About PITA

The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) is a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) program designed to provide economic benefit to Pennsylvania through knowledge transfer, the discovery of new technologies and the retention of highly educated students.

PITA is a collaboration among the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems at Lehigh University. PITA Research and Educational programs assist the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its companies in increasing operating efficiency and enhancing economic development by:

  • Combining physical and informational infrastructure technology development expertise in Pennsylvania.
  • Leveraging complementary technology development in design, manufacturing, and environmental issues.
  • Focusing research and educational capabilities of two world-class universities on technology solutions to economic issues in the Commonwealth.
  • Creating an environment linking Pennsylvania companies with students to create high paying jobs and retain highly educated students.


For more information, please contact one of the PITA representatives listed below:

Carnegie Mellon University
Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES)

Burak Ozdoganlar, PITA Co-Director (burakoz@andrew.cmu.edu)
312 Scaife Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
ph: 412-268-9890

Ms. Colleen McCabe Mantini, RAMP Co-Associate Director
cmantini@cmu.edu | 412-268-5314
1211 Hamburg Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
ph: 412-268-5314

Lehigh University
The Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS)

Richard Sause, Co-Director (rs0c@lehigh.edu)
117 ATLSS Drive, Imbt. Lab
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4729
ph: (610) 758-3525 fax: (610)758-5480

Chad Kusko, Co-Associate Director (chk205@lehigh.edu)
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4729
ph. (610) 758-5299 fax: (610)758-5480

Thank you for your interest in PITA.