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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.
 

Aug
11
2015

Additive manufacturing research groups led by Pitt engineers receive more than $1.7 million in latest funding from America Makes

Industrial, MEMS

PITTSBURGH (August 11, 2015) … Two separate University of Pittsburgh research projects to improve design development for structures in in additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, were among nine contracts funded by America Makes , the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The two projects, directed by faculty in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, will receive more than $1.7 million in America Makes' Project Call #3. To date, Swanson School faculty have been awarded more than $2.3 million in contracts toward additive manufacturing research from America Makes, the National Science Foundation , and Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania . Principal investigator for "Integrated Design Tool Development for High Potential AM Applications" is Albert To, PhD , associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, in conjunction with Aerotech , ANSYS , EOS of North America,   ExOne , Honeywell , Marcus Machinery,Materials Sciences Corporation , RTI International Metals (Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products) , United Technologies Research Center , and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center . This $961,112 contract is in support of an extension of the research previously awarded to Dr. To by America Makes.  "AM technologies are capable of producing very complex geometries and topologies, tremendously expanding the limited design space allowed by traditional manufacturing methods. However, existing CAD/CAE software packages to date have not taken full advantage of this enormous design freedom," Dr. To explained. "We plan to create an integrated design suite that can be rapidly commercialized, thereby helping industry minimize design time, lower manufacturing cost, and reduce time to market for new AM product development." M. Ravi Shankar, PhD , associate professor of industrial engineering, is principal investigator of "Parametric Design of Functional Support Structures for Metal Alloy Feedstocks." Collaborators on the $805,966 contract include ITAMCO , Johnson & Johnson , and the University of Notre Dame . "Support structures play two important roles in additive manufacturing - holding a part in place, and dissipating heat during manufacturing. However, these structures are very simple and few rules exist for designing them," Dr. Shankar said. "We want to codify the design rules for support structures used in Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) to inform and then automatically recommend the optimal part orientation and the designs for optimized supports. Also, by better controlling the design, we can more effectively draw away the heat during manufacturing and minimize distortion." Led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes' Project Call #3 for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects provided up to $8 million in funding toward these projects with $11 million in matching cost share from the awarded project teams for total funding worth $19 million. The Institute's third project call, which was released in February 2015, was focused on five technical additive manufacturing topic areas-design, material, process, value chain, and genome-each with subset focus areas. Proposals could address one or more technical topic areas, but had to address all evaluation criteria. About America Makes America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation's leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation's global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the flagship Institute for the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure of up to 45 Institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit http://americamakes.us. About NCDMM The NCDMM delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at ncdmm.org. ###
Paul Kovach
pkovach@pitt.edu
May
27
2015

Mahdis Shayan captures ECTM Poster Award and STAR Award Honorable Mention

Industrial, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH (May 27, 2015) ... Mahdis Shayan, a PhD candidate in the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering's Department of Industrial Engineering, received two awards at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Biomaterials , held in Charlotte, NC, in mid-April. Ms. Shayan was awarded a STAR Award honorable mention for her presentation, "Improved MC3T3 cellular growth on nano-grained 316L stainless steel obtained by linear-plane machining severe plastic deformation." This presentation detailed Ms. Shayan's research in developing nano-grained stainless steel structures to investigate the material's interaction with bone tissue. The Swanson School of Engineering's YJ Medical Device Manufacturing Laboratory research team (with The Shankar Research Group) concluded that novel nanograin surfaces improve cellular behavior and present a potential platform technology for advancing the function of metallic biomaterials. The society's STAR award, or Student Travel Achievement Recognitions award , acknowledges outstanding student papers contributing to the biomaterials field. Ms. Shayan's poster, titled "A Novel Metallic Scaffold that Promotes the Rapid Seeding of Endothelial Cells," garnered the society's Engineering Cells and Their Microenvironment (ECTM) Poster Award. This poster addressed the development of a new biomaterial for tissue engineered vascular grafts using thin film nitinol, a conductive metal scaffold. The study demonstrated that thin film nitinol could rapidly increase the number of cells attached on the surface via electrostatic cell seeding. "These awards from the Society for Biomaterials recognize students achieving excellent research in the field of biomaterials." said her adviser, Dr. Youngjae Chun . "We are proud that Mahdis's research efforts are drawing the attention of such an esteemed organization, and we are excited by the potential field applications of this research." The Society For Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary society of academic, healthcare, governmental and business professionals dedicated to promoting advancements in all aspects of biomaterial science, education and professional standards to enhance human health and quality of life. Its Annual Meeting is where industry, academia, and clinicians gather to discuss the latest trends and developing scientific breakthroughs in the biomaterials field. This year's theme was "Driving Biomaterial Innovation and the Race to Translation" and included topics such as biocompatibility and immune engineering, biofabrication, and multifunctional design. ###
Paul Kovach
Apr
27
2015

Industrial Engineering undergraduate students capture 2015 scholarships

Industrial

PITTSBURGH (April 27, 2015) ... Five undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering were recently awarded national scholarships. Two students received scholarships from IIE , which recognizes undergraduate industrial engineering students for academic excellence and campus leadership. Junior Garrett White received the Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship, and sophomore Justin Traino received the Harold & Inge Marcus Scholarship. For the first time, several Pitt IE juniors received scholarships from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) , which promotes the study of material handling, logistics and the supply chain by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support. The scholarship recipients include: Joseph Leone received the Howard Bernstein Scholarship sponsored by Eastern Lift Truck, Mr. Jack Patten, Mr. Gary Moore, and Hy-Tek Material Handling. Daniel Allison received the Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship. Sean Leone received the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship. ###
Paul Kovach
Apr
27
2015

Master degree candidate Abdullah Al-Omair accepted as judge at 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Industrial

PITTSBURGH (April 27, 2015) ... Abdullah A. Al-Omair, a master of science candidate in the Swanson School of Engineering's Department of Industrial Engineering, was accepted as a judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, May 10-15, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Mr. Alomair is a student in the safety engineering laboratory of Joel Haight, PhD . The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. More than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in prizes. Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work. ###
Paul Kovach
Apr
22
2015

Two Engineering Students Share Pitt’s 2015 Senior of the Year Award

Bioengineering, Industrial

PITTSBURGH (April 22, 2015) ... The seniors of the year at the University of Pittsburgh have been named by the University's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa , an honorary society that recognizes students who maintain a high standard of leadership in collegiate activities. Michael Nites and Dhanalakshmi Thiyagarajan have received the 2015 Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year award, which is given to students who possess and exhibit outstanding leadership qualities in service to the University. Their names will be engraved in a walkway between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Memorial Chapel alongside the names of previous recipients of the award. Michael Nites, who served as president of Pitt's Student Government Board (SGB) in 2014, graduated in December 2014 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering and a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and economics from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Nites is working on special projects in Pitt's Office of the Chancellor until July, when he will begin working for McKinsey & Company , a global management consulting firm. In addition to being president of SGB, Nites served as a member of the board and the SGB Allocations Committee, including one year as committee chair. Nites served as a student liaison to three Pitt Board of Trustees' committees (Student Affairs, Academic, and Budget) and four University Senate committees (Student Affairs, Computer Usage, Tenure and Academic Freedom, and Budget Policies). Nites also served on the University Sexual Assault Task Force, the Alcohol Task Force, the University Review Board, and the Honors College Advisory Board. A native of Shaler, Pa., Nites was a University Honors College ambassador. As a volunteer coordinator for Pitt's Engineers for Sustainable Medical Development student organization, he organized weekly trips to Global Links, an international medical relief agency, and worked to repair and ship usable wheelchairs to patients abroad. He also worked on an interdisciplinary team of six undergraduate Pitt students who went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to perform research on bamboo gridshells, which are rapidly deployable structures that can be used to provide shelter in developing countries during times of natural disaster. In 2013, Nites was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, a national merit award recognizing the top students in the country studying mathematics, science, or engineering. Nites also won the 2014 George Washington Prize as the Swanson School's top graduating senior, the Blue Stars Red Carpet Outstanding Student Government Board member award, the McKay Prize for academic excellence in Pitt's Department of Economics, and the Undergraduate Chancellor Research Fellow Award. Dhanalakshmi Thiyagaraja from Bethlehem, Pa., will graduate April 26 with a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from the Swanson School and a minor in chemistry from the Dietrich School. She also will earn a Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. She has been accepted into Temple University's School of Medicine and will begin her medical studies in the fall. Thiyagarajan is the founder and president of the Gluten Free Awareness League on campus, and she has been promoting gluten-free awareness in the United States and India, working with national organizations, companies, and restaurants. For her efforts, she was profiled in the Fall 2013 edition of Allergic Living magazine. Thiyagarajan has also demonstrated leadership on campus as president of the Society of Women Engineers chapter at Pitt, after serving the organization since 2011 as historian, membership chair, and secretary. She has served as an ambassador of the University Honors College, vice president of the Outside the Classroom Honorary Society, member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and of CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls), and a tutor for students enrolled in courses based in science, technology, engineering, and math. In 2014, Thiyagarajan won the Swanson School's Sustainability Design Expo for Product Realization for a new dental implant mesh she developed. She also was selected by Pitt's Innovation Institute to represent the University in the national "1000 Pitches" competition in the health category for her idea of a gluten-free sleeve to prevent cross-contamination of foods. Thiyagarajan also won the Swanson School's 2015 George Washington Prize, was named the outstanding sophomore student leader through Blue Stars Red Carpet in April 2013, and won the president's award through Blue Stars Red Carpet in April 2014. Thiyagarajan conducted an independent research project on celiac disease under Marc Schwartz, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in Pitt's School of Medicine, and served as an undergraduate research assistant under James H-C. Wang, director of the MechanoBiology Laboratory within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bioengineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Her volunteer experience includes assisting mothers and babies at Magee-Womens Hospital, assisting discharged patients at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, and helping at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in its Automated Blood Center. ###
John Fedele

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