Teachers, leaders, innovators, researchers—Pitt faculty members are world-renowned for expanding the boundaries of knowledge while educating new generations of thinkers and doers.
Great teaching isn’t just respected at Pitt—it’s also honored and rewarded. Each year, the University’s highest teaching honor, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, goes to outstanding Pitt educators. Individual schools and departments also bestow their own teaching awards.
Among the honors our leading professors have won are the National Medal of Science (the nation’s highest honor for science and engineering), the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant,” and election to the world’s most prestigious academic societies, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Innovators From regenerating human tissues to creating a coating that prevents ice buildup on wind turbines, innovations by Pitt professors benefit humankind. Launched in 2013, the Innovation Institute advances Pitt's successes in entrepreneurship, commercialization and economic development.
Pitt researchers push the boundaries of knowledge in areas ranging from literary criticism to the quest for quantum computers. They frequently reach across disciplines within Pitt and collaborate with colleagues at other universities and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as with corporate partners.