MCSI Names Melissa Bilec as New Co-Director

Press Release

The distinguished Pitt alumna has been appointed as a new co-director.

Dr. Melissa Bilec is a William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. Eric Beckman, her predecessor and Distinguished Service Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, will step into a new role as Director Emeritus and Chief of Innovation and Translation. Gena Kovalcik continues to serve as co-director of administration and external relations. The MSCI, established through a gift from alumnus John C. “Jack” Mascaro BSCE ’66 MSCE ’80 in 2003, has maintained a singular mission at Pitt – to catalyze sustainability research and education.


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


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