Center for Energy, University of Pittsburgh
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Don Shields is the executive director of the Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as director of corporate relations for Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering and co-director of the University's Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence. He is primarily responsible for establishing partnerships between the school and its corporate constituencies to invest directly in the school through sponsored research projects and philanthropy and to collaborate with the university in the pursuit and performance of government funded research grants.
Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2005, Shields was the director of development for the College of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Shields has 10 years of experience in the environmental engineering field, most recently as a project manager at Michael Baker Corporation, prior to joining Carnegie-Mellon in 1996. Shields led teams of engineers, geologists, and environmental scientists conducting environmental investigations at a wide variety of superfund sites, military installations, and industrial facilities.
Shields received a BS in geosciences/biogeology from Pennsylvania State University, a MS in geology from the University of Nebraska, and a Master of Public Management (MPM) from Carnegie-Mellon.
Since 2001, he has served on the Board of Directors for Construction Junction, a non-profit organization that promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials. At Construction Junction he is a past-vice president of the Board and is currently the chairman of the Fundraising Campaign Committee.
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