Understanding Friction, the Unavoidable Enemy

New Research Published in Nature Nanotechnology Unveils First Visualization of Friction at the Atomic Level

Making an Artificial Heart Fit for a Human

Recreating the heart's helical structure-function relationship with focused rotary jet spinning

Understanding Bacterial Biofilms

Tagbo Niepa Receives $663K NSF CAREER Award for Work on Biofilm Micromechanics and Metabolic Properties

Swanson School of Engineering Professors Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

MEMS' William "Buddy" Clark and ChemE's Steven Little are the 9th and 10th Pitt faculty to be selected as NAI Fellows since its inaugural class named in 2015

Creating Good Friction: Pitt engineers aim to make floors less slippery

Swanson School collaborators Kurt Beschorner and Tevis Jacobs will use a NIOSH award to measure floor-surface topography and create a predictive model of friction

Shedding Light on the Value of Solar Power

Pitt Researcher Receives $3MM DOE Award to Give Rural Utilities Behind-the-Meter Insights into Solar Power

Lightening the Load of Multi-Material Manufacturing with 3D Printing

NSF Future Manufacturing program Awards $500K to Pitt, CMU Engineers

Finding the Fountain of Youth for Catalysts

Pitt Engineers Develop a New Method to Extend the Catalytic Lifetime of Nanoparticles

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Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) is the largest in the Swanson School of Engineering in terms of students and faculty. All of our programs are ABET-accredited. The Department's core strengths include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Design
  • Materials for Extreme Conditions
  • Soft Matter Biomechanics
  • Computational and Data-Enabled Engineering
  • Cyber-Physical Systems and Security
  • Nuclear and other Sustainable Energies
  • Quantitative and In Situ Materials Characterization

MEMS faculty are not only world-renowned academicians, but accessible teachers 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. Each year, the Department graduates approximately 150 mechanical and materials science engineers per year, with nearly 100% placed in excellent careers with industry and research facilities around the globe.