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:
The Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center
Carnegie Mellon University
1209 Hamburg Hall
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 268-7121
Deborah Lange, PhD, PE
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
Chris Hendrickson, Duquesne Light University Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy
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.
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.
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.
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.