John A. Swanson School of Engineering

Benefactor John A. Swanson

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and John Swanson with Pitt Engineering studentsIn recognition of John A. Swanson’s extraordinarily generous giving to the School of Engineering of more than $42 million dollars, including what was at the time the largest single gift ever given to Pitt, the University announced that the School of Engineering would be forever named The John A. Swanson School of Engineering. 

These contributions will provide the Swanson School with the resources needed to remain at the forefront of engineering education and research, further pushing forward the boundaries of engineering knowledge. Specifically, four areas were identified to be primary beneficiaries of the gift—facility expenditures and support for students, faculty, and programs.

newly renovated Benedum HallFacility expenditures to support the renovation and expansion of Benedum Hall have included updates to the department floors for bioengineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, and chemical and petroleum engineering; the creation of Innovation and Nanotechnology floor; new and expanded student area; and expansions to the RFID lab space.

Student support, which provides undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship awards to highly accomplished students named as John A. Swanson Scholars.

Faculty Support in the form of honorary positions of chair, professor, or fellow, such as the John A. Swanson Endowed Chair, will be used to attract and retain outstanding scholars and researchers in order to advance the academic quality of the School and its faculty, and the Swanson Outstanding Teaching Award was created to recognize faculty achievement.

Program support for the Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence will ensure the continued viability of it centers and programs, which include the Swanson Center for Micro and Nano Systems, the Swanson Center for Product Innovation, and the RFID Center for Excellence. To date, more than 25 private companies have utilized the Swanson Institute in collaborative research.