Dr. Michael Blackhurst is the Co-Director of the Urban and
Regional Analysis program at the Center for Social and Urban Research at the
University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Blackhurst oversees applied and basic research
projects in the energy, water, and climate sectors. His research
emphasizes energy and water efficiency, urban stormwater management,
regional climate change mitigation and adaptation, and water resource
planning. His work has been profiled in the New York Times and National
Geographic. As a result of his success in connecting research to public
decision makers, Dr. Blackhurst was selected by the National Academies of
Science and Engineering Ambassador program to serve as a Science Ambassador in
Dr. Blackhurst enjoys teaching at all levels and across
disciplines. He has taught core engineering courses and graduate policy
courses in data analytics and the ethics of innovation.
In addition to his academic career, Dr. Blackhurst has eight years
of experience leading a diverse array of engineering consulting services for
public sector clients, including state and public works agencies.