Research Interests: Systems Biology, Signaling pathway analysis, Embryonic stem cell differentiation, Cell cycle analysis, tissue and organ engineering, Regenerative Medicine
Research Interests: Numerical and analytical modeling and
optimization of thermoelectric devices for waste heat recovery and space power
Research Interests: Molecular design to support the creation of greener chemical products and synthesis of materials to support biomedical research
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
Dr. Michael Blackhurst is a Research Scientist and Professional Engineer (licensed in Texas) at the Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Blackhurst oversees applied and basic research and consulting projects in the energy, water, and climate sectors. His record demonstrates strong leadership in developing robust, data-driven decision-support resources for public and private sector clients. Current research and consulting domains include energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, regional climate change mitigation and adaptation, regional water resource planning, and urban stormwater management. His work has been profiled in the New York Times and National Geographic.
Ioannis Bourmpakis' research expertise is interdisciplinary, blending concepts and techniques from Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering and Data Science. He uses theory and computation to investigate the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials with potential applications in diverse nanotechnological areas, ranging from energy generation and storage, to materials design and catalysis. He works to develop novel structure-property relationships describing the stability and reactivity of nanomaterials. These relationships enable the screening of nanomaterials as a function of their morphology and chemical composition. Thus, he designs nanostructures that are optimal in terms of their stability and application performance (e.g. catalysis), significantly accelerating nanomaterials discovery.
Research Interests: Structure health monitoring and environmental sensing
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.
Research Interests: Energy harvesting and improved energy management through morphing systems
Research Interests: Energy harvesting, Dynamics and control of energy systems for improved efficiency and performance
CO2 enhanced oil recovery
Design of CO2 soluble surfactants, polymers and thickeners
High pressure phase behavior
high temperature high pressure viscometry
pre- and post-combustion CO2 capture solvent design
supercritical fluid extraction of impurities
Lei Fang is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the faculty at Pitt, he received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department with a Ph.D. minor in Computational and Mathematical Engineering. His research focuses on turbulence dynamics, and transport and mixing problems with particular emphasis on topics relevant to biology, environment, and health. Current interests include the transport of active non-spherical swimmers, biologically generated mixing, disease transition, and the development of new experimental methods.
Space processors, networks, systems, services, applications, and missionsReconfigurable, parallel, distributed, and fault-tolerant computingHigh-performance computer architectures, networks, systems, services, and applicationsInterdisciplinary problems bridging computational science and computer engineering
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.
Dr Haig's research combines environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry, and public health to improve water quality with a focus on drinking water systems.The overall aim of the Haig research group is to develop and advance our understanding of the drinking water microbiome; how to manipulate it to provide safer water in a more energy-efficient way, and understand its role in human health
Research Interests: Use of non-traditional and innovative materials in civil infrastructure; mechanisms and mitigation of infrastructure deterioration
My research focuses on continuous optimization, with a penchant for local optimization methods such as gradient descent. I aim to develop reliable and efficient algorithms built on solid mathematical foundations. This research is motivated by applications in network optimization and machine learning that push the limits of current computational capabilities.
Research Interests: Embedded Systems, FPGA, and Non-Volatile Memory
The focus of Dr. Jacob's research is to reveal the physical processes governing the mechanics of surfaces and interfaces.Contacting surfaces are of critical importance in advanced manufacturing, micro-/nano-devices, and scanning probe microscopy applications. The function of such applications depends on the ability to precisely predict and control contact parameters such as contact area, contact stiffness, adhesion, and electrical and thermal transport.His research group uses novel combinations of in situ electron microscopy, multi-scale mechanical testing, and multi-scale topography characterization to interrogate the mechanics, tribology, and functional properties of contacts. On the small scale, they achieve Angstrom-scale spatial resolution and nanonewton force resolution, to interrogate atomic-scale processes. On the large-scale, they use micro- and macro-scale testing of larger contacts that contain multi-scale surface roughness. This enables the scale-up of nanoscale insights to describe functional properties of larger-scale surfaces.
The goal is to develop quantitative, fundamental, and predictive understanding of contact behavior, which will enable tailored surface properties for advanced technologies.
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
Research Interests: Atomic scale computational modeling of energetically
efficient catalytic processes. Developing machine learning methods for
green chemical design.
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.
Dr. Tony Kerzmann received all of his degrees for the University of Pittsburgh. He finished his doctorate in 2010 from the Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2015, he won the Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Award. His research focuses on clean energy and education.
Research Interests: Sustainability Science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Complex Systems, Input-Output Analysis
Research Interests: Energy Systems, Queueing Systems, Reliability Theory, Maintenance Optimization, and models for computer and communications systems
Research Interests: Energy and/ or electro optical applications of nano-structured materials
Research Interests: Solar Cells, Design for Sustainability
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
Research Interests: Impacts of climate change on water, Water resources and modeling, Data Assimilation, Hydrometeorology, Sensor network for environmental monitoring
Bo Liu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute.
Research Interests: fundamental and applied electrochemistry for sustainable energy technologies;
synthesis and processing of advanced electronic materials
Research Interests: Processing and applications of highly porous ceramic materials used in bioreactor cores as well as gas filters and water filters
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:
Dr. Niepa's lab studies the physicochemical mechanisms that regulate microbial growth in various settings. These mechanisms remain poorly understood for reasons linked not only to the versatility of the microorganisms but also to the challenge of designing new platforms to study or control them. The mission of the μBiointerface Lab is to develop translational-research programs that elucidate these mechanisms by designing sustainable control strategies for microbes relevant to health, industry and the environment.
Paul Ohodnicki received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh before pursuing his masters and PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in Material Science and Engineering.
capture solvents, additive manufacturing for CO2 storage, natural
disaster energy capture & storage
Amin Rahimian joined Pitt IE in the fall of 2020. Prior to that, he was a postdoc with joint appointments at MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and MIT Sloan School of Management. He did his PhD in Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His works are at the intersection of networks, data, and decision sciences. He borrow tools from applied probability, statistics, algorithms, as well as decision and game theory. He is mostly interested in applications involving social and economic networks.
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
Research Interests: structural health monitoring, nondestructive evaluation, and smart structures
Joaquin Rodriguez Alonso received his undergraduate, masters and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in Chemical engineering.
Steven Sachs recieved his bachelors degree PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
Research Interests: High-tech low energy water and wastewater treatment systems, and studying the reuse of water in gridless systems
The Senocak Researh Group's vision is to contribute toward the creation of a sustainable energy economy by providing innovative computational solutions to engineering problems that arise at the intersection of energy and environment. They work toward this vision by developing high performance computing solutions that transcend traditional disciplines. In their research, they integrate fundamentals of thermal and fluid sciences with computational mathematics and supercomputing. They routinely use parallel rendering and data analysis tools to elucidate the fundamental processes underlying the physical problem and improve our computational models.
The Shankar Research Group performs research in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Prof. Ravi Shankar Meenakshisundaram. Our research focuses on understanding the behavior of materials over length-scales ranging from the macro to the nano, as a function of composition, thermomechanical history and microstructural design. Research interests include thermal and mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline metals and amorphous alloys, mechanics and property evolution in nano and micro-manufacturing processes and design of multi-functional materials.
The multidisciplinary nature of this research offers stimulating opportunities for experimental and theoretical studies involving synthesis of a variety of concepts from solid mechanics, materials science, solid state physics and thermodynamics.
Dr. Stanchina's research interests include development of novel heterojunction electronic and optoelectronic devices and their application. During 21 years of industrial R&D, he conducted research in basic semiconductor materials growth through development of microelectronic devices and IC fabrication processes. He managed the transition of R&D through low volume production to supply high reliability, high performance components to government systems and commercial applications. At Pitt, he has established an electronic device measurement capability to characterize the physical structure of semiconductor devices and extract the equivalent circuit models necessary to utilize these devices in the design of components for applications. These devices are primarily wide bandgap and other compound semiconductor devices for application to smart grid power electronics and bio-medical instrumentation applications. Latest research is extending these semiconductors to nanowire growth and device development.
Dr. Stevanovic is an Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches courses in traffic engineering, transportation planning, and operations research and conducts research in a variety of subjects including traffic signal control systems, intelligent transportation systems, multimodal and sustainable operations, transportation simulation modeling, etc. He has advised more than 30 graduate students (MSc and PhD) and five post-doctoral associates. He has published more than 150 journal and conference papers and presented at more than 80 international, national, and state seminars and professional meetings. He has been principal investigator on 31 research projects for a total of ~ $3.9 million in funding, and has authored more than 30 technical reports for various transportation agencies, including TRB/NAS, NSF, UDOT, UTA, FLDOT, NJDOT, and others. Dr. Stevanovic is a member of TRB AHB25 Committee for Traffic Signal Systems and he is also member of ITE, TRB, ASCE, etc. Dr. Stevanovic serves as a paper reviewer for 30 scientific journals and conference proceedings. Although Dr. Stevanovic’s main research interests emphasize arterial operations and traffic signal control, he is best known for his contributions in Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (ATCS). He is a sole author of the NCHRP 403 Synthesis Study – Adaptive Traffic Control Systems: Domestic and Foreign State of Practice and has been invited many times to give talks and teach about ATCSs, both nationally and internationally. His research has been highlighted in a range of media articles - from local newspapers to the TIME magazine.
Dr. Max Stephens works in the area of structural engineering with an emphasis on resiliency and engineering for extreme events. His research interests span multiple scales – from structural-component to community-wide. His specific interests include:• Advancing earthquake engineering tools and practice through the integration of high resolution experimentation and numerical analysis.• Developing new and innovative systems to facilitate construction and mitigate damage to meet resiliency requirements in infrastructure and buildings.• Analyzing structures in coastal regions for sequential natural hazards.• Integrating probabilistic methods previously proven in other fields to advance understanding of uncertainty in structural performance.
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
Research Interests: Polymers derived from renewable feedstocks thatare also biodegradable. The focus is on improving material properties while minimizing environmental impacts
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
Research Interests: Sustainable Water Treatment, Water Reuse, Novel Disinfection Technologies, Adsorption/Catalysis For Environmental Applications
Research Interests: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Military Infrastructure and Training
Dr. Wang's research interests lie at the interface of bionanotechnology, microbiology, and material science. Specifically, his research seeks to (i) design novel bionanomaterials to enable sustainable and efficient water purification, (ii) harness the biochemical potential of microorganisms in bioremediation and resource recovery, and (iii) understand the effects of emerging contaminants on microbial activities in natural and engineered systems.
Guofeng Wang received his undergraduate and masters degrees at Tsinghua University. He received his PhD from California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on bimetallic catalyst nanoparticles.
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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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
Nathan Youngblood received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research interests are 2D materials and devices, In-memory computing, Machine learning, Phase-change photonics, Silicon photonics
Research Interests: Development of sustainable energy of Microbial fuel cells (MFC) that are fuel cells with microorganisms that serve as catalysts
Dr. Zhao joined the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) as an assistant professor in August 2018. She received a B.S. from the Department of Precision Instruments in Tsinghua University (China). Before pursuing her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, she worked full time as an instrumentation and control system engineer in Houston for a couple of years.At Pitt, with a key research thrust to improve and innovate various processes, Dr. Zhao’s research lab is motivated to bridge the critical gaps within and between two interrelated research lines that are critical in process quality assurance and control: (1) process-structure-property, and (2) modeling-measurement-control. Harnessing the advancements in data science and computing, Dr. Zhao directs studies on measurement science and metrology systems, control strategies, along with high-fidelity process modeling and simulation, to establish closed-loop processes and systems with improved performance in realizing multiscale multifunctional components for demanding applications.
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Current work in the lab revolves around three major foci: 1) The contribution of polyploidy to functional and genomic biodiversity; 2) Ecological and evolutionary studies of separate sexes and sex chromosomes; and 3) The factors that shape plant-pollinator interactions, and the consequences for phenotypic evolution, microbial-plant interactions and community structure of flowering plants.
The research in Walter Carson's lab continues to focus on four major areas.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Research Interests: Recombinant Enterprise in a Networked World: Alliances, M&A and Networks as drivers of enterprise evolution
Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking
Research Interests: Computer Architecture, Storage Systems
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
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
Research Interests: Power Aware Computing, Computer Architecture, High Performance Computing and Optical Networks
Research Interests: Scheduling, Resource Managment, Energy Management and Green Computing
My research interests
are computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing, power generation
systems and sustainable design.
Research Interests: Distributed Multimedia Systems, High-Speed Networks to Support Real-Time Applications, Performance Evaluation, Local Area Networks
Andrea La Nauze recieved her PhD from the University of Melbourne. She studies energy and environmental economics.
Dr. Walsh's research is focused in the area of urban and environmental economics. In more recent work he has looked at these issues through the lenses of economic history and political economy.
Research Interests: Holocene History Of Climate Change and Dynamics, Paleoclimatology and Limnology, Human-Climate Interactions
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 Studies program.
Research Interests: Urban Systems, Fluvial Systems and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry
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
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.
Research Interests: Carbon sequestration; geospatial analysis applied to geohazards; environmental
Research Interests: Remote sensing of physical volcanology and natural hazards; new instrument development for air and space exploration
Patrick Shirey is a Postdoctoral Associate working with Daniel Bain and Anthony Iannacchione on bituminous coal mine subsidence impacts. Patrick is as certified ecologist (Ecological Society of America) and certified fisheries professional (American Fisheries Society). Patrick conducts multidisciplinary research using techniques from his terminal degrees in ecology and law. He has over 30 public speaking engagements (16 invited) since 2009. Patrick has published 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts including an invited comment in Nature, and publications in Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society, Ecohydrology, the Journal of Paleolimnology, Fisheries, and others. His recently published research topics include urban stream restoration, endangered species conservation policy, environmental DNA, and science communication. Patrick has won national research and policy awards including a George Melendez Wright Climate Change Research Fellowship from the National Park Service and was 1 of 35 early career aquatic scientists selected to participate in an NSF-funded symposium hosted by the University of Hawaii – 2014 Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences (Eco-DAS). He has been a recorded radio guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, a live radio guest on WOJB (Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation) to discuss brook trout conservation, and live radio guest answering listener questions on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss the illegal trade of endangered plants.
Research Interests: Environmental impact of coal and its byproducts; radiogenic isotope tracking of environmental processes
Research Interests: Geobiology; paleolimnology and environmental change; sulfur biogeochemistry
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 predicting feedbacks to global climate and predicting nutrient inputs to inland and coastal waters. Towards that end, I use biogeochemical models supported by laboratory and field work to examine how global environmental change alters biogeochemistry at plot, local and regional scales.