Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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New Pitt Supercomputer to Launch Into Space

A novel supercomputer developed by a University of Pittsburgh team is set to journey to the International Space Station, continuing a NASA partnership meant to improve Earth and space science.
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Entrepreneurial Engineer Brings Creative Spirit and Connections to Campus, Honda

Senior Sean O’Brien, a member of the first Panthers Forward cohort, just wants to make things work — from bowties to dinner tables to the Pitt Makerspace.
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Student Team Wins Kids’ Choice Award at 24-hour Hackathon to Solve Pediatric Problems

Getting children to take their medicine in the right dose at the right time is tough. At a recent hackathon, three Pitt students came up with a prototype solution that won over kids themselves.
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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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Panther Racing Revs Engines for 30th Year

Panther Racing, a student team from the Swanson School of Engineering, is getting its car ready for the annual Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition May 9-12, all while gaining real-world engineering experience.

New Glass Could Be Future of Solar Energy

Swanson School of Engineering researchers have been studying and developing new glass technology that aims to increase the light absorbed by solar panels to give them an extra energy boost.