EPP Faculty :: Paulina Jaramillo

Paulina Jaramillo

Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Porter Hall 126C
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email: paulina@cmu.edu
Personal Research Website:

Phone: (412) 268-6655

Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy


  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003, Florida International University

Positions Held

  • Carnegie Mellon 2010-


Dr. Paulina Jaramillo has a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from Florida International University (2003), as well as a master's and PhD in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in green design from Carnegie Mellon University (2004 and 2007, respectively). Her past research has focused on life cycle assessment of energy systems with an emphasis on climate change impacts and mitigation research. As a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she is involved in key multi-disciplinary research projects to better understand the social, economic and environmental implications of energy consumption and the public policy tools that can be used to support sustainable energy development and consumption. She is now the executive director of the RenewElec project, which will help the nation make the transition to the use of significant amounts of electric generation from variable and intermittent sources of renewable power in a way that is cost-effective; provides reliable electricity supply with a socially acceptable level of local or large-scale outages; allows a smooth transition in the architecture and operation of the present power system; allows and supports competitive markets with equitable rate structures; is environmentally benign; and is socially equitable.

Selected Publications

  1. Jaramillo, P.; Matthews, H. S. “Landfill-Gas-to-Energy Projects: Analysis of Net Private and Social Benefits.”, Environmental Science & Technology, 39 (19); 7365-7373, 2005.
  2. Jaramillo, P.; Griffin, W.M; Matthews; H. S. “Comparative Life Cycle Air Emissions of Coal, Domestic Natural Gas, LNG, and SNG for Electricity Generation.”, Environmental Science & Technology, 41 (17); 6290-6296, 2007.
  3. Jaramillo, P.; Griffin, W.M; Matthews; H. S. “Comparative Analysis of the Production Costs and Life Cycle GHG Emissions of Ft-Liquids from Coal and Natural Gas.”, Environmental Science & Technology, 42 (20), 7559–7565, 2008.
  4. Jaramillo, P; Samaras, C; Meisterling, K; Weakley, H. “Using Coal for Transportation: Life Cycle Assessment of Coal-to-Liquids, Plug-in Hybrid, and Hydrogen Pathways.” Energy Policy, 37, 2689–2695, 2009.
  5. Matthews, D., Hawkins, T., Jaramillo, P., Marriott, J., Sharrard, A., “The Green Design Apprenticeship: How an Outreach Program Strengthens Graduate Research.” Journal of Industrial Ecology, 13 (3), 467-476, 2009.
  6. Jaramillo, P.; Griffin, W.M; McCoy, S. “Life Cycle Inventory of CO2 in an Enhanced Oil Recovery System. ” Environmental Science & Technology, 43 (21), 8027-8032, 2009.
  7. Weber, C. L.; Jaramillo, P.; Marriott, J.; Samaras, C., "Life Cycle Assessment and Grid Electricity: What Do We Know and What Can We Know?", Environmental Science & Technology, 44, (6), 1895-1901, 2010.
  8. Hendrickson, C.; Matthews, D. H.; Ashe, M.; Jaramillo, P.; McMichael, F. C., "Reducing Environmental Burden of Solid-State Lighting Through End-of-Life Design", Environmental Research Letters 2010, 5, (1), 2010.