Innovation Institute

Joseph Pugar

Pitt Spinout Aruga Vascular Graft Wins Business Pitch Funding

Pitt spinout Aruga Technologies won a $25,000 prize in a business pitch competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute at the...
HiberSense on a phone with multiple boxes containing temperatures

A Smart Solution for Thermostat Wars

Powered by Pitt innovation pathways, HiberSense is a smart heating and cooling system that collects data on temperature, humidity, occupancy and air-quality and “learns” using predictive analytics to anticipate the desired temperature room by room.
O'Brien sitting on a table in the Makerspace, holding a 3-D printed Cathedral of Learning

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.
Undergrads Lauren Yocum and Emily Siegel

For Those Too Tired to Brush

For people traveling, in the military, without access to water — or just too exhausted to get out of bed — skipping the toothbrush for a day is sometimes inevitable. Pitt undergrads Lauren Yocum and Emily Siegel's winning pitch for a biodegradable chewing gum that kills bacteria and removes and prevents plaque could bridge the gap.

A New Wrinkle on Vascular Implants

An undergraduate research project in the Swanson School of Engineering sent alumnus Joe Pugar (’17) in a new career direction, as CEO of startup company Aruga Technologies.
Maliha Zahid headshot with blue jacket and blouse

Innovation Competitions Drive Creativity, Boost Researchers’ Projects to the Marketplace

This fall's competitions awarded more than $600,000 for faculty and student researchers. In addition, mentoring opportunities in the competitions offer researchers help in commercialization, which takes products from the lab into spaces like a doctor’s office or a factory.
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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.

Students’ Big Ideas Get a Boost With New Center, $2 Million Gift From Randall Family

At the 10th annual Randall Family Big Idea competition, 13 student teams were awarded a total of $100,000 for their inventions and innovations. A new Big Idea Center was also announced, set to open in the 2018-19 academic year.