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Pitt puts in effort to diversify engineering, other programs

Pittsburgh Business Times

by Tim Schooley, Reporter Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 6:00am EDT

When he arrived in America to attend college, Robert Agdebe considered six academic scholarships offered from a diverse range of universities, including the University of Alaska, the University of Pittsburgh University of PittsburghLatest from The Business JournalsCMU engineering preparing for 'the next big thing'Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, Gateway Health Plan looking for space in Downtown PittsburghRural residents switch to UPMC Health Plan as confusion growsFollow this company and Stanford.

He also remembers watching the 1970s cult classic "Shaft" about six times, demonstrating the dizzying cultural adjustment he had to make as a young native of Lagos, Nigeria, who decided to attend college in Butte, Mont.

"As you can just imagine, I think I was one of five black students in the entire town," said Agdebe, whose parents didn't go to college. "I was the Superfly of the ...

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