People




Our Team

Eric Beckman received his BS in chemical engineering from MIT in 1980, and a PhD in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. Dr. Beckman assumed his faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989, was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and full professor in 1997. ... Read More

Dr. Bilec is an associate professor in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; she is the Deputy Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.  Dr. Bilec’s research program focuses on the built environment, life cycle assessment, sustain ... Read More

Anna is a sophomore from Hulmeville, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Economics and Statistics with a minor in Spanish and a Global Studies certificate in Ecology and Sustainability. Anna loves to read, be outside, and spend time with the people she cares about.

Gena rejoined Pitt's School of Engineering in July 2003 as codirector of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. She has 23 years of experience in development, marketing, and external relations.

Gena previously served as vice president for development at Shady Side Academy and, befor ... Read More

 Alyssa completed a BPhil in Political Science and International & Area Studies with a concentration in sustainability and ecology in China. She also has a certificate in German for the Liberal Arts and a minor in Chinese. Alyssa grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and loves cats, chai tea ... Read More

Tess joined the Mascaro Center in June 2015 after working in the Department of Immunology and the Stem Cell Research Center at Pitt. She manages all office activities including scheduling, purchasing, and budget management. She also helps with oversight of all Mascaro Center events, including the un ... Read More

David V.P. Sanchez is an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Civil & Environmental Engineering department and serves as the Assistant Director for the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. Dr. Sanchez is the Program Director for the Mascaro Center’s Sustainabilit ... Research Website



External Advisory Board

Co- Director, Science and Technology
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation 

Vice President, Industrial R&D 
Veolia Water

Director 
Green Chemistry Institute at American Chemical Society

Co-Director, Administration and External Relations
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
Georgia Institute of Technology

Chairman
Mascaro Construction Company

Associate Professor, Department of Building Construction 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University

Cabinet Secretary
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet



Emeritus External Advisory Board

Associate Director for Science 
National Risk Management Research Lab 
US Environmental Protection Agency

Founding President
Engineers Without Borders
University of Colorado

Chemistry Department
Yale University

Senior Vice-President 
Education & Research 
U.S. Green Building Council

Director of Capital Projects
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

General Manager, Corporate Planning Department 
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Vice President, Engineering & Operations 
Engineering & Operations 
DuPont

Director 
Corporate Real Estate 
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Director 
President and COO 
RJ Lee Group

Dr. Aurora Sharrard is the Executive Director & Vice President of Innovation for Green Building Alliance (GBA), a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone by providing leadership that connects knowledge, transformative ideas, and collab ... Read More

Dean 
College of Architecture 
Texas A&M University



Sustainability Task Force

The Sustainability Task Force assists and guides the University’s efforts to (1) catalyze multi-disciplinary sustainability research and education throughout University, (2) integrate research and education to impact campus operations and quality of life and (3) to propel Pitt to achieve national recognition in sustainability.

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Uni ... Read More

Dr. Andrews received her PhD (Soil Science) in 2011 at The Pennsylvania State University.  She remained at Penn State as post-doctoral scholar and research associate. Dr. Andrews came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as a lecturer and the advisor and coordinator of the Environmental Studie ... Read More

Department of History of Art and Architecture
The impact of human activity on the environment was driven home to me as a child during the 1973 energy crisis. In high school, I landed my first architecture job working for a Toronto firm specializing in passive solar heating (1985-89); as an a ... Read More

Daniel Bain is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a B.A. from Macalester College and an MS and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, he was a National Research Council Post-Docto ... Read More

Eric Beckman received his BS in chemical engineering from MIT in 1980, and a PhD in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. Dr. Beckman assumed his faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989, was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and full professor in 19 ... Read More

Dr. Bilec is an assistant professor in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Bilec’s research program focuses on sustainable healthcare, the built environment, and life cycle assessment. She is interested in improving the overall environmental ... Read More

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 ... Read More

John C. Camillus has been on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business since 1977. He has held the Donald R. Beall Endowed Chair in Strategic Management since 1991. In addition to teaching in the MBA and doctoral programs, Camillus has been extensive ... Read More

Dr. Carson received his Ph. D. in 1993 with Richard Root at Cornell University, performed his postdoctoral studies with David Tilman at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hubbell at Princeton University, and joined the Department in 1994.

Dr. Emily M. Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research program examines the tight coupling between human activities and reactive nitrogen distributions in atmosphere, terrestrial and aquatic systems at ... Read More

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014 and 2015, she convened a leading group of academics and policy analysts, with in-country expertise on the inter ...

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 fo ... Read More

Daniel Mossé is Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include fault‐tolerant and real‐time systems, as well as networking. The current major thrust of his research is power management issues, real‐time systems, and networks ... Read More

David Sanchez is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering. As an IGERT fellow in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Focused on ... Read More

John T. Sebastian is the McKamish Director of Construction Management and Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. As Director, he oversees the Undergraduate and Graduate Construction Management Program. His du ... Read More

Jeremy Weber is an Assistant Professor whose teaching and research relate to the Energy and Environment Major. After graduating summa cum laude in International Political Economy from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Jeremy spent a year in rural Peru researching the workings of coffee ... Read More

 

My research focuses on how soil and sediment processes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems affect watershed carbon and nutrient cycling. A mechanistic understanding of how changing climate and nutrient availability will alter watershed carbon and nitrogen cycling is essential for predic ... Read More



Emeritus Sustainability Task Force

Emeritus Task Force Members Term 2014-2018

• BS Biology University of Colorado, Boulder     
• MS Geology University of Colorado, Boulder –  Department of Geological Sciences and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
• PhD Geology University of Minnesota -  Department of Geology and Geophysics the Limnological Research Cen ... Read More

My journey to concerns about sustainability, particularly urban sustainability, is more circuitous than most. As a historian, I have long studied cities. My first book was on Moscow in the first post-revolutionary decade. It focused on the interdependence of urban infrastructures, the built envir ... Read More

Cindy Danford is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a B.S. in nursing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, a MSN from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a PhD fr ... Read More

Sabina Deitrick is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of Urban and Regional Analysis program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on issues of transition and tr ... Read More

Steven E. Finkel is Department Char and Daniel Wallace Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include comparative political behavior, public opinion, democratization, and quantitative methods. Since 1997, he has conducted evaluations of the effectiv ... Read More

Vikas Khanna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Khanna received his PhD from the Ohio State University in Chemical Engineering. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of sustainability science and engineering, industrial ecology, ... Read More

Dr. Soska has also co-directed the University’s Community Outreach Partnership Center - since 2000 - and has coordinated the Social Work-sponsored Civic Engagement Living-Learning Community since 2006. His is on the advisory board of the new Pitt Serves Office for student community engagement and ... Read More

Dr. Randall P. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado. He received a B.S. ... Read More



2019 Faculty Fellows



Faculty Fellows In Sustainability

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 ... Read More

Research Interests: Solar Cells, Design for Sustainability



Faculty Scholars In Sustainability

Environmental and energy economist. Her PhD was received in 2017 from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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 fo ... Read More



Faculty Lecturers In Sustainability

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 energ ... Read More

I am currently working on two large-scale projects. 

The World-Historical Gazetteer is an NEH-funded initiative to develop content and infrastructure for databases of historical place-names that have been used around the world for the last five hundred years.  It w ... Read More



Past Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellowships in Sustainability are designed to enhance the university’s mission of interdisciplinary excellence in research and education. 2018 Fellowship Application



2018 Faculty Fellows

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 ... Read More

Dr. Emily M. Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research program examines the tight coupling between human activities and reactive nitrogen distributions in atmosphere, terrestrial and aquatic systems at ... Read More

John T. Sebastian is the McKamish Director of Construction Management and Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. As Director, he oversees the Undergraduate and Graduate Construction Management Program. His du ... Read More



2017 Faculty Fellows

Dr. Emily M. Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research program examines the tight coupling between human activities and reactive nitrogen distributions in atmosphere, terrestrial and aquatic systems at ... Read More

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014 and 2015, she convened a leading group of academics and policy analysts, with in-country expertise on the inter ...

Alex Jones is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  His research interests include compilers, computer architectures, electronic design automation, and reliability.  He is actively involved in the new m ... Read More



2016 Faculty Fellows

The faculty fellowship in sustainability has provided a wide variety of opportunities.  I have been able to participate in several large interdisciplinary team proposals from the University of Pittsburgh.  I have met a new set of colleagues from across the university.  Moreover, I’ve had the priv ... Read More

Dr. Carson received his Ph. D. in 1993 with Richard Root at Cornell University, performed his postdoctoral studies with David Tilman at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hubbell at Princeton University, and joined the Department in 1994.

“For the faculty fellowship in sustainability application, I proposed research on policies to generate and manage public revenues from natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. During the time of the fellowship, I worked with one of my students to develop and publish a dataset ... Read More

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

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