Associated Faculty


Ipsita Banerjee

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests: Systems Biology, Signaling pathway analysis, Embryonic stem cell differentiation, Cell cycle analysis, tissue and organ engineering, Regenerative Medicine

Matthew Barry

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science


Research Interests: Numerical and analytical modeling and optimization of thermoelectric devices for waste heat recovery and space power generation applications.


Eric Beckman

Distinguished Service Professor
George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering
Codirector, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Research Interests: Molecular design to support the creation of greener chemical products and synthesis of materials to support biomedical research

Mostafa Bedewy

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Melissa Bilec

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education & Outreach, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Mascaro Center

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

Michael Blackhurst

Co-Director Urban & Regional Analysis Program

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

Associate Professor Chem/Petroleum Engineering

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.

Kevin Chen

Paul E. Lego Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Bioengineering Department)
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Structure health monitoring and environmental sensing

Markus Chmielus

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science


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.


William Buddy Clark

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Energy harvesting and improved energy management through morphing systems

Daniel G. Cole

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Director of Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Energy harvesting, Dynamics and control of energy systems for improved efficiency and performance 

Robert Enick


Research Interests: 

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.

Alan George

Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
412 624 9664

Research Interests

Space processors, networks, systems, services, applications, and missions

Reconfigurable, parallel, distributed, and fault-tolerant computing

High-performance computer architectures, networks, systems, services, and applications

Interdisciplinary problems bridging computational science and computer engineering

Leanne Gilbertson

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests:Dr 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.


Sarah Haig

Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Kent Harries

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering

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.

Jingtong Hu

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
412 383 4424

Research Interests: Embedded Systems, FPGA, and Non-Volatile Memory

Tevis Jacobs

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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.

Alex K. Jones

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Computer Engineering Undergraduate Program
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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 

John Keith

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Inaugural Richard King Mellon Faculty Fellow in Energy


Research Interests: Atomic scale computational modeling of energetically efficient catalytic processes.  Developing machine learning methods for green chemical design.


Robert Kerestes

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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 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. 

Vikas Khanna

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Sustainability Science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Complex Systems, Input-Output Analysis 

Jeff Kharoufeh

Professor of Industrial Engineering
Industrial Engineering

Research Interests: Energy Systems, Queueing Systems, Reliability Theory, Maintenance Optimization, and models for computer and communications systems

Jung-Kun Lee

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Energy and/ or electro optical applications of nano-structured materials

Paul W Leu

Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Industrial Engineering

Research Interests: Solar Cells, Design for Sustainability

Guangyong Li

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

Xu Liang

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering

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. 

James R McKone

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering


Research Interests: fundamental and applied electrochemistry for sustainable energy technologies; synthesis and processing of advanced electronic materials


Ian Nettleship

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Processing and applications of highly porous ceramic materials used in bioreactor cores as well as gas filters and water filters

Carla Ng

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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:

  • The fundamental mechanisms that determine whether a pollutant will be bioavailable and bioaccumulative, with a focus on fluorinated surfactants.
  • The fate of legacy and current-use pesticides in tropical environments in Central and South America.
  • The role of the global industrial food system on the transport and fate of environmental contaminants and subsequent human exposure.


Tagbo Niepa

Assistant Professor Chem/Petroleum Engineering

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. 

Katherine Ong

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests

Carbon 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.

Greg Reed

Director, Center for Energy and The Grid Institute
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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 

Piervincenzo Rizzo

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Steven Sachs recieved his bachelors degree PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Dave Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education and Community Engagement Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: High-tech low energy water and wastewater treatment systems, and studying the reuse of water in gridless systems

Inanc Senocak

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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.

Ravi Shankar

Professor Industrial Engineering

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.


William Stanchina

Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering
(412) 624-7629

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.

Max Stevens

Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.

Albert To

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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

Sachin Velankar

Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests: Polymers derived from renewable feedstocks that
are also biodegradable. The focus is on improving material properties while minimizing environmental impacts

Goetz Veser

Nickolas DeCecco Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Associate Director, Center for Energy
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

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

Radisav D. Vidic

William Kepler Whiteford Professor & Chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Sustainable Water Treatment, Water Reuse, Novel Disinfection Technologies, Adsorption/Catalysis For Environmental Applications 

Jeff Vipperman

Professor and Vice Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Director of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Military Infrastructure and Training 

Meng Wang

Assistant Professor Civil & Environmental Engineering

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.

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.

Wei Xiong

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


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.

Link to Laboratory


Feng Xiong

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
412 383 5306

Research Interests

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

Minhee Yun

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering Department
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Development of sustainable energy of Microbial fuel cells (MFC) that are fuel cells with microorganisms that serve as catalysts 

Xiayun Zhao

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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.


Jeff Slack

AICP/Part Time Instructor
Department of Architectural Studies

Preservation Planner, Pfaffmann + Associates

Biological Sciences

Tia-Lynn Ashman

Distinguished Professor Biology
(412) 624-0984

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.

Walter Carson

Associate Professor
(412) 624-5496

The research in Walter Carson's lab continues to focus on four major areas. 

  1. They've continue experimental studies on the impact of herbivory on the diversity of tropical forests in Panama and Costa Rica.  They have established 26 large experimental plots in 3 forests in which over 50,000 trees have been tagged, mapped, measured and monitored for 10 years.  They have many collaborators on this work including faculty and graduate students at Tulane, Stanford, University of Connecticut, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. 
  2. They have extensive field experiments underway designed to evaluate the underlying causes of failed oak regeneration in West Virginia.  They have now established more than 64 large experimental plots designed evaluate the major causes of forest change in the eastern deciduous forest.  These processes include fire, canopy disturbance, and browsing.
  3. They are continuing long-term experiments at PLE on the invasive wetland plant species, purple loosestrife.  In collaboration with scientists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia they are testing several of the key hypotheses associated with how exotic species can invade and dominate novel habitats.
  4. As part of a new research initiative, they have surveyed 20 old-growth forests remnants across Pennsylvania to evaluate whether these systems are threatened with biodiversity collapse.  Their findings show that these systems, once thought to represent examples of primeval forest, are on a successional pathway leading to near mono-dominance.


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.



John C. Camillus

Donald R Beall Professor of Strategic Management
Organizations and Entrepreneurship

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.

Susan K. Cohen

Associate Professor
Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship

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.

Brett Crawford

Clinical Assistant Professor
Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship

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 

William E. Hefley

Clinical Associate Professor
Business Administration
Information Systems and Technology Management

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.

Ravi Madhavan

Professor of Business Administration
Alcoa Foundation International Faculty Fellow
Organizations and Entrepreneurship

Research Interests: Recombinant Enterprise in a Networked World: Alliances, M&A and Networks as drivers of enterprise evolution


Bruce Childers

Department of Computer Science

Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking

Sangyeun Cho

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science

Research Interests: Computer Architecture, Storage Systems

Panos Chrysanthis

Department of Computer Science

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 

Alexandros Labrinidis

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science

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

Rami Melhem

Department of Computer Science

Research Interests: Power Aware Computing, Computer Architecture, High Performance Computing and Optical Networks

Daniel Mosse

Department of Computer Science

Research Interests: Power Energy and Temperature Aware Systems, Real Time Systems, Scheduling, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking

Kirk Pruhs

Department of Computer Science

Research Interests: Scheduling, Resource Managment, Energy Management and Green Computing

Shervin Sammak

Research Assistant Professor
Center for Research Computing

My research interests are computational fluid dynamics, high performance computing, power generation systems and sustainable design.

Youtao Zhang

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Research Interests: Compilers, Computer Architecture, System Security


Taieb Znati

Department of Computer Science

Research Interests: Distributed Multimedia Systems, High-Speed Networks to Support Real-Time Applications, Performance Evaluation, Local Area Networks 


Arie Beresteneau

Associate Professor
Department of Economics


  1. Research Interests: Econometrics, Industrial organization, Environmental economics


Andrea La Nauze

Assistant Professor Economics

Andrea La Nauze recieved her PhD from the University of Melbourne. She studies energy and environmental economics.

Randy Walsh

Associate Professor 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.


Mark Abbott

Associate Professor
Department Chair
Geology and Planetary Science

Research Interests: Holocene History Of Climate Change and Dynamics, Paleoclimatology and Limnology, Human-Climate Interactions

Danielle Andrews-Brown

Lecturer & Environmental Studies Program Coordinator

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.

Daniel Bain

Assistant Professor
Geology and Planetary Science

Research Interests: Urban Systems, Fluvial Systems and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry 

Rosemary Capo

Associate Professor
Geology and Planetary Science

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

Emily Elliott

Assistant Professor
Geology and Planetary Science

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.

William Harbert

Geology and Planetary Science

Research Interests: Carbon sequestration; geospatial analysis applied to geohazards; environmental 

Michael Ramsey

Geology and Planetary Science

Research Interests: Remote sensing of physical volcanology and natural hazards; new instrument development for air and space exploration

Patrick Shirey

Visiting Research Assistant Professor

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.

Brian Stewart

Associate Professor
Geology and Planetary Science

Research Interests: Environmental impact of coal and its byproducts; radiogenic isotope tracking of environmental processes

Joseph Werne

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Geology and Planetary Science

Research Interests: Geobiology; paleolimnology and environmental change; sulfur biogeochemistry

Kyle Whittinghill

Lecturer - Environmental Science Undergraduate Advisor

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.


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University of Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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