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Michael Baker International teams with Pitt's IRISE Consortium as first private consulting engineering firm

PITTSBURGH (December 18, 2018) ... Representatives from Pittsburgh-based Michael Baker International this morning visited the University of Pittsburgh to present funding for the new Impactful Resilient Infrastructure Science and Engineering (IRISE) research consortium at the Swanson School of Engineering. Founded in 2018 by the Swanson School's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, IRISE utilizes the department’s expertise in transportation infrastructure to address challenges faced by industry and government agencies, and to engage in public-private collaboration while employing a systems approach toward optimizing infrastructure solutions.

The $50,000 marks the first consortium membership from a private consulting engineering firm.

Presenting the funding to IRISE leadership was H. Daniel Cessna, P.E., Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Michael Baker’s Pennsylvania Headquarters Region; and Thomas Zagorski, P.E., Senior Vice President and National Director for Construction Services. Accepting on behalf of the consortium was Radisav Vidic, PhD, P.E., Professor and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Mark Magalotti, PhD, P.E., Professor; and Julie Vandenbossche, PhD, P.E., Associate Professor and IRISE Director.


Contact: Paul Kovach