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Four Projects Receive Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Seed Grants

PITTSBURGH (April 19, 2019) — The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has announced its 2019-2020 seed grant recipients. The grants support graduate student and post-doctoral fellows on one-year research projects that are focused on sustainability.

“All of the projects we have selected this year have the potential to make a lasting, positive impact on the environment,” says Gena Kovalcik, co-director of the Mascaro Center. “The Mascaro Center is excited to support these core teams of researchers who are passionate about sustainability.”

This year’s recipients are: 

Towards Using Microbes for Sustainable Construction Materials:  Feasibility Study
Sarah Haig, civil & environmental engineering
Steven Sachs, civil & environmental engineering
Max Stephens, civil & environmental engineering
*Jointly funded by MCSI and IRISE

Chemical Recycling of Polyethylene to Ethylene
Eric Beckman, chemical & petroleum engineering
Ioannis Bourmpakis, chemical & petroleum engineering
Robert Enick, chemical & petroleum engineering
Goetz Veser, chemical & petroleum engineering

Investigating flexible piezoelectric materials with lower water pressures
Katherine Hornbostel, mechanical engineering & materials science
Max Stephens, civil & environmental engineering

Amplifying the efficiency of Tungsten Disulfide Thermoelectric Devices
Feng Xiong, electrical and computer engineering

Author: Maggie Pavlick