Associated Faculty




ENGINEERING

Anna C. Balazs

Anna Balazs

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering 
Research Interests: Using theory and simulation to design self-healing materials
Phone: 412-648-9250
E-mail: balazs@pitt.edu

Ipsita Banerjee

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
412-624-2071
Ipsita Banerjee

Research Interests: Systems Biology, Signaling pathway analysis, Embryonic stem cell differentiation, Cell cycle analysis, tissue and organ engineering, Regenerative Medicine

Eric Beckman

George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering
Codirector, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
412-624-8417
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Research Interests: Molecular design to support the creation of greener chemical products and synthesis of materials to support biomedical research

Mostafa Bedewy

Assistant Professor
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Kyle Bibby

Assistant Professor
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Kyle Bibby

Research Interests: Dr. Bibby's interests center around understanding the presence, ecology, and diversity of microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria, in an environmental engineering context. Microorganisms are by far the most abundant and genetically diverse biological entities on our planet and are at the core of many of society's environmental challenges, including sustainable energy production, waste treatment, and environmentally transmitted disease. In the Bibby Lab, emerging molecular biology techniques such as proteomics, genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics are integrated with fundamental, quantitative environmental engineering practice to develop new insights and solutions to these problems.

Melissa Bilec

Assistant Professor
Assistant Director for Education & Outreach
412-648-8075
Melissa Bilec

Research Interests: Engineering issues related to sustainability, green design, and construction; additionally, efforts include not only creating a practical framework for hybrid life cycle assessment modeling, including uncertainty and visualizations, but also modeling on-site construction processes and support services

Kevin Chen

Associate Professor
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Kevin Chen

Research Interests: Structure health monitoring and environmental sensing

Markus Chmielus

Assistant Professor
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Research Interest: The research of Dr. Chmielus is focused on the development, processing, advanced manufacturing, characterization and application of functional metallic materials. These include 1) magnetic shape memory alloys that can be used for sensing, actuation and power generation applications and 2) magnetocaloric materials that change their temperature when exposed to a magnetic field and can be used in high efficiency cooling applications. Using additive manufacturing, we strive to optimize and further improve properties of the materials and final applications.

William Buddy Clark

Professor
412-624-9794
William Buddy Clark

Research Interests: Energy harvesting and improved energy management through morphing systems

Daniel G. Cole

Associate Professor
412-624-3069
Daniel Cole

Research Interests: Energy harvesting, Dynamics and control of energy systems for improved efficiency and performance 

Di Gao

Associate Professor
412-624-8488
Di Gao

Research Interests:Water treatment and energy harvesting using nanomaterials

Leanne Gilbertson

Assistant Professor
412-624-1683
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Research Interests:Dr Gilbertson’s research aims to inform sustainable design of existing and novel materials that 1) precludes potential unintended environmental and human health consequences and 2) maintains or exceeds functional performance goals. Research activities include both experimental and life cycle modeling thrusts.

 

Kent Harries

Associate Professor
412-624-9873
Kent Harries

Research Interests: Use of non-traditional and innovative materials in civil infrastructure; mechanisms and mitigation of infrastructure deterioration 

Alex K. Jones

Research Interests: Green embedded and ubiquitous computing; novel computer-aided design automation systems applied to sustainable design practices; energy efficiency of electronics and computing particularly incorporating renewable energy sources 

John Keith

Assistant Professor
Keith

Research Interests: Atomic scale computational modeling of energetically efficient catalytic processes.  Developing machine learning methods for green chemical design.

Vikas Khanna

Research Interests: Sustainability Science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Complex Systems, Input-Output Analysis 

Jeff Kharoufeh

Associate Professor
412-624-9832
Jeff Kharoufeh

Research Interests: Energy Systems, Queueing Systems, Reliability Theory, Maintenance Optimization, and models for computer and communications systems

Jung-Kun Lee

Associate Professor
412-648-3395
Jung-Kun Lee

Research Interests: Energy and/ or electro optical applications of nano-structured materials

Paul Leu

Research Interests: Solar Cells, Design for Sustainability

Guangyong Li

Research Interests: micro/ nano robotics and systems to manipulate materials at nano scales, scanning probe microscopy, fabrications of MEMS/NEMS, nanodevices, biosensors and the development of technology to study the structure and functionality of biological membrane and membrane proteins of living cells

Xu Liang

Research Interests: Impacts of climate change on water, Water resources and modeling, Data Assimilation, Hydrometeorology, Sensor network for environmental monitoring  

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Research Interests: circuit stimulation, electric power distribution systems, distributed wind and solar integration, lightning protection, power quality and power electronics applications

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Research Interests: fundamental and applied electrochemistry for sustainable energy technologies; synthesis and processing of advanced electronic materials

 

Ian Nettleship

Research Interests: Processing and applications of highly porous ceramic materials used in bioreactor cores as well as gas filters and water filters

Carla Ng

Assistant Professor
412-383-4075

The research in Dr. Ng’s lab focuses on the development of models for the fate of chemicals in organisms and ecosystems, at the intersection of chemistry, biology and engineering.  The work spans multiple scales, from molecules to global systems. She is particularly interested in how concurrent stressors – including chemical contamination, climate change and resource consumption – interact to determine system responses.  Active research areas include:

  • The fundamental mechanisms that determine whether a pollutant will be bioavailable and bioaccumulative, with a focus on fluorinated surfactants.
  • The fate of legacy and current-use pesticides in tropical environments in Central and South America.
  • The role of the global industrial food system on the transport and fate of environmental contaminants and subsequent human exposure.

 

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Research interests: Power Systems Engineering & Analysis; Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Supply; Power Electronics Technologies for Utility & Industrial Applications (FACTS, HVDC, & Custom Power); Power Systems Automation, Control, & Communications 

Piervincenzo Rizzo

Research Interests: structural health monitoring, nondestructive evaluation, and smart structures

Sanchez, David

Research Interests: High-tech low energy water and wastewater treatment systems, and studying the reuse of water in gridless systems

Albert To

Associate Professor
412-624-2052
Albert To

Research Interests: Mechanics of 3D printed/ additive manufactured materials, multiscale mechanics theory and methods, mechanics of nano- and bio- materials, Nonequilibrium thermomechanical processes, wave propagation and dynamic fracture, inverse problems and Acoustic Emission

Sachin Velankar

Associate Professor
412-624-9984
Sachin Velankar

Research Interests: Polymers derived from renewable feedstocks that
are also biodegradable. The focus is on improving material properties while minimizing environmental impacts

Goetz Veser

Nickolas DeCecco Professor
412-624-1042
Gotz Veser

Research Interests: Catalytic reaction engineering with a particular focus on the design of novel reactor concepts (process intensification through microchemical reactors and integrated reactor concepts) and the synthesis of robust nanomaterials for clean and decentralized energy technology

Radisav D. Vidic

William Kepler Whiteford Professor & Chairman
412-624-1307
Radisav Vidic

Research Interests: Sustainable Water Treatment, Water Reuse, Novel Disinfection Technologies, Adsorption/Catalysis For Environmental Applications 

Jeff Vipperman

Director of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
412-624-1643
Jeff Vipperman

Research Interests: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Military Infrastructure and Training 

MinheeYun

Research Interests: Development of sustainable energy of Microbial fuel cells (MFC) that are fuel cells with microorganisms that serve as catalysts 



ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES

Jeff Slack

AICP/Part Time Instructor

Preservation Planner, Pfaffmann + Associates



SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

John C. Camillus

Donald R Beall Professor of Strategic Management
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
412-648-1599
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Research Interests: Created the Business of Humanity® project that documents the management processes and strategic perspectives of companies seeking to be more effective in areas such as safety, quality, environmental sustainability, social sustainability, integrity, ergonomics and good design.

Susan K. Cohen

Associate Professor
412-648-1707
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Research Interests: Susan’s research examines how firms enhance their performance (innovation output and quality, survival, and profitability) through research and development activities. I am particularly interested in how firms manage tensions between acquiring, protecting, and leveraging their technological knowledge by structuring internal and external capabilities.

Brett Crawford

Clinical Assistant Professor
412-648-1720
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Research Interests: Brett is working to better understand the historical emergence of the ideology of environmental stewardship within the inter-organizational relationships of community development organizations, voluntary associations, and various levels of government 

William E. Hefley

Clinical Associate Professor
412-383-9011
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Research Interests: Bill maintains a research program encompassing corporate social responsibility in sourcing; process improvement in service settings; service value networks, such as IT/BPO outsourcing or Marcellus Shale exploration and production; leadership issues, and disparities in health care.

Ravi Madhavan

Professor of Business Administration
Alcoa Foundation International Faculty Fellow
412-648-1530
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Research Interests: Recombinant Enterprise in a Networked World: Alliances, M&A and Networks as drivers of enterprise evolution



COMPUTER SCIENCE

Bruce Childers

Professor
412-624-8421

Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking

Sangyeun Cho

Associate Professor
412-383-7018
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Research Interests: Computer Architecture, Storage Systems

Panos Chrysanthis

Professor
412-624-8854
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Research Interests: Big Data, Database Management, Data Stream Management, Workflow Management, User-Centric Optimizations, Power-Aware Data Processing, Mobile and Pervasive Management, Distributed and Cooperating Systems 

Alexandros Labrinidis

Associate Professor
412-624-8843
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Research Interests: Big Data, User-Centric Data Management, Scientific Data Management, Data Stream Management Systems, Data-Intensive Computing, Collaborative Systems, Quality of Data/Quality of Service, The Deep Web

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Research Interests: Power Aware Computing, Computer Architecture, High Performance Computing and Optical Networks

Daniel Mosse

Professor
412-624-8493
Daniel Mosse

Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking

Kirk Pruhs

Professor
412-624-8844
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Research Interests: Scheduling, Resource Managment, Energy Management and Green Computing

Youtao Zhang

Associate Professor
412-624-8837
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Research Interests: Compilers, Computer Architecture, System Security

 

Taieb Znati

Professor
412-624-8417
Taieb Znati

Research Interests: Distributed Multimedia Systems, High-Speed Networks to Support Real-Time Applications, Performance Evaluation, Local Area Networks 



ECONOMICS

Arie Beresteneau

Associate Professor
412-648-1748
Arie-Beresteneau

Research Interests: Econometrics, Marcellus Shale Impacts

Werner Troesken

Professor
412-648-2823
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Research Interests: Economic History, Environmental Infrastructure 



GEOLOGY AND PLANETARY SCIENCE

Mark Abbott

Associate Professor
Department Chair
412-624-1408
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Research Interests: Holocene History Of Climate Change and Dynamics, Paleoclimatology and Limnology, Human-Climate Interactions

Daniel Bain

Assistant Professor
412-624-8766
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Research Interests: Urban Systems, Fluvial Systems and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry 

Rosemary Capo

Associate Professor
412-624-8873
Capo-Rosemary

Research Interests: Radiogenic isotope tracking of environmental processes; geochemistry of acid mine drainage; environmental impact and recycling of energy by products; surface water-rock interaction involving geologic carbon sequestration, brine, coal combustion byproducts, unconventional natural gas extraction and acid mine drainage

Emily Elliott

Assistant Professor
412-624-8882
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Research Interests: The impacts of energy production (coal, vehicles, gas) on atmospheric deposition, air pollution, ecosystems, and surface water chemistry; stable isotope biogeochemical tracers of nutrient pollution sources to watersheds; urban stormwater management and impacts of degraded infrastructure on urban water quality; isotopic tracers of fossil fuel combustion and emission control technologies.

William Harbert

Professor
412-624-8874
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Research Interests: Carbon sequestration; geospatial analysis applied to geohazards; environmental 

Michael Ramsey

Professor
412-624-8772
Ramsey, Michael

Research Interests: Remote sensing of physical volcanology and natural hazards; new instrument development for air and space exploration

Brian Stewart

Associate Professor
412-624-8883
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Research Interests: Environmental impact of coal and its byproducts; radiogenic isotope tracking of environmental processes

Joseph Werne

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
412-624-8775
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Research Interests: Geobiology; paleolimnology and environmental change; sulfur biogeochemistry



POLITICAL SCIENCE

Stephen Chaudoin

Assistant Professor
678-637-8392
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Research Interests: Climate Change Policy 

Pierre Landry

412-648-7282
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Research Interests: Water Resource Management, China 

B. Guy Peters

Maurice Falk Professor
412-648-7286
B Guy Peters

Research Interests: Governance of Sustainable Development 

Mascaro Center

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

mcsi@pitt.edu

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