Melissa Bilec, PhD


Dr. Melissa Bilec is the assistant director for education and outreach at the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also serves as an assistant professor in the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  From a broad perspective, her research and teaching interests encompass engineering issues related to sustainability, green design, and construction.  Recent research efforts include not only creating a practical framework for hybrid life cycle assessment modeling, including uncertainty and visualizations, but also modeling onsite construction processes and support services. She is conducting research related to green building metrics to understand and evaluate high performance buildings.

Melissa has experience in funding and managing sustainable transportation efforts, including the Hot Metal Pedestrian Bridge project.  In 2009, she received the Provost’s Innovation Award For Enhancing Crosscutting Sustainability Education in Civil Engineering and is co-chair of the Higher Education Climate Consortium.

Several of Melissa’s specific research areas include:

  • Hybrid life cycle assessment modeling;
  • Modeling environmental impacts of building construction, including support sector;
  • Project delivery methods and green buildings;
  • Green building metrics;
  • Analyzing the design and construction processes of green buildings with a focus on children’s hospitals; and
  • Greening government initiatives and strategies.