Innovation Institute

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.
Evan Facher headshot in suit jacket shirt and tie

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.
Taylor in a suit

Researchers 'Speed Date' in Search of Expert Help to Take Ideas From Concept to Market

Starting a conversation on a blind date can be intimidating, and the same might be said for researchers looking for just the right expert to help them take their ideas from concept to reality.
headshot of Jon Duvall

PhD Student Uses Personal Insight to Drive Research, Help Others With Disabilities

Jonathan Duvall has used a wheelchair since a sledding accident in 2007. His work, including creating sidewalk roughness standards and a simpler way for people who use wheelchairs to weigh themselves, aims to help those with disabilities.
Samir Lakhani standing in front of a colorful neon wall display

Alumnus Helps World One Bar of Soap at a Time

Samir Lakhani (A&S '15) is one of 10 CNN Hero of the Year finalists vying for a $100,000 grant to advance their work. His project has brought sanitized and recycled soap to rural areas in Cambodia, Laos, Tanzania, Rwanda and Nepal.

Inaugural Goldman Prize Competition Seeks to Improve Education Through Innovation

Sponsored by alumni Richard and Renée Goldman, the competition awarded three teams a total of $30,000 for their innovative ideas to improve education.
Marc Malandro

Departing Innovation Institute Director to Maintain Ties as Adviser, Faculty Member

After 13 years at Pitt, Marc Malandro is heading to Palo Alto, California, to join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as vice president of operations for CZI Science. But he's not leaving Pitt behind.

Innovators Finish Year With 3 New Records

Pitt’s Innovation Institute reported its highest-ever numbers of startups, patents and invention disclosures as well as more than $4.3 million in precommercialization funding.