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Engineers Propose How Tungsten Oxide is Used as a Catalyst in Sustainable Chemical Conversionsopens in new window
Engineers use catalysts in a wide range of applications, from food processing to chemical manufacture. Hence, developing effective, environmentally friendly catalysts is a priority. A new study headed by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering might lead to the development of new, long-lasting catalysts made of tungsten oxide and similar materials.
19
May
2022
www.azom.com
How ALung got on a London medical device manufacturer's radaropens in new window
The acquisition of Pittsburgh-based ALung Technologies Inc. earlier this month by LivaNova didn't come out of nowhere. That's because employees of ALung and TandemLife, an O'Hara Township company LivaNova acquired in 2018, have known each other for years, coming out of the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh life sciences ecosystem.
10
May
2022
www.bizjournals.com
Sensor Fastened to Monarchs Butterflies Will Reveal Their Migratory Patternsopens in new window
Inhee Lee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is part of a team designing a tracking platform that could be fastened to monarch butterflies to convey data about their location during their three-month migration south.
04
May
2022
www.azosensors.com
The race is on (again) to build out a low-carbon hydrogen economyopens in new window
“Generating hydrogen from natural gas can actually be quite efficient,” said Götz Veser, Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. “Over the next 10 or 20 years, making hydrogen in an efficient way from fossil resources might be the way to reduce (our) carbon footprint faster and lower than with renewable technologies.”
02
May
2022
stateimpact.npr.org
Brandon Brewster: A leader who loves the climbopens in new window
Brewster has kept himself busy during his time at Pitt, studying environmental science with minors in environmental engineering and studio arts and certificates in geographic information systems and sustainability.
12
Apr
2022
pittnews.com
AIChE Appoints Swanson School Alumna Darlene S. Schuster MSChE '84 as New CEO and Executive Directoropens in new window
Grant noted Schuster’s strong track record of developing and executing strategies to structure and achieve significant, sustainable growth, which will lead AIChE to its next phase. “Darlene personifies the values and integrity that are essential as the next leader of AIChE. I want to express my special thanks to the search committee for their commitment and hard work in this process,” added Grant.
07
Apr
2022
csengineermag.com
Through the binoculars: Pitt ‘birders’ find friends, passions and funopens in new window
Garrett Sisk, the club’s president and junior majoring in environmental engineering, said his first memories of birdwatching go back to elementary school. His grandmother gave him his very first bird feeder which sparked a passion that has followed him through college and beyond.
05
Apr
2022
pittnews.com
Pitt startup Diamond Kinetics partnering with MLBopens in new window
The partnership will see the MLB gaining an equity stake in the company that develops mobile-based hitting and throwing technology for baseball and softball players. Diamond Kinetics, will also become the new “Trusted Youth Development Platform of Major League Baseball.” The company was co-founded by William "Buddy" Clark, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science.
05
Apr
2022
www.bizjournals.com
ChemE alumna Allison Howard BSChE '95 Creates Bedding to Protect Your Skin and Hairopens in new window
For University of Pittsburgh alumna and McKeesport native Allison Howard, the materials used on our skin and hair while asleep are just as important as the materials used in our waking hours. Howard launched Nollapelli, an online startup company dedicated to distributing bedding designed to protect skin and hair, in 2019. She says she began familiarizing herself with the bedding industry in 2017 after noticing the effects traditional bedding had on her skin and hair.
04
Apr
2022
www.pittsburghmagazine.com
Tiny Robot Bugs in Development for Medical Reliefopens in new window
When doctors can't easily reach someone -- whether it's in a war zone or a natural disaster -- robot bugs are being designed to come to the rescue. Ravi Shankar discusses the medical applications for the tiny insect-inspired robots designed by his lab.
30
Mar
2022
www.webmd.com
How a circular economy could fix the supply chainopens in new window
Melissa Bilec is an expert on reuse, and she doesn’t have to look far for an example of it done well: Just nearby is Hot Metal Bridge, a former steel-mill structure that she helped convert into a pedestrian and bicycle bridge.A three-time alumna of Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering (ENGR ’97, ’99G, ’07G), the William Kepler Whiteford professor and co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation has a history with the University’s sustainability efforts that goes back decades — she even worked with the center as a graduate student.
28
Mar
2022
www.pitt.edu
University of Pittsburgh Releases ‘Pitt Climate Action Plan’opens in new window
The report details three pillars for achieving 2037 goals: energy demand reduction; clean supply via renewable and clean energy investment; and low carbon connections via active, shared and low carbon mobility.
25
Mar
2022
www.bdcnetwork.com
Research makes big leap for insect-inspired robotsopens in new window
Insect-inspired robots that operate in hard-to-reach spaces and inhospitable environments have been developed at the University of Pittsburgh.
07
Mar
2022
www.theengineer.co.uk
Scientists have created robot bugs- have they not watched Black Mirror?opens in new window
Scientists had designed tiny robot bugs that can fit in hard to reach places, journey inhospitable environments, and hopefully not be hacked like in Netflix’s Black Mirror. Researchers at Swanson School of Engineering in Pennsylvania have created the bugs capable of doing jobs humans can not.
07
Mar
2022
www.joe.co.uk
Pitt’s co-op program gets re-engineeredopens in new window
For students in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, learning takes place far beyond Benedum Hall. Whether they gain experience doing fieldwork for a company located on the other side of the country or joining in on meetings with potential future employers in Pittsburgh, the co-op program gives engineers an immersive introduction to their future careers.
02
Mar
2022
pittnews.com
How Covestro and the University of Pittsburgh are Paving the Way for Innovation in the Circular Economyopens in new window
New and exciting work is underway in Pittsburgh. The Covestro Circular Economy Program is the first US graduate program on circular economy design solutions for global waste. The program is designed to create opportunities for the research, education, and innovative advancement of circular economy principles.
17
Feb
2022
gbdmagazine.com
Pitt-Titusville’s manufacturing assistance center continues legacy of excellence opens in new window
The MAC began as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering to provide workforce training to members of the Pittsburgh community without the requirement of college admittance. Having expanded to Titusville as part of Pitt-Titusville’s Education and Training Hub, the MAC continues to provide advanced, hands-on training for those that qualify.
15
Feb
2022
www.ncnewsonline.com
Turn on the windows to keep warmopens in new window
Nathan Youngblood and colleagues have developed a prototype window with switchable absorption properties, so that it can be set to harvest heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer. Crucially, in a paper in the journal ACS Photonics, they show it does so without becoming visibly darker to those in the house, as the material used is highly selective in the wavelengths of light it absorbs or reflects.
09
Feb
2022
www.thetimes.co.uk
Fern Hollow Bridge collapse — and 175 Allegheny County bridges in poor condition — point to lack of infrastructure investmentopens in new window
“Infrastructure will continue to deteriorate and we need to put in resources to ensure things like this don’t happen,” says University of Pittsburgh engineering professor Kent Harries, citing insufficient funding for bridge maintenance nationwide.
31
Jan
2022
nextpittsburgh.com
University Director of Sustainability Aurora Sharrard says Pitt on track to meet greenhouse gas goalsopens in new window
The University of Pittsburgh’s energy consumption is on track to meet the sustainability goal of a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2037.
27
Jan
2022
www.utimes.pitt.edu
Switchable smart window coating can heat or cool a room opens in new window
“The unique twist on smart windows is that the visible light transmission is pretty much unchanged,” says Nathan Youngblood of the University of Pittsburgh, “so it is energy-saving, aesthetically pleasing, and also provides thermal benefits.”
25
Jan
2022
cen.acs.org
Pitt trustee SaLisa Berrien receives Black Founders Fund award from Google for Startupsopens in new window
Pitt trustee SaLisa Berrien (ENGR ’91) received a $100,000 Black Founders Fund award from Google for Startups. The award will be used to expand her Tampa-based renewable energy services company, COI Energy.
19
Jan
2022
www.pitt.edu
Dean James Martin joins Mayor Gainey’s transition committee for Infrastructure and Environmentopens in new window
New Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey is tapping into the expertise of several Pitt professors as part of his transition. Gainey, the city’s first Black mayor, was inaugurated on Jan. 3.
14
Jan
2022
www.utimes.pitt.edu
These smart windows could one day help heat and cool your house automaticallyopens in new window
Nathan Youngblood, an assistant professor in the engineering department at the University of Pittsburgh, works on reconfigurable or phase-change photonics, taking optical components like lenses or mirrors and making them switch between two states. When working with a startup called Bodle on color-changing technology displays, he and his coresearchers thought, If you can use a thin coating on something like a piece of glass to switch it between two different colors, can you also switch between two different states of reflection for infrared light?
10
Jan
2022
www.fastcompany.com
Windows That Outsmart the Elementsopens in new window
"The major innovation is that these windows can change according to seasonal needs," explained Nathan Youngblood, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Pitt and first author. "They absorb near infrared light from the sun in the winter and turn it into heat for the inside of a building. In the summer months, the sun can be reflected instead of absorbed."
10
Jan
2022
www.printedelectronicsworld.com
Pitt study: World plastics trade accounts for 350M metric tons of carbon dioxideopens in new window
NPR's State Impact Pennsylvania features Vikas Khanna's work modeling the world plastics trade and its environmental impact.
21
Dec
2021
stateimpact.npr.org
Interested in a circular economy job? There's a Ph.D. for thatopens in new window
"One of the reasons why this is so important is because when you look at issues related to climate change, one of the things that we think about is the consumption of all the goods that we as consumers buy on a daily basis. And not only that consumption, but where the waste happens," said Melissa Bilec, co-director at the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.
08
Dec
2021
www.greenbiz.com
Reshaping the Lifecycle of Plasticopens in new window
“At our current rate of plastic waste generation, increasing waste management capacity will not be sufficient to reach plastic pollution goals alone,” said Vikas Khanna, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. “There is an urgent need to take actions like limiting global virgin plastic production from fossil fuels and designing products and packaging for recyclability.”
01
Dec
2021
www.technologynetworks.com
Finding the missing piece in global oil life-cycle assessmentopens in new window
ChemEurope reports on Mohammad Masnadi's research, which models the relationship between carbon impacts and market factors in the oil industry.
18
Nov
2021
www.chemeurope.com
ALung Gets FDA De Novo Clearance for Hemolungopens in new window
Pittsburgh-based ALung Technologies Inc. has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its premiere product, the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System, which helps patients with acute respiratory distress. The de novo review determined that the benefits of the medical device, developed out of Pitt, outweighs any risks.
16
Nov
2021
www.bizjournals.com
Pittsburgh-Based Battery Technology Researchers and Manufacturers Look to Grants in Biden’s Infrastructure Billopens in new window
“If there's a crisis in the [battery-production] supply chain, like we are seeing now, we are stuck,” said Prashant N. Kumta, the Edward R. Weidlein Chair Professor. For the U.S. to ensure its own fate in the battery market, researchers and manufacturers will need to make “critical breakthroughs” in several areas, including “dry manufacturing” and energy density, particularly when producing lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
16
Nov
2021
www.post-gazette.com
Google Black Founder Fund winner SaLisa Berrien BSME '91 expands energy-saving companyopens in new window
Recognized by Jason A. Scott last year as one of 30 U.S. black founders to watch in 2021, Berrien was one of 50 companies to receive a $100,000 Black Founders Fund award from Google for Startups. She participated in Google Startups for Women, which she completed last December, and has raised $2 million-plus in funds.
16
Nov
2021
www.83degreesmedia.com
Which of Pittsburgh’s top innovators won the 2021 Tech 50 Awards?opens in new window
MEMS Alumnus and Optimus Technologies, Inc. co-founder Colin Huwyler BSMechE '15 wins the Pittsburgh Technology Council #Tech50 Innovator of the Year: Solutions Provider – Innovative Tech Award.
10
Nov
2021
nextpittsburgh.com
How an outdoorsy engineer is working to cut transportation pollution around disadvantaged communitiesopens in new window
With transportation the top source of U.S. emissions, Pitt Engineering alumnus Harold Rickenbacker PhD '19 has worked on local air monitoring and teamed with Ikea on electric truck deliveries
04
Nov
2021
www.washingtonpost.com
Does the Brain Learn Like a Computer Learns?opens in new window
A new perspectives piece co-authored by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers relates machine learning to biological learning, showing that the two approaches aren’t interchangeable, yet can be harnessed to offer valuable insights into how the brain works.
14
Oct
2021
www.technologynetworks.com
Greater Latrobe, Pitt Engineering alumna heads firm helping Air Force soar above maintenance challengesopens in new window
A Greater Latrobe alumna has gained recognition for founding a 100% woman-­­owned company that is helping the Air Force update its maintenance process. Milissa Pavlik, a member of the Class of 1993 at GL and Chemical Engineering alumna (BSChE '97), has 25 years of experience in Department of Defense contracting. Drawing upon that background, she founded PavCon in 2012, began working with the Air Force three years later and landed a contract with the military branch in 2018.
11
Oct
2021
triblive.com
Google wants to use AI to time traffic lights more efficientlyopens in new window
Aleksandar Stevanovic, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of Pittsburgh, said simulations show AI could smooth traffic flow. But he questioned whether a tech company without traffic engineering expertise ultimately could bring such software to reality.
06
Oct
2021
www.reuters.com
Helping valuable donor milk reach infants in needopens in new window
Over 15 million infants around the world are born prematurely each year and can experience health complications and lengthy hospitalizations as a result of underdevelopment and immature immune systems. But for babies whose mothers may be unable to produce milk due to their baby’s premature birth, or have health conditions or medications that preclude breastfeeding, and a physician recommends breast milk as the preferred choice for those infants’ needs, what are the options? Lisa Maillart and a team of researchers partnered with the largest donor milk bank in the U.S. to help improve their existing systems and processes and realize significant outcomes. Their work will be featured in an upcoming edition of the INFORMS journal Service Science.
23
Sep
2021
pubsonline.informs.org
Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdueopens in new window
"It is critical to prioritize our efforts so as not to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem," said Dr. Carla Ng, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and lead author of the study, in a statement. "This paper identifies where focus is needed to effectively minimize environmental and human exposure to PFAS."
15
Sep
2021
www.ehn.org
Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again. But regulations are at least two years awayopens in new window
The lack of PFAS regulations in Pennsylvania is part of a larger problem of inadequate regulations locally, nationally and internationally, according to a paper published Tuesday in Environmental Science and Technology by University of Pittsburgh PFAS scientist Carla Ng.
14
Sep
2021
www.publicsource.org
Swanson School of Engineering continues blood drive series to support shortagesopens in new window
The Swanson School of Engineering hosted its annual blood drive on Tuesday in partnership with Vitalant, a nonprofit blood donation organization that supplies blood to nearly 900 hospitals across the United States.
09
Sep
2021
pittnews.com
You’re Not Alone: Monkeys Choke Under Pressure Tooopens in new window
A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh have shown for the first time that people are not the only primates that choke under pressure.
02
Sep
2021
www.wired.com
Rare-Earth Free Electric Motoropens in new window
InsideEVs recaps electric vehicle news, leading with the Swanson School of Engineering's project with Powdermet to create motors for electric vehicles that avoid using rare-earth minerals.
24
Aug
2021
insideevs.com
At least one species of primate underperforms when the heat is onopens in new window
A team of scientists recently published a paper suggesting that at least three rhesus monkeys will, in fact, choke under pressure. The authors told Ars that this lapse in performance is almost certainly true of all rhesus monkeys—and quite possibly other primates as well.
23
Aug
2021
arstechnica.com
Monkeys also struggle with tasks when the rewards are higher, study finds opens in new window
Monkeys ‘choke under pressure’ just like humans, according to a study into their performance, and it is more likely when the rewards for their actions are higher.
23
Aug
2021
todayuknews.com
Getting to the truth about e-wasteopens in new window
Research from Chris Wilmer's Hypothetical Materials Lab leads this story in Innovators about e-waste's role in a circular economy.
20
Aug
2021
www.innovatorsmag.com
Researchers Gaze into Space to Envision Future of Regenerative Medicineopens in new window
Researchers from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh aim to use the ISS U.S. National Laboratory (ISSNL) to conduct biomedical research not possible on Earth and advance space-based biomanufacturing.
17
Aug
2021
inside.upmc.com
A city of wateropens in new window
CEE faculty Melissa Bilec and Kent Harries featured in article about how climate change impacts Pittsburgh’s infrastructure
09
Aug
2021
www.post-gazette.com
MEMS alumna Tamar McPherson among newest crop of state certified computer science educatorsopens in new window
Plum High School math teacher Tamar McPherson recently joined an elite group of educators dedicated to the future of technology-based learning. She is one of 38 teachers in the state to become certified in computer science grades 7-12 through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The professional development opportunity was made possible through the state’s PAsmart initiative.
06
Aug
2021
triblive.com
Model could help create more energy efficent buildings and citiesopens in new window
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation used the city of Pittsburgh to create a model to estimate city energy use. The goal is to help policymakers and building companies estimate the energy usage and emissions of a city’s buildings.
03
Aug
2021
electronics360.globalspec.com
Breathe Easyopens in new window
Harold Rickenbacker knows the real value of a breath of fresh air. He’s a clean air and innovation manager with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, D.C., one of the world’s leading environmental organizations. Working with EDF+Business, Rickenbacker (ENGR ’19G) manages clean air projects in the United States and abroad and promotes technologies, business models and partnerships needed to reduce pollution and improve health outcomes.
30
Jul
2021
www.pittmag.pitt.edu
New Energy Map Of Commercial Buildings Could Help Pittsburgh Reach Its Sustainability Goalsopens in new window
A model created by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh could help city officials make more effective energy policies and encourage businesses to use less energy. The map includes 3D models of 209 buildings Downtown and in Oakland. Different colors indicate different levels of energy use.
27
Jul
2021
www.wesa.fm
Printing a Better Microgridopens in new window
New research from the University of Pittsburgh shows particle-free silver microgrid outperforms other flexible high-performance transparent electrodes...
20
Jul
2021
www.energy.gov
Study Analyzes Mechanisms Behind Bacterial Resistance to Ag Nanoparticlesopens in new window
Antimicrobials find their use in destroying or slowing down the growth of viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms. They could exist in the form of an additive, as an antibiotic used to treat bodily infections, or as a coating on commercial products that are utilized to prevent germs.
14
Jul
2021
www.azonano.com
No driver? No problem—this is the Indy Autonomous Challengeopens in new window
Pitt Engineering student Nayana Suvarna is part of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a competition set for October 23 in which driverless cars will race wheel-to-wheel around IMS at potential speeds of more than 180 mph. And she doesn't even have a driver's license.
07
Jul
2021
arstechnica.com
Pittsburgh building industry experts stress need for inspections opens in new window
Constructing and maintaining multi-story structures in the Pittsburgh region present some different challenges than conditions in the Miami area, where answers are still being sought for the condominium collapse that has killed at least 18 people. CEE Professor and infrastructure expert Dr. Kent Harries comments on the benefits of older buildings, more frequent inspections, and the bane of salt.
02
Jul
2021
www.post-gazette.com
A New Cooling Strategy for Cities: 'Strategic' Reflective Surfacesopens in new window
Cities are caught in a hot, vicious cycle. Surfaces in a given urban area absorb heat, and that heat causes city dwellers to use more air-conditioning, water, and other resources, which in turns calls for greater resources from power plants and water-treatment facilities. There’s a need to break that energy-intensive cycle, says Sushobhan Sen, a postdoctoral associate from the University of Pittsburgh.
27
Jun
2021
www.techbriefs.com
Pitt receives $1.6 million for nuclear energy researchopens in new window
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering $1.6 million in funding for advanced nuclear energy research and development.
25
Jun
2021
www.bizjournals.com
University of Pittsburgh researchers find a way to cool urban areas for lessopens in new window
While many existing urban surfaces (think concrete, roofing, and pavement) absorb and radiate solar heat, reflective materials, including concrete and coatings, could be designed to reflect between 30% and 50% of sunlight.
25
Jun
2021
www.architectmagazine.com
A Circular Economy for Electronicsopens in new window
New research from the Hypothetical Materials Lab at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering develops a framework to understand the choices a recycler has to make and the role that digital fraud prevention could have in preventing dishonest recycling practices.
23
Jun
2021
www.mbtmag.com
Vanishing yet vital: Western U.S. butterflies in decline opens in new window
“The challenge with us as a society is that anything that we don’t or we cannot measure, it does not get valued and that is the case with insect pollinators,” notes Vikas Khanna, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
22
Jun
2021
yaleclimateconnections.org
Young Entrepreneur: Stephen Canton BSBioE '13 MSMed '20 is creating tracking tools for the operating roomopens in new window
"The pro of being a young entrepreneur is just going anywhere to find that knowledge or ask questions. That curiosity. And people are pretty accepting of you asking questions as a young entrepreneur because they know you are trying to fix a problem."
22
Jun
2021
www.bizjournals.com
‘Tic Tac Toe’ MRI technique uncovers sickle cell’s impact on the brainopens in new window
A new magnetic resonance imaging development has uncovered new insights into how sickle cell disease affects the brain.
09
Jun
2021
www.healthimaging.com
Tech & Science Op-Ed: Self-aware metamaterials major advances and cookie-cutter coverageopens in new window
Self-aware materials contain sensors and can detect changes in their surrounds. They’re also self-powering. The University of Pittsburgh’s Intelligent Structural Monitoring and Response Testing (iSMaRT) Lab has released information about its new findings, and they’re fascinating. It’s almost impossible to quantify the sheer scope of this technology from smart stents to spacecraft, and beyond.
07
Jun
2021
www.digitaljournal.com
'Self-Aware' Sensing Material Powers Itselfopens in new window
The Intelligent Structural Monitoring and Response Testing (iSMaRT) Lab, led by Amir Alavi at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering has designed a new class of self-aware materials. The team's research was recently published in Nano Energy.
03
Jun
2021
www.techbriefs.com
California’s Almond Trees Rely on Honey Bees and Wild Pollinators, but a Lack of Good Habitat is Making Their Job Harderopens in new window
“Things that don’t get valued get deteriorated,” said Vikas Khanna, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering.
03
Jun
2021
insideclimatenews.org
"Game-Changing" Nanomaterials Are Both Generators and Sensors; Here's How They Workopens in new window
The Science Times highlights Amir Alavi's work on self-aware materials in an article about the new class of nano materials.
02
Jun
2021
www.sciencetimes.com
Big BEES-nessopens in new window
A University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University study finds bees and other pollinators play an extremely important role in agriculture.
30
Mar
2021
www.nsf.gov