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Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA)

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The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) is a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) funded 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 Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems at Lehigh University, and the Engineering Research Accelerator (ERA) at Carnegie Mellon 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.

Additional information on the PITA program is available by visiting the PITA website at:

Questions regarding the program or inquiries into collaboration opportunities can be addressed to:

Dr. Chad Kusko, Co-Associate Director, PITA Program, Lehigh University

Phone: 610-758-5299