Faculty

Swanson School of Engineering Faculty

Dr. Melissa Bilec (Sustainability) is an Associate Professor and is the Deputy Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and Faculty Advisor to the Graduate Women Engineering Network.  Dr. Bilec’s research program focuses on the built environment, life cycle assessment and sustainable materials.

Dr. John Brigham (Structures) is an Associate Professor. His research interests include Computational mechanics, engineering inverse problems/inverse mechanics, computational diagnostics, reduced-order modeling and surrogate modeling, shape and kinematic analysis, biomechanics, optimal design, smart adaptive/morphing structures, quantitative nondestructive evaluation.

Gary Euler (Transportation) is the IRISE Associate Director.  After 40 years in transportation in both the public and private sectors, he is now serving as an adjunct faculty member and managing IRISE's day-to-day activities.

Dr. Brian Gleeson (Corrosion) is a Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Department.  Dr. Gleeson’s research interests include the structure/property relationships of materials with particular emphasis on the active and passive high-temperature oxidation of alloys and coatings.

Dr. Joel Haight (Human Factors Engineering) is a Professor. Intervention Effectiveness research for safety and loss prevention systems is an area that Dr. Haight has currently underway. Dr. Haight's research interests include Human Factors Engineering, and Human Error, Intervention Effectiveness, and Safety Engineering.

Dr. Kent Harries (Structures) is a Professor and the Bicentennial Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow.  His research interests include the use of materials in civil infrastructure and the performance of bridge structures. 

Dr. Anthony Iannacchione (Geotechnical) is an Associate Professor whose experience includes civil engineering, mining engineering and geology.  He is a registered professional engineer and geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  His research interests include assessing the surface impacts caused by longwall mining subsidence and designing underground facilities with minimal risk of environmental or workplace harm.

Dr. Vikas Khanna (Economics & System Optimization) is an Associate Professor whose research interests are in sustainability and resiliency assessment of large scale systems, including application of network theory based techniques for understanding the structure, interdependencies, interconnectedness, and resilience in large scale networked systems.

Dr. Lev Khazanovich (Pavements, Non-Destructive Testing and Computational Modeling) is a Professor who has been involved in various aspects of concrete pavement research, design and evaluation, including performance prediction modeling, non-destructive testing, and finite element modeling.

Dr. Xu Liang (Water Resources) is a Professor whose research interests include improving accuracies of weather, drought, and flood forecasts; scaling and data assimilation using sensors; sustainable water resources; and applications technology for sustainable ecological system and water resources management.

Dr. Jeen-Shang Lin (Geotechnical) is an Associate Professor and performs research that focuses on solving problems in the geotechnical area using computational mechanics.  This includes areas such as rock slope stability and modeling fracture in quasi-brittle materials.

Dr. Mark Magalotti (Transportation) is a Professor of Practice and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program for Transportation Engineering for the university.  Dr. Magalotti conducts research in the areas of transportation planning and operations.

Dr. James Martin (Risk Engineering).  The Dean of the Swanson School of Engineering is an expert on risk-based decision making as well as multi-organizational alliances and partnerships and risk management of large scale infrastructure systems.  His civil engineering research interest is in geotechnical and foundation engineering.

Dr. Piervincenzo Rizzo (Non-Destructive Testing & Structural Health Monitoring) is a Professor with expertise in nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring using acoustic emission, ultrasonic testing, guided waves, electromechanical impedance, and thermography.

Dr. Steven Sachs (Pavements, Materials and Instrumentation) is an Assistant Professor whose research interests include pavement design and analysis, finite element modeling, and experimental characterization of structures and materials.

Prof. John Sebastian (Construction) is a Professor of Practice, the McKamish Director of the Construction Management Program and a Mascaro Sustainability Fellow. He has expertise in the areas of transportation, building and engineering construction for both the public and private sectors with respect to sustainability, interdisciplinary collaboration, public private partnerships, policy, contracts and the optimization of time, cost, value engineering, life cycle analysis, safety and quality.

Dr. Ervin Sejdić (Sensor Development & Data Analytics) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Radio Frequency ID Center in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Sejdić’s research interests include data analytics, machine learning, advanced information systems in engineering and sensor development.

Dr. Julie Vandenbossche (Pavements, Materials and Instrumentation) Dr. Julie Vandenbossche, Director. She is a Professor with expertise is in the design, analysis and rehabilitation of concrete pavements and in cementitious materials. Her experimental work includes material characterization and the instrumentation of both laboratory and in-service pavements

Other University of Pittsburgh Faculty 

Similarly, the participation of faculty from across the University will be solicited where their expertise will lead to better research projects.  Possibilities include:

Dr. Daniel Bain (Geology) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science. His research interests focus on the comprehensive assessment of human driven changes in environmental systems. Hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, ecology, and spatial analysis are combined to focus on fundamental landscape components, particularly fluvial (stream) and urban systems, over the last several centuries.

Dr. Louise Comfort (Disaster Management) is a Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Management. Her research interests include public policy, organizational theory and design and information technology policy.

Tina Batra Hershey, JD (Public Policy & Health) is the Assistant Director for Law and Policy at the Center for Public Health Practice in the Graduate School of Public Health.  She researches legal and ethical issues related to the access and delivery of health care services, as well as public health preparedness, response, and recovery.

Dr. Alexandros Labrinidis (Data Management) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He focuses on user-centric data management for scalable network-centric applications, including web-databases, data stream management systems, sensor networks, and scientific data management (with an emphasis on big data).

Dr. Eitam Shelef (Geology) is an Assistant Professor. His current research activities focus on linking climate-change with hillslope and riverine processes in Arctic regions, modeling of landscape evolution by various types of erosive processes, and deciphering environmental information from the geometry of channel networks.

Dr. Max Stephens (Structures & Structural Sensing)works in the area of structural engineering with an emphasis on resiliency and engineering for extreme events. His research interests span multiple scales – from structural-component to community-wide. His specific interests include:
• Advancing earthquake engineering tools and practice through the integration of high resolution experimentation and numerical analysis.
• Developing new and innovative systems to facilitate construction and mitigate damage to meet resiliency requirements in infrastructure and buildings.
• Integrating probabilistic methods previously proven in other fields to advance understanding of uncertainty in structural performance.