Innovation & Research

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Microgrid Designed by Pitt Engineers Drives Clean Energy at Trucking Facility

All amenities in the docking terminal of PITT OHIO’s Harmar facility — including lights, electric forklifts, computers and battery chargers — operate from power supplied by an on-site microgrid designed by Pitt’s Gregory Reed and a cohort of Swanson School of Engineering graduate students.
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Model Predicts ‘Fishy’ Chemicals in Salmon

A team led by engineer Carla Ng has developed a computer model to predict the presence of pollutants in farmed salmon. She found that fish, too, are what they eat.
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New Vice Chancellor Named as Pitt Marks Another Record-breaking Year in Innovation

Under the leadership of Evan Facher, Pitt innovators started a record 23 new companies in FY18. Facher now moves into the new position of vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Engineering Team Designs Exoskeleton Technology to Help People Walk Again

It seems like something from a sci-fi movie: humans wearing bionic technology to move more easily. But Pitt researchers are turning fiction into a reality, aiming to help people with paraplegia.
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Research Takes Strides Toward Making Prosthetic Limbs More Comfortable

Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Goeran Fiedler’s two-year study is researching the effectiveness of a new type of prosthetic socket liner for individuals with below-knee amputations.
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DNA’s Dark Matter Comes to Light

Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis studies the parts of DNA that were once thought to be junk. What she found there overturned a fundamental assumption of cellular biology.

Researchers Find Link Between Alcohol Use, Perceived Physical Attractiveness

Many social situations involve alcohol, but little is known about why people drink and how drinking might affect perceptions of others. A study by Pitt psychologists offers the field next steps for answering those questions.

Developmental Psychologist Studies Subculture’s ‘Fursuit’ of Happiness

Pitt–Bradford’s Rebecca McHugh, an assistant professor of developmental psychology, returns to Anthrocon to study identity and stigma among furries — a global community of anthropomorphic fans.
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Pitt Task Force Outlines Framework for Confronting Nationwide Opioid Crisis

Pitt is taking a leading role in tackling the public health crisis by strengthening its prevention, treatment and recovery programs to bring meaningful change to the lives of students.

New Institute Aims for Global Leadership in Computer Modeling and Simulation

The Modeling and Managing Complicated Systems Institute will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze massive data sets, helping to find new solutions to national security challenges, the aging process and the opioid epidemic.