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Pitt students hone engineering (and life) skills in electric boat competition.

Engineering students at University of Pittsburgh, until recently, were offered little hands-on experience with electric vehicles of any type. So last year, when then-junior Nick Genco saw an opportunity for a club at Pitt dedicated to racing electric boats in the Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft competition held by the American Society of Naval Engineers, he jumped in. That was the summer of 2021. The race was the following May. Plenty of time, right?

University of Pittsburgh Researchers Use Drones and Digital Models to Study Bridge Reconstruction

Alessandro Fascetti and his colleagues are engaging in a National Science Foundation-backed effort to chronicle the reconstruction of the Fern Hollow Bridge. They use drones and lidar to capture data from the bridge, which is then used to create 3-d digital models. Using this information, the researchers hope to gain a deeper understanding of public infrastructure projects and develop best practices.

Pitt’s new $2.5 million partnership with the Pennsylvania Turnpike aims to improve the state’s roads

Picture electrified tractor trailers wirelessly charging their batteries as they cruise through central Pennsylvania. Imagine Pennsylvania Turnpike walls that not only reduce noise pollution but vehicle emission pollutants, too. This and more could soon become reality thanks to a research grant from Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to the University of Pittsburgh. At its Oct. 4 meeting, the commission approved a $2.5 million agreement with Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering to support four research projects aimed at bettering Pennsylvania’s roads.

Getting it to stick: Designing optimal core-shell MOFs for direct air capture

"If materials are good at grabbing carbon dioxide, they're usually good at grabbing multiple gases," explained Katherine Hornbostel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. "It's really hard to tune these materials to grab carbon dioxide but nothing else, and that's what this research is focused on."