Notable Alumni

Arts and Sciences alumni are a group of more than 205,000 talented, passionate and accomplished graduates. Here is just a sample of some of our notable alumni whose accomplishments are tangible evidence of the growing distinction of arts and sciences alumni.

Rosa Ailabouni

(BA, French, International Studies, Political Science, 2001), international strategy consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton. Ailabouni advises Fortune 500 companies, U.S. government agencies and governments and non-profits in nearly a dozen different countries.

Anna Barker

(PhD, microbiology, 1971), professor and director of Transformative Healthcare Networks and co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Initiative, Arizona State University. Former deputy director of the National Cancer Institute.

Gary Booth

(PhD, organic chemistry, 1965), retired, vice-president of research, Procter & Gamble (P&G). Booth’s work was instrumental in the development of many popular household brands, including Pantene, Bounty, Folgers and Crest. He is the committee chairman for Ohio State’s CBEC Chemistry and Biochemistry National Committee.

Charles Csuri

(BS, education, 1947; MA, fine art, 1948), professor emeritus, art education and computer and information science, The Ohio State University. Csuri was instrumental in the establishment of Ohio State's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), a leading center on the use and integration of emerging arts technologies

Nancy Currie 

(BS, biological sciences, 1980), principal engineer for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. Currie is a veteran of four space shuttle missions, accruing 1,000 hours in space.

Abraham L. Davis

(PhD, political science, 1969), author of The Supreme Court, Race and Civil Rights, the landmark text on the Supreme Court’s role in civil rights, which is used in undergraduate classrooms throughout the country. Davis retired from chair of the political science department at Morehouse College in 2008 and currently serves as a consultant to the U. S. State Department.

L.J. Houdyshell

(MFA, Theatre, 1990), production designer, CBS drama Code Black, recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) for her work as art director on the HBO show Silicon Valley

Katelyn Jackson

(BA, public affairs journalism, 2006), senior manager, public affairs, Coca-Cola North America Group. Jackson manages the communications of all of the company’s community partnerships and develops media communications for all North America community relations, including Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation-related giving, community activation and key community marketing partner organizations.

Kim Jacobs

(BA, sociology, 1979), chief, Columbus Division of Police. Jacobs is the  first woman to hold the post — one of only a handful of female chiefs in a major metropolitan area — and the first open member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community to wear the city’s top badge.

Joseph Jones, Jr.

(PhD, zoology, 1960), retired, dean, College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas, and founding member of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools.

Martin Keen 

(BS, product design, 1989) founder, KEEN Footwear and founder of Focal Upright furniture. Keen opened his first industrial design office, KEEN Design Studio, in Rhode Island in 1994.In 2003, he launched KEEN® Footwear. In 2012, he started Focal Upright™ with the aim of transforming the way we work.

Dennis Liotta

(postdoctoral research fellowship, chemistry, 1974-76), co-inventor of several of the world's most successful and commonly used anti-HIV/AIDS drugs. He is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry at Emory University and executive director of the Emory Institute for Drug Development.

Steve Martino

(BA, Visual Communication Design, 1981; MA, Art Education, 1989), director, The Peanuts Movie. Martino has directed such past features as Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) for Blue Sky Studios.

Dianne Mcintyre

(BFA, dance, 1969), founder, Harlem’s legendary ensemble, Sounds in Motion. McIntyre has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Dallas Black Dance, as well as college dance groups.

Peter Michailidis

(BS, chemistry, 2007), Co-founder and CMO, Pushpins, Inc. In 2009, Michailidis co-created Pushpins Inc., a free mobile shopping app that provides digital manufacturers’ coupons and rewards to shoppers when they scan UPC bar codes at the grocery store.

Bebe Miller

(MA, dance, 1975), artistic director of the Bebe Miller Company. She joined the faculty at Ohio State’s top-rated Department of Dance in 2000 where she teaches modern technique, improvisation, repertory, creative practice and choreography, and a graduate seminar in dance. Her work, Landing/Place (2005), received a NY Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) in 2006.

Keith Monda

(BS, economics, 1968; MA, economics, 1971), former CEO, Coach and principal investor and business partner in 2 Degrees, a small cause-related marketing food company dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger and Aleph Sciences Group (ASG), a startup scientific company that has an objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired furnaces.

Charles Newirth

(BA, Photography and Cinema, 1977), executive producer, Iron Man 3 and Dr. Strange. Newirth is an independent film producer and has worked on films such as Black Hawk Down and Hugo, among others.

Chibundu Nnake

(BA, sociology, 2005), education reform advocate. Nnake is program fellow at Reach, Inc.; education consultant for B.E.L.L. Consulting and assistant general counsel for Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

John Ong

(MA, history, 1954), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Kingdom of Norway, 2001-2005. Chairman emeritus of The B.F. Goodrich Company, he retired as chairman of the board of directors in 1997 after more than 36 years of service to the company.

Carter Phillips

(BA, political science, 1973), managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin LLP. He served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court. Phillips has argued more cases before the Supreme Court of the United States as a private litigator than any other living lawyer.

R.L. (Robert Lawrence) Stine

(BA, English, 1965), best-selling author of children’s books in history. His Goosebumps series, along with such series as Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, Rotten School, and Mostly Ghostly have sold nearly 400 million books in the U.S. alone and are translated into 32 languages.

George Wang

(BS, molecular genetics, 2003), co-founder, SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine), a nonprofit organization using a technology platform that allows health facilities, manufacturers, wholesalers and pharmacies to donate unused medicine rather than destroy it.

John B. Williams

(BA, fine arts, 1950), member of the World War II legendary Buffalo Soldiers, WWII’s first African American Infantry Combat Unit in Europe. As a member of the 28th Cavalry Regiment, he helped build the Pontoon Bridge over the Rhine River, allowing heavy equipment and tanks to cross over and defeat the German military.