Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Department of Industrial Engineering Welcomes Nordenberg Scholar to Class of 2024
Pedro Schmitt, one of the five 2020 Nordenberg Scholars, will pursue industrial engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering.

PITTSBURGH (June 15, 2020) — The Nordenberg Scholars Program, named for the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg, selects five incoming first-year students from across Pennsylvania each year who demonstrate leadership skills, innovative thinking, intellectual curiosity and community involvement. This year, one of the five students, Pedro Schmitt, will pursue industrial engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering.

Pedro Schmitt, from Gibsonia, Pa., graduated from Aquinas Academy. In his time there, he participated in extensive community service work and in various entrepreneurial academic programs, and he completed an exchange program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A native of Brazil, Schmitt moved to the U.S. in 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pedro to the Department of Industrial Engineering,” said Bopaya Bidanda, Ernest E. Roth Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering. “I look forward to the contributions that he will make to our Department and community, both in and out of the classroom.”

The Nordenberg Scholarship is a competitive, full-tuition scholarship that also covers a full-time Pitt study abroad experience and assistance securing internships. This year, nearly 900 high school seniors applied for the program, which requires an extensive application and interview process.

The full list of 2020 Nordenberg Scholars is:

  • Pedro Schmitt (Gibsonia Pa.), Industrial Engineering
  • Kim Le (West Chester, Pa.), Microbiology
  • Thomas Barnes (Havertown, Pa.), Pre-Social Work
  • Samurah Curry (Clarion, Pa.), Economics
  • Camryn Rogers (Pottstown, Pa.), Nursing

Maggie Pavlick, 6/16/2020

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