Mike Blackhurst

Research Development Manager, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

Phone: 412-624-5132

Email: mfb30@pitt.edu


Mike Blackhurst is the Research Development Manager at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Urban and Social Research.  In this role, Mike collaborates with and connects academics, community organizations, and public agencies to identify data needs, articulate research questions, and motivate research resources around topics with community relevance.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Mike was a faculty member in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin,where he managed an interdisciplinary research program focused on the energy and environmental sectors.  His research has been profiled in the New York Times and National Geographic.  

Mike enjoys research driven by policy relevance, particularly domains driven or influenced by communities, and has had the pleasure of serving on several local committees and boards in the Pittsburgh, PA and Austin, TX regions.  He was recently invited to serve as a Pittsburgh area Science Ambassador for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Mike has a BS (1999) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, an MS (2001) in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD (2011) in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mike lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife, three children, and their family dog.  He is compelled to spend most of his free time maintaining their older home. With any additional time (and energy), Mike can usually be found playing music. 

 Likes: music, non-sequiturs, philosophy, long-winded answers to seemingly simple questions, simple answers to long-winded questions, music, transparency, hyperbole, music

 Dislikes: formalities, hard copies, stubborn rationality, exclusivity, overconfidence, complicated internet passwords, air travel

 Useless trivia:  Mike took three courses in poetry as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon.