About EPP

Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique department in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University which addresses important problems in technology and policy. The department offers double-major undergraduate B.S. programs with each of the five traditional engineering departments and with Computer Science, a research-oriented Ph.D. program, and a master's degree in Engineering & Technology Innovation and Management (E&TIM).

Research in the department focuses on problems in:

  • energy and environmental systems;
  • information and communication technology policy;
  • risk analysis and communication; and,
  • technical innovation and R&D policy.

Across these four focal areas, the department also addresses issues in technology and organizations, technology and economic development and energy systems and behavior. We frequently undertake the development of new software tools for the support of policy analysis and research. We also study issues in engineered systems and security.

Undergraduate Program     | Go to top |
At the undergraduate level, Engineering and Public Policy is committed to educating students-with-a-difference, for careers in conventional engineering. To accomplish this, joint degree programs are offered with all five of the University's traditional engineering departments and with Computer Science. These programs allow undergraduates to complete all the conventional requirements for an engineering degree, while also developing important skills in economics, social analysis, history, and policy analysis. A Technology and Policy minor is available for students not in engineering or computer science.

Professional Masters Program | Go to top |
The Engineering and Technology Innovation Management MS delivers an education in innovation management for engineering and science-trained professionals interested in making a powerful impact in industry, or launching an entrepreneurial venture. The one year, full-time schedule begins in the spring semester, and includes a required summer internship. Core courses prepare students for tackling concepts bridging the disciplines of business and technology, covering topics in economics, management strategy, and engineering entrepreneurship. Students tailor schedules according to their background and interests, balancing technical and management electives from the College of Engineering, Tepper School of Business, Heinz College, and more. Students also benefit from access to Carnegie Mellon’s community of innovative individuals and organizations, allowing students to put the concepts they are learning to the test—often in real-world situations.

Doctoral Studies and Research     | Go to top |
The doctoral program in Engineering and Public Policy educates technically skilled men and women to be leaders in policy-focused research. We work on policy problems in which the technology matters - - problems in which technology cannot be treated as a black box. Policy-focused research differs from policy analysis in three important ways: it takes a longer term perspective; it takes a more fundamental perspective; and it may focus on the development of theory and of analytical tools and techniques as well as on solving specific problems.

Faculty     | Go to top |
The faculty in Engineering and Public Policy are a mixture of engineers and social scientists. Because of Carnegie Mellon's unique institutional environment, which supports and encourages interdisciplinary research, most EPP faculty hold joint appointments with traditional disciplinary departments. Jointly appointed EPP faculty regularly involve their more traditional disciplinary colleagues in EPP research. As a result of such collaboration, in research as well as in undergraduate teaching programs, the department is an integral part of the broad fabric of engineering and social analysis research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon.

Affiliated / Interdisciplinary Masters Programs


Energy Science, Technology and Policy (ESTP)     | Go to top |

The Carnegie Mellon Energy Science, Technology and Policy (ESTP) program is an interdisciplinary professional engineering master’s degree that is based in engineering, aligned with new discoveries in science, attuned to sustainability and the environment, and informed by a broader perspective in economics and public policy.  Depth in the ESTP curriculum is associated with declaring a concentration and taking specialized coursework in one of six engineering disciplines, which include Engineering & Public Policy.  Students must apply and be admitted directly into the College of Engineering ESTP program, and applications are submitted through the program's website.

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