The Swanson School of Engineering is the engineering school of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1846, The Swanson School of Engineering is the second or third oldest in the United States.
The Swanson School of Engineering offers undergraduate, graduate degrees, and doctorates in 6 academic departments:
Chemical and Petroleum engineering
Civil and Environmental engineering
Electrical and Computer engineering
Mechanical engineering and Materials science
Academic programs offered by the school included Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering.
Research centers housed in the school include:
The Centre for Energy
The Centre for Simulation and Modelling
The Mascaro Centre for Sustainable Innovation
The Petersen Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering
The Lubrizol Innovation Laboratory (a partnership of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and The Lubrizol Corporation)
The University of Pittsburgh Centre for Energy is a research centre housed in the Swanson School of Engineering that is dedicated to improving energy technology development and energy sustainability. Comprising more than 70 faculty members and 200 students and postdocs, the centre is scheduled to be housed on a floor of Benedum Hall undergoing a $15 million renovation. The centre was created in 2008 to bring together energy innovators across a range of engineering and academic disciplines. It also sought to develop stronger collaborations with energy industry partners in the Western Pennsylvania. The centre’s faculty focus on five key areas of research that include energy delivery and reliability, carbon management and utilization, high-temperature and other advanced materials, energy efficiency, and unconventional gas resources. In February, 2012, the centre announced it had received a $22 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The donation, one of the largest ever grants awarded by the Mellon Foundation or received by the University of Pittsburgh, is targeted to strengthen the centre by creating at least four new faculty positions and eight endowed graduate fellowships. It will also purchase equipment and establish a fund to encouraging innovative research focused on smart grid technology, along with providing general support for research infrastructure and the centre’s operations.
Notable alumni and faculty include-
Erik Buell — (1979) — Engineer, founder and chairman of Buell Motorcycle Company – subsidiary of Harley-Davidson.
John Choma— (1963, 1964, 1965, 1969) — Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics at the University of Southern California.
Bob Colwell — (1977) — electrical engineer who was the chief architect on the Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, and Pentium 4 microprocessors.
Michael Lovell — (1989, ’91, ’94) — President of Marquette University
John A. Swanson — (1966) — Founder and retired President of ANSYS, a leading innovator of finite element simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes. Winner of the John Fritz Medal in engineering.