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Swanson School of Engineering
Established 1846
Type Public
Dean Gerald D. Holder
Faculty 100
Undergraduates 1935
Postgraduates 544
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Oakland
Endowment $100 million

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



Benedum Hall and the Engineering Auditorium (in the foreground) is the home of the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Founded in 1846, The Swanson School of Engineering is the second or third oldest in the United States.[1] 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:

See also

External links


  • Alberts, Robert C. (1987). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787-1987. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7.  



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