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November 20, 2014

Why they give: Harvey S. Borovetz

borovetzHarvey S. Borovetz, Distinguished Professor of Engineering and former chair of the Department of Bioengineering, is finishing his 39th year at Pitt. So it’s understandable if he can’t remember exactly when he began contributing to the Faculty and Staff Campaign.

“I guess whenever they started sending me envelopes — a long time,” he says. “Whenever somebody sent me something I did my best to respond to it.”

But he certainly recalls why he’s been doing it: “Our students, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels, are very active professionally, and in their outreach activities. Even undergraduates travel to professional meetings and are involved in professional society work. So however we can support them, it’s something we certainly would like to do.”

He targets his contributions to his school’s bioengineering development fund and to athletics, since he is a Pitt sports fan.

“My primary academic appointment is in the Department of Bioengineering,” he explains. “It’s a department we’re all very proud of and we’re particularly proud of our students.”

He is confident that contributing to the campaign is simply the right thing to do: “It will always be used on behalf of our students in one way or another.”


For information on the Faculty & Staff Campaign, go to

-Marty Levine

Filed under: Feature,Volume 47 Issue 7