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2013 Distinguished Alumni
Kim McLoughlin

North Hills School District graduates Kim McLoughlin, Ph.D., and David Andrew Strobel receive the district’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Both recipients are members of the North Hills Senior High School Class of 1986.

McLoughlin serves as a product development team leader and polymer scientist at Braskem. She is a noted inventor, who has patented novel polypropylene materials for numerous applications including disposable fabrics, automotive parts and food packaging films.

Currently, Dr. McLoughlin leads a team of scientists who are working to develop new food packaging materials for improved sustainability. She also serves on teams developing advanced materials for automotive products, to improve fuel efficiency, vehicle aesthetics and cost. She collaborates both locally and internationally with researchers in universities and in Braskem’s technology center in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

McLoughlin volunteers in a wide range of community education activities. She has judged the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and she has coordinated many hands-on science activities for classroom outreach programs and the SciTech Festival at Carnegie Science Center.

David Andrew Strobel

Strobel is an emergency response and recovery professional, who has led humanitarian relief efforts on five continents over the past 20 years. Drew, as he is known globally, has dedicated his life to helping in a hands-on way those in need around the world.

Currently, he is working as a regional representative with the American Red Cross in the organization’s office in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is responsible for developing and managing programs in community health and disease control, water and sanitation, organizational development and disaster risk reduction. 

In the past, he has helped communities rebound from natural disasters such as the 2007 southeast Asia tsunami, health emergencies, armed conflicts and other tragic events in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ecuador, Thailand, Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

A veteran of the Peace Corps, he is fluent in numerous languages and also worked to rebuild rural communities in the United States. Strobel earned a bachelor’s degree in mulitidisciplinary studies with a focus on international political economies from Capital University and a master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on Latin American studies from Ohio University.

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