MCSI Funded Research

The Mascaro Center supports an annual seed grant program aimed at engaging a core team of researchers who are passionate about sustainability. Seed grants support graduate student and post-doctoral fellows on one-year research projects.

MCSI is pleased to announce a new RFP for the upcoming year.

Swanson School Seed Grant Program in Sustainability RFP
Proposals due: January 26, 2018

Click here for a complete listing of all awards between 2004-2018


The Local Cost of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Jeremy Weber,  Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Dan Bain, Geology

Enable Data-Driven Quantitative Assessment of Building Resilience and Sustainability with Self-Powered Sensors
Hao Sun, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jingtong Hu, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Protein lithography: a sustainable technology for sub-5-nm nanomanufacturing
Mostafa Bedewy,
Industrial Engineering

High efficiency refrigeration and cooling through additive manufactured magnetocaloric devices
Markus Chmielus,
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Toward machine learning blueprints for greener chelants
John Keith
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

H2P: HydoPonics to Pyrolysis: An enclosed system for the phytoremediation and destruction of perfectly persistent emerging contaminants in our water
David Sanchez,
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Carla Ng,
Civil and Environmental Engineering


Student-based observations of soil moisture to quantify dynamics at the intersection of natural and built environments
Brian Thomas,
Geology & Environmental Science
Daniel Bain
Geology & Environmental Science
Emily Elliott,
Geology & Environmental Science
David Sanchez,
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Learning about sustainability: social learning via solar panel adoption
Andrea La Nauze
, Economics
Graham Beattie

A novel process for efficient, decentralized ammonia synthesis: towards fertilizer production with drastically reduced environmental footprint
Goetz Veser, Chemical Engineering

β- Ga2O3 Nanoelectronics: A Path to a Sustainable Semiconductor Technology for High Efficiency Electricity Conversion from Renewables
William Stanchina
, Electrical Engineering

Desalination of sequestration and release of water in poly crystals
Sachin Velankar
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Pollination in the city: Designing urban pollinator gardens that are resilient to air pollution
Tia-Lynn Ashman
, Biological Sciences


Green Infrastructure Implementation Deepening Interdisciplinary at the University of Pittsburgh
Michael Blackhurst
University Center for Social and Urban Research
Randy Walsh,

Quantifying Reductions in Diesel-Related Air Pollution Exposures across Downtown Pittsburgh
Jane Clougherty
Graduate School of Public health
Emily Elliott
Geology & Environmental Science

Developing CrAssphage as a marker of human fecal pollution in the environment
Kyle Bibby, civil and environmental engineering

Indoor air impacts and Pittsburgh 2030 energy district
Melissa Bilec, civil and environmental engineering

SHIELD: Sustainable, Holistic infrastructure for enabling life-cycle-aware datacenters
Alex Jones,electrical and computer engineering

Managing the Water-Energy Nexus for Shale Gas Production-connecting life cycle assessment with process systems engineering
Vikas Khanna, civil and environmental engineering

Measuring the Effect of Grid Voltage on Building Energy Labs
Thomas McDermott, electrical and computer engineering

Mascaro Center

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

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