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Accolades & Honors

Pitt People Make 40 Under 40

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Every year, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP recognize 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region.


The following Pitt people have made the list:

  • Utibe R. Essien, 36
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

  • Shenay D. Jeffrey, 32
    Assistant Director, PittServes, Office of Student Affairs 

  • Anette Nance, 29
    Director of Partnerships for Family Support, Office of Child Development, School of Education

  • Maya Ragavan, 35
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 

  • Ernest Rajakone, 28
    Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy Scholar, School of Law 

  • Monique Smith, 33
    Faculty Affairs Manager, Office of the Provost


The following alumni have also made the list:

  • Kyle Webster (LAW ’15), 38
    General Counsel, ACTION-Housing, Inc.

  • Alydia R. Thomas (EDUC ’18), 31
    Associate Director of Residence Life for Student Development and Programming, Duquesne University

  • Taylor Stessney (GSPIA ’17), 29
    Co-Founder, Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid

  • Kacy McGill (A&S ’18), 28
     Co-Director and Co-Founder, Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid

  • Jeremy McCool (A&S ’03), 27
    Assistant Professor of Digital/Global Media, West Chester University

  • Orlando R. Houston (A&S ’11), 35
    Financial Consultant, Equitable Advisors


Visit the Pittsburgh Magazine website for more information.