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Swanson engineers a path for fall semester

Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Senior Staff Writer

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.

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer

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.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

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.

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer

November 21, 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.

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

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.

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

Driving skills can be negatively impacted while under the influence of THC.

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

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.

Engineering students present projects at Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo

Design students showcase their projects at the Spring 2018 Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Thursday evening. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

April 20, 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

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...

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