enough food to feed the entire population, but one third of food produced is wasted, often due to spoilage. When Materials Science and Engineering alum James Rogers (BS MSE, BME, ‘07) learned of this alarming reality, he decided to make a difference. Read More...


Pooja Gada: Alumna engineers “Yelp” for hospitals

As a society, we are keen on rating everything from restaurants to hair salons, but no such online platform existed for hospitals until alumna Pooja Gada engineered a solution. Read More...


Alfredo Apolloni: Rooted in tradition

In Oregon, Alfredo Apolloni finds fertile soil for a family winemaking business. Read More...


Rahul Baxi: Want to Cook Nutritious Meals? You Only Need to Use Your SmartyPans

Rahul Baxi (MS '11) developed SmartyPans with his sister Prachi, who's a nutritionist by profession. SmartyPans began as an idiot-proof cooking system that monitors the weight of ingredients and the current temperature to give its users step-by-step cooking instructions and nutrition information in real time. Read More...


Dave Oshlag: 5 W's of Project Management

Using the "5 W's" of who, what, where, when and why as an organizational structure, W5Templates, founded by Dave Oshlag (E '83), is a customizable project tracking system that is simple and affordable for small business owners. Read More...


Scott Griffith: Making It Personal

Scott Griffith (B.S. 1981) believes that all of us face critical moments in our lives that have the power to change our destiny. A life-changing experience led him to create his own success story. Read More...


Chris Watts: Eye on the Prize: Alum Engineers His Future

When Chris Watts (E'08) enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering as an undergraduate in 2004, he had no idea that in less than 10 years he'd be sitting on the President’s Council of Sports and Fitness. But that's just one of the high-profile appointments he's had since breaking into the social sector of the sports industry. Read More...


Max Clark ('64) Remembers: Fifty years later

Today, Max Clark (BS '64) lives in Shanghai and works as an "outside professional" with CDM Smith, the company he's been with for the past 46 years. During his professional career, he has worked in 30 countries on almost 50 projects in water resources development and wastewater systems. But back in 1968 when he first joined CDM, he had no idea he would ever work overseas. "That never entered my mind," Clark confessed. "And yet I was in Ankara, Turkey about 5 months later." Read More...


Carolyn Duran & Merline Saintil: Engineering Success

Two inspiring Engineering alumnae, Carolyn Duran and Merline Saintil, were named to Business Insider's list of the "22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World." Read More...


Yuki Nishida: Accessible Circuit Design Brings Endless Possibilities

Inside every iPhone, behind every piece of computer equipment and at the heart of everything in electrical and computer engineering, there's a circuit to carry electric current. From the simple to the complex, circuits are everywhere—and startup company AgIC is making it easier than ever to work with them. Read More...


Arden Rosenblatt & Alejandro Sklar: Creative Dimension: Piecemaker Technologies

This holiday season, shoppers can enjoy the fun of making their own gifts in minutes, using PieceMaker Technologies' PieceMaker Factory™. The self-service 3-D printing kiosks were created by Carnegie Mellon University alumni Arden Rosenblatt (ETIM'13) and Alejandro Sklar (ETIM'13). Read More...


Michael Preysman: Career Fashioning

Michael Preysman (E'07) is fascinated by the way things are made. The Carnegie Mellon University alumnus' obsession led across several continents in his quest to found Everlane, an online clothing retailer that specializes in minimalist design and a radically transparent take on the fashion industry. Read More...


John Cohn: Youthful Impact

John M. Cohn's (E'91) passion has impact. From cutting edge computer chip design to addressing world issues through technology to sparking budding scientific curiosity, the Carnegie Mellon University alumnus is helping to change the world. Read More...


Srinath Vaddepally: CMU Grads Develop Rapid-Response Public Safety Device

A team of Carnegie Mellon University alumni is tackling the problem of rapid response technology for crime prevention. With the AlertCall key fob device and mobile app, the team hopes to improve public safety by allowing people to instantly contact friends and police when they feel like they are in danger or need help. AlertCall was recently picked up by FastFwd, a Philadelphia-based accelerator program that focuses on public safety innovation. Read More...


Takeshi Abe: Liquid Innovation

On Japanese domestic flights, fliers no longer have to worry about packing three-ounce liquids. After sending bags through an X-ray machine, carry-on liquids are screened in a matter of seconds, thanks to College of Engineering alumnus Takeshi Abe. Read More...


Jonathan Gray: Engineering Alum's Big Data Experience Leads to Startup

Jonathan Gray never set out to toil away on arcane programming problems and complex distributed systems architectures. He just wanted to make a social news Web site to help people find great content on the Web. While a Carnegie Mellon senior, he launched Streamy.com, a news feed that tailored its content based on the user’s interests as gleaned from his or her site activity and linked Facebook account. He didn't think of it in these terms at the time, but he had stumbled into the field of Big Data—synthesizing huge amounts of information to discover trends and make predictions. Read More...


Kam Lasater: SeeClickFix, an App to Report Neighborhood Concerns

Crossing one of his neighborhood streets in New Haven, Conn., Kam Lasater walks over pavement that is cracked and flooded with water, creating a hazard for pedestrians and drivers. In the past, Lasater (E'03) would have grumbled, but he wouldn't have bothered to call public works—figuring he would just get put on hold and probably have his complaint disappear into some abyss of paperwork. But today is different. Lasater snaps a picture with his phone and uploads it to SeeClickFix, the Web site and free mobile app he co-created. Read More...


Sameer Khaitan: Cleaning the Ganges

CEE alum Sameer Khaitan (PhD ’06) is changing pace this year with his new position at The World Bank in New Delhi, India. Khaitan is as an environmental specialist, working on the India National Ganga River Basin Project, which involves the cleanup of the Ganges River. The delivery of this project would lead to improvement in the lives of thousands of people by enhancing the sanitary and hygienic conditions across five states. Read More...


Kavya Suresh: An International Approach to Interdisciplinary

A recent international alumna, Kavya Suresh, shows her appreciation for BME's interdisciplinary approach to education and the impact it's had on her career. Read More...


Michael Lincoff: Prominent Physician and Engineer for a Healthy Heart

The Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest hospital systems in the world, and it has the #1 ranked program in the U.S. for cardiovascular diseases. The Vice Chair of its Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, who also serves as the Director of Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research to manage its multicenter clinical trials, is Dr. Michael Lincoff (B.S. '82). Read More...


Anna Lenhart: Giving Back After Graduation

Next Generation of Service (NGS) is an organization that helps to connect recent college graduates with long-term service opportunities. Participating students receive individualized mentoring and support while searching for, applying to, and navigating positions at nonprofits and service organizations. We recently spoke with NGS founder and CEE alumnus Anna Lenhart (BS ‘11) to find out more about how NGS works and what it can offer to graduating students. Read More...


Dean Bellavia: "Doctor's Doctor" for Orthodontists

Dr. Dean Bellavia is literally one of the pioneers of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He came to Pittsburgh in 1966 for graduate education in the “Carnegie Tech”, after receiving a diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1962 from Brooklyn Technical High School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1966 from Syracuse University. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1968 from the then brand new Carnegie-Mellon University, followed by a Ph.D. in 1971 as one of the very earliest doctorate students in the new Biotechnology Program. Read More...


Kelly Collier: Got Your Back: Alumna Launches Activaided Orthodics Start-Up

The room is so crowded that Kelly Collier's business display keeps getting pushed aside. Alumni and investors have traveled to Carnegie Mellon to check out the latest entrepreneurial ideas on campus. It's both friendly and chaotic as they circulate, asking questions of the start-up founders. Collier wants that attention. Accompanied by her lone display—a mannequin wearing the ReoveryAid posture training shirt—she pushes it back into the crowd. Collier is presenting at LaunchCMU, a day for showcasing research and entrepreneurship from CMU's community. Read More...


Anthony DiGioia III: A Pioneering Engineer for Patient-Centered Care

In our aging population, total joint replacements have become one of the leading Medicare expenditures. In 2010 in the United States, there were 900,000 knee and hip replacements at a cost of $4.8 billion. This staggering number is approaching what Dr. Anthony DiGioia III (M.S. '82; Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering) calls "epidemic" levels. Read More...


Aman Khanna: Career Connections

Aman Khanna (E'03) knows that landing a dream job requires the right skills, experiences and connections. He teamed up with Sanjeev Agrawal, former head of product marketing for Google, to launch Collegefeed in 2013. Read More...


Esther Kunda: Rwanda's Best & Brightest

Driven by a deep love for technology and her country, Esther Kunda (E'13) is relentless in her quest to improve the lives of her fellow Rwandans. Read More...


Arjun Athreya & Harry Chan-Maestas: CMU-SV Grads Win IEEE CCNC Best Student Paper

As researchers develop more capabilities for connected devices and find new ways for sensors to share data in all kinds of environments, they must confront a fundamental question: how does the Internet of Things use and manager power? Carnegie Mellon graduates Arjun Athreya and Harry Chan-Maestas looked into the issue in "Energy-Governed Resilient Networked Systems," winning the Best Student Paper Award at the 11th annual IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC) in Las Vegas. Read More...