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Our Team

Eric J. Beckman

Codirector, Science and Technology
Bevier Professor of Engineering
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Eric J. Beckman

Eric Beckman received his BS in chemical engineering from MIT in 1980, and a PhD in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. Dr. Beckman assumed his faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989, was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and full professor in 1997. He received a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1992, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002. He previously served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Chairman of Chemical Engineering. In 2003, Dr. Beckman co-founded the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, a school of engineering institute that examines the design of more sustainable infrastructure. In 2005, he co-founded Cohera Medical Inc. to commercialize surgical adhesive technology developed at the University. Dr. Beckman took an entrepreneurial leave of absence from the University in 2007-2009 to help move the products to market. Dr. Beckman's research group examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green product formulation and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering. He has published over 175 papers and has received more than 40 US patents. 

Gena M. Kovalcik

Codirector, Administration and External Relations
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Gena M. Kovalcik

Gena rejoined Pitt's School of Engineering in July 2003 as codirector of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. She has 18 years of experience in development, marketing, and external relations.

Gena previously served as vice president for development at Shady Side Academy and, before that, as senior executive director of development and alumni relations at Pitt's School of Engineering. Prior to working at Pitt's engineering school, she managed donor relations and special events at Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Pittsburgh, she holds a BA from Penn State University in journalism and political science and a Master's of Management and Public Policy with a certificate in nonprofit management from Pitt.

Gena currently serves as a member of the Allegheny County Green Action Team and on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Green Innovators and Renewable Manufacturing Gateways.

Melissa Bilec

Deputy Director
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Melissa Bilec

Dr. Bilec is an associate professor in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; she is the Deputy Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.  Dr. Bilec’s research program focuses on the built environment, life cycle assessment, sustainable healthcare, and indoor air impacts.  She is interested in improving system-level environmental performance of buildings, while developing a deeper understanding of indoor environmental quality, occupant impacts, and energy use.  She is the Principal Investigator of a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research project, NSF EFRI-Barriers, Understanding, Integration – Life cycle Development (BUILD). Dr. Bilec has over 40 journal publications and has secured over $6 million in funding, including 8 National Science Foundation grants.  She has received four education excellence awards.   Dr. Bilec’s work prior to academia included tenure at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh where she worked on green infrastructure projects, including the conversion of a 100-year bridge into a pedestrian bridge.  Dr. Bilec serves on the Green Building Alliance board.

Dave V.P. Sanchez

Assistant Director
Education and Outreach
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Dave V.P. Sanchez

David Sanchez is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering. As an IGERT fellow in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Focused on addressing the Energy and Water global grand challenges, he divides his time amongst research projects in the Sustainable Design Labs (e.g. Microbial Fuel Cell electrode materials, Energy Inventor Labs, Recirculating Aquaponic Systems etc).

He also serves as a coordinator for a variety of the Mascaro Center’s Sustainability Initiatives, and Pitt’s Design EXPO. He directs “the Series” workshops and is building new programs and curriculum focused on Sustainable Design and Innovation. He currently teaches Introduction to Sustainable Water Technology and Design and works closely with the ALCOSAN Summer Science, Manchester Charter School, YMCA and Investing Now outreach programs. 

Tess Petropoulos

Office Manager
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Tess Petropoulos

Tess joined the Mascaro Center in June 2015 after working in the Department of Immunology and the Stem Cell Research Center at Pitt. She manages all office activities including scheduling, purchasing, and budget management. She also helps with oversight of all Mascaro Center events, including the undergraduate summer program, annual advisory board meeting and the biannual conference; in addition, she assists with marketing efforts, including primary accountability for content on the organization’s Web site. Tess has a BA in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Trent Dillon

Intern
Trent Dillon

Trent joined the Mascaro Center in May 2015. As our undergraduate student intern, Trent assists with several administrative tasks within the office and helps us keep in touch with the student body by representing MCSI at various sustainability-driven clubs and events on campus. In addition to his MCSI duties, Trent also conducts research as a member of Dr. David Sanchez’s Sustainable Design Lab. He is the lead on “CEEnsors”, a community based research project in which he builds and deploys mechatronic indoor environmental sensors throughout the Oakland neighborhood. Trent will graduate from the Swanson School of Engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in April 2016. 



External Advisory Board

Eric Beckman

Eric Beckman

Co- Director, Science and Technology
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation 

Charles D. Blumenschein

blumenschein charles

Vice President, Industrial R&D 
Veolia Water

David Constable

constable david

Director 
Green Chemistry Institute at American Chemical Society

Gena Kovalcik

Gena M. Kovalcik

Co-Director, Administration and External Relations
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Charles Liotta

liotta charles

Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
Georgia Institute of Technology

John C. Mascaro

jackmascaro

Chairman
Mascaro Construction Company

Annie Pearce

Pearce annie

Associate Professor, Department of Building Construction 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University

Leonard K. Peters

peters leonard

Cabinet Secretary
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet



Emeritus External Advisory Board

Subhas Sikdar

Associate Director for Science 
National Risk Management Research Lab 
US Environmental Protection Agency

Bernard Amadei

Founding President
Engineers Without Borders
University of Colorado

Paul T. Anastas

Chemistry Department
Yale University

Rebecca Flora

Senior Vice-President 
Education & Research 
U.S. Green Building Council

Thomas E. Kennedy

Director of Capital Projects
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Robbi Luxbacher

General Manager, Corporate Planning Department 
Exxon Mobil Corporation

James B. Porter

Vice President, Engineering & Operations 
Engineering & Operations 
DuPont

Gary Jay Saulson

Director 
Corporate Real Estate 
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Alex G. Sciulli

Director 
President and COO 
RJ Lee Group

Jorge Vanegas

Dean 
College of Architecture 
Texas A&M University



Sustainability Task Force

Mark Abbott

Department Chair
Professor
Mark Abbott

• BS Biology University of Colorado, Boulder
• MS Geology University of Colorado, Boulder – Department of Geological Sciences and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
• PhD Geology University of Minnesota - Department of Geology and Geophysics the Limnological Research Center
• Postdoc University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Department of Geosciences and the Climate System Research Center
• Started at Pitt in September of 2011
I have done much of my research at interdisciplinary centers working in collaboration with geologists, biologists, archeologists and chemists. I am a stratigrapher who uses lake sediments to investigate geochemical, biogeochemical and stable isotopic signatures of climate change and human history. Much of my work is focused on drought and glacial history in the Americas with the greater goal of documenting the long-term spatial and temporal patterns of climate change.

Michaël Aklin

Assistant Professor
Michael Aklin

I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. I obtained my PhD at New York University, an MA at the University of Essex, and a licence at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). I was also a Visiting Scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. 

My work focuses on international and comparative political economy. I am particularly interested in understanding why some countries are able to reduce their vulnerability to major risks such as financial crises or environmental catastrophes. My papers have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Journal of Political ScienceInternational Studies QuarterlyEnvironmental & Resource EconomicsEcological EconomicsGlobal Environmental ChangeEnvironmental Science & Policy, and Environmental Economics & Policy Studies. I also have written columns for the Washington Post's Moneky Cage and Le Temps.

Drew Armstrong

Associate Professor
Director of Architectural Studies
Drew Armstrong

Department of History of Art and Architecture
The impact of human activity on the environment was driven home to me as a child during the 1973 energy crisis. In high school, I landed my first architecture job working for a Toronto firm specializing in passive solar heating (1985-89); as an architecture student at the University of Toronto, I spent a summer in Copenhagen (1990) where I enjoyed commuting to work every day on dedicated bike lanes. In graduate school, I worked for the University of Toronto architect (1992-93) and was exposed to the complexity of campus planning and the early use of computer applications in design. The origins of formal architecture education was the basis of my PhD at Columbia University where I studied the French Royal Academy of Architecture, one of the principal European institutions that contributed to defining architecture as a liberal profession. As director of Architectural Studies at Pitt since 2006, I have worked to professionalize the program, developing tracks in design and historic preservation. By 2015, we will have studio space to accommodate 80 desks and a five-semester sequence of studio courses. The impact of these changes may be gauged by our students’ success: in the past seven years, over 60 have gone on to graduate programs in design and preservation at 43 different universities in the United States and Canada. Most recently, I was appointed to serve a three-year term (2014-17) on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians. 

Daniel Bain

Assistant Professor
Daniel Bain

Daniel Bain is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a B.A. from Macalester College and an MS and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, he was a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the USGS National Research Program in Menlo Park, California. Bain and his students focus on the comprehensive assessment of human driven changes in environmental systems. Hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, ecology, and spatial analysis are combined to focus on fundamental landscape components, particularly fluvial (stream) and urban systems, over the last several centuries. 

 

Eric Beckman

Bevier Professor of Engineering
Co-Director, Mascaro Center
Eric Beckman

Eric Beckman received his BS in chemical engineering from MIT in 1980, and a PhD in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. Dr. Beckman assumed his faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989, was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and full professor in 1997. He received a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1992, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002. He previously served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering and Chairman of Chemical Engineering. In 2003, Dr. Beckman co-founded the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, a school of engineering institute that examines the design of more sustainable infrastructure. In 2005, he co-founded Cohera Medical Inc. to commercialize surgical adhesive technology developed at the University. Dr. Beckman took an entrepreneurial leave of absence from the University in 2007-2009 to help move the products to market. Dr. Beckman’s research group examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green product formulation and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering. He has published over 175 papers and has received more than 40 US patents.

Melissa Bilec

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director, Mascaro Center
Melissa Bilec hs

Dr. Bilec is an assistant professor in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Bilec’s research program focuses on sustainable healthcare, the built environment, and life cycle assessment. She is interested in improving the overall environmental performance of buildings while connecting the occupants in a more thoughtful manner. She is the Principal Investigator in a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research project, NSF EFRI-Barriers, Understanding, Integration – Life cycle Development (BUILD). She has worked in the sustainable engineering arena since 2004. As the assistant director of education outreach in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, Pitt’s center for green design, she translates research to community outreach programs and develops sustainable engineering programs for K-12 education.

John Camillus

Donald R Beall Professor of Strategic Management
John Camillus

John C. Camillus has been on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business since 1977. He has held the Donald R. Beall Endowed Chair in Strategic Management since 1991. In addition to teaching in the MBA and doctoral programs, Camillus has been extensively involved in designing and offering executive education programs for practicing managers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, he was Professor of Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Camillus served as Associate Dean - the chief operating officer and chief academic officer of the Katz School-from 1982 to 1990. He also served as Executive Associate Dean in 2007 and 2008.

is research on strategic planning and management control has been funded by diverse organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Touche-Ross Foundation, the Copeland Fund, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the American Productivity and Quality Center, the University Research Council and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He has published extensively in professional journals (including Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Long Range Planning, Management Science, European Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review). He has also served on editorial boards, authored three books, and coauthored a fourth.

Camillus has served as a consultant to over 80 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, chemical and energy industries, professional service firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the arts, museum, education, professional membership, economic development, foundation, religion, and health arenas.
Camillus has been elected to the Sigma Xi scientific research society and the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, and has been cited three times by the Foundation for Administrative Research for "contributions to corporate and organizational planning."

He is a Trustee of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and serves on the boards of several other organizations including the Andy Warhol Museum and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. His public service has been recognized by the Senate of Pennsylvania and he received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2006. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India's premier business school in 2011.

Camillus has received numerous awards in recognition of teaching excellence, including the Best Teacher Award at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the University-wide Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh.

Walter Carson

Associate Professor
Walter Carson

Dr. Carson received his Ph. D. in 1993 with Richard Root at Cornell University, performed his postdoctoral studies with David Tilman at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hubbell at Princeton University, and joined the Department in 1994.

William Chase

Professor of History
Director, Urban Studies Program
William Chase

My journey to concerns about sustainability, particularly urban sustainability, is more circuitous than most. As a historian, I have long studied cities. My first book was on Moscow in the first post-revolutionary decade. It focused on the interdependence of urban infrastructures, the built environment, public health, and work on working people in the midst of crisis and efforts to restore urban life. With the collapse of the USSR, I helped to head the international effort to make accessible to the world the holdings of Soviet-era archives, which in turn led me to write on various topics based on materials from those formerly secret archives. While that allure deflected my urban focus (although living in Moscow for much of the 1990s drove home how fragile urban life is), I consistently taught courses on cities and the effects that political and cultural ideologies have on urbanites’ lives. Most recently, I have taught about the history and evolution of urban design and the interactions between the built environment and those who live in it. As the Director of Urban Studies, I have focused much energy on enriching our International Urbanism concentration (so that more Pitt students get to live and study abroad) and finding ways to make it possible for our majors to immerse themselves in urban life in ways that allow them to understand the daily realities of those who live in neighborhoods. I prize immersion learning. We tell our majors that understanding cities and urban neighborhoods requires appreciating the myriad realities that affect people’s lives in their neighborhoods: housing and the built environment, economic realities, safety, public transport, public health, environmental realities, and economic and racial segregation. The best academic training can only prepare students so much; the lived experience is where theory meets reality. My hope is that my service on the Sustainability Steering Committee, with its inter-disciplinary members, can help to make such experiential learning possible for Pitt students. 

Jane Clougherty

Assistant Professor in Environmental and Occupational Health
Jane Clougherty

Jane E. Clougherty MSc ScD is an Assistant Professor and Director of Exposure Science at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She trained at the Harvard School of Public Health, and worked on the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, before joining the faculty at Pittsburgh in 2010. As an interdisciplinary Environmental Health Scientist, Dr. Clougherty’s research focuses on methods for improving fine-scale air pollution exposure assessment across urban communities, and on understanding the role of chronic social stressors in modifying population susceptibility to pollution. Her current EPA STAR grant is focused on intra-urban variation in multiple social stressors across NYC, and modification of air pollution effects on childhood asthma hospitalizations. In Pittsburgh, she is implementing a city-wide urban monitoring campaign for metals constituents of fine particles and, in the downtown core, examining spatial variation in organic constituents, with funding from Allegheny County health Department. Finally, Dr. Clougherty is Co-PI of an NIH R01 using GIS-based information on social and environmental exposures, to examine variation in efficacy of clinical interventions for asthma across 16 US cities. Dr Clougherty is on the Board of the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES), is a member of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), received a City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for efforts to monitor and improve air quality in Allegheny County in 2012, and received the Sally Liu Outstanding New Researcher Award from the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES) in 2012.


Cynthia Danford

Assistant Professor
Cynthia Danford

Cindy Danford is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a B.S. in nursing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, a MSN from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a PhD from University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, she completed a research fellowship at University of Michigan. Her program of research focuses on health promotion and illness prevention, using a family-centered approach to help families with young children adopt and sustain healthy eating and activity behaviors. Her research with event history calendars has become valuable in assessing eating and activity behaviors in the context of the family environment. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience conducting research with parents and young children. Her past work in Russia has contributed to her passion for addressing environmental influences on behavior.

Sabina Deitrick

Associate Professor, GSPIA
Director, Urban and Regional Analysis Program
Sabina Deitrick

Sabina Deitrick is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of Urban and Regional Analysis program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on issues of transition and transformation in post-industrial cities and regions. She is an Associate Editor of Economic Development Quarterly, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Affairs, and on the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association, serving as local host committee chair of the 2012 UAA conference in Pittsburgh. Professor Deitrick helped to develop the Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System (PNCIS), housed at UCSUR since 2007 and currently serves as PI on several PNCIS projects aimed at neighborhood revitalization in the Pittsburgh region. She received her BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Emily M. Elliott

Assistant Professor
Emily M. Elliott

Dr. Emily M. Elliott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology & Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research program examines the tight coupling between human activities and reactive nitrogen distributions in atmosphere, terrestrial and aquatic systems at multiple spatial scales using stable isotope geochemistry. Dr. Elliott is the Director of the Regional Stable Isotope Laboratory for Earth and Environmental Science Research. Prior to joining the Pitt faculty, she received her PhD at Johns Hopkins University (Geography & Environmental Engineering) and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in California. 

Steve Finkel

Department Chair and Daniel H. Wallace Professor
Steve Finkel

Steven E. Finkel is Department Char and Daniel Wallace Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include comparative political behavior, public opinion, democratization, and quantitative methods. Since 1997, he has conducted evaluations of the effectiveness of US and other international donors' civic education, civil society, decentralization and countering violent extremism programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He has also pioneered the use of survey research as an aid to peace negotiations in conflict settings such as Sri Lanka and Kosovo. He is the author of Causal Analysis with Panel Data (Sage Publications, 1995) as well as numerous articles on political participation, voting behavior, and civic education in new and established democracies. Between 2004 and 2007, he conducted the first macro-comparative evaluation of the impact of all USAID democracy assistance programs on democratic development in recipient countries (published in World Politics, 2007). He holds a PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has taught previously at the University of Virginia, Arizona State University, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. 

Josh Gunn

Assistant Professor
Josh Gunn

Josh Gunn’s research focuses on auditing and financial accounting topics, including the way that geographic location affects capital market participants, such as auditors and sell-side analysts. His research has explored associations between local labor market characteristics and audit markets, and local knowledge spillovers and sell-side analysts’ reports.  He teaches intermediate financial accounting.

Josh completed his doctoral studies at the University of Missouri—Columbia in 2014 and earned a B.S. in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dayton in 2002. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he was an audit manager with Deloitte for almost eight years in the Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Zurich, Switzerland offices, where he worked on audit engagements for a variety of companies.

Vikas Khanna

Assistant Professor
Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Khanna received his PhD from the Ohio State University in Chemical Engineering. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of sustainability science and engineering, industrial ecology, and complex systems. His doctoral work focused on the environmental evaluation of emerging nanotechnologies and multiscale modeling for environmentally conscious design of chemical processes. While in graduate school, he also completed a science and technology policy fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. His current research focuses on the development of life cycle oriented methods for assessing environmental sustainability of advanced biofuels and supply chains and network theory approaches for understanding resilience in engineered and large-scale systems. His research is funded by the Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, and the National Science Foundation. 

Dave V.P. Sanchez

Assistant Director
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Dave V.P. Sanchez

David Sanchez is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering. As an IGERT fellow in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Focused on addressing the Energy and Water global grand challenges, he divides his time amongst research projects in the Sustainable Design Labs (e.g. Microbial Fuel Cell electrode materials, Energy Inventor Labs, Recirculating Aquaponic Systems etc).  
He also serves as a coordinator for a variety of the Mascaro Center’s Sustainability Initiatives, and Pitt’s Design EXPO. He directs “the Series” workshops and is building new programs and curriculum focused on Sustainable Design and Innovation. He currently teaches Introduction to Sustainable Water Technology and Design and works closely with the ALCOSAN Summer Science, Manchester Charter School, YMCA and Investing Now outreach programs.

Tracy Soska

Assistant Professor
Tracy Soska, MSW, LSW

Dr. Soska has also co-directed the University’s Community Outreach Partnership Center - since 2000 - and has coordinated the Social Work-sponsored Civic Engagement Living-Learning Community since 2006. His is on the advisory board of the new Pitt Serves Office for student community engagement and service learning, He received the Chancellor’s Faculty Public Service Award in 2000, as well as the University Senate’s Service Award in 2008. In addition to serving as a past national chair of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration, he has served as an Editor of its Journal of Community Practice since 2008. He is co-editor of the book, University-Community Partnership: Universities in Civic Engagement and has written and presented extensively on community engagement and service learning. Prior to joining the faculty in 1993, Soska was a nonprofit executive for over 15 years leading such initiatives as the Westinghouse Valley Human Services Center and the Mon Valley Providers Council during Pittsburgh’s industrial decline, the Urban League of Pittsburgh’s Youth Employment System and Ex-Offender Programs, and the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Alliance and its city-wide crime prevention program. Soska has served in many community leadership roles and boards, including the Collegiate YMCA, the Allegheny County Homeless Advisory Board, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jefferson Awards Committee. A graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s first class, he has led LP’s annual community session for nearly 30 years.

Randy Walsh

Associate Professor
Randy Walsh

Dr. Randall P. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado. He received a B.S. Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He has been an active researcher in the areas of environmental and urban economics for over 15 years, focusing on issues related to environmental quality, income, race, and neighborhood choice. He currently serves as Co-Editor of the journal Economic Inquiry. His research on environmental quality and the demographic composition of neighborhoods has been supported by both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Walsh’s broader service has included participation in EPA sponsored workshops on Regulating Hazardous Air Pollutants and Incorporating Environmental Justice Concerns into E.P.A. Rulemaking. He currently serves on the EPA Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Panel. He also served on the Allegheny County Health Department’s Air Toxics Committee. Dr. Walsh is currently a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems and sits on the University of Pittsburgh’s Urban Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.

Jeremy Weber

Assistant Professor
Jeremy Weber

Jeremy Weber is an Assistant Professor whose teaching and research relate to the Energy and Environment Major. After graduating summa cum laude in International Political Economy from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Jeremy spent a year in rural Peru researching the workings of coffee grower cooperatives with the support of the Fulbright program. He then began his graduate studies and in 2010 earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working on short-term project for the World Bank, Weber joined the USDA Economic Research Service in August of 2010. While based in Washington Weber taught as an adjunct faculty member for the Master’s Program in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University.  

Weber has published more than a dozen articles in journals such as Energy Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, World Development, Land Economics, and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Two of his recent articles focus on important issues related to the shale gas boom: “A Decade of Natural Gas Development: The Makings of a Resource Curse?” and “The Effects of a Natural Gas Boom on Employment and Income in Colorado, Texas and Wyoming.” While at the USDA, Weber and two of his colleagues also produced a dataset on “U.S. County-level Oil and Gas Production, 2000-2011."

Mascaro Center

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

mcsi@pitt.edu

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