PITTSBURGH (May 14, 2019) — Melissa Bilec, PhD, associate professor Swanson School of
Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Deputy
Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, has been appointed Director
of Faculty Community Building and Engagement in the PITT STRIVE Program.
The PITT STRIVE Program works to improve the transitions of
under-represented minorities into doctoral engineering programs. In this
position, Dr. Bilec will lead key Faculty-Centered Strategies and Faculty
Learning Community Activities to help improve faculty engagement with
under-represented minority students.
“We are very blessed to have a colleague of Dr. Bilec’s
caliber join the PITT STRIVE Program Leadership Team,” says Sylvanus Wosu, PhD,
associate dean for Diversity Affairs. “Dr. Bilec is passionate and committed to
diversity, inclusion, and equity.”
Dr. Bilec’s commitment to diversity extends beyond her work
with PITT STRIVE. Dr. Bilec serves on the Engineering Diversity Advisory
Committee, is the co-faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers, and
was co-faculty advisor the Graduate Women Engineering Network. She received the
2017-2018 Swanson School of Engineering Diversity Award and has worked in the
disadvantaged local community of Larimer on projects including energy
assessments and indoor air quality assessments for the past 10 years.
Maggie Pavlick, 5/14/2019
Contact: Maggie Pavlick