The Pittsburgh Difference

The Steel City with a Proud Heritage of Medical Science & Research Advancement

Once the steel capital of the world, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself to become a hotbed of advanced research, higher education and finance. This juxtaposition of "eds, meds & entrepreneurs" provides a strong environment for medical innovation.

Part of that strength is found in the Department of Bioengineering at the Swanson School of Engineering. Established in 1998, the Department of Bioengineering is ranked as one of the nation’s top bioengineering programs and has received millions of dollars to fund research for advances including the development of a tiny cardiac-assist device for infants; a blood-treatment tool that can free patients from ventilator dependence; and materials that help generate bone.

Academic Analytics, which compares peer institutions and departments based upon quantitative, objective data, lists the Swanson School Department of Bioengineering as number one out of 67 departments nationwide in articles, grants, grant dollars, citations, dollars per grant and citations per faculty. Recently, the Department has initiated a major thrust in Translational Research with the fall 2011 launch of the Coulter TPII Program and the Center for Medical Innovation.