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Students get business and banking advice

Emily Hirao, a senior majoring in business technology and president of Carnegie Mellon University’s business technology club, visited Pitt Monday night to share her experiences with juggling being a student and an employee working in Wall Street banking. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2018

As technology and business come together, Emily Hirao is well-versed on how she can use a multifaceted skill set to help her forge a professional future — by focusing on data analytics, the process by which meaning can be derived from information. Hirao, a senior studying business technology at Carnegie Mellon ...

Four Growers: Farming for the future

Senior mechanical engineering major Dan Chi promotes Four Growers, a company started by Chi and his friend Brandon Contino that is devoted to creating tomato-harvesting robots to work in greenhouses. (Photo courtesy of Karen Woolstrum)

By Brian Salvato | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018

Imagine being able to open a door and go from biting winds and snow to a warm, climate-controlled greenhouse that carries the aroma of fresh tomatoes — being harvested by robots roaming through the aisles. For Brandon Contino and Daniel Chi, this fantasy is turning into a reality through their c...

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

Civil and environmental engineering professor David Sanchez speaks about the new Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering program at Thursday’s Sustainable Engineering Graduate Student Information session. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018

David Sanchez has seen Pittsburgh at the forefront of producing environmentally sound projects ever since his first fellowship at Pitt in the mid-2000s.   Now, as an assistant professor in Pitt’s civil and environmental engineering department, he’s helping set up the Swanson School of Engineering’...

Pitt’s LifeX project to support entrepreneurs

Pitt professor and LifeX overseer Dietrich Stephan hopes the initiative will attract a more robust life science industry to the Pittsburgh area. (Photo via University of Pittsburgh)

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 29, 2018

After moving on from his career as a pediatric endocrinologist to become a professor in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, David Finegold never forgot about the patients he treated. He was especially moved by his patients who had suffered from Type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disease that prevent...

Strongr, Fastr and individualized: Pitt alums develop fitness app

“Strongr Fastr” is an app that helps formulate good meal plans and workout routines. (Photo Courtesy of Strongr Fastr)

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018

As a person without a strong interest in fitness, Eric Lutz had trouble figuring out what constituted a good workout and a healthy meal — and sticking with the exercise and diet plans he came up with. “I would try to go the gym, but would eventually end up not going,” Lutz said. “I really ...

Physicians at play: Pitt professor seeks to improve responsiveness through video game

Night Shift Video Game: Pitt assistant professor of critical care medicine and surgery Dr. Deepika Mohan created the medical simulation game “Night Shift” to help physicians triage patients that require higher levels of care. (Illustration by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

Imagine you are 80 years old and fall down a flight of stairs, fracturing many ribs. The doctor says your condition isn’t critical and sends you home with medication, but hours later you’re back at the hospital with respiratory failure and a life-threatening case of pneumonia. This scenario is...

Sustainable farming gets an urban upgrade

Aquaponics: Aquaponics systems use a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture to farm aquatic animals for food. (Photo courtesy of Catherine Schrading)

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 8, 2018

Kareem Adam Rabbat formed an appreciation for nature from fishing with his father as a young boy, which eventually led him to join an initiative as an adult to find sustainable ways of getting fresh food to people. “That kind of instilled in me a great value for the outdoors,” Rabbat said. “...

Pitt upgrades physics resources

Pitt recently purchased a mass spectrometer located on the third floor of Old Engineering Hall. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

By Anish Salvi | For The Pitt News

December 7, 2017

Pitt’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has received a new gadget that will help students make massive academic strides in the near future. Pitt acquired Extrel’s educational mass spectrometer, IQ-2000, in October. The device — which identifies gases based on their molecular mass to charge rat...

Pitt alum speaks about science policy

Martha Merrill, a recent graduate working in science policy at the national level, speaks to students and community members Tuesday about projects she has worked on that had serious impacts on U.S. policy. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017

Women in STEM often leave their jobs mid-career to spend more time with their families, but then later struggle to integrate back into the workplace. To help women in this situation regain their careers, Martha Merrill worked to implement a STEM reentry workshop. This job is just one of the posi...

Pitt professor placed on Forbes “30 Under 30” list

Hao Sun, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Pitt named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30: Science” list, poses for a photo in Benedum Hall. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

Hao Sun sees little difference between monitoring the health of buildings and bridges and monitoring the health of human bodies. “In the human body, we have the nervous system so when you feel something abnormal or if you’re sick, your nervous system can tell this information,” Sun said. “I...

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