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Pitt names Eric Danko as its 2016 Peter J. Mascaro Fellow in Construction Management

PITTSBURGH (April 27, 2016) … Elizabeth, Pa. native Eric R. Danko, a senior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Peter J. Mascaro Endowed Fellowship in Construction Management. Established in 1996, the Peter J. Mascaro Endowed Fund provides a full tuition reimbursement for one year to a student enrolled in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on Construction Management and who plans to pursue a master’s degree at Pitt.

“Eric is a recognized leader among our civil engineering undergraduates and will be an asset to the Department as he pursues his master’s degree,” noted John T. Sebastian, LEED AP, the McKamish Director of the Construction Management Program at the Swanson School. “He has a passion for construction and is dedicated to expanding his potential as an engineer.”

Candidates for the Mascaro Fellowship must meet academic standards for the University, and a desire to stay within the Western Pennsylvania region following graduation. They are also required to interview with an advisory group who help to assess construction knowledge and interest as well as business acumen.  

“I am pleased to see Eric receive the Peter J Mascaro Endowed Fellowship in Construction Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in honor of my father. Eric is a highly qualified and a well deserving candidate,” said John C. “Jack” Mascaro (ENGR ’66, ’80G), founder and chair of Mascaro Construction Company L.P. “My father started a legacy in Civil Engineering when he graduated from the University of Naples in 1916 and continues today, 100 years later. I am sure Eric will continue and enhance this Civil Engineering legacy.”

About the Construction Management Program at Pitt
Pitt’s Construction Management and Sustainability Program Concentration encompasses public and private sector perspectives, building and engineering construction, and the roles played by all the participants on the construction team (owners, contractors, design professionals, and other supporting professionals). The program emphasizes managerial decision-making in an engineering context and teaches students decision-making skills that are important to the successful completion of construction projects as measured by time, cost, and quality objectives. In addition, the program develops in the students those professional qualities that will make them effective managers - communication skills, computer applications, ethical standards, and leadership attributes.

About Pitt’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Founded in 1867, the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the U.S. Civil engineering students at Pitt have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of topics, including environmental engineering and water resources, geotechnical and pavements, structural engineering and mechanics, and sustainability and green design.


Photo, above: Jack Mascaro (left) with Eric Danko.

Contact: Paul Kovach