The University of Pittsburgh research team of
- Piervincenzo Rizzo, PhD, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering,
- Samuel Dickerson, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and
- McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Ian Conner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology and bioengineering,
recently received funding via a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Rizzo and his team are currently measuring the internal pressure of objects, such as a piece of steel girder and a tennis ball, with the end goal of calculating corrosive deterioration in pipelines in the natural gas, hazardous liquid and liquefied natural gas plant industries. Other applications being researched for this technology include, most notably, for measuring and monitoring eye pressure in glaucoma patients.