Famous Drexel University Alumni

List of famous alumni from Drexel University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Drexel University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Drexel University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Drexel University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Drexel University.

List includes Victoria Zdrok, Malik Rose and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Drexel University?” and “Which celebrities are Drexel University alumni?”
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    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Christopher J. Ferguson (born September 1, 1961) is a Boeing commercial astronaut and a retired United States Navy Captain and NASA astronaut. He was the pilot of Space Shuttle Atlantis on his first  ...more
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    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    Paul William Richards (born May 20, 1964 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is an American engineer and a former NASA Astronaut. He flew aboard one Space Shuttle mission in 2001.  ...more
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    Illustrator, Artist

    AgeDec. at 95 (1870-1966)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Maxfield Parrish (July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966) was an American painter and illustrator active in the first half of the 20th century. He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized  ...more
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    Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 – May 3, 1935) was an American illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustration. She was considered "one of the greatest pure illustrators". She was  ...more
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    Ramani Ayer (born 27 May 1947 in Kerala, India) is an Indian-American business executive, and the CEO and chairman of The Hartford from 1997 to 2009.  ...more
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    Songwriter, Television producer


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Charles Hirsch Barris (June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017) was an American game show creator, producer and host. Barris was known for hosting The Gong Show and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed  ...more
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    Webmaster, Businessperson


    BirthplacePerkasie, Pennsylvania

    Newgrounds (collectively Newgrounds.com, Inc.) is an American online entertainment and social media website and company. It hosts user-generated content such as gaming, filming, audio and artwork  ...more
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    Businessperson, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 84 (1926-2011)


    Paul Baran (; April 29, 1926 – March 26, 2011) was a Polish-born Jewish American engineer who was a pioneer in the development of computer networks. He was one of the two independent inventors of  ...more
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    Jon "maddog" Hall (born 7 August 1950) is the Board Chair for the Linux Professional Institute, and CEO of OptDyn, makers of Subutai P2P Cloud Platform.  ...more
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    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania

    Anne Stevens is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology since November 1, 2006. Ms. Stevens has been named four times to Fortune magazines list of 50 Most Powerful  ...more
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    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    John Gruber (born 1973) is a writer, blog publisher, UI designer, and the inventor of the Markdown markup language. Gruber is from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. He received his Bachelor of  ...more
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    John McCool is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ciscos Data Center, Switching and Services Group. He is responsible for driving the strategy, engineering, and marketing direction of  ...more
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    Programmer, Businessperson


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Steven Snyder is a notable figure in high technology management. He was an early employee of Microsoft where he was Microsoft's first business unit general manager, leading the Development Tool  ...more
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    Astronaut, Physician


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    James Philip Bagian, MD, PE (born 22 February 1952), is an American physician, engineer, and former NASA astronaut of Armenian descent. During his career as an astronaut, he logged 337 hours of  ...more
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    K. Blair Christie is senior vice president, corporate communications for Cisco. She is responsible for leading Cisco's global investor relations, public and media relations, industry analysts  ...more
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    Politician, Democracy activist


    BirthplaceDimbokro, Ivory Coast

    Alassane Dramane Ouattara (French pronunciation: [alasan wataʁa] (listen); born 1 January 1942) is an Ivorian politician who has been President of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) since 2010. An economist  ...more
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    Biochemist, Chemist


    BirthplaceUSA, Altoona, Pennsylvania

    Michael J. Behe ( BEE-hee; born January 18, 1952) is an American biochemist, author, and advocate of the pseudoscientific principle of intelligent design (ID). He serves as professor of biochemistry  ...more
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    Gregg Goldstein is Vice President of Corporate Development at Comcast Corporation.  ...more
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    Basketball player


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Malik Jabari Rose (born November 23, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player. Rose played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning NBA championships with the San  ...more
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    AgeDec. at 64 (1880-1944)

    BirthplaceJohnstown, Pennsylvania

    Rudolph Weaver was an American architect, university professor and administrator renowned for various buildings that he designed in Florida, Idaho and Washington, many of which are academic.  ...more
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    John C. Browne (born July 29, 1942) is an American physicist. He was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as the fifth child of Charles I. and Mary Agnes (Titzer) Browne. He received a B.S. in Physics  ...more
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    Television director, Film Producer


    BirthplaceUSA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Susan Seidelman (born December 11, 1952) is an American film director, producer and writer. She came to prominence in the 1980s with Smithereens, the first American independent feature to be screened  ...more
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    Librarian, Author

    AgeDec. at 97 (1902-1999)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining (October 6, 1902 – November 27, 1999) was an American professional librarian and author who tutored Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was crown prince. She was  ...more
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    Elizabeth Shippen Green

    Elizabeth Shippen Green (September 1, 1871 – May 29, 1954) was an American illustrator. She illustrated children's books and worked for publications such as The Ladies' Home Journal, The Saturday  ...more
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    AgeDec. at 94 (1915-2010)

    BirthplaceUSA, Wisconsin, Watertown

    Meinhardt Frank Raabe (September 2, 1915 – April 9, 2010) was an American actor. He was one of the last surviving Munchkin-actors in The Wizard of Oz, and was also the last surviving cast member  ...more