Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

More Alumni Info


Alumni updates and campus visits are always welcome. Carnegie Mellon especially welcomes alumni to visit during Spring Carnival weekend.

Please contact the department (Rea Freeland, if you will be visiting Pittsburgh at another time and would like to visit us on campus.

Alumni News and Interactions

photo of Gary LongAlumnus Gary Long receives international award for outstanding contributions using the Mössbauer effect

photo of Mark S. GordonMark S. Gordon Festschrift

Alumnus Mark S. Gordon, Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University, was honored with a virtual special issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry A on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

photo of Daniel SiegwartCancer Breakthrough

Alumnus Daniel Siegwart and his team of researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have developed synthetic polymers that can attack lung cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.

photo of Krzysztof MatyjaszewskiSpecial Issue of Polymer on Macromolecular Engineering dedicated to Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday

The event is the result of a gathering of his students and group alumni.

photo of Tom HuPrepared for What’s Next

Alumnus Tom Hu helps to create medical countermeasures to safeguard Americans’ health

photo of Cindy ChepanoskeCindy Chepanoske (S'95) returns to CMU as a licensing manager for CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC)

photo of Jill MillstonePitt Chemists Demonstrate Nanoscale Alloys So Bright They Could Have Potential Medical Applications

Chemistry alumna and Pitt faculty member Jill Millstone (S'03) creates nanometer-scale alloys that possess the ability to emit light so bright they could have potential applications in medicine.

photo of Peggy JohnstonA Shot in the Arm for HIV Vaccine Development

Peggy Johnston Tackles Global Health Challenges

photo of scottie dog on quiltAlumna Sara Stanford Stitches a Memory

Sara Stanford (S'11) created a chemistry and Carnegie Mellon quilt for Karen Stump.

Frank Millero '64 '65 Honored with Two Major Awards

Frank Millero is the 2011 recipient of the Victor Moritz Goldschmidt Award from The Geochemical Society. The medal is traditionally awarded during a ceremony at the V. M. Goldschmidt Conference, which this year will take place in Prague in August. Professor Millero also received the 2011 Florida Award from the American Chemical Society for his significant contributions to the advancement of the chemistry profession. According to the University of Miami press release, "Millero is a leader in the application of physical chemistry to natural waters, and his work has defined the field for the last forty years. As director of the UM Rosenstiel School Marine Physical Chemistry Lab, he uses thermodynamic and kinetic principles to better understand the biogeochemical processes occurring in the marine environment."

photo of Violeta MarinAlumna Profile: Violeta Marin, Ph.D.

Violeta Marin (S'05), is the first in a series of Q&As with recent alumni to showcase interesting careers and highlight what these alumni especially appreciated in their education at Carnegie Mellon.

Recent Alumni visits

Chuanbing Tang (S'06) delivered the seminar Advancing Metallocene Polymers: from Controlled Polymerization to Macromolecular Templates and Medicinal Chemistry on April 24, 2013. Dr. Tang is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at University of South Carolina.

Brad S. Pierce (S'03) delivered the seminar Mammalian Cysteine Dioxygenase (CDO): A Biophysical Perspective on a New Subclass of Mononuclear Non-Heme Iron Enzymes on February 28, 2013. Dr. Pierce is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at University of Texas at Arlington.

Benjamin G. Janesko (S'05) delivered the seminar Nonlocal Density Functional Theory for Chemical Reactions on February 14, 2013. Dr. Janesko is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry at Texas Christian University.

Nicolay V. Tsarevsky (S'05) delivered the seminar Employing Transfer and Exchange Reactions in Polymer Synthesis on January 17, 2013. Dr. Tsarevsky is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University.

Tomislav Pintauer (S'02) delivered the seminar Highly Efficient Ambient Temperature Synthesis of Copper(I)-Cyanide Frameworks Employing Photodecomposition of Free Radical Diazo Initiator (AIBN) on November 27, 2012. Dr. Pintauer is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Duquesne University.

Violeta Marin (S'05) delivered the seminar Modular Probes — from TR-FRET High Throughput Screening to Deconvoluting Cellular Targets of Lead Molecules on October 18, 2012. Dr. Marin is a Senior Scientist in the Molecular Probes Group within the Medicinal Chemistry Department in the Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development division at Abbott Laboratories.

Margaret (Peggy) Johnston (S'72), received the 2012 Alumni Distinguished Achievement and delivered a talk titled Making Science Happen: From Chemistry to Global Health Impact. Dr. Johnston serves as Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on TB and HIV vaccine research and development.

Tom Hu (S'01) participated in the Graduate Career Paths Panel Discussion on March 21, 2012. Dr. Hu is an Interdisciplinary Scientist and a Project Officer in the Division of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Countermeasures at the Biomedical Advancement Research and Development Authority (BARDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Lei Zhai (S'02), University of Central Florida, delivered the seminar Conjugated Polymers on Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene on April 13, 2012. Dr. Zhai is an associate professor in the Nanoscience Technology Center and the Department of Chemistry.

Jeffrey Pyun (S'02) delivered the seminar Polymerizing Goblins and Brimstone for Energy Applications on May 9, 2012. Dr. Pyun is an associate professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at University of Arizona.

Bridging Research Communities Conference

The Bridging Research Communities Conference, an undergraduate research conference, is an opportunity for the department to stay connected with alumni in the region, and for alumni to be able to stay in touch with us for their own research or for their students' graduate school planning. The last conference, held on October 20, 2012, featured two alumna speakers, Codrina Popescu (S'00), Ursinus College, and Violeta Marin (S'05), Abbott Laboratories — Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development.

Previous years, alumni have visited from Dickinson College (PA), Ursinus College (PA), Shenandoah College (VA), and Christopher Newport University (VA), or sent their students from Allegheny College (PA), Case (OH), College of Staten Island (NY), Duquesne University (PA), and Wright State University (OH). By special arrangements with our Dean's Office, we were also happy to host a group from as far as Xavier University of Louisiana. If you might be interested in attending or sending a small group of students, please contact Prof. Linda Peteanu ( for more information.