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The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) is the largest in the school in terms of students and faculty. The department has core strengths in the traditional areas of bioengineering, manufacturing, microsystems technology, smart structures and materials, computational fluid and solid dynamics, and energy systems research. Key focus is reflective of national trends, which are vying toward the microscale and nanoscale systems level.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science houses ABET -accredited mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering programs that provide the solid fundamentals, critical thinking, and inventive spark that fires up our graduates as they design the future.
The department graduates approximately 90 mechanical and materials science engineers each year, with virtually 100% of being placed in excellent careers with industry and research facilities around the globe.

The department houses faculty who are world-renowned academicians and accessible teachers, individuals of substance who seek to inspire and encourage their students to succeed. The department also has access to more than 20 laboratory facilities that enhance the learning process through first-rate technology and hands-on experience.

That experience is integrated into every aspect of the department. Events such as the SAE Formula Car Program add to students' real-world knowledge; each year, students construct their own vehicle and compete with students from other universities nationwide and internationally on the strength of their design and racing. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science also is involved in the Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program, bringing students together with industry for three terms of professional work.


Swanson School alumna Rachel Meyer MEMS '14 among 13 Pitt-affiliated Fulbright Scholars

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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH NEWS RELEASE PITTSBURGH- The University of Pittsburgh is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant winners, placing eighth among U.S. public research universities and 17th among all research universities in the nation. The ranking was announced Feb. 12 by The
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Swanson School announces 2015 roster of Distinguished Alumni

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PITTSBURGH (January 26, 2015) … Seven alumni who have made an impact across public, private and government sectors will be recognized by the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering with the 51 st Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. The award honors those Pitt alumni who have made


Holtec International CEO Kris Singh to keynote ninth annual Nuclear Night at Pitt

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PITTSBURGH (October 29, 2014) … Kris Singh, PhD, President, CEO and founder of Holtec International, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Pittsburgh's ninth annual "Nuclear Night" on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm at the O'Hara Student Center on Pitt's campus. Presented by the Swanson


Daniel Cole named Director of Pitt’s nuclear engineering program

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PITTSBURGH (October 7, 2014) … Daniel G. Cole, PhD, P.E. , associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, has been named Director of the School's Nuclear Engineering Program. Dr. Cole has served as interim di


Pitt engineers receive two grants totaling $450,000 to enhance computer simulation and qualification standards for additive manufacturing

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PITTSBURGH (September 22, 2014) … Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, has rapidly advanced to allow for the production of complex-shaped metal components strong enough for structural applications. However, developing complex geometries with fewer errors and distortions, as well as quality

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