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The Department of Engineering and Public Policy

Technology can help us build a happier, freer, and more fulfilling life, while maintaining risks and undesirable impacts at acceptable levels. However, this process isn't automatic; it takes careful hard work by people who understand both technology and the society in which they live.

The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique department that works to solve problems at the interface between technology and society. We offer multiple double-major options for undergraduate students partnered with each of the five Engineering Departments and Computer Science, a Master's degree in Engineering & Technology Innovation and Management (E&TIM), and a research-oriented Ph.D. program.


Research in the department focuses on:

In addition to these focal areas, we also study issues in engineered systems, domestic security, cyber security, innovation policy, and economic development. We have made our research findings into useful Computer-Based Tools for Quantitative Policy Analysis.
EPP 40th Anniversary

Featured Faculty

Paul S. Fischbeck

Paul FischbeckProfessor, Social and Decision Sciences, Engineering and Public Policy

Research Centers

We work with many research centers at Carnegie Mellon.
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