Summer 2020 Sustainability Undergraduate Research Projects, Advisors, and Student Participants

The University of Pittsburgh’s Summer 2020 undergraduate summer sustainability research projects, advisors, and student participants, funded by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

Check out Pitt’s Summer 2020 sustainability research projects, advisors, and student participants, funded by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation below.

1. Silk-based Lithography: a sustainable alternative towards green micro-/nano-manufacturing?

Advisors:     Mostafa Bedewy, Industrial Engineering & Leanne Gilbertson, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Student:     Todd Ackerman, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

2. Biodiversity Collapse at the Urban-Rural Interface: Consequences for the sustainability and economic viability of small, privately owned forests in Pennsylvania.

Advisor:     Walter Carson, Biological Sciences
Student:     Ali Carroll, Ecology & Evolution

3. Energy-efficient processors, sensors, and systems for space-based sensing and computing

  • Advisor:     Alan George, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Student:     Francis Fattori, Computer Engineering

4. Electromagnetic Modeling of Power Systems Elements using COMSOL Multiphysics

  • Advisor:     Bob Kerestes, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Student:     Evan Gzesh, Electrical & Computer Engineering

5. Using machine learning models to identify wildlife species in field recordings

  • Advisor:     Justin Kitzes, Biological Sciences
  • Student:     Tiger Wu, Industrial Engineering

6. Plastic Trade and Implications for Sustainability

  • Advisor:     Vikas Khanna, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Studenst:     Elijah Smith, Industrial Engineering & Kevin Padgett, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

7. Simulations of First Solar Solar Cells

  • Advisor:     Paul Leu, Industrial Engineering
  • Student:     Maxwell Smith, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

8. Durable, anti-soiling, self-cleaning, antireflective solar glass

  • Advisor:     Paul Leu, Industrial Engineering
  • Student:     Sooraj Sharma, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

9. Electrochemistry for Sustainable Chemical Production

  • Advisor:     James McKone, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Student:     Jeff Hoffman, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

10. Intelligent Management for Energy Efficiency in Computer Systems

  • Advisors:     Daniel Mosse, Computer Science & Vinicius Petrucci, Computer Science
  • Student:     Caleb Tucker-Loewe, Computer Science

11. Chemical Catch: Detecting emerging contaminants of concern in complex environments

  • Advisor:     David Sanchez, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Student:     Claire Chouinard, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

12. Sustainable Oxidation: Generating chemical-free ways to remove emerging contaminants of concern

  • Advisor:     David Sanchez, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Student:     Ethan Arnold-Paine, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

13. Harnessing ambient energy for manipulation using additively manufactured structures

  • Advisor:     Ravi Shankar, Industrial Engineering
  • Student:     Julia Kocherzat, Chemistry

14. A novel process for purely thermal desalination

  • Advisor:     Sachin Velankar, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Student:     Brett Mallon, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

15. Going with a Bang: Cavitation reactors for chemicals production

  • Advisor:     Götz Veser, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Student:     Tyler Weinstein, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

16. (Re-)Engineering during covid19: On-site, on-demand production of hand sanitizer

  • Advisor:     Götz Veser, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Student:     Pablo Salazar, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

17. Hardware acceleration of artificial neural network for neuromorphic computing

  • Advisor:     Feng Xiong, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Student:     Sridhar Reddy Velagala, Electrical & Computer Engineering

18. Design of high strength alloys for energy efficiency

  • Advisor:     Wei Xiong, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Student:     Eric Rhodes, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science