University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

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Just like the tread on a tire, the tread on your shoes eventually wears down. And according to researchers, many U.S. workers end up falling because of slippery, worn shoes.

University of Pittsburgh researchers are using a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to explore exactly how workers’ shoes contribute to those falls, as well as how to better gage when a shoe needs to be replaced.

Pitt Scientist Receives Grant To Mass-Produce Stem Cells

Oct 22, 2015
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An associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh is working on a way to produce human stem cells on an industrial scale.

Ipsita Banerjee of the Swanson School of Engineering, with co-researcher Prashant Kumta, recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research a method of mass-producing “pluripotent” stem cells.

Two separate University of Pittsburgh research groups have received funding from America Makes to improve design development for three-dimensional printing.

Directed by faculty in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, the two projects will receive more than $1.7 million.

Each group has a different approach to 3-D printing research. One group, led by Albert To, associate professor of mechanical engineering and material science, focuses on the design aspect of 3-D printing. The second group’s focus is on the process of additive manufacturing.

University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering researchers are developing a way to help arteries regrow with less risk of an aneurysm after a coronary bypass surgery.

Arturo Valentin and his team are attempting to use new polymers in artery replacements as a way to prevent aneurysm formation.

He said they are working to create an “in host remodeled graft.”