Mitchell Small-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Mitchell Small

H. John Heinz Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 123D Porter Hall
Phone: 412-268-8782
Fax: 412-268-7813

Joint Appointment: EPP
Research Group: EESS 


Ph.D. 1982, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Mathematical modeling of environmental quality
  • Statistical methods and uncertainty analysis
  • Human exposure modeling
  • Human risk perception and decision making
  • Applications to drinking water, air toxics
  • Contaminated sediments
  • Groundwater risk assessment

Selected Publications

  • Yang, Y-M., Small, M.J., Ogretim, E.O., Gray, D.O., Donald, Wells, A.W., Strazisar, B.R., and Bromhal, G.S. (2012) “A Bayesian Belief Network for combining evidence from multiple CO2 leak detection technologies,” Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 2(3): 185-199.
  • Tokdar, S., Grossmann, I., Kadane, J., Charest, A., and Small, M. (2011) “Impact of beliefs about Atlantic tropical cyclone detection on conclusions about trends in tropical cyclone numbers,” Bayesian Analysis, 6(4): 547 - 572.
  • Yang Y-M., Small, M.J., Ogretim, E.O., Gray, D.O., Bromhal, G.S., Strazisar, B.R., Wells, A.W. (2011) “Probabilistic design of a near-surface CO2 leak detection system,” Environmental Science & Technology, 45(15): 6380–6387.
  • Xu, J., Small, M., Fischbeck, P., and VanBriesen, J. (2010) “Integrating location models with Bayesian analysis to inform decision making,” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 136(2): 209-216.
  • Ramaswami, A., Milford, J.A., and Small, M.J (2005) “Integrated Environmental Modeling: Pollutant Transport, Fate and Risk in the Environment,” John Wiley & Sons, New York.