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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.
The Swanson School of Engineering partnered with Vitalant to host a blood drive in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall last Friday.

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

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer 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.
Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.

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

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor 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.
Pitt’s Benedum Hall houses the Swanson School of Engineering.

Swanson engineers a path for fall semester

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.
An illustration demonstrates the fluid repellent quality of treated textiles.

Pitt researchers developing virus-repellent textiles

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer May 19, 2020
Swanson researchers are collaborating to create virus-repellent textiles for medical professional use.
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.

Pitt engineers donate, create supplies for health care workers

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.
Pitt students won third place in the InnovateFPGA 2019 Global Design Contest Regional Final with an American Sign Language-to-text translator prototype.

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

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.
Senior chemical engineering majors Tyler Weinstein, right, and Katie Brosky at their co-op location.

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.
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.

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

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.
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