PITA's Personnel

Dr. Burak Ozdoganlar, PITA Co-Director
ozdoganlar@cmu.edu | 412-268-9890

Dr. Richard Sause, PITA Co-Director
rs0c@lehigh.edu | 610-758-3525
Dr. Richard Sause is Co-Director for Operations of the ATLSS Center, Professor of Structural Engineering, and PITA Co-Director at Lehigh University. He specializes in educating students in Structural Design and Analysis as well as Structural Dynamics. His research concentration is in High Performance Structural Materials, Innovative Structural Systems, and Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. His academic degrees include a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkley. From 1995 to 1998 he held the Class of 1961 Associate Professor endowed professorship at Lehigh. In 1987 Dr. Sause received the ACI Reese Structural Research Award and in 1997 he was co-recipient of the CERF Charles Pankow Award for Innovation.

Ms. Colleen McCabe Mantini, PITA Co-Associate Director
cmantini@cmu.edu | 412-268-5314
Ms. Mantini is the Program Manager for the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) and RAMP Associate Director at Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining CMU, she was the director of commonwealth relations for UPMC and managed UPMC's multi-faceted state government relations agenda. Previously, she was the manager of communications and legislative services at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and was responsible for state and federal government relations activities related to the Institute's research and clinical funding. She began her career at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC and served as a Senior Legislative Analyst for health research funding. She earned a B. A. in Economics and Political Science and M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Chad Kusko, PITA Co-Associate Director
chk205@lehigh.edu | 610-758-5299
Dr. Chad Kusko is the Administrative Director of the ATLSS Center and PITA Associate Director at Lehigh University. Chad has held several operational management positions in both academic research and industrial manufacturing environments. He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1997 and a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1999. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and M.B.A. from Lehigh University in 2002.

Mr. William D. Michalerya
Mr. William D. Michalerya is Associate Vice President for Government Relations at Lehigh University. Mr. Michalerya was the Executive Director of PITA from its inception until June 30, 2001. As Associate Vice President for Government Relations he is responsible for expanding Lehigh's programs with Commonwealth and Federal sponsors. His university experience includes developing and marketing laboratory programs, developing and negotiating research agreements, consulting, developing new company ventures and other economic development activities. His private sector experience includes ten years as an engineer, consultant, and project manager at both small and large companies. His academic degrees include a B.S. and Masters in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA degree from Lehigh University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.

Mailing Addresses

Burak Ozdoganlar and Colleen McCabe Mantini:
ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems)
Carnegie Mellon University
1201 Hamburg Hall
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Richard Sause and Chad Kusko:
ATLSS (Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems)
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015