News

Jun
8
2018

Four dimensional printed structures may enable new generations of soft robotics, implantable medical devices and consumer products.


UT-Dallas and Pitt Collaborate on 4D Printing Breakthrough Four-dimensional (4D) printing is a term that describes additive manufacturing of stimuli-responsive materials. This process results in three-dimensional structures capable of morphing between predetermined shapes after printing.  Previous material strategies require mechanical programming to achieve shape change or required that the material operate in water, however in this new publication, “Four-dimensional Printing of Liquid Crystal Elastomers” University of Pittsburgh Professor Ravi Shankar worked in partnership with UT Dallas faculty (Taylor H. Ware) and students (Cedric P. Ambulo, Julia J. Burroughs, Jennifer M. Boothby, Hyun Kim) demonstrate a platform for programming the molecular-level order in macroscopic 3D structures. Their idea centers on aligning liquid crystal elastomers by controlling the print path during printing, whereby 3D structures with locally controlled and reversible stimulus response can be fabricated into geometries not achievable with current processing methods.  Having been published in October 2017, this publication has achieved recognition from numerous research peers as being “first of its kind”, has been awarded the best poster award by the International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference 2017, and currently has a patent application pending. LCEs are a class of stimuli-responsive polymers that undergo large, reversible, anisotropic shape change in response to a variety of stimuli, including heat and light. Unlike many materials that undergo reversible shape change, these materials require neither external loads nor aqueous environments. The UT-Dallas/Pitt team also exploited this platform to create structures, which can snap between discrete geometries by exploiting snap-through instabilities. Snap-through instabilities have been observed in nature (e.g. Venus flytrap, Hummingbird’s beak..) to magnify the power density and speed of actuation. Utilizing similar ideas, this team showed how 3D printed, molecularly-ordered structures can snap between shapes and generate large actuation power-densities in response to an ambient stimulus (e.g. heat, light, solvent, etc.). Such actuators make ideal candidates for applications, including soft robotics, biomedical implants, adaptive optical structures etc.This material is based upon work partially supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award numbers FA9550-17-1-0328 and FA9550-14-1-0229." "Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force."
Elizabeth Allison
Jun
4
2018

David Vorp named Fellow of the American Heart Association


PITTSBURGH (June 4, 2018) ... David A. Vorp, Associate Dean for Research and John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) in recognition of his innovative and sustained contributions in scholarship, education, and volunteer service to the organization. Vorp’s election was conferred by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) recognizing his work in those fields. Vorp’s lab applies its strengths in computational and experimental biomechanics, image analysis, cellular and molecular biology, and tissue engineering to understand and seek solutions to pathologies of tubular tissue and organs. His current research aims to develop regenerative treatments for vascular diseases such as aortic aneurysm and coronary heart disease. Read the Entire Article from SSoE News Here: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2018/Vorp-FAHA/

May
9
2018

NCDMM Honors Howard A. Kuhn as the Recipient of the 2018 Lawrence J. Rhoades Award


Reposted from the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). View the article here. Prestigious Award Recognizes Achievement in Dedication to Advancement of Manufacturing Technology Presented at NCDMM’s Annual SUMMIT Event Blairsville, Pa. — May 9, 2018. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that today at its annual SUMMIT event, it awarded its highest honor, the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award, to Howard A. Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. Each year, the NCDMM awards the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award to an individual who shares Mr. Rhoades’ tireless commitment, futuristic vision, and unwavering dedication to the defense manufacturing industry. “On behalf of all of us at the NCDMM, I am most honored to present the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award to our long-time friend and esteemed colleague, Dr. Howard Kuhn,” said NCDMM President and Executive Director Ralph Resnick. “Throughout his illustrious 50-year career, Howard has been a force within both the manufacturing industry and academic institutions, serving as an esteemed, innovative thought-leader and mentor. Howard also shares many of the same extraordinary qualities as Larry Rhoades and namesake of this award. You could say they are cut from the same cloth. Like Larry, Howard is also a visionary, as well as a collaborator in the truest sense of the word, possessing an almost effortless ability to bring and inspire mutual efforts together to advance manufacturing technology for the betterment of our industry. He has set a standard that many aspire to meet. “Therefore, in recognition of his tireless commitment, steady leadership, dedication, and actions on behalf of the national manufacturing community and the mission of NCDMM, we congratulate Dr. Howard Kuhn as the 2018 NCDMM Lawrence J. Rhoades Awardee,” continued Mr. Resnick. NCDMM established the Lawrence J. Rhoades Award to honor the memory of Mr. Rhoades whose entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the advancement of manufacturing processes was known industry-wide. Mr. Rhoades was one of the founding fathers of the NCDMM, and an inaugural member of the Board of Directors where he served until his untimely death in 2007. At the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, Dr. Kuhn is an adjunct Professor in industrial engineering, instructing courses in manufacturing, product realization, entrepreneurship, and additive manufacturing. He also conducts research on additive manufacturing of biomedical devices for tissue engineering at the University. Dr. Kuhn also serves as a consultant at local industry-leading organizations, including America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which is managed by the NCDMM, and The Ex One Company. At America Makes, he is a Technical Advisor, teaching a course, titled “Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing Materials and Processes.” Upon its founding in August 2012, Dr. Kuhn also served as the Acting Deputy Director of Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise. At Ex One, he is currently a Research Consultant, but also previously served as the Director of Prometal Technology for Ex One. Previously, Dr. Kuhn, as the co-founder of Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), served as the company’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for 12 years. He also co-founded Deformation Control Technology, a consulting firm serving the metalworking industry. Prior to this, Dr. Kuhn held joint appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Material Science at Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kuhn is a Fellow of the American Society for Materials International and SME. In 2008 and 2011, respectively, he received the ASM Gold Medal and the SME Eli Whitney Productivity Award. In 2014, America Makes awarded Dr. Kuhn with its Distinguished Collaborator Award for his exceptional commitment and dedication to advancing additive manufacturing technology, practices, and innovation in the manufacturing industry through collaborative partnerships and contributing to the overall mission of America Makes. Dr. Kuhn is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and pursued all of his undergraduate, graduate, and doctorial degrees in mechanical engineering at the university. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania. ### About NCDMM 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. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit NCDMM at ncdmm.org. NCDMM, 5/9/2018

Apr
30
2018

Mostafa Bedewy named a 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers Award


Dr. Bedewy has been selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME).  This award is given to exceptional young manufacturing engineers (35 years old or younger) from academia and industry for their contributions in manufacturing. At the University of Pittsburgh, Bedewy leads its NanoProduct Lab. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate at MIT in bionanofabrication. In 2013, Bedewy completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan, after receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical design and production engineering from Cairo University. He recently received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 2017; the Robert A. Meyer Award from the American Carbon Society in 2016; the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement from the University of Michigan in 2014; and the Silver Award from the Materials Research Society in 2013. Bedewy’s research interests include nanomanufacturing, materials characterization and metrology; synthesis and self-organization of low-dimensional materials; self-assembly of nanoparticles, block copolymers and proteins; and design of medical devices. “In our interdisciplinary research group, we leveraging precision engineering, biomimetic/bio-inspired designs, and quantitative tools to tackle fundamental research questions at the interface between nanoscience, biotechnology, and manufacturing engineering,” said Dr. Bedewy. “This is an incredibly competitive award, and we are proud that Mostafa has been recognized by his peers for his advances in nonmanufacturing and nanoscience,” noted Bopaya Bidanda, the Ernst Roth Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering. “His interdisciplinary research has been a great addition to our department and this award truly validates his impact in the field.” Link: News article on the website of the Swanson School of EngineeringLink: List of winners of the winners of the 2018 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing EngineersLink: ORAU award recipients

Mar
20
2018

Makerspace at Pitt MAC Creates Opportunity For Community Involvement

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Last week, the University of Pittsburgh celebrated the launch of a new makerspace at its Manufacturing Assistance Center in Homewood with a small ceremony. The facility will feature tools including a 3D printer and woodworking equipment and host a series of instructional workshops on different “making” techniques. "The makerspace helps entrepreneurs design products, develop products, prototype products and begin to manufacture them in small batches," said Bopaya Bidanda, chair of the industrial engineering department at Pitt and the center’s director. Listen to Dr. Bidanda's interview here: http://wesa.fm/post/makerspace-homewood-facility-creates-opportunity-community-involvement#stream/0

Mar
8
2018

Change for Rust Belt Chemical Manufacturers


Despite other economic sectors like higher education and healthcare embracing new technology in the region, manufacturers often tighten their rusty belts rather than invest in innovation. The reluctance to change has dulled their competitive edge for decades; however, Dr. Veser’s two new research collaborations between academia and industry, backed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and totaling nearly $10 million, look to give American manufacturing a long overdue overhaul. Dr. Veser leads a team of researchers from Pitt and Ohio-based chemical manufacturer Lubrizol in a collaboration totaling $8 million over four years. Funding for the research comes from Lubrizol and the DOE’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute—a five-year, $70 million commitment to improving energy efficiency and lowering investment requirements for American manufacturers looking for upgrades. Read More: https://stage.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2018/G%C3%B6tz-Veser-Process-Intensification/

Mar
1
2018

Project Aims to Recycle the Unrecyclable


Distinguished Service Professor and co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Eric Beckman, along with Assistant Professor Susan Fullerton and Associate Professor Sachin Velankar, is looking to create a recyclable material that can replace types of plastic packaging that can't be recycled due to their use of various layers of materials that can't be separated. Read More: https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/project-aims-recycle-unrecyclable

Jan
31
2018

Pitt “Inventor Labs” Look to Inspire the Next Generation of Green Engineers


A new grant awarded to the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering will encourage collaboration between university engineering students and K-12 students across the region. The funding will support the creation of Inventor Labs that strengthen community ties by providing hands-on learning spaces in underserved schools and communities in the region. Read More: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2018/Sanchez-Energy-to-Educate-Award/

Jan
23
2018

Vascular Bypass Grafting: A Biomimetic Engineering Approach


Pitt bioengineer Jonathan Vande Geest and his research team receive a $673K NIH grant to construct a biomimetic, small-diameter vascular graft. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are developing synthetic grafts that mimic the body’s own blood vessels to mitigate many of the complications of bypass surgery. Read More: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2018/Vande-Geest-Vascular-Graft/

Jan
16
2018

Using Novel Stent, Pitt Researchers Aim to Double Number of Successful Organ Donations


Each year, the United States experiences an extreme shortage of organ donations, and many transplantable organs stop receiving vital blood flow after a donor’s heart fails. The Department of Surgery is collaborating with the Swanson School of Engineering for the study, which will develop a stent made of smart material to direct selective blood flow during transplant surgeries to target organs, keeping them fresh and usable for patients in need. Read More: https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/using-novel-stent-pitt-researchers-aim-double-number-successful-organ-donations

Jan
5
2018

Congratulations to our recent class of Pitt MAC CNC Programming/Operations graduates


Congratulations in particular to Marj Thomas. Marj will be starting her new job at Penn United on Monday. We could not be more thrilled for her and wish all of our graduates the best of luck. #h2p #PittMAC #womeninmanufacturing Read More: https://www.facebook.com/upittmac/

Dec
24
2017

Microscopic Glass Structures Could Help Improve Solar Panel Performance


Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are working to improve the next generation of solar panels. They’re using something called fused silica glass. Imagine tiny blades of grass, almost 1,000 times thinner than a human hair, tightly packed together. Dr. Leu and Sajad's work on nanograss glass was featured in Pittsburgh NPR Tech Report, EurekAlert!, R&D Magazine, Electronics 360, pvbuzz, and pv magazine.
Liza Allison
Dec
18
2017

The holidays came a little early with the Rabbit Laser installation at the #MACMakerspace.


The MAC Makerspace will be available for the community and offer educational programming, small business development and classes. Stay tuned for details regarding our grand opening!  Read More: https://www.facebook.com/upittmac/
Liza Allison
Dec
8
2017

Dr. Bedewy wins the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award


Dr. Bedewy has been selected to receive the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) for his proposed research on developing methods for controlling the growth of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes in order to tailor their properties for specific energy applications. Read More: http://nanoproductlab.org/dr-bedewy-wins-the-ralph-e-powe-junior-faculty-enhancement-award/

Nov
28
2017

Pitt and UPMC Researchers Collaborate to Save More Organs for Transplants


Each year, the United States suffers an extreme shortage of organ donations, with only a quarter of patients in need receiving a transplant. Many transplantable organs are lost when a donor’s heart fails, and the organs stop receiving vital blood flow. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh can potentially double the amount of successful organ donations by developing a novel stent to maintain blood flow to organs, even during the donor’s final heart beats. Read More: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2017/Chun-Organ-Transplant-Stent/

Oct
19
2017

Evan Poska presents a poster on the self-folding shape memory polymer


On Thursday 10/19/2017, Evan Poska (undergraduate researcher in the NanoProduct Lab) presented a poster at the Science 2017 Undergraduate Research Poster Reception, held in Alumni Hall (J. W. Connolly Ballroom) at the University of Pittsburgh. Read More: http://nanoproductlab.org/evan-poska-presents-a-poster-on-the-self-folding-shape-memory-polymer/
Liza Allison
Oct
12
2017

MS&T17 in Pittsburgh!


The Materials Science and Technology Conference for 2017 was held in Pittsburgh during October 8-12. From the Chmielus group, we had: Dr. Markus Chmielus gave an invited talk in the Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials symposium, and also co-chaired the same symposium. Jakub Toman gave a talk on epitaxial growth of Ni-Mn-Ga. Amir Mostafaei gave a talk on the effect of surface roughness on additive manufactured alloy 625 samples, and presented a poster on the additive manufacturing of denture frames. Erica Stevens presented a poster on the additive manufacturing of magnetocaloric materials. Colleen Hilla (UG) gave a talk on the characterization of atomized powders using microCT. Katerina Kimes (UG) gave a talk on the additive manufacturing of magnetocaloric materials. Read More: http://chmieluslab.org/mst17-in-pittsburgh/

Sep
18
2017

PITT WINS UNIVERSITY DIVISION GREEN WORKPLACE CHALLENGE


Sustainable Pittsburgh revealed the top scorers of the 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) during an evening celebration at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.  A yearlong, friendly competition, the GWC enables businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and universities to track and measure improvements in energy, water, waste, and transportation.  More than 90 employers from throughout southwestern Pennsylvania completed the competition, twice the number from the previous GWC. Congratulations to the Top Scorers! Read More: http://sustainablepittsburgh.org/announcing-the-top-sustainable-employers-in-southwestern-pa-winners-of-the-green-workplace-challenge/

Aug
24
2017

DINING SERVICES EXPANDS SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND FOOD OPTIONS


The student Grub Club has spoken: This fall, Pitt’s dining halls feature new recipes from around the globe and an expanded variety of plant-based dishes, as well as locally sourced organic chicken. And there’s an emphasis on sustainability — even in the to-go containers and bags at Pitt’s grocery spots. Read More: https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/dining-services-expands

Aug
7
2017

Pitt Engineering Students Find Sustainable Solutions through Summer Research


At the 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URP) hosted by the Swanson School’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, students presented the results of their multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable engineering. Research for the 17 student projects took place during the 12-week URP summer program. The students worked independently on their projects but received guidance from University of Pittsburgh faculty mentors. Read More: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2017/URP-Symposium-MCSI/

Aug
1
2017

PMMD Lab will develop computational tools for additive manufacturing with the QuesTek Innovations LLC supported by a NASA STTR grant


PMMD lab together with Dr. Albert To's group in mechanical engineering will collaborate with the QuesTek Innovations LLC developing an ICME modeling tool for the additive manufacturing. This project is a STTR phase I project to proof the concept proposed by QuesTek and Pitt on ICME modeling of additive manufacturing. The project will work on process-structure-property modeling for advanced alloys. Expect Victory!

Aug
1
2017

RapidReadyTech.com and AdditiveManufacturing.com interview Prof. Wei Xiong


As the cost of 3D printers comes down, more and more industries have begun to explore the potential of the technology, hoping to expand its application from prototyping to actual production roles. In the process, demand for more metal options has increased. Unfortunately, the number of metals and alloys that can be printed remains fairly limited. Read the Article: http://www.rapidreadytech.com/2017/08/tooling-up-for-3d-printable-steel/ Read the Article: http://additivemanufacturing.com/2017/08/14/pittsburghs-swanson-school-of-engineering-on-board-with-new-metallic-alloy-compositions-for-additive-manufacturing-am/

Jul
18
2017

Chmielus Group Presents at ICOMAT 2017


We're back from ICOMAT 2017 in Chicago! ICOMAT - International Conference on Martensitic Transformations Below are some of the highlights of our trip!   Monday: Erica gave a talk describing recent progress with laser-deposited magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Co-Sn. Amir and Katerina presented posters on binder jet printing of magnetocaloric and magnetic shape… Read More: http://chmieluslab.org/icomat-2017/

Jun
12
2017

Dr. Wei Xiong received $449,000 funding support from ONR to design additive manufacturing steels


Thanks to a three year, $449,000 award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering will explore next-generation metals, especially steel, for use in additive manufacturing. Read More: https://wxiong.weebly.com/news/dr-wei-xiong-received-funding-support-from-onr-to-design-additive-manufacturing-steels

Jun
1
2017

Dr. Leu's research was featured in the Swanson School of Engineering Annual Report.


https://issuu.com/pittswanson/docs/2016_swanson_school_of_engineering_/24?e=8116214/2406130