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‘We need every donation we can get’: Pitt hosts blood drive to help blood shortage

The Swanson School of Engineering partnered with Vitalant to host a blood drive in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall last Friday.
November 18, 2020
The Swanson School of Engineering partnered with Vitalant, a national blood bank nonprofit organization that seeks to provide a safe and readily available supply of blood, to host a blood drive in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall last Friday.

Swanson receives commitment for a donation that could exceed $10 million to help underrepresented students

Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.
October 21, 2020
The Swanson School of Engineering received received a commitment for a donation that could exceed $10 million on Wednesday from an anonymous Pitt engineering alumnus and his wife to financially support underrepresented undergraduate students in the Pitt EXCEL program.

Swanson engineers a path for fall semester

Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.
August 20, 2020
Although Pitt is implementing the new [email protected] teaching model, which allows students to experience classes “in person, remotely, synchronously or asynchronously,” it is unclear when in-person classes will begin.

Pitt researchers developing virus-repellent textiles

An illustration demonstrates the fluid repellent quality of treated textiles.
May 19, 2020
Swanson researchers are collaborating to create virus-repellent textiles for medical professional use.

Pitt engineers donate, create supplies for health care workers

Dan Yates, the Makerspace’s innovation project coordinator, is the only person currently allowed in the Makerspace, but he relies on a team of about 50 students in the Makerspace club to help design face masks and face shields.
March 29, 2020
Within the Swanson School of Engineering, numerous labs and individuals, including Veser, have donated their supplies, time and ideas to help reduce the shortage of personal protective equipment in Pittsburgh hospitals.

Reading the signs: Swanson students create ASL-to-text translator

Pitt students won third place in the InnovateFPGA 2019 Global Design Contest Regional Final with an American Sign Language-to-text translator prototype.
November 20, 2019
The students recently placed in a competition with a prototype of their translator, which takes a video of a word being signed and translates it using an ever-learning algorithm.

How some Swanson students skip class and fly the co-op

Senior chemical engineering majors Tyler Weinstein, right, and Katie Brosky at their co-op location.
September 11, 2019
Through the co-op, Swanson students complete three separate four-month-long rotations at a chosen employer, alternating terms of work and school.

Pitt to offer 5-year master’s engineering program next fall

The Engineering Accelerated Graduate program will be offered across all six of the Swanson School’s departments, allowing engineering students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees of science in five years, rather than six.
September 10, 2019
Pitt engineering students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees of science in five years, rather than six, through a new program launching next fall.

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

Driving skills can be negatively impacted while under the influence of THC.
August 29, 2019
Researchers from the chemistry department’s Star Lab and Swanson’s electrical and computer engineering department worked together to develop the prototype.

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.
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.
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