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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.

Apr
18
2016

Ten current and former Pitt engineering students awarded 2016 National Science Foundation Fellowships

Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, MEMS, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH—Four University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering students and six alumni were awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Nine engineering students and three alumni received honorable mention. Overall, the recipients were among the ten Pitt students and eight alumni awarded fellowships, and 14 Pitt students and 10 alumni who received honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees. The fellowship program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The support accorded NSF Graduate Research Fellows nurtures their ambition to become lifelong leaders who contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Current Pitt students who were awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship include: seniors Emily June Crabb (physics and astronomy, computer engineering) and Trent Maxwell Dillon (civil engineering); and graduate students Donald Edward Kline (electrical engineering) and Michael Gilbert Taylor (chemical engineering). Alumni include Kenechi Aretha Agbim (mechanical engineering, Georgia Tech), Emmeline Blanchard (bioengineering, Georgia Tech), Jann Albert Grovogui (materials science engineering, Northwestern University), Lauren Ann Hapach (bioengineering, Cornell University), David William Palm (chemical engineering, Stanford University), and Christopher James Siviy (mechanical engineering). Current students who received an honorable mention are seniors Christian Gerald Bottenfield (electrical engineering), Stephanie Paolo Cortes (electrical engineering), Luke Drnach (computer engineering), Alexander Danels Josowitz (bioengineering) and Saundria Michelle Moed (bioengineering); and graduate students Patrick Andrew Cody (bioengineering), Daniel Ward Long (bioengineering), and Stephanie Anne Wiltman (bioengineering). Alumni include Olivia Annette Creasy (bioengineering, University of California-San Francisco), Kevin Andrew Day (bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University), and Andrew Head (computer engineering, University of California-Berkeley), Visit https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do for a full list of fellows and honorable mentions and to learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. ###
Joe Miksch, News Director, University Communications
Mar
28
2016

Junior engineering student Rachel Lukas awarded Ellwood Group Metallurgy Scholarship

MEMS

PITTSBURGH (March 28, 2016) ... Rachel Lukas, a junior in the Swanson School of Engineering majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, was recently named the winner of the ninth annual Ellwood Group, Inc. Metallurgy Scholarship. The scholarship is open to undergraduate college students in their junior year currently majoring in the field of metallurgy/material science at selected and accredited four-year colleges and universities. According to the Ellwood Group selection committee, Rachel possesses previous internship experience working as a Process Engineer. She provided metallurgical and metallographic support for a new alloy’s process development, and performed other research and development projects. Rachel is self-driven and possesses a raw enthusiasm for metallurgy. Along with the scholarship support, Rachel will complete an internship at an Ellwood business unit in summer 2016. Photo from left: Brian Gleeson, PhD, Harry S. Tack Chair Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Ms. Lukas; Brendan Connolly, EQS Operations Engineer, and Swanson School alumnus (MSE 2006, MSMSE 2009, current PhD candidate) ###

Mar
23
2016

Pitt and WHEMCO team recognized by Association for Iron & Steel Technology for research into microscale modeling of high speed steel

MEMS

PITTSBURGH (March 23, 2016) … A research group led by the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering selected by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)to receive its 2016 Jerry Silver Award for the paper, “Microscale Image-Based Finite Element Modeling of High Speed Steel Microstructure.” The award will be presented at the AIST Metallurgy – Processing, Products and Applications Technology Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Salt Lake City. The research group was led by C. Isaac Garcia, PhD, research professor in the Swanson School’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Director of the Ferrous Physical Metallurgy Group. Corporate partners include Christopher M. Hrizo (BSE ’99, MBA ’05), director of product development at WHEMCO, Inc., Homestead, Pa. and Konstantine V. Redkin (MSMSE ’09, PhD ’14), research metallurgist at WHEMCO. Originally established in 1991, then re-established as an AIST award in 2005, this award was named in honor of Jerry Silver in recognition of his leadership in the development of student affairs and programs for the Iron & Steel Society. The award is presented to the author of a process metallurgy or product applications technical paper judged to be the best of class by the AIST Metallurgy Technology Division. ###

Mar
23
2016

Swanson School's Prashant Kumta and Medicine's Rocky Tuan among this year's Carnegie Science Award winners

Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, MEMS

PITTSBURGH (March 23, 2016) ― Two professors from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering are among ten Carnegie Science Award winners in science and technology announced today by the Carnegie Science Center. Prashant N. Kumta, PhD, the Edward R. Weidlein Chair Professor and Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Oral Biology, will be recognized with the Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Award. Rocky S. Tuan, PhD, Distinguished Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Chair Professor in Sports Medicine, and Professor of Bioengineering, will be presented with the Life Sciences Award. Awardees will be honored during a formal celebration at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Friday, May 6, 2016. Also at the Science Awards ceremony, Carnegie Science Center will recognize the Allegheny Conference on Community Development with the 2016 Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award is the highest honor conferred at the event and will recognize the Conference for its unparalleled impact in transforming the Pittsburgh region. Carnegie Science Center established the Carnegie Science Awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 20thyear in 2016, Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 500 individuals and organizations that have improved lives through their commitment and contributions in science and technology. Eaton has supported Carnegie Science Awards for more than a decade as presenting sponsor. Chevron is the Awards’ prime sponsor. Advanced Manufacturing & Materials AwardPrashant N. Kumta, PhD University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of EngineeringAt the cutting-edge of platform technology, Prashant Kumta and his colleagues have developed a family of biodegradable materials to repair severely damaged bones. Instead of repairing complicated fractures with bio-inert and non-degradable metal screws or plates, Kumta has developed a biocompatible and biodegradable metallic “fixation device” and injectable as well as 3-D printable “bone putty” that will resorb into the body after the bone has healed. Pending FDA approval, “bone putty” will be used to repair military and civilian injuries and debilitating diseases such as osteoporosis and bone cancer. Life SciencesRocky S. Tuan, PhD University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineRocky Tuan’s research in musculoskeletal biology and tissue regeneration cover basic science and engineering, as well as translation and clinical applications. His interests range from skeletal patterning and embryonic cartilage development to the biology of adult stem cells and reprogrammed stem cells. He has extensive experience in applying adult stem cells for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. For more information, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org/Awards. About Carnegie Science Center Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs. About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Founded by Andrew Carnegie 120 years ago, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.3 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events. ###
Rossilynne Culgan, Carnegie Science Center
Mar
16
2016

The Swanson School presents alumnus David Motley with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

MEMS

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 Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science was David L. Motley, BSME '80, Senior Managing Director of Headwaters SC Life Science. "David is one of our exceptional alumni who has utilized his engineering expertise and business acumen to launch medical technologies, help startup companies succeed, and find new ways to develop the rapidly changing urban real estate market," Dean Holder said. "It's an honor to recognize his impact on the industry and throughout the Pittsburgh community." About David Motley In 1980, David Motley received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and in 1988, graduated from the Harvard Business School with an MBA. Since then, Mr. Motley has spent 20 years garnering a diversified portfolio of experience in corporate America. The bulk of Mr. Motley’s early career was spent with PPG Industries, where he advanced to senior-level positions that included: Director of Corporate Investments; Director of Plant Operations and Engineering; Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Specialty Chemicals; and Director of Sales Commercial Glass. Mr. Motley also held the position of Vice President and General Manager at Covidien, Inc. Surgical Devices, a medical device company acquired by Medtronic. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Motley led corporate strategy and venture activity for Respironics, Inc. He was part of the 12-person management team that helped grow the company from $800 million to $1.4 billion and achieve its acquisition by Philips for $5 billion in 2008. Mr. Motley now serves as a board member for: First National Bank; ALung, a University of Pittsburgh-founded medical device company; Optimal Strategix Group; and the University of Pittsburgh’s Coulter Foundation Initiative Investment Committee. Mr. Motley’s civic and community activities include: Executive Director, Inner City Junior Tennis Program (2014 USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year-Mountain District); Founder of the University of Pittsburgh Minority Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund; and Founding contributor, Thomas A. Motley KAY Endowed Scholarship Fund. Currently, Mr. Motley is involved in three companies. He is Co-founder and General Partner in the BlueTree Venture Fund, a Pittsburgh based venture capital firm, investing in med-tech and IT companies at the Series B stage. He is Senior Managing Director for Headwaters SC, a mid-cap investment banking firm that provides sell-side and buy-side transaction support, advisory services, and growth capital to business-owning families. Finally, Mr. Motley is Co-founder and Partner in Acclivity Development, LLC, a real estate development company partnered with Walnut Capital and PJ Dick that focuses on Pittsburgh’s complex urban in-fill opportunities. ### Pictured above from left: Dean Holder, David Motley, and Brian Gleeson, the Harry S. Tack Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

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