Education & Outreach-Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Education & Outreach

Carnegie Mellon University has offered educational programs in energy for more than 40 years. We educate students who go out into the world and make a significant impact on the way in which we develop and use energy resources.

The Scott Institute also works with expert decision makers and the general public to better inform public discourse on energy-related issues.  

Our Educational Approach

CMU continues to develop and expand our curricula with numerous undergraduate research opportunities. Additionally, graduate- and Ph.D.-level programs with a focus on energy issues give students the tools they need to address energy-related problems today and in the future.

Given the decades-long time horizon for a transition to a sustainable energy system, the education and training of future generations is critical to this transition's success. Toward this end, we are expanding our current undergraduate and graduate curricula to include a greater breadth of energy-relevant activities including additional courses, expanded minors, and new degree programs.

Undergraduate Opportunities

At the undergraduate level, we are not just adding courses on substantive issues related to energy and the environment, but also on the important topic of innovation, including how to move ideas out into practice.

Master’s Degrees

At the master's level, we continue to build our master's program in the College of Engineering in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy. This specialized master's program complements the opportunities for focused graduate study on energy topics within other departments, including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Mechanical Engineering. These future leaders will assume increasingly important roles at wind, solar, and coal-based power generators and will be needed at utilities and government agencies concerned with creating and regulating a safe and reliable "smart" grid.

Given the university's systems-based approach, students work across disciplines including engineering, economics and policy analysis to solve problems ranging from the harvesting and conversion of energy to its distribution, demand and usage. We also continue to strengthen the energy-related content in our professional master's programs in the School of Architecture and in the Heinz College's School of Public Policy and Management. Doctoral programs run through academic departments, and CMU is training the next generation of Ph.D.-level engineers and scientists with the skills and experience to analyze complex problems in energy so that they can devise interdisciplinary, systems-approach solutions.

Master's in Energy Science, Technology, and Policy (MESTP)

The goal of the Energy Science, Technology, and Policy program is to prepare students for careers in which they can lead in the development of new technologies for the production, transport, and efficient use of energy. This one-year professional master's program was launched in Fall 2010 and is open to engineering and technical professionals.

The Energy Science, Technology, and Policy program is a distinctive MS 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. ESTP is interdisciplinary and draws faculty from many departments within the College of Engineering.

Sustainable Design Master of Science (MSSD)

At the forefront of research in sustainable design and technology for more than 30 years, Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture offers a large core of dedicated faculty, providing a solid foundation from which students can learn how to positively and sustainably affect the future of the built environment. The Sustainable Design Master of Science, a post-professional degree program, integrates design and technology to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for professional practice.

Building Performance & Diagnostics Master of Science (MSBPD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD-BPD)

The Building Performance and Diagnostics master's degree deals with the comprehensive integration of building design and advanced technology as a means of producing high-performance architecture. Led by the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics (CBPD) and housed within the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace™, students have the opportunity to gain both diversity and depth of knowledge from world-renowned and experienced faculty.

Additional Energy Study

The College of Engineering has a long history of energy-related studies and research within its departments. Students interested in pursuing master's and doctorate degrees in the departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Mechanical Engineering will find many opportunities to pursue energy-related graduate studies.