Lazarus Award-Celebration of Education - Carnegie Mellon University

The Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring

2017 Barbara Lazarus Award Recipient

Mitchell SmallMitchell Small

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

Mitchell Small is the H. John Heinz III Professor of Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Department of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering, in 1982. Small’s research involves mathematical modeling of energy and environmental systems, environmental statistics, risk assessment and decision support.

During his 34-year career at CMU, Small has served as the associate department head for graduate education in Engineering & Public Policy (1992-2015), as an associate editor for the journal Environmental Science & Technology (1995-2011), as the Anderson Family Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment at Princeton University (2015-2016), and as a member of numerous U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and U.S. National Research Council (NRC) committees, including chair of the NRC Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Extraction (2012-2014).

Small is an elected fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and received their Distinguished Educator Award in 2013. He was the first recipient of the CMU College of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Mentoring Award in 2016, and he was awarded the CMU Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring in 2017. The acknowledgement of all of his mentors and mentees over the years, who made these awards possible, would far exceed the word limit on this bio.


In an effort to sustain and celebrate her spirit and legacy, Carnegie Mellon created The Barbara Lazarus Award in 2004.  It recognizes exemplary contributions to fostering a welcoming and nurturing environment for graduate students and young faculty at the university.