M. Granger Morgan -Engineering and Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon University

M. Granger Morgan

Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering

Professor (having served for 38 years as founding Department Head), Engineering and Public Policy

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Heinz College

Co-Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making

Co-Director, Electricity Industry Center

Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Baker Hall 131B
Phone: (412) 268-2672
Assistant: Patti Steranchak - (412) 268-1085
Research Interests: Analysis of problems in technology and policy, especially related to energy and the environment.


  • Carnegie Mellon 1974 -
M. Granger Morgan is University and Hamerschlag Professor of Engineering; Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy (where he served for 38 years as the founding Department Head, stepping down in August 2014); also Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the H. John Heinz III College; Co-Director (with Inês Azevedo) of the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making; Co-Director (with Jay Apt) of the Electricity Industry Center. His research addresses problems in science, technology and public policy with a particular focus on energy, environmental systems, climate change and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis. Morgan serves as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Council for the International Risk Governance Council. In the recent past, he served as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute, of which he is now again a member. He holds a BA from Harvard College (1963) where he concentrated in Physics, an MS in Astronomy and Space Science from Cornell (1965) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics and Information Sciences at the University of California at San Diego (1969).


  • Ph.D. (Applied Physics and Information Science), University of California, San Diego, 1969
  • M.S. (Astronomy and Space Science), Cornell University, 1965
  • B.A. (Physics), Harvard College, 1963


Research interests are focused on policy problems in which technical and scientific issues play a central role. Methodological interests include problems in the integrated analysis of large complex systems; problems in the characterization and treatment of uncertainty; problems in the improvement of regulation; and selected issues in risk analysis and risk communication. Application areas of current interest include global climate change; the future of the energy system, especially electric power and air operations; risk analysis including risk ranking; health and environmental impacts of energy systems; security aspects of engineered civil systems; national R&D policy; and a number of general policy, management, and manpower problems involving science and technology.


  1. M. Granger Morgan and David Keith, "Improving the Way We Think About Projecting Future Energy Use and Emissions of Carbon Dioxide," Climatic Change, 90(3), 189-215, October 2008.
  2. Kirsten Zickfeld, M. Granger Morgan, David Frame and David W.Keith, "Expert Judgements About Transient Climate Response to Alternative Future Trajectories of Radiative Forcing", Proceedings of National Academy of Science, 107, 12451-12456, July 13, 2010.
  3. Katharine Ricke, M. Granger Morgan and Myles R. Allen, "Regional Climate Response to Solar-radiation Management", Nature Geoscience, 3, 537-541, 2010.
  4. Kelly Klima, M. Granger Morgan, Iris Grossmann and Kerry Emanuel, "Does it Make Sense to Modify Tropical Cyclones? A decision approach", Environmental Science and Technology, 45(10), 4242-4248, 2011.
  5. M. Granger Morgan, Sean T. McCoy and 15 others, Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Removing the legal and regulatory barriers, Taylor and Francis, 274pp. 2012.

Selected Honors and Awards

  1. Member, National Academy of Sciences
  2. Fellow AAAS, IEEE and Society for Risk Analysis
  3. Society for Risk Analysis Outstanding Educator Award
  4. American Physical Society Joseph A. Burton Forum Award
  5. American Society for Engineering Education Chester F. Carlson Award

Courses Taught

  • 19-701 Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
  • 19-705 Workshop Applied Policy Analysis