The University of Pittsburgh has more than 303,000 alumni living in America and around the world, and approximately 540 Chinese alumni.  The China Pitt Club offers a way for Chinese alumni and other Pitt alumni living in China to keep in touch with the university and to network with fellow Panthers.  

China Pitt Club Board of Directors

Craig Hoke UPJ’78, President

Joseph Constanty A&S’02, Director and Past President

Sharon Hu GSPIA’11, Director

Jason Yu KGSB’11’, Director

Tina Zhang GSPIA’11, Director

Guangtian Zhu A&S’11, Director

Panther Speaker Series

Every quarter the China Pitt Club hosts a lecture and discussion with an expert on a topic of interest to our alumni.  The Panther Speaker Series engages fellow Pitt professionals as well as the broader Shanghai community during an evening of discussion and networking.  The most recent Panther Speaker Series presenters were:

Joseph Constanty (A&S ’02), president of the Shanghai Pitt Club and The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory. Joe's talk was the New Crowd Funding Economy – May 20, 2014

Craig S. Hoke (UPJ ’78), Director of Sales, Asia Pacific, Altra Industrial Motion. Craig's talk was Leadership:  Staying Ahead of Dynamic Change – January 2, 2014

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Panther Profiles

Joseph Constanty

Think of Joe Contanty as a fount of entrepreneurial ideas that morph into successful start-up companies.  His business ventures include NextStep, Tangential Consulting Company, Wufantuan.com, Kickstarter.com, and The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory.  While still a student at Pitt, Joe was already getting his feet wet in Asia with stints at Beijing University and the University of Hong Kong, and after Pitt, at Taiwan Normal University before settling in Shanghai.

What was your most memorable experience at Pitt?

Pitt offered me amazing opportunities and experiences that have set me on a path of exploration. Pitt sent me to Beijing University and then Hong Kong University. It was the Pitt faculty and curiosity of the student body that encouraged me to discover new places and ideas, and build my own businesses. It is this combination of experiences that I most remember from Pitt.

What did you study at Pitt?

I graduated from the College of Arts and Science with three degrees: BS in Economics, Political Science, and Urban Planning.

What value does the Pitt Shanghai Club offer alumni?

The Shanghai Club is designed to foster new connections in this amazing city. It is our goal to create a bridge for Pitt alumni so they have a network on the ground that they can tap into for both professional and personal needs.

What is your career/job in China?

I have been building my own businesses for the past nine years in China. Currently I am the co-founder of The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory (www.theutlab.com). We create technology-driven casual footwear for global customers.

What is the one thing you miss about Pitt?

I miss those long study sessions at the Cathedral and the Hillman Library. Lots of good friends made there.

Contact China Pitt Club

Find out how to join the Shanghai Pitt Club and become involved with your fellow Panthers.  

   Join the club's WeChat group. Simply add Pitt's director of constituent relations, Jason Kane – jasonkanepitt – to your friends and he will add you to the Pitt Alum in Shanghai group,

   Connect via Linkedin 

Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

Panther Speaker Series on January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (1900-2100)

Pitt Office Conference Room, Pennsylvania Center, Suite A403, Tomorrow Square, 399 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China 200003, T +86 21 2308 1082

The two speakers are:

Jason Yu KGSB’11’, Director  Topic: Employment in the US for International Students/Professionals

Zhu Guangtian Ph.D.  A&S’11, Director   Topic: TBD

Past Events

Shanghai Pitt Club Reception and Networking Night – May 20, 2014

GSPIA Dean John Keeler discussed the growth and development of the university in Pittsburgh and globally.   Attendees:  alumni, current students, incoming students and parents.

Shanghai Pitt Club Networking Event – April 22, 2013

Shanghai Pitt Club Reception and Networking Night – March 4, 2013

Provost Patricia Beeson awarded the 225 Medallions to distinguished Alumni Lois Dugan Tretiak (A&S ’61) and Chien-Fu Li (KGSB ’85)

Provost Beeson and Chien-Fu Li

Happy Hour Get Together for Pitt Alumni Liaisons in Shanghai – January 28, 2013

The Team

China Liaison Officer
Director of Constituent Relations