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Researcher, advocate: Sossena Wood promotes diversity in engineering

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.

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.

Pitt students search for aerospace program

In spite of interest from Air Force ROTC and Swanson school engineers, Pitt does not currently offer an 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: A world of opportunities

Irene Mena received her doctorate in engineering education at Purdue University in 2012. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Senior Staff Photographer)

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!” written under it. She ate a piece and then drove right back to her office in Benedum Hall. ...

Ruthann Omer: Fixing with family

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

By Sid Lingala & Christian Snyder

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, remained calm and repeated one of his favorite sayings. “Don’t worry, it will all come out...

Swanson School announces new dean

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)

By Salina Pressimone | Assistant News Editor

March 21, 2018

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 second new dean Pitt has appointed is as many days. Yesterday, Pitt named Amy Wildermuth as the new law de...

Students discuss diversity in engineering

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)

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 leadership experience largely through NSBE, and I discovered my passion, which is to increase access...

Students mix beer and engineering

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

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 across the screen: “Belgian or German wheat beer?”   Professor Robert Parker repeated this ...

SGB debate funding for student event

(Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

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 Fall opposed the funding of the Students for Liberty and Engineering Business Administration event, ...

Alum studies safety of nuclear energy

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

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 call that an emergency.” Talabi’s vision motivated him to spend the last 20 years pursuing a cost-effectiv...

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