Research Strengths

Healthy, High-Performance Buildings and Communities

The built environment has an undeniable impact on the environment, economy, and society.  Buildings are recognized as a technological sector where large improvements in sustainability-related categories are achievable. This research thrust focuses on improving system-level environmental performance of buildings and communities, while developing a deeper understanding of indoor environmental quality, quality of life, and energy use.  

Lead: Melissa Bilec, Co-Director, MCSI

Green Chemistry and Materials

This research thrust examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green product formulation and the design of materials. Benign by design strategies and frameworks are developed to avoid unintended consequences and improve quality of life.

Lead: Eric Beckman, Director Emeritus, MCSI

Water & Energy

Water and energy provide the lifelines to our cities and homes. Meeting our needs sustainably requires tapping renewable resources, increasing efficiency and creating game-changing innovations. This research thrust addresses the connected energy and water global grand challenges through novel technologies and design.

Lead: David Sanchez, Assistant Director, MCSI


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


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