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Winter 2008
Pitt Magazine

FLYING LESSONS
A Swanson School of Engineering student not only won a 2007 Goldwater Scholarship—the nation’s highest honor for undergraduates studying science or engineering—but he also beat the odds in figuring out his calling. So, how did Ben Gordon learn to soar? »

Features

THE SWANSON CODE

 

Four decades ago, a Pitt doctoral student was writing innovative computer code, trying to build a better rocket engine at his Westinghouse job. Ultimately, John A. Swanson created a new way to engineer all kinds of products. His latest deed amounts to a historic milestone for Pitt. »

THE GREENING OF VANDERGRIFT
 

A small town in Western Pennsylvania attracted global notice a century ago for its unusual birth and trendsetting features. Now, in partnership with Pitt, that same town—which declined in the steel bust—may once again become a model for innovation. »

MARKET MOVES

  New trends in global enterprise are transforming how the world does business. In fewer than 50 years, the rapidly developing economies of Brazil, Russia, China, and India are projected to overtake those of today’s richest nations. Sustained U.S. innovation depends, in part, on universities like Pitt—and the stakes are high. »
 




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