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Industrial engineering (IE) is about choices - it is the engineering discipline that offers the most wide-ranging array of opportunities in terms of employment, and it is distinguished by its flexibility. While other engineering disciplines tend to apply skills to very specific areas, Industrial Engineers may be found working everywhere: from traditional manufacturing companies to airlines, from distribution companies to financial institutions, from major medical establishments to consulting companies, from high-tech corporations to companies in the food industry.  

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Our department is now the proud home of Pitt's Center for Industry Studies, which supports multidisciplinary research that links scholars to some of the most important and challenging problems faced by modern industry.


Pittsburgh Business Times recognizes four Swanson School faculty with 2016 Energy Leadership Awards

Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, Industrial

PITTSBURGH (March 29, 2016) ... Four faculty members from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering were selected as winners of the 2016 Energy Leadership Awards, presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The program honors individuals who have paved the way for the vibrant growth of the Pittsburgh region's energy sector and recognizes outstanding performance in the western Pennsylvania energy industry, from academia and industry to policy and research. The recipients will be recognized at the Business Times' Energy Gala, Thursday, May 26 at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn. The recipients include: Robert Enick, PhD, NETL RUA Faculty Fellow, Bayer Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Joel Haight, PhD, P.E., Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Safety Engineering Program David Sanchez, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Co-Director of the Pitt/RMU Energy Inventor Labs Götz Veser, PhD, Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Associate Director of the Center for Energy ###


The Swanson School presents alumnus Russell Corsi II with 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Industrial Engineering


PITTSBURGH (March 16, 2016) … More than 300 faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Swanson School of Engineering gathered last night to recognize this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at the School's annual banquet in the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall. Gerald D. Holder, US Steel Dean of Engineering, presented awards honoring alumni from each of the School's six departments, as well as for the Swanson School overall. This year's recipient for the Department of Industrial Engineering was Russell J. Corsi II, BSIE '70, MBA '76, President of Technical Autoglass Consultants. "After graduating from Pitt, Russ worked with Rockwell International as a Manufacturing Engineer and would later begin an outstanding career with PPG Industries in 1973," Dean Holder said. "His work with automotive and flat glass, architectural metals and aircraft would eventually enable him and his business partners to establish a successful consulting firm, and a strong reputation throughout the industry." About Russell Corsi A 1970 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Russell Corsi earned a degree in industrial engineering, returning to school in 1976 for an MBA. He has worked professionally for more than 33 years in the private sector, 13 of which with PPG Industries as a methods engineer at its glass fabrication plant. His additional assignments spanned systems analyst, production control supervisor-aircraft (included ballistics-bullet resistant glass), and production control supervisor-Automotive. In 1986 Mr. Corsi advanced at PPG to the position of Manager of Inventory Planning for Automotive Replacement Glass-Branch Distribution. He progressed through two other assignments, first as Marketing Manager and then as Distribution Manager of Automotive and Flat Glass. His next move was in 1991 as Regional Manager, Architectural Metals, where he was responsible for sales and facilities management. Mr. Corsi’s final assignment with PPG Industries was in 1997 as Manager Technical Services. In addition to supporting PPG’s Automotive Replacement Glass products, both from a performance and application perspective, he had sales responsibility for aftermarket glass sold to GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Honda. He retired from a full-time position on January 3, 2005. Mr. Corsi served on the Board of Directors for Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards that oversees the only published ANSI-approved, standard that covers all aftermarket glass replacement. Currently, Mr. Corsi is the President of Technical Autoglass Consultants, Inc. and serves as an expert witness evaluating the performance of automotive glazing products, evaluated glass products relative to safety performance, and providing general consulting knowledge in various aspects of the glass industry. Mr. Corsi is active in his church, serving on the church Pastoral Council, singing in the choir, and serving on the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Mr. Corsi also serves as the Board Chair for PPG and Associates, and the Federal Credit Union. ### Pictured above from left: Dean Holder, Russell Corsi, and Bopaya Bidanda, the Ernest Roth Professor and Department Chair of Industrial Engineering


Two Pitt Industrial Engineering Students Win First Place at 2016 NOBE National Conference Case Study Competition


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (March 2, 2016) … Kelsey Metheny and Garrett White, undergraduate students at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, received first place recognition for their work in the Harvard Business Review Case Study Competition on February 13 at Penn State University. The competition was part of the National Organization of Business and Engineering (NOBE) 2016 National Conference, which brought more than 80 participants from eight universities and leaders from both academia and industry to the Penn State campus to discuss topics related to overlap in business and engineering sectors. During the case study competition, students attempted to find solutions to problems faced by lodging rental website Airbnb. Serving more than 60 million guests annually, Airbnb is currently exploring strategies to resolve complaints about destructive guests and to facilitate trust between guests and hosts. Metheny and White were randomly paired with Penn State industrial engineering students Matt DiSanta and Janna Al Nabhani and competed against 10 other teams of four students each. The competition consisted of two rounds: a 60-minute first round in which students submitted a written report to the panel of judges and a five- to seven-minute second round for finalists to present their solutions to the judges and answer questions. The panel of judges consisted of three Penn State faculty members, two members of the NOBE national office and representatives from Flashpoint Informatics, GE Transportation, Hess Corporation, PricewaterhouseCooper and United States Gypsum Corporation. “Our answers to the more subjective case questions revolved around transparency on both ends of the transaction,” said White. “We focused on attacking the root problem—a somewhat blind process that could cause hosts and renters alike to feel uneasy or experience problems. We suggested incentivized data input, more concise and meaningful reviews, the advent of an optional insurance program and other solutions that would benefit both parties.” Metheny and White each received $250 and a brass Nittany Lion trophy for their efforts. Justin Traino, another Pitt industrial engineering undergraduate student, was a member of the fourth-place team and received a $25 award. In addition to the case study competition, the NOBE National Conference featured speakers who addressed many of the opportunities for students interested in combining business and engineering skills. They covered topics such as business and industry trends, graduate school options for business and engineering majors, entrepreneurship and complimentary skills for engineers interested in the business-side of industry. “Pitt’s curriculum does a very good job incorporating business classes. A mentor of mine once told me that an engineer who understands business is unstoppable,” said Metheny. “Together, these two disciplines require skills that make great leaders. I have one semester left to complete my undergraduate degree, and I plan to go into consulting for a few years before getting my MBA, which aligns with NOBE’s mission to integrate business and engineering. The steps I’m taking now and plan to take after graduation will prepare me for high-level management positions in the future.” ### Pictured above left to right: Janis Terpenny (head of PSU Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering), Matt DiSanto (PSU), Garrett White (Pitt), Kelsey Metheny (Pitt), Mohammad Al Zayed (president, PSU NOBE chapter).


Pitt engineering students capture 2nd place at national Ergonomics Design Competition

Industrial, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2016) … Three teams of Industrial Engineering students from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering received honorable mention recognitions and one team placed second at the annual Ergonomics Design Competition hosted by Auburn Engineers, Inc. The second place team, which consisted of students Ashley John, Kimberly Dickenson, Kelly Rose and Victoria Portier, collected points in a variety of categories, including procedures and documentation, use of ergonomic design software, creativity, justification and the final report. The judges announced their final decision in December 2015. “Everything they did throughout the semester was right on and very thorough,” said Joel Haight, Pitt associate professor of industrial engineering and faculty advisor for the four competing teams. “This is the first year Pitt entered, and in the nine-year competition, no first time team had ever even made it into the top five.” The competition required teams to collect data, analyze the information, and design solutions for both a Preliminary Design problem and Final problem. This year’s Preliminary Design problem focused on the daily actions of workers at an animal shelter, such as lifting heavy animals on and off examination tables. For the Final problem, teams investigated the ergonomics of the food service industry. In addition to recognition for their work, the Pitt second place team members each received a $200 award. They will also serve as an alternate for first place winner, Concordia University, at the eTools Users Group Meeting hosted by Auburn Engineers at a National Safety Conference in the spring. The top five teams also presented their projects to a panel of judges live via WebEx. Judges evaluated their presentation skills in addition to the merit of their projects. A total of 41 teams participated in the national Ergonomics Design Competition, comprising more than 200 students. Other universities included Texas A&M University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Wichita, SUNY Buffalo, University of Puerto Rico, Montana State University and Mississippi State University. Auburn Engineers, Inc., sponsor of the competition, is an international ergonomics consulting company. Past competitions required students to analyze the workplace ergonomics of wedding photographers, retail grocers and the field crew at an Auburn University football game. ### Pictured above from left: Kelly Larson, Kimberley Dickinson, Ashley John, Victoria Portier, Dr. Haight.


Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation awards four novel biomedical devices with $85,000 total Round-2 2015 Pilot Funding

Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Industrial

PITTSBURGH (February 1, 2016) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $85,000 to four research groups through its 2015 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a nanowire glaucoma drainage implant; an emergency lung intubation device; a timed-release microsphere drug for middle-ear infections; and bioactive hydrogels for bone regeneration. CMI, a University Center housed in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE), supports applied technology projects in the early stages of development with “kickstart” funding toward the goal of transitioning the research to clinical adoption. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, technical and clinical relevance, potential health care impact and significance, experience of the investigators, and potential in obtaining further financial investment to translate the particular solution to healthcare. “This is our fourth year of pilot funding, and our leadership team could not be more excited with the breadth and depth of this round’s awardees,” said Alan D. Hirschman, PhD, CMI Executive Director. “This early-stage interdisciplinary research helps to develop highly specific biomedical technologies through a proven strategy of linking UPMC’s clinicians and surgeons with the Swanson School’s engineering faculty.” AWARD 1: Self-Cleaning Smart Antibacterial SurfacesAward to design, build and test a glaucoma drainage implants with antimicrobial properties based on nanowire technologyPaul W. Leu, PhD Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering Graham Hatfull, PhD Professor, Department of Biological Sciences Robert M.Q. Shanks, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology Nils Loewen, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology AWARD 2: Esophocclude (Temporary Occlusion of the Esophagus in Patients Requiring Emergent Intubation)Award to develop a new lung intubation device which minimizes the risk of gastric aspiration in emergency care and in surgical applicationsPhilip Carullo, MDResident, Department of Anesthesiology Youngjae Chun, PhD Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering AWARD 3: Controlled release, gel-based ear drops for treatment of otitis mediaAward to develop a novel timed release microsphere drug delivery system for treatment of middle ear infectionsMorgan Fedorchak, PhD Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Cuneyt Alper, MD Professor, Department of Ophthalmology AWARD 4: RegenMatrix (Collagen-mimetic Bioactive Hydrogels for Bone Regeneration)Award to apply develop a bioactive hydrogels to guide bone mineralization in osteoporosis and in healing of fracturesShilpa Sant, PhD Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences Yadong Wang, PhD Professor, Bioengineering Sachin Velankar, PhD Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Charles Sfeir, DDS, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Oral Biology About the Center for Medical InnovationThe Center for Medical Innovation at the Swanson School of Engineering is a collaboration among the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the Office of Technology Management (OTM), and the Coulter Translational Research Partnership II (CTRP). CMI was established in 2011 to promote the application and development of innovative biomedical technologies to clinical problems; to educate the next generation of innovators in cooperation with the schools of Engineering, Health Sciences, Business, and Law; and to facilitate the translation of innovative biomedical technologies into marketable products and services in cooperation with OTM and in partnership with CTRP. ###

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