Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Since its founding in 1893 by two legends, George Westinghouse and Reginald Fessenden, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Pitt has excelled in education, research, and service.  Today, the department features innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and world-class research centers and labs, combining theory with practice at the nexus of computer and electrical engineering, for our students to learn, develop, and lead lives of impact.





Nov
21
2017

2018 ECE Faculty Positions

Electrical & Computer, Open Positions

The ECE Department (http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/ECE/) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for tenure-stream (TS) faculty positions as Assistant Professor in the areas of computer engineering or electric power and energy, as well as a non-tenure-stream (NTS) faculty position as Assistant Professor for teaching and education research in general areas of ECE. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2018. Candidates must show strong potential to become leaders in their fields and be able to synergize with current strengths of Pitt-ECE and the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE). Successful candidates must also be committed to high-quality education for a diverse student body of undergraduate and graduate students.Since its founding in 1893 by two legends, George Westinghouse and Reginald Fessenden, Pitt-ECE has excelled in education, research, and service.  Today, the department features innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and world-class research centers and labs, combining theory with practice at the nexus of computer and electrical engineering, for our students to learn, develop, and lead lives of impact. The University of Pittsburgh is ranked by the Wall Street Journal as the #1 public university in the Northeastern US, and by US News and World Report as the #15 public university in the US.  The ECE Department is experiencing major growth and achievement in its academic and research programs, with seven faculty members hired since September 2016, the new Energy Grid Institute located at the Pittsburgh Energy Innovation Center, and the new NSF Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC).  In addition, Pitt-ECE features strong collaborations with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and School of Medicine, the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering (PINSE), the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), numerous industry partners, and many more in the Pittsburgh area.Pitt-ECE has 29 full-time faculty members and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering.  Current enrollment consists of nearly 500 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.  The SSOE recently completed a $100 million renovation and redesign of Benedum Engineering Hall, home of Pitt-ECE, with state-of-the-art teaching and research labs. As part of its growth, Pitt-ECE has additional space in Schenley Place, a new research-centric building on Pitt’s campus within walking distance of Benedum Hall and home to much industry/university collaboration.Exceptional candidates in these targeted areas will be carefully considered. Applications are due by January 8th, 2018, although candidates will continue to be considered until positions are filled. Please submit a CV, research and teaching statements, and contact information for at least three references, all in a single PDF file, to ecesearch-TS@pitt.edu for TS positions, or to ecesearch-NTS@pitt.edu for NTS.The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Nov
20
2017

Students dedicate time to developing drone

Electrical & Computer

Levi Burner had dreamed of making a flying machine since he was 8 years old. The junior electrical engineering student finally got his chance when he started to build a drone for the International Aerial Robotics Competition more than a year ago. “The fact that we have found a competition that follows that dream just gets me really excited,” Burner said. “I’ve always been a robotics fan, so I’ve been building robots since I was quite young.” Burner, along with the Pitt Robotics and Automation Society, engineered a drone capable of flight to compete in the North American venue of the IARC, hosted at the Georgia Institute of Technology this past summer. The student group — which began work on the drone during the summer of 2016 — has since worked to improve their initial drone by developing its software and hardware so that it can compete again next summer. Read the full story at The Pitt News.
Anish Salvi for The Pitt News
Nov
13
2017

Pitt’s Space Hub “SHREC” Welcomes New Associate Director Alex Jones

Electrical & Computer

PITTSBURGH (November 13, 2017) … Preparing to increase its research impact at the University of Pittsburgh, leadership at the new National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC) announced Alex Jones will be its new Associate Director. Dr. Jones will leave his current role as Director of Computer Engineering in Pitt’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), which he has led since 2009.“Under Alex’s leadership, the Computer Engineering Program grew by approximately 100 percent. He advised and mentored countless students, while keeping the program on track amidst a period of rapid and significant change in the field of computing,” said Alan George, ECE Department Chair and Mickle Chair Professor of ECE at Pitt and Director of SHREC.  “His success therefore will translate well as we ramp up efforts to recruit more students, university partners, and industry partners and create more opportunities for SHREC to expand and excel.”SHREC celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 18 at its facility on Pitt’s Oakland campus. SHREC’s main research focus is “mission-critical computing,” which includes space computing, high-performance computing and data analytics, and resilient computing to ensure computer dependability in harsh environments like space. The SHREC researchers currently operate two experimental space processors deployed on the NASA International Space Station and will add six more in early 2019.  “I am very pleased that the Computer Engineering Program is in a great place and is poised to continue this success,” said Dr. Jones. “I’m honored that Alan selected me to help lead SHREC’s new growth in Pittsburgh and help to establish the region as a new epicenter for space, high-performance, and resilient computing.”Associate Director Sam Dickerson and Administrator Andrea Aliquo-Valera will continue as part of the Computer Engineering Program’s leadership.“After having worked closely with Andrea from the very beginning of her time at Pitt, I believe she has become a truly great resource for our students and will continue to be a huge boon for the program as its administrator,” Dr. Jones said. “I know that Sam has already started implementing several great ideas that will also be valuable for the program including renovation of senior design and the addition of more and varied electives from the electrical and computer engineering department that will excite our students.”Dr. Jones began his service to the Computer Engineering Program in 2009 after the retirement of Ron Hoelzeman. During an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) review, he was named the Interim Director in 2011 and was officially named Director in 2013. Dr. Jones successfully led the program through two ABET reviews.Dr. Jones earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Northwestern University in 2002 where he developed the PACT compiler for low-power hardware generation from software codes. He received his master of science degree with research in parallel FPGA design from Northwestern University in 2000 and his bachelor of science degree in physics with honors from the College of William of Mary in 1998. Dr. Jones is a Sustainability Faculty Fellow and also received a Carnegie Science Award for his research activities this year. ###
Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer
Nov
12
2017

Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

Electrical & Computer

Usually, power grids rely on a far-flung network. For example, a person making toast might be drawing electricity from miles away. A microgrid is a local, independent power grid that can run without electricity from the main network. A pilot site for microgrids is at the Pitt Ohio trucking company in nearby Harmar, Pa. Jim Maug, director of building maintenance, eagerly showed a reporter the building's green credentials last month. A wind turbine twisted near the parking lot. Solar panels tiled the roof. And in the truck bay, electric forklifts ran on batteries fueled by the renewable power. "We're anticipating about a seven to eight-year return on investment," said Maug. The project cost about $325,000, he added. Gregory Reed, head of the energy program at the University of Pittsburgh's engineering school, designed the grid. It includes a battery bank to store the energy for times when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow. During a storm, he said, even if the local power plant shuts down, the lights at this truck bay will probably stay on. "This is really a first step in the direction we want to take for larger scale installations," he added. He imagines expanding what he's created here to cover whole neighborhoods, and then linking those microgrids to create a flexible network. Read the full story by Daniella Cheslow at NPR.
Daniella Cheslow, National Public Radio
Nov
10
2017

ECE Student Sean Justice Wins Swanson School’s 2018 Co-op Student of the Year

Electrical & Computer

PITTSBURGH (November 10, 2017) … The University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program named Sean Justice, an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering, its Co-op Student of the Year. Justice worked three, four-month rotations with power management company Eaton Corporation in 2016 and 2017. “Sean is a student with outstanding academic achievements who made several impactful contributions during his co-op with Eaton including one that has saved—and will continue to save—the company many thousands of dollars,” said Maureen Barcic, Cooperative Education Director at Pitt. “Outside of academics, Sean is very involved in the Cornerstone Campus ministry and fellowship, as well as ‘Change the Game,’ a non-profit organization for youth mentorship, citizenship, and environmental stewardship.”Justice will represent the University of Pittsburgh at the 2018 Cooperative and Experiential Education Division of the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Co-op Student of the Year competition. Last February, Kendra LaVallee, a senior chemical engineering student, became the fourth Pitt student to win the ASEE competition, tying Georgia Tech for the most student winners. Andrew Sivaprakasam, who studies bioengineer with the Human Engineering Research Lab at Pitt, was the other finalist for the Swanson School’s Co-op Student of the Year. Sivaprakasam will attend medical school after graduation and recently enrolled in a competitive MD-PhD program at West Virginia University.Honorable mentions include:• Kelly Appleton, mechanical engineer with Schroeder Industries, LLC• Sidney Cannon-Bailey, bioengineer with Philips• Marci Carter, civil engineer with Langan Engineering• Danielle Charbonneau, bioengineer with Carmell Therapeutics• Kelsey Dolan, mechanical engineer with Mine Safety Appliances• Daniel Grzybek, chemical engineer with DTE Energy• Aaron Johnson, mechanical engineer with Nissan Motor Company Ltd.• Noah Kaib, industrial engineer with G.E. Transportation• Mitchell Moran, computer engineer with National Air and Space Intelligence Center• Jared Raszewski, chemical engineer with Air Products and Chemicals• Kaitlyn Shields, computer engineer with CompunetixThe 2017 Co-op Employer of the Year is Philips. “Philips has been an outstanding supporter of the program with excellent reviews from the students. Their program has advanced and grown, and several students have been afforded the opportunity to work full-time with Philips upon graduation,” said Barcic.Other employers who were nominated include:• Compunetix• Qinetiq NA• Siemens Energy• TindallAbout the Cooperative Education ProgramThe University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Cooperative Education Program was reestablished in 1987 with the initial goal of 20 percent participation among undergraduate students. By 2017, almost 50 percent of undergraduates at the Swanson School participate in the co-op program. More than 6,000 students have participated over the years, with more than 80 percent completing all three required rotations. ###
Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

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