Case Western Reserve graduates have launched companies like Dow Chemical and Lubrizol; won Nobel Prizes; transformed the ways we watch movies, pound pavement, and protect computers; and co-founded the nation’s No. 2 hospital, Cleveland Clinic, among myriad other accomplishments.
(CWR '98; GRS '98, computer engineering)
Google employee #23 and inventor of Gmail.
Credited with suggesting the company’s now-famous motto, “Don’t be evil,” in 2001.
Joe Russo (GRS '95, theater)
While graduate students at Case Western Reserve, the Russo brothers began work on Pieces, which they wrote, directed and produced.
Produced and directed Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War and numerous other films and television shows.
Civil rights icon and attorney who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and defended Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin in landmark civil-rights cases.
Successfully represented plaintiffs against the U.S. government in the Tuskegee Experiment lawsuit. Founded the Tuskegee History Center.
(GRS ‘81, biochemistry, MED ‘83)
Physician, scientist and entrepreneur.
Creator of the first antivirus software, Vaccine, which later became Norton AntiVirus.
(FSM ’71, LAW ’74)
First African-American woman common pleas judge and county prosecutor in Ohio.
First African-American woman elected to represent Ohio in Congress.
Engineer and inventor who held more than 250 patents.
Revolutionized the athletic footwear industry with his creation of the Nike Air Sole
(M.D. 1887 Wooster Medical College, which merged to form Case Western Reserve School of Medicine)
Surgeon and one of the founders of the Cleveland Clinic.
Television anchor and business journalist for Nightly Business Report, Forbes and other publications.
Recipient of the New York Financial Writers’ Elliott V. Bell Award for exemplary contributions to the field.
(GRS ‘06, theater)
First Tony nominee from the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program for her performance in Once.
(CIT ‘65, GRS ‘65, ‘74 physics)
Recipient of an Academy Award of Merit for innovations that led to the transformation of movies from film to digital technology. DLP projection technology, now the entertainment industry standard, is based on Hornbeck’s Digital Micromirror Devices.
Member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Developer of the first commercially available full-body CAT scan
(GRS ‘52, biochemistry)
Biochemist who won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Walter Gilbert and Frederick Sanger. His research brought greater understanding of recombinant DNA.
(MED ‘64; GRS ‘65, pharmacology)
Physician and co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work revealing the way nitric oxide acts as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.
Held three White House appointments to National Institutes of Health committees.
Renowned mathematician, computer scientist and emeritus professor, Stanford University.
Author of The Art of Computer Programming and creator of the TeX formatting system and METAFONT.
Pioneering researcher in women’s health who helped establish the fact that men’s and women’s reactions to diseases and drugs may be different.
A prolific researcher and writer who led the National Institutes of Health’s landmark Women’s Health Initiative involving 164,000 women.
Longtime executive at Warner Bros. Entertainment, serving as chairman and chief executive officer from 1999-2013.
(CIT ’75, GRS ’77)
Creator of Craigslist and philanthropist who supports veterans, teachers and efforts to fight online harassment.
Author of best-selling mystery novels Dark Lady and Silent Witness, among many others.
Trial attorney who was the Securities & Exchange Commission’s liaison to the Watergate Special Prosecutor.
Served 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the east side of Cleveland, Ohio.
Distinguished visiting professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.