Alumni News & Findings

PRGS alumni at 2016 Commencement

New grads and alumni gather to celebrate Commencement Weekend 2016. View larger image.

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Since its inception in 1970, the Pardee RAND Graduate School has graduated more than 300 PhDs. Our alumni have gone on to a wide range of jobs in government, business, non-profit institutions, and academia.

Pardee RAND organizes alumni activities and encourages alumni to let us know of their achievements and whereabouts. This page provides a brief glimpse at some recent events and news.

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Alumni News

  • Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Its Water

    Jul 18, 2017

    Pittsburgh is struggling to improve its aging water system. Student Michele Abbott (cohort '14) and alum/professor Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) review the history and recent developments related to the use of lead pipes and the policy options for lead remediation currently being weighed by local decisionmakers.

  • Mundell: Better Prosthetic Knees Can Save Money in Long Term

    Jul 12, 2017

    In a study published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International, alum Benjamin Mundell (cohort '07) found that treating above-the-knee amputees for injuries from falling may be more expensive than providing them with high-tech prosthetics that reduce their risk of falls and provide a better quality of life.

  • Yager: The Good Old Days of Economic Expansion Are Not Coming Back

    Jul 10, 2017

    "Innovations helped drive productivity growth during the last century at rates never seen in human history," writes Loren Yager (cohort '87). The former chief economist at the Government Accountability Office argues that the federal government needs to invest more, not less, in R&D.

  • Getting the Lead Out of Pittsburgh's Water

    Jul 3, 2017

    Without an aggressive long-term strategy for replacing service lines, and collaboration among the water authority, public officials, and residents, lead in Pittsburgh's water will persist, writes professor (and alum) Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04).

  • Spring 2017 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Jun 21, 2017

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about the six new Pardee RAND analytic Methods Centers, Dean Susan Marquis' visit to China (with alum Hui Wang, cohort '88), student presenters and moderators at the regional APPAM conference, and more.

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