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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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The BS in industrial engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org). To learn more about Industrial Engineering’s Undergraduate Program ABET Accreditation, click here

Our department is 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.


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Dec
10
2019

The Swanson School’s Fall 2019 Design Expo Showcases Creativity in Engineering

All SSoE News, Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, Industrial, MEMS, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 10, 2019) … Twice each year, students from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering gather at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall to showcase their innovations at the Design Expo. Student teams use this opportunity to present research from their Capstone Design courses or highlight concepts and prototypes from the School’s Product Realization and Art of Making courses. More than 75 student projects were exhibited at the event on Dec. 5, 2019. This year’s Expo aligns with Pitt’s Year of Creativity, which highlights a unifying feature across all University departments - creativity is required not only in artistic endeavors but also for identifying inventive ways to solve real-world problems. The Design Expo highlights how creativity and innovation in engineering can impact the lives of others. Judges from industry selected the best project from each of the participating courses, and attendees casted votes for the "People's Choice" Award. New this year - as part of the Year of Creativity - a prize will be awarded for the most creative project. “The Design Expo is the Swanson School’s signature competition that shines a light on our students’ high-level academic performance and ingenuity,” said Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Nickolas A. Dececco Professor of Industrial Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “Our winners have truly demonstrated their engineering abilities. I am always impressed with the quality of work that I see at this event, and I look forward to what the future holds for this year’s winning innovations.” OVERALL WINNERS Best Overall Project AOM-3: TupperWhere: A Compact Sustainable Food ContainerJamie BarishmanJosh LneBridget MoyerBobby Rouse People’s Choice Award AOM-1: It’s Your Turn: Empowering People with Fine-Motor DisabilitiesNatasha GilbertMaureen HartMadison HenkelmanShirley JiangSydney LeonardDanielle Wu Year of Creativity Award AOM-3: TupperWhere: A Compact Sustainable Food ContainerJamie BarishmanJosh LneBridget MoyerBobby Rouse DEPARTMENT WINNERS 1st Place Bioengineering BIO-6: Post-Partum Hemorrhage TrainerTyler BrayJessica BrownMarlo GarrisonMaddie HobbsAlly McDonaldJake Meadows 2nd Place Bioengineering BIO-7: Patient Specific Endovascular TrainerDaniella Carter (Nursing)Elliott HammersleyMaddie JohnsonSara KenesLiam MartinCeline Rivera (Nursing)Cassie Smith 3rd Place Bioengineering BIO-3: Nurse-Assistive Patient Rotation Mechanism for Pressure Sore ExaminationPatrick BohseJordan Cobb (Nursing)Julie ConstantinescuChristy HeislerHaiden McDonald 1st Place Civil and Environmental Engineering CEE-5: PWSA - ClearwellTristan AbrahamTimothy ChebuskeAndrew DawsonRachel FayChristina RogersMason Unger 2nd Place Civil and Environmental Engineering CEE-1: Pittsburgh International Airport - New BuildingSeth AppelCole BurdenAdam ChidiacLiam StubanasMark Vrabel 1st Place Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE-4: Electric Vehicle to Grid: Microgrid IntegrationNate CarnovaleAqilah Mahmud ZuhriElizabeth RagerSeth SoStephen Wilson 2nd Place Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE-5: LUMINBen BirkettAustin ChampionChristopher EngelJared LinBrian McMinn 3rd Place Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE-6: ParkITJustin AndersonBen HarrisParker MaySam PetersonRob Schwartz 1st Place Industrial Engineering IE-3: GraneRx Performance DashboardAdvisor: Caroline KolmanMarlee BrownSean CallaghanAlex HartmanAdam Sneath 2nd Place Industrial Engineering IE-7: Tiered Approach for Increasing Inventory Accuracy of Raw Materials at AccuTrexAdvisor: Jayent RajgopalZach DissenMaiti KeenDina PerlicJenna RudolphConnor Wurst 1st Place Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science MEMS-1: Hockey Skate Laces Tension Retaining Device and Adaptation for Use with Athletic ShoesAdvisor: Brad Pelkofer – Panther LacesDaniel GunterDavis HerchkoKaylee LevineDavid Maupin 2nd Place Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science MEMS-9: Unripe Fruit Removal System for TomatoHarvesting RobotAdvisor: Mr. Brandon Contino – Four GrowersGabriel FruitmanJames MaierJoshua Pope 3rd Place Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science MEMS-10: Development of a System to Test Anterior Cruciate Ligament FailureAdvisor: Dr. Patrick SmolinskiAustin BussardAlexander HourietSydney LeonardGriffin Monahan 1st Place Product Realization PR-2: Body Camera Range ExtenderAmedeo HirataJoshua LineRyan BarrettTyler Smith 2nd Place Product Realization PR-1: Alarm and Safe IntegrationAlex DziakLindsey LauruneAlex BuonomoGaby Robinson 1st Place Art of Making AOM-3: TupperWhere: A Compact Sustainable Food ContainerJamie BarishmanJosh LneBridget MoyerBobby Rouse 2nd Place Art of Making AOM-1: It’s Your Turn: Empowering People with Fine-Motor DisabilitiesNatasha GilbertMaureen HartMadison HenkelmanShirley JiangSydney LeonardDanielle Wu 1st Place Medical Product Prototyping MPP-3: Acetone BreathalyzerBrinden EltonPhillip Harding 2nd Place Medical Product Prototyping MPP-2: ET3Nikki CwalinaLiam McNamaraBryce Norwood

Nov
20
2019

Pitt STRIVE Program Receives UPSIDE Award

Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, Industrial, MEMS, Diversity, Student Profiles, Office of Development & Alumni Affairs

This article was originally published on @Pitt. Reposted with permission. PITTSBURGH (November 20, 2019) ... The Swanson School of Engineering’s Pitt Success, Transition, Representation, Innovation, Vision and Education (STRIVE) Program was recognized with the 2019 University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive and Diverse Excellence (UPSIDE) Award by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The goal of the Pitt STRIVE Program is to improve transitions of underrepresented minority (URM) students into doctoral engineering programs at the University. Using evidence-based strategies, the program aims to foster student and faculty engagement to ensure students’ successful completion of the PhD in engineering. "It has been an honor be a part of the leadership team of this extraordinarily great program,” said Sylvanus Wosu, associate dean for diversity affairs at the Swanson School. Wosu acknowledged the support and commitment from the U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering James R. Martin II and the Office of the Dean. “The Pitt STRIVE Program has been transformational in increasing URM PhD enrollment from less than 5% to over 7.5%, enhancing the academic culture and community that have contributed to 13 URM PhDs in the last four years, and significantly increasing the number of faculty with a shared vision for the school’s diversity and inclusion goals,” Wosu said. Under the direction of Wosu and Steven Abramowitch, associate professor of bioengineering, the program—which has been recognized and funded by the National Science Foundation—has focused on such areas as: Improving faculty engagement with URM students Improving faculty awareness of the impediments to URM success in doctoral programs Promoting a shared vision among vested faculty regarding the success of URM students within the Pitt community Achieving a systemic inclusive academic culture and climate that support the success of URM doctoral students “The Pitt STRIVE Program’s implementation is informed by research and practices that positively impact the culture and experiences of the faculty, students and community,” said David Gau, the Pitt STRIVE Program director of University engagement and communication. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will recognize the Swanson School of Engineering with the UPSIDE Award at a Senate Council meeting in December. ###

Nov
13
2019

Printed Metal Conductors May Be Next-Generation Electronic Displays

Chemical & Petroleum, Industrial, MEMS

PITTSBURGH (Nov. 13, 2019) — Each year, consumers ask more of electronic displays, wanting them bigger, brighter, and even flexible. Displays from smartwatches to 4K TVs currently consist of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) which use indium tin oxide (ITO) as a transparent electrode. However, ITO has its limitations: it is expensive; doesn’t perform well enough for larger areas; and can crack with repeated touching or swiping. However, a $1 million award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program will fund collaborative research to replace ITO with metal “microgrid” conductors to improve OLED performance. The research will be led by Paul Leu, PhD, associate professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, and Electroninks, a technology company in Austin, Texas. Leu first came across the Electronink’s metal ink in its circuit drawing kit called Circuit Scribe. The device includes a pen that uses conductive silver ink to allow users to create working lights with circuits drawn on paper. Leu, whose lab works with transparent electrodes, saw the product and understood that the company’s particle-free, metal ink might be able to address some of the limitations with ITO. “Electronink’s metal ink can cure at low temperatures, be printed into patterns, and has conductivity comparable to bulk metal,” says Leu. “By using a new metal patterning technique that prints the metal grid directly on glass or plastic, we can create ‘microgrid’ conductors that can outperform ITO at a lower manufacturing cost.” “We are excited to continue this collaboration with Prof. Leu, and appreciate the DOE recognizing the milestones to date and continued support of our collective effort,” says Melbs LeMieux, President and Cofounder at Electroninks. “Prof. Leu’s team has helped to greatly accelerate the metal microgrid process technology for OLED lighting from concept to demonstration, and now we are working with our industrial partners towards commercialization.” Leu and Electroninks began the project in 2018, working for a year in a proof-of-concept phase to show that their metal inks could work as a replacement for ITO. “The first phase of the project was successful,” says Ziyu Zhou, lead graduate student on the project. “We were able to achieve high performance, with transparency over 90 percent and sheet resistance under 1 ohm per square.” The DOE grant funds Phase II, in which Leu’s lab and Electroninks will continue to investigate and develop the technology, process, and implementation to commercial products with its industrial partners.  They will be developing and evaluating the technology for a variety of applications such as displays, lighting, touch sensors, and electromagnetic interference shielding.
Maggie Pavlick
Nov
12
2019

Loves Me, Loves Me Not...

Chemical & Petroleum, Industrial, MEMS

PITTSBURGH (Nov. 12, 2019) — Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are valuable for a wide variety of applications. Made of graphene sheets rolled into tubes 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, CNTs have an exceptional strength-to-mass ratio and excellent thermal and electrical properties. These features make them ideal for a range of applications, including supercapacitors, interconnects, adhesives, particle trapping and structural color. New research reveals even more potential for CNTs: as a coating, they can both repel and hold water in place, a useful property for applications like printing, spectroscopy, water transport, or harvesting surfaces. When water is dropped on a CNT forest, the CNTs repel the water, and it forms a sphere. However, when flipped over, the drop does not fall to the ground but rather clings to the surface. “In contrast to superhydrophobic surfaces where droplets roll off easily when tilted, CNTs forests are parahydrophobic, where the droplet is both repelled and attracted to the CNT surface,” explains Ziyu Zhou, lead author of the paper and graduate student in the LAMP Lab.  “It is a love-hate relationship.” The key to this wetting behavior is the use of CNT forests that are densely, vertically packed on the surface and the inherently hydrophilic CNT surface. The forests are about 100 microns in height and so dense that there are over 100 billion (1011) CNTs in 1 cm2 area.  Some amount of water sinks below the carbon nanotubes and clings to the hydrophilic material, while the rest is repelled into a sphere. This research represents the first observation of parahydrophobicity of CNT forests, where the droplet can roll along the surface but does not fall off when turned upside down. Other surfaces in nature such as peach fuzz or rose petals also exhibit this wetting behavior, which may be used to for liquid transportation, fabrics coating design, membrane selectivity and even wall-climbing robotics. This wetting behavior could also be used to as a way to construct CNTs into various arrangements. “Previous research showed CNT forests to be unstable under the application of water, but we show that water droplets are, in fact, stable on these dense CNT forests,” explains Paul Leu, PhD, associate professor of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and author on the paper. “This wetting behavior may be used to assemble CNTs into dense vertical arrays, surface stripes, and other unique shapes that could be used for supercapacitors, interconnects, and other applications.” Leu also has appointments in chemical engineering and mechanical engineering and material science. His lab, the Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Pittsburgh (LAMP), conducted the research. The paper, “Parahydrophobicity and stick-slip wetting dynamics of vertically aligned carbon nanotube forests,” (DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2019.06.012) was published in the journal Carbon and was coauthored by Ziyu Zhou, Tongchuan Gao, Sean McCarthy, Andrew Kozbial, Susheng Tan, David Pekker, Lei Li, and Paul W. Leu.
Maggie Pavlick
Oct
10
2019

Pitt INFORMS Chapter Wins 2019 Student Chapter Annual Award

Industrial, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 10, 2019) — In recognition of achievements this year, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) student chapter at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering was selected for a 2019 Student Chapter Annual Award. It will be the chapter’s third since 2015. The INFORMS student chapter at Pitt helps graduate students in the Industrial Engineering Department expand their networks and enhance academic skills. The group is part of the INFORMS global organization, which has over 12,500 members in the operations research and analytics field. This award recognizes the achievements of student chapters and will be presented at the Student Awards ceremony during the upcoming 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle on Oct. 21, 2019. “Our motto at Pitt’s INFORMS Chapter is, ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success,’” says Jing Yang, chapter president. “This award has been a testimony for our success and a motivation to continue our hard work.” The Pitt chapter’s recent events include multiple tutorials for programming languages like Python and CPLEX, which are essential tools for industrial engineering students, and mock exam sessions for students preparing for PhD qualifying exams. They have also celebrated the Lunar New Year by making dumplings with faculty members and had Dr. Ramayya Krishnan, the president-elect of INFORMS and dean of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, join the Department of Industrial Engineering for lunch to talk about the future of operations research. “Operations research is a broad field that makes our world run smoothly, and INFORMS gives our graduate students the chance to better engage with leaders in the field, and with one another, about what career path they will choose,” says Jayant Rajgopal, INFORMS member, advisor and professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering. “Their efforts to engage graduate students and enhance their education has been rightfully recognized with this award.” INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics. Pitt’s is one of dozens of student chapters across the U.S. and internationally.
Maggie Pavlick

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