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Melissa M. Bilec
PhD, LEED AP
mbilec@pitt.edu
Roberta A. Luxbacher Fellow
Associate Professor 
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Deputy Director
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Dr. Bilec's sustainable engineering research group at the University of Pittsburgh represents the next generation of interdisciplinary education and research in environmental science, engineering, and sustainability. Her group 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.

Dr. Bilec's current CV.

 

Hiring

Hiring a post-doc!

A postdoctoral appointment is available for a Convergence Around the Circular Economy

project.

Seeking a highly motivated and organized person for a unique opportunity to conduct research on the circular economy on the recently awarded NSF project.  Given the large project team and focus on convergence, the person should demonstrate exceptional project management skills. The successful applicantwill possess a PhD in civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields, have an excellent academic record, and work well in a collaborative research environment.  The candidate should have completed the Ph.D. prior to the date of joining.The project involves an exciting combination of building science,industrial ecology, environmental systems analysis, life cycle assessment, data science, and network analysis for circular economy. 

Hiring Graduate Students!

Two fully-funded PhD positions are available for an interdisciplinary project with the Bilec and Khanna research groups at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We seek highly motivated students for a unique opportunity to conduct research in the broad area of circular economy that includes several academic partners. The project involves an exciting combination of industrial ecology, environmental systems analysis, life cycle assessment, data science, and network analysis for circular economy. 

 

Successful applicants will have a BS or MS degree in Civil, Environmental, or Chemical engineering or equivalent, have an excellent academic record, and work well in a collaborative research environment. Familiarity with systems-analysis tools and techniques (life cycle assessment, data science etc.) is a plus. In addition, fluency in English (written and oral), excellent scientific writing skills, the ability to organize and analyze data and clearly disseminate your findings are essential.

 

PhD and M.S. Students

Rezvan Mohammadiziazi
rezvanziazi@pitt.edu
rem150@pitt.edu
  • Urban Building Energy Modeling

  • Building Life Cycle Assessment

Jessica Vaden
  • Residential IAQ Assessments and Environmental Justice Communities

Jessica Vaden
  • Residential IAQ Assessments and Environmental Justice Communities

 
Sam Copeland
  • Circular Economy and the Built Environment

 

Former Students & Post Docs

Haley Gardner
former
MS Student
now
ILFI
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
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
Shen Tian
former
PhD Student
now
Covestro
Vaclav Hasik
former
PhD Student
now
UrbanFabrick