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Steven Little, PhD, chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, is among the Class of 2015 “Fast Trackers” named by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

This award honors business and nonprofit leaders from the Pittsburgh region under the age of 40. Dr. Little joined Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering in 2006 and has appointments in the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine and the Departments of Bioengineering, Immunology, and Ophthalmology. He holds 8 patents and has 15 pending patent applications; he is among the youngest person ever to chair the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Read more about his many accomplishments here.

The KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL2-CRSP) is a multidisciplinary career development program that is supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) through the K12 mechanism. The program prepares scientists from a broad range of disciplines, specialties, and subspecialties for independent careers in clinical or translational research. It brings together the collaborative efforts of the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences (the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy), the many multidisciplinary research centers at the University, and the extensive clinical entities that comprise UPMC.

The KL2-CRSP scholars engage in diverse types of multidisciplinary clinical research, including small clinical trials, patient-oriented research, epidemiologic studies, health services research, and translational research. Every scholar has the opportunity to pursue educational offerings pertaining to research ethics and regulations, best practices in clinical research, work in multidisciplinary teams, and leadership skills. Mentoring is an integral component of the KL2CRSP and is provided by a team of highly experienced, federally funded senior investigators.

"I've learned a LOT! I am sure without the KL2 training my applications would not have been as competitive."

—2006 Scholar Sara R. Piva, PT, PhD
(recently awarded an Administrative Supplement to her NIH/NICHD/NCMRR K01 award)

News and Information

  • Dr. Wishwa Kapoor gives engaging talk on shortage of physician-scientists. Read more about it in the University Times article.
  • KL2-CRSP Alumni scholar Daniel Patterson was featured on Good Morning America explaining his research on EMS worker fatigue and the dangers associated with it.
  • KL2-CRSP Alumni scholar Steven Little was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times discussing his research and accomplishments as chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.