From the Executive Director
Alan Hirschman, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Executive Director, Center for Medical Innovation
Our MS program in Medical Product Engineering (MPE) at the University of Pittsburgh is hosted by the Department of Bioengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering. The program is tightly coupled with the Center for Medical Innovation (CMI), which
provides seed grants for early stage translational medicine projects, and which provides project opportunities for our students to work collaboratively with world-class clinicians and engineering faculty. Our students have access to the clinical and
engineering expertise of the Swanson School of Engineering, the Schools of Health Sciences, the Katz Graduate School of Business, and the Innovation Institute, all located within blocks of each other on the University’s urban campus.
Graduate students in our Medical Product Engineering program work in small teams in a three-semester MS program of project-focused courses and workshops. Our students are encouraged to work as they might in a medical product development company starting
with clinical “needs finding” and finishing with commercialization strategy. Many of our project teams have the additional guidance of industry professionals and entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh region. Most of the core faculty in the program have
years of medical product industry experience and connections which benefit our students. We have an excellent record of placing students in the medical products industry as developers, designers, managers, business entrepreneurs, and regulatory professionals.
Our students are encouraged to participate in startup competitions within the rapidly advancing “Eds and Meds” innovation infrastructure in the Pittsburgh region.
Feel free to explore our new website (www.engineering.pitt.edu/cmi) and social media to learn more about what we do, and how our program could help you in your career growth.
What are you waiting for? There has never been a better time to become an engineer and no better place to start your journey than at the University of Pittsburgh!
Please note the Swanson School of Engineering is not directly involved in the admission, financial aid, or scholarship process for students applying to enter as freshmen. Please contact our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with any questions you have regarding the status of your admission, merit or need-based financial aid.
The Swanson School of Engineering has a strong engineering legacy built on the traditions of Pittsburgh's industrial past. Today, we are at the forefront of the technological future of the city and country, advancing engineering in many fields through
research and collaborative relationships with top industry leaders. We maintain our reputation for innovation by providing opportunities for students to complete graduate programs online in select Departments. We are pleased you are considering the
University of Pittsburgh for your graduate level education. The Swanson School is known for its world-renowned faculty, outstanding students, and cutting-edge research. Please refer to the following SSoE page for more information on
Graduate Admissions .