Biographies-Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Biographies

Below are the biographies of the individuals and institutions involved in the EPA TRTA project.

Carnegie Mellon Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center (WPBC)

Founded in Carnegie Mellon University, the WPBC researches on the development of brownfields. It provides access to information and research on previous brownfield development efforts, education programs for professional practitioners and academics in the field, and site-specific workshops that bring together national experts and local stakeholders to strategize comprehensive development initiatives for municipalities and small business owners.

The WPBC is the lead institution on the USEPA TRTA project.  Precursors to this project include the Economic Input-Output/Life Cycle Analysis tool developed by the Green Design Institute as will as preliminary development of a multi-attribute decision-making tool for the prioritization of brownfield development resources.

The following individuals from the WPBC are involved in the EPA TRTA project:

Deb Lange

Contact Info:

Deborah Lange

The Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center

Carnegie Mellon University

1209 Hamburg Hall

5000 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 268-7121

Email: dlange@cmu.edu

Deborah Lange, PhD, PE

As the Principal Investigator of this project, Dr. Deborah Lange is responsible for the technical completion of the project. Dr. Lange has been the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center (WPBC) since its inception. The Center is dedicated to work with small bsuinesses and communities to promote brownfield-related research and serve as a vehicle to enhance the growth of brownfields cleanup and development in Western Pennsylvania.

Over its 15 years of operation, the WPBC has developed respect in the greater brownfield community. Regionally, Dr. Lange has chaired the annual 'Business of Brownfields Conference' sponsored by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania, where she was also President in 2010-2011. 

Education:

Ph.D. (2001) Carnegie Mellon University, Civil & Environmental Engineering

M.S.   (1982) Carnegie Mellon University, Civil Engineering

B.S.    (1979) Pennsylvania State University, Civil Engineering



Chris Hendrickson

Contact Info:

Chris Hendrickson

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Office: 123J Porter Hall

Phone: (412) 268-1066

Fax: (412) 268-7813

Email: cth@cmu.edu

Website: www.ce.cmu.edu/~cth/

Chris Hendrickson, Duquesne Light University Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy

Chris Hendrickson is the Co-Principal Investigator for this project, as well as the Duquesne Light Company University Professor of Engineering, the Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Editor-in-chief of the ASCE J. of Transportation Engineering. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, project management, transportation systems, finance and computer applications.

Current research projects include life cycle assessment methods (especially based on economic input/output tables such as eiolca.net), assessment of alternative construction materials, economic and environmental implications of Ecommerce, product takeback planning, and infrastructure for alternative fuels. He has co-authored three textbooks, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach (Resources for the Future, 2005), Project Management for Construction (Prentice-Hall, 1989, now available on the web) and Transportation Investment and Pricing Principles (John Wiley & Sons, 1984) and two monographs, Knowledge Based Process Planning for Construction and Manufacturing (Academic Press, 1989) and Concurrent Computer Integrated Building Design (Prentice-Hall, 1994). In addition, he has published numerous articles in the professional literature.

Prof. Hendrickson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, an Emeritus Member of the Transportation Research Board and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been the recipient of the 2002 ASCE Turner Lecture Award, the 2002 Fenves Systems Research Award, the 1994 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award, Outstanding Professor of the Year Award of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section (1990), the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Award (1989), the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award (1987) and a Rhodes Scholarship (1973).

Education:

Ph.D. (1978) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil Engineering

B. Phil. (now renamed Master of Philosophy) (1975) Oxford University, Economics

M.S.   (1973) Stanford University, Civil Engineering

B.S.    (1973) Stanford University, General Engineering (Resources Strategy)

Amy Nagengast - PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

AMY L. NAGENGAST is a fourth-year PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering-Green Design Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her research interests include energy efficient environmentally benign buildings, brownfields, renewable energy applications and technology, risk analysis as well as energy modeling and simulation. She received her B.S. degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Civil Engineering and her M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  

Prior to returning for graduate studies, Ms. Nagengast was a practicing engineer focusing on the structural and environmental aspects of various projects. She specialized in building structural design, water and wastewater treatment, and geographical information based-asset management systems both domestically and internationally. She is also certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional with specialization in Building Design and Construction.

Contact Info: 

Email: anagengast@cmu.edu

Website: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/anagenga/index.html

Yeganeh Mashayekh - PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Yeganeh Mashayekh is a 3rd year PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering-Green Design Program and Engineering and Public Policy Department in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her research interests include sustainable transportation, intelligent transportation systems, brownfields, life cycle assessment as well as traffic modeling and simulation. She received her B.S. degree from University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Civil and Environmental Engineering and her M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering – Transportation Program from University of California – Berkeley. Prior to returning for her doctoral degree, Ms. Mashayekh was a practicing consultant engineer working on various transportation, planning and traffic operation projects in the states of California and Nevada.

Contact Info:

Email: yeganeh@cmu.edu

Pennsylvania Downtown Center

Pensylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is a partner for this project. PDC is a statewide non-profit organization that maintains a regular educational program and technical assistance infrastructure with the Main Street and Elm Street Organizations that this project focuses on. Three annual "managers meetings", an annual conference, and five (5) two day educational sessions organized by the PDC insures that all of these revitalization professionals are kept abreast of the latest tools, methodologies and funding resources available to deal with both the problems and the assets that form the basis of their efforts. This netowrk of statewide meetings and educational sessions will be utilized by this project to both instruct and assist local organizations with their small site remediation efforts.

PDC's role on this project is to provide access to Main Street and Elm Street managers, located across the state of Pennsylvania, to test the practical application of the tools that we are developing as part of this grant.

Contact Info:
Website: http://www.padowntown.org/

Bill Fontana

Bill facilitates all of the WPBC communications with the Main Street and Elm Street managers, as well as the Board of Directors of Keystone CORE Services.

Bill Fontana has been the Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) Executive Director since May 1, 2000, ushering in an exciting period of renewal for the organization. Prior to joing PDC, Bill served for two and a half years as executive director of the Rahway Center Partnership, a New Jersey special improvement district. He also served as Chairman of the Rahway Historic Preservation Commission.

From 1979 to 1997, Bill worked on redevelopment efforts in western Pennsylvania, including time with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the County Departments of Planning and Economic Development. His roles during those 17 years included Commercial Revitalization Coordinator, enterprise Zone Coordinator and Senior Planner. He was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the "Waterfront" project that stretches across the communities of West Homestead, Homestead and Munhall. Bill holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact Info:
billfontana@padowntown.org