• Create regional and nationally scalable sustainability solutions through service learning projects with a cohort of students.
  • Provide students with experiences that enable them to communicate sustainability issues and solutions to multiple audiences.


  • Provide advanced education to graduate students to identify and solve sustainability issues using systems approaches in the context of the triple bottom line of environmental, societal, and economic problems.
  • Create a rigorous program with breadth and depth to propel graduate students to foster sustainable technologies, science, and practices in the U.S. and abroad.



A total of 30 credits (ten courses) are required to earn the MS SE professional master’s degree. The degree is structured so the participating student is required to take five core courses and five electives.

The five core courses are as follows: 

  • ENGR 2905: Current Issues in Sustainability
  • CEE 2610: Engineering and Sustainable Development
  • CEE 2609: Life Cycle Assessment Methodologies and Tools
  • Katz Business School or Graduate School of Public and International Affairs approved by MCSI advisor:
    Examples Include:
    KATZ Graduate School of Business
    • BSPP 2328: Business of Humanity: Strategic Planning in the Era of Globalization, Innovation, and Shared Valu
    Graduate School of Public and International Affairs(GSPIA)
    • PIA 2115: Environmental Economics
    • PIA 2164: Natural Resources Governance and Management
    • PIA 2231: Contemporary US Energy Policy
    • PIA 2502: Global Environment
    • PIA 2523: Global Energy Policy
  • ENGR 2007: Sustainability Capstone


Students are encouraged to explore elective options with the Program Director. Four program tracks have been identified to guide students' elective course selection and curriculum:

  1. Energy Track:
    • ECE 2250: Power Electronics Circuits and Applications
    • ECE 2646: Linear System Theory
    • ECE 2774: Power System Analysis II
    • ECE 2780: Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems
    • ECE 2781: Smart Grid Technologies and Applications
    • ECE 2795: Special Topics: Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources
    • ECE 2795: Special Topics: Sustainable Systems Modeling
    • ECE 2795: Special Topics: Power and Energy Industry Practices
  2. Environmental and Water Sustainability Track:
    • CEE 2410: Water Resources Engineering
    • CEE 2416: Sediment Transport
    • CEE 2500: Environmental Engineering Microbiology
    • CEE 2501: Environmental Engineering Chemistry
    • CEE 2502: Physical-Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering
    • CEE 2511: Environmental Engineering Process Lab
    • CEE 2515: Wastewater Collection and Treatment Plant Design
  3. Green Computing Track:
    • CE xxx: Sustainable Computing
    • ECE xxx: Emerging Memory Technologies
    • ECE 2140: SoC Design
    • ECE 2160: Embedded Computing Systems
    • ECE 2161: Embedded Computing Projects
    • ECE 2162: Computer Architecture
    • ECE 2192: VLSI Design
    • ECE 2193: VLSI Design Projects
    • ECE 3193: Computer Architecture II
  4. Sustainable Built Environment and Infrastructure Track:
    • EE 2340: Concrete Structures 2
    • CEE 2346: Repair and Analysis of Structures
    • CEE 2370: Intro to NDE and Structural Health Monitoring
    • CEE 2617: Green Building Design and Construction
    • CEE 2720: Urban Transportation Planning 



Melissa Bilec

Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Leonard Casson

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Alex Jones

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Vikas Khanna

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Paul Leu

Industrial Engineering

Ian Nettleship

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Piero Rizzo

Civil and Environmental Engineering

David Sanchez

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Goetz Veser

Chemical Engineering

Jeffrey Vipperman

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science


* We require 2 letters of recommendation for each application


Dr. David Sanchez
Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education and Community Engagement
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation


Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
3700 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15261

Mascaro Center

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

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