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The Swanson School of Engineering hosted its first ever virtual design expo last semester on Nov. 23.

Virtual engineering expo falls short of some student’s expectations

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer February 1, 2021
The Swanson School of Engineering hosted its first virtual design expo last semester on Nov. 23. The event has historically been held in person at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was forced to move online.
Sossena Wood’s academic career was impacted by diversity programs in the Swanson School of Engineering such as Pitt Excel, where she served as a mentor, and the National Society of Black Engineers, where she served as the National Chairperson for Pitt’s chapter.

Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

By Maggie Young, Staff Writer March 6, 2019
Sossena Wood entered the Swanson School of Engineering in 2007 as an electrical engineering major, a major where only 0.9 percent of degree-earners nationwide are black women.
In spite of interest from Air Force ROTC and Swanson school engineers, Pitt does not currently offer an Aerospace program.

Pitt students search for aerospace program

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Staff Writer February 4, 2019
From Air Force ROTC cadets to Swanson engineers, many Pitt students yearn for a solid aerospace program that can prepare them for future careers in the United States Air Force and other related aerospace fields.
Irene Mena received her doctorate in engineering education at Purdue University in 2012. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Senior Staff Photographer)

Irene Mena: A world of opportunities

By Brian Gentry , Staff Writer April 19, 2018

When Irene Mena got her U.S. citizenship Feb. 28 at the Pittsburgh Courthouse, her colleague and friend Dan Budny brought her a cake adorned with an American flag and the words “Congratulations Irene!”...

Hailing from a family of fixers, Ruthann Omer followed in her father's footsteps and later became Allegheny County's first female municipal engineer.

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

By Sid Lingala March 27, 2018

When Ruthann Omer installed a door backward in a handicap restroom project she was working on as a civil engineer, she felt like it was the end of the world. But her father, Frederick, an engineer himself,...

James R. Martin, the current chair of the civil engineering department at Clemson University, was announced as the new dean of the Swanson School of Engineering by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor) (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Swanson School announces new dean

Pitt named James R. Martin II — currently the chair of the civil engineering department at Clemson University — as the new dean of the Swanson School of Engineering on Wednesday. Martin is the...

Karl Reid, the executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers, explores the factors of success Tuesday afternoon at Benedum Hall. (Photo by Anas Dighriri | Staff Photographer)

Students discuss diversity in engineering

By Zane Crowell | Staff Writer February 21, 2018

Since joining the National Society of Black Engineers in 1980, Karl Reid has dedicated his career to advancing opportunity and inclusion for African-American engineers across the country. “I got my...

Professor Robert Parker addresses his students during a quiz in his class, Engineering a Craft Brewery, Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

Students mix beer and engineering

By Rose Luder | Staff Writer February 16, 2018

Groups of students sat around several computer-topped desks in a Benedum Hall classroom, casually making conversation as they waited for their Thursday afternoon class to begin. Suddenly, a question flashed...

(Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

SGB debate funding for student event

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer February 14, 2018

During Student Government Board’s weekly public meeting Tuesday night, the board had its first divided vote of the 2017-2018 school year. Executive Vice President Zuri Kent-Smith and board member Ami...

Sola Talabi, a Pitt alumnus and founder of Pittsburgh-Technical, is researching advanced nuclear reactors in Pittsburgh. (Courtesy Photo of Sola Talabi)

Alum studies safety of nuclear energy

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News December 1, 2017

Sola Talabi always had a vision that one day he would “turn the lights on in Africa.” “Five thousand children die every day in Africa because they don't have access to power,” he said. “I...

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