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


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.  You can see a list of our energy-related courses and student energy clubs.

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 interdisciplinary master's program complements the opportunities for focused graduate study on energy topics within engineering departments, including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. These future leaders will assume increasingly important problem-solving roles as renewable and fossil-fuel resources are integrated and balanced by utilities and government agencies concerned with cost, reliability, security, sustainability, and the environment.

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.

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, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering will find many opportunities to pursue energy-related graduate studies.

CMU on iTunesU — Shale Gas Policy

CMU's Shale Gas Policy collection provides presentations by a number of faculty on key issues related to shale gas and the environment, shale gas governance and development, operational risk issues and natural gas vehicle transportation.