Melissa M. Bilec
PhD, LEED AP
mbilec@pitt.edu

William Kepler Whiteford
Professor 
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Co-Director
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Dr. Bilec's focuses on the sustainable built environment.  She is committed to exploring how the built environment can be an integral part of climate change solutions.  She views the world and her research using a systems-level approach, as she is an expert in the life cycle assessment.  Using this view, she integrates critical built environment modeling approaches from building energy modeling to indoor air quality to develop robust strategies to mitigate climate change and deleterious environmental and human health impacts.  Most recently, she is working to solve the global waste challenge through the advancement and development of circular economy principles, since the built environment is a major consumer of resources and producer of waste.

 

Post Docs

We are hiring!

 

Ph.D. and M.S. Students

Rezvan Mohammadiziazi
rezvanziazi@pitt.edu
rem150@pitt.edu
  • Application of Machine Learning in Building Energy Use

  • Urban Building Energy Modeling

  • Building Material Stock Analysis

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Jessica Vaden
  • Residential IAQ Assessments and Environmental Justice Communities

Jessica Moriah Vaden
jmv78@pitt.edu
  • Residential IAQ Assessments and Environmental Justice Communities

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Federica Geremicca
feg28@pitt.edu
  • Urban Metabolism

 

Undergraduate Students

Sam Copeland
scopeland@pitt.edu
  • Circular Economy and the Built Environment

 

Former Students & Post Docs

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Haley Gardner
former
MS Student
now
ILFI
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Harold Rickenbacker
former
PhD Student
now
Environmental Defense Fund
Cassandra Thiel
former
PhD, Post Doc
now
Assistant Professor 
Langone School of Medicine
New York University
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Kevin Ketchman
former
PhD Student
 
now
Managing Consultant 
Opinion Dynamics
Nicole Campion
former
PhD Student
 
now
Associate Engineer 
Delaware River Port Authority
Bill Collinge
former
PhD, Post Doc
 
now
Research 
Bayer/Covestro
Alexander Dale
former
PhD Student
now
Community Relations Sr. Officer
MIT Solve
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sami Al-Ghamdi
former
PhD Student
now
Assistant Professor 
College of Science and Engineering
Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Scott Shrake
former
PhD Student
now
Director at EPICS 
Arizona State University
Abdul-Aziz Banawi
former
PhD Student
now
Department Chair 
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Neethi Rajagopalan
former
PhD Student
now
Researcher 
Department of Forest Biomaterials
North Carolina State University
Christi Saunders
former
Masters Student
now
Virtual Construction Engineer 
Mascaro Construction Company
Can Aktas
former
PhD Student
now
Assistant Professor 
Tagliatela College of Engineering
University of New Haven
Briana Niblick
former
PhD Student
now
Environmental Engineer 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Fernanda Cruz Rios Ford
former
Post-Doctoral Fellow
now
Interviewing
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Shen Tian
former
PhD Student
now
Covestro
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Vaclav Hasik
former
PhD Student
now
UrbanFabrick
Dr. Sila Temizel
former
Post-Doctoral Fellow
now
LCA consultant