People

Pitt Faculty who are currently doing Sustainability Related Scholarly Work

 

Architectural Studies

Jeff Slack
AICP/Part Time Instructor, Department of Architectural Studies
Preservation Planner, Pfaffmann + Associates


School of Business

John C. Camillus, PhD
Donald R Beall Professor of Strategic Management
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
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.
Phone: 412-648-1599
E-mail: camillus@katz.pitt.edu

Susan K. Cohen, PhD
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
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.
Phone: 412-648-1707
E-mail: suecohen@katz.pitt.edu

Brett Crawford, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
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
Phone: 412-648-1720
E-mail: bac91@katz.pitt.edu

William E. Hefley, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration
Information Systems and Technology Management
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.
Phone: 412-383-9011
E-mail: wehefley@katz.pitt.edu

Ravi Madhavan, PhD
Professor of Business Administration & Alcoa Foundation International Faculty Fellow
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
Research Interests: Recombinant Enterprise in a Networked World: Alliances, M&A and Networks as drivers of enterprise evolution
Phone: 412-648-1530
E-mail: rmadhavan@katz.pitt.edu

Computer Science

Daniel Mosse
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking
Phone: 412-624-8493
E-mail: mosse@cs.pitt.edu

Bruce Childers
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking
Phone: 412-624-8421
E-mail: childers@cs.pitt.edu 

Sangyeun Cho
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Computer Architecture, Storage Systems
Phone: 412-383-7018
E-mail: cho@cs.pitt.edu

Panos Chrysanthis
Professor, Department of Computer Science
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
Phone: 412-624-8854
E-mail: panos@cs.pitt.edu

Alexandros Labrinidis
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
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
Phone: 412-624-8843
E-mail: labrinid@cs.pitt.edu

Rami Melhem
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Power Aware Computing, Computer Architecture, High Performance Computing and Optical Networks
Phone: 412-624-8426
E-mail: melhem@cs.pitt.edu

Kirk Pruhs
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Scheduling, Resource Managment, Energy Management and Green Computing
Phone: 412-624-8844
E-mail: kirk@cs.pitt.edu

Youtao Zhang
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Compilers, Computer Architecture, System Security
Phone: 412-624-8837
E-mail: zhangyt@cs.pitt.edu

Taieb Znati
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Distributed Multimedia Systems, High-Speed Networks to Support Real-Time Applications, Performance Evaluation, Local Area Networks
Phone: 412-624-8417
E-mail: znati@cs.pitt.edu


Economics


Werner Troesken
Professor, Department of Economics
Research Interests: Economic History, Environmental Infrastructure
Phone: 412-648-2823
E-mail: troesken@pitt.edu

Arie Beresteneau
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Research Interests: Econometrics, Marcellus Shale Impacts
Phone: 412-648-1748
E-mail: daz1@pitt.edu


Engineering

Anna C. 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

Eric Beckman
George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering
Codirector, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Research Interests: Molecular design to support the creation of greener chemical products and synthesis of materials to support biomedical research
Phone: 412-624-8417
E-mail: beckman@pitt.edu

Melissa Bilec
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education & Outreach, Mascaro Center
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
Phone: 412-648-8075
E-mail: mbilec@pitt.edu

Kevin Chen
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Structure health monitoring and environmental sensing
Phone: 412-624-9675
E-mail: pec9@pitt.edu

William (Buddy) Clark
Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Research Interests: Energy harvesting and improved energy management through morphing systems
Phone: 412-624-9794
E-mail: wclark@pitt.edu

Daniel G. Cole
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: Energy harvesting, Dynamics and control of energy systems for improved efficiency and performance
Phone: 412-624-3069
E-mail: dgcole@pitt.edu>

Di Gao
Associate Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Research Interests:Water treatment and energy harvesting using nanomaterials
Phone: 412-624-8488
E-mail: gaod@pitt.edu

Kent Harries FACI, P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Use of non-traditional and innovative materials in civil infrastructure; mechanisms and mitigation of infrastructure deterioration
Phone: 412-624-9873
E-mail: kharries@pitt.edu

Alex K. Jones
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
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
Phone: 412-624-9666
E-mail: akjones@pitt.edu

Vikas Khanna
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Sustainability Science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Complex Systems, Input-Output Analysis
Phone: 412-624-9603
E-mail: khannav@pitt.edu

Mark Kimber
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Research Interests: New methods of energy extraction from unsteady flows (e.g., flow-induced vibrations) and enhancing current methods for storage and transport of heat
Phone: 412-624-8111
E-mail: mlk53@pitt.edu

Paul W Leu
Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering
Research Interests: Solar Cells, Design for Sustainability
Phone: 412-624-9830
E-mail: pleu@pitt.edu

Steven P. Levitan
John A. Jurenko Professor, Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Design, modeling, and simulation of complex multi-energy systems including micro-scale sensors, actuators and BioMEMS with a current focus on emerging technologies for energy efficient computation
Phone: 412-648-9663
E-mail: levitan@pitt.edu

Xu Liang
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Impacts of climate change on water, Water resources and modeling, Data Assimilation, Hydrometeorology, Sensor network for environmental monitoring
Phone: 412-624-9872
E-mail: xuliang@pitt.edu

Ian Nettleship
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Research Interests: Processing and applications of highly porous ceramic materials used in bioreactor cores as well as gas filters and water filters
Related Links: http://www.engr.pitt.edu/cfp/
Phone: 412-624-9735
E-mail: nettles@pitt.edu

Greg Reed
Director, Power & Energy Initiative
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
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
Phone: 412-383-9862
E-mail: gfr3@pitt.edu

Piervincenzo Rizzo
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: structural health monitoring, nondestructive evaluation, and smart structures
Phone: 412-624-9575
E-mail: pir3@pitt.edu

Laura Schaefer
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Deputy Director, The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Associate Director, The Center for Energy
Research Interests: Characterizing the thermal-fluid behavior of advanced energy conversion systems and increasing energy efficiency
Phone: 412-624-9793
E-mail: las149@pitt.edu

Sachin Velankar
Associate Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Research Interests: Polymers derived from renewable feedstocks that
are also biodegradable. The focus is on improving material properties while minimizing environmental impacts
Phone: 412-624-9984
E-mail: velankar@pitt.edu

Goetz Veser
Nickolas DeCecco Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
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
Phone: 412-624-1042
E-mail: gveser@pitt.edu

Radisav D. Vidic
William Kepler Whiteford Professor & Chairman, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Sustainable Water Treatment, Water Reuse, Novel Disinfection Technologies, Adsorption/Catalysis For Environmental Applications
Phone: 412-624-1307
E-mail: vidic@pitt.edu

Jeff Vipperman
Director of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Research Interests: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Military Infrastructure and Training
Phone: 412-624-1643
E-mail: jsv@pitt.edu

Lisa Mauch Weiland
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Research Interests: Hydrokinetic Energy Harvest, Community Sustainability Education
Phone: 412-624-9031
E-mail: lmw36@pitt.edu

Minhee Yun
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interests: Development of sustainable energy of Microbial fuel cells (MFC) that are fuel cells with microorganisms that serve as catalysts
Phone: 412-648-8989
E-mail: miy16@pitt.edu


Geology and Planetary Science

Mark Abbott
Associate Professor
Department Chair
Research Interests: Holocene History Of Climate Change and Dynamics, Paleoclimatology and Limnology, Human-Climate Interactions
Phone: 412-624-1408
E-mail: mabbott1@pitt.edu

Daniel Bain
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Urban Systems, Fluvial Systems and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry
Phone: 412-624-8766
E-mail: dbain@pitt.edu

Rosemary Capo
Associate Professor
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
Phone: 412-624-8873
E-mail: rcapo@pitt.edu

Emily Elliott
Assistant Professor
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.
Phone: 412-624-8882
E-mail: eelliott@pitt.edu 

William Harbert
Professor
Research Interests: Carbon sequestration; geospatial analysis applied to geohazards; environmental geophysics
Phone: 412-624-8874
E-mail: harbert@pitt.edu

Michael Ramsey
Professor
Research Interests: Remote sensing of physical volcanology and natural hazards; new instrument development for air and space exploration
Phone: 412-624-8772
E-mail: mramsey@pitt.edu

Brian Stewart
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Environmental impact of coal and its byproducts; radiogenic isotope tracking of environmental processes
Phone: 412-624-8883
E-mail: bstewart@pitt.edu

Joseph Werne
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Research Interests: Geobiology; paleolimnology and environmental change; sulfur biogeochemistry
Phone: 412-624-8775
E-mail: jwerne@pitt.edu


Political Science

Stephen Chaudoin
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Research Interests: Climate Change Policy
Phone: 678-637-8392
E-mail: chaudoin@pitt.edu

Pierre Landry
Department of Political Science
Research Interests: Water Resource Management, China
Phone: 412-648-7282
E-mail: pflandry@pitt.edu

B. Guy Peters
Maurice Falk Professor, Department of Political Science
Research Interests: Governance of Sustainable Development
Phone: 412-648-7286
E-mail: bgpeters@pitt.edu

 

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