Associated Faculty


Anna C. Balazs

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Anna Balazs

Research Interests: Using theory and simulation to design self-healing materials

Ipsita Banerjee

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Ipsita Banerjee

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

Matthew Barry

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Matthew Barry


Research Interests: Numerical and analytical modeling and optimization of thermoelectric devices for waste heat recovery and space power generation applications.


Eric Beckman

Distinguished Service Professor
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

Mostafa Bedewy

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Melissa Bilec

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education & Outreach, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Melissa Bilec MCSI

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

Paul E. Lego Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Bioengineering Department)
Kevin Chen

Research Interests: Structure health monitoring and environmental sensing

Markus Chmielus

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science


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 of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
William Buddy Clark

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

Daniel G. Cole

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Director of Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program
Daniel Cole

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

Alan George

Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Alan George

Research Interests

Space processors, networks, systems, services, applications, and missions

Reconfigurable, parallel, distributed, and fault-tolerant computing

High-performance computer architectures, networks, systems, services, and applications

Interdisciplinary problems bridging computational science and computer engineering

Leanne Gilbertson

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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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 of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kent Harries

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

Jingtong Hu

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jingtong Hu

Research Interests: Embedded Systems, FPGA, and Non-Volatile Memory

Alex K. Jones

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Computer Engineering Undergraduate Program
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 of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Inaugural Richard King Mellon Faculty Fellow in Energy


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


Robert Kerestes

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The development of smart grid technology at the smart home and smart building level. This research focuses on the use, design and implementation of (IoT) devices and networks, which increase the overall efficiency of the modern power grid.  This in turn will have an impact on the way we use energy, leading to a cleaner and more sustainable electric power infrastructure. The outcome of this research is to Interface common household and building electrical loads through sensors and communications devices, and to use microcontrollers coupled with optimization methods to control the way that electrical sources and loads interact with one another.

Vikas Khanna

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Vikas Khanna

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

Jeff Kharoufeh

Professor of Industrial Engineering
Jeff Kharoufeh

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

Jung-Kun Lee

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Jung-Kun Lee

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

Paul W Leu

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Paul Leu

Research Interests: Solar Cells, Design for Sustainability

Guangyong Li

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Xu Liang

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

James R McKone

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering


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


Ian Nettleship

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
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 of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.


Katherine Ong

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Katherine Ong

Research Interests

Carbon capture solvents, additive manufacturing for CO2 storage, natural disaster energy capture & storage


Greg Reed

Director, Center for Energy and TheGrid Institute
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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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

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Piervincenzo Rizzo

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

Dave Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education and Community Engagement Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Sanchez, David

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

Hao Sun

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hao Sun

Research Interests

My research focuses on the advancement of scientific knowledge and the development of innovative sensing and data analytics to tackle built environment issues, specifically to address the resilience, sustainability and safety issues of civil structural systems. The overall aim of this integrated interdisciplinary paradigm is to develop intelligent infrastructure systems and buildings, enhance the resilience and sustainability of our living communities, and make our built environment safer under “normal” operating conditions, intermediate stress conditions, and natural, manmade and technological hazard events. My research interests include the following interconnected thrusts:

  • Structural Informatics and Intelligent Structures
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Analytics
  • Data-driven Assessment of Structural Reliability and Resilience
  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • Ambient Seismic Interferometry for Temporal Structural Monitoring
  • Computational Inverse Problems and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Computational Mechanics: eXtended Finite Element Methods (XFEM)


Albert To

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
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 of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
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 of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Associate Director, Center for Energy
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 of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Radisav Vidic

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

Jeff Vipperman

Professor and Vice Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Director of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies
Jeff Vipperman

Research Interests: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Military Infrastructure and Training 

Wei Xiong

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
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Dr. Wei Xiong leads the Physical Metallurgy and Materials Design Lab, and his research covers (1) Materials thermodynamics and phase transformations (2) Materials and processing design for advanced manufacturing (3) High-throughput experimental methods and materials digital database development (4) Sustainability in engineering alloy design and applications.

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Feng Xiong

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Feng Xiong

Research Interests

Energy-efficient electronics, flexible/wearable electronics, novel 1D and 2D materials, next-generation memory devices (PCM and RRAM), neuromorphic computing, nanoscale thermal transport, thermoelectric energy harvest, renewable energy harvesting

Minhee Yun

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering Department

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


Jeff Slack

AICP/Part Time Instructor

Preservation Planner, Pfaffmann + Associates

Biological Sciences

Justin Kitzes

Justin Kitzes

Justin Kitzes is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Environmental Science, Policy, and Management) and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University (Earth Systems). His research focuses on understanding and predicting species diversity and distributions in human-altered landscapes, as well as applying this knowledge to inform conservation in fragmented habitats. His specific interests include spatial macroecology, the species-area relationship, community turnover in space and time, extinction prediction, acoustic recording technology, bird call classification, ecological software development, reproducible research, and sustainability accounting.


John C. Camillus

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.

Susan K. Cohen

Associate Professor

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

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

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

Research Interests: Recombinant Enterprise in a Networked World: Alliances, M&A and Networks as drivers of enterprise evolution


Bruce Childers


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

Sangyeun Cho

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Computer Architecture, Storage Systems

Panos Chrysanthis


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

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

Daniel Mosse

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

Kirk Pruhs


Research Interests: Scheduling, Resource Managment, Energy Management and Green Computing

Shervin Sammak

Research Assistant Professor
Shervin Sammak

My research interests are computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing, power generation systems and sustainable design.

Youtao Zhang

Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Compilers, Computer Architecture, System Security


Taieb Znati

Taieb Znati

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


Arie Beresteneau

Associate Professor

  1. Research Interests: Econometrics, Industrial organization, Environmental economics

Werner Troesken


Research Interests: Economic History, Environmental Infrastructure 


Mark Abbott

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Research Interests: Holocene History Of Climate Change and Dynamics, Paleoclimatology and Limnology, Human-Climate Interactions

Daniel Bain

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Urban Systems, Fluvial Systems and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry 

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

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.

William Harbert


Research Interests: Carbon sequestration; geospatial analysis applied to geohazards; environmental 

Michael Ramsey

Ramsey, Michael

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

Brian Stewart

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Environmental impact of coal and its byproducts; radiogenic isotope tracking of environmental processes

Joseph Werne

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Research Interests: Geobiology; paleolimnology and environmental change; sulfur biogeochemistry


Stephen Chaudoin

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Climate Change Policy 

Pierre Landry


Research Interests: Water Resource Management, China 

B. Guy Peters

Maurice Falk Professor
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

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