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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 in which the technical details are of central importance. The department offers a research-oriented Ph.D. program and double-major undergraduate B.S. programs with each of the five traditional engineering departments and 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 we also study issues in engineered systems and domestic security, issues in technology and organizations and issues in technology and economic development. We frequently undertake the development of new software tools for the support of policy analysis and research.

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Lamy discusses CAES
Jul 2014

In a paper in Energy Policy, Carnegie Mellon University researchers quantify how cheap energy storage must be in order for it to be economical to use devices such as batteries and compressed-air-energy-storage (CAES) at remote wind farms.  "By adding energy storage such as batteries...
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Aquion Energy recognized
Jul 2014

Aquion Energy, a company founded by EPP Professor Jay Whitacre, was named to the 2014 Sustainia100 for its saltwater battery technology.  The Sustainia100 is an annual publication highlighting 100 innovative environmentally sustainable solutions and strategies from around...
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Posen wins best presentation
Jul 2014

EPP doctoral student Dan Posen won the best PhD presentation award at the Technology, Management & Policy (TMP) consortium hosted by TPP in Lisbon last month.  The presentation was titled, "Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Benefits of Expanding U.S. Biofuel Incentives...
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Roldan's research recognized
Jul 2014

EPP doctoral student Juan Roldan’s paper,  "Local Telephony Rates:  Has Deregulation Lead to Higher Competition and Lower Rates’", has been named a winner in the 2014 TPRC Student Paper Competition.  Roldan will travel to Arlington Virginia this...
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Morgan urges decarbonizing the electricity sector
Jul 2014

EPP department head Granger Morgan recently gave a talk on decarbonizing the electricity sector at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  Decarbonizing the electricity sector is not nearly as daunting as cleaning up the whole system, Granger said. To...
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