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

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

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer

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

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

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Staff Writer

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

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

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

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

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

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

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.

Engineering students present projects at Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo

Engineering students present projects at Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

April 19, 2018

After countless hours of designing, coding and calculating, more than 400 engineering students of various disciplines traded their polo shirts and safety glasses for bow ties and blazers Thursday evening at the Spring 2018 Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo. The expo, held at the Soldiers and Sailors M...

Swanson School announces new dean

Swanson School announces new dean

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...

Pitt engineering unveils Makerspace

Pitt engineering unveils Makerspace

By Samuel Weber and Noah Manalo | The Pitt News Staff

March 19, 2018

On the outside, 7800 Susquehanna Street looks like an old brick factory, with hazy entrance windows, a cracked walkway and faded paint. But recently, more than 100 people gathered at the Homewood location to celebrate the debut of the newest branch of the Swanson School of Engineering, a place dedicated ...

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

March 12, 2018

Marc Tobias has been picking locks since he was 15. One of his first experiences in the trade came when he went into a local locksmith in Denver and asked to pick the store’s toughest lock as a challenge. After initially being dismissed, the store gave him the lock and said he would never be able to ...

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

Pitt unveils sustainable engineering master’s program

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’...

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