Swanson School of Engineering

Swanson School of Engineering

Infobox University
name = Swanson School of Engineering

image_size =150
established = 1856
type = Public
head_label = Dean
head = Gerald D. Holder
city = Pittsburgh
state = Pennsylvania
country = USA
campus = Oakland
undergrad = 1935
postgrad = 544
faculty = 100
free_label = Endowment
free = $100 million
colors =
homepage = [http://www.engr.pitt.edu/ www.engr.pitt.edu]

The Swanson School of Engineering is the engineering school of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Founded in 1846, The Swanson School of Engineering is the second or third oldest in the United States. [http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=pittmiscpubs;cc=pittmiscpubs;g=documentingpitt;xc=1;xg=1;q1=lrdc;rgn=full%20text;idno=00c50130m;didno=00c50130m;view=image;seq=423;page=root;size=s;frm=frameset;] The school was the university's response to the years surrounding the Civil War that transformed Pittsburgh's industrial base from regional to international.

By 1868, specialized degrees in civil and mechanical engineering were initiated, with mining engineering following in 1869 and electrical engineering in 1890. In 1909, the metallurgical engineering department was established, followed by the chemical engineering department and the world's first petroleum engineering department in 1910. Also that year, one of the nation's first undergraduate cooperative education programs was created. The Swanson School of Engineering is also the home of the nation's first industrial engineering departments, established in 1921.

In 2007 the school was renamed to the Swanson School of Engineering after John A. Swanson, founder of the computer software firm, ANSYS, Inc., donated a total of $41.3 million to the school.


The Swanson School of Engineering offers undergraduate, graduate degrees, and doctorates in 7 academic departments:

* Biomedical engineering
* Chemical engineering
* Civil and environmental engineering
* Electrical engineering
* Computer engineering
* Industrial engineering
* Mechanical engineering and Materials science and engineering

External links

* [http://www.engr.pitt.edu/ Website]
* [http://www.pitt.edu/ University of Pittsburgh Website]


*cite book | author=Alberts, Robert C. | title=Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787-1987 | location=Pittsburgh | publisher=University of Pittsburgh Press | year=1987 | id=ISBN 0-8229-1150-7

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