The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique engineering department focused on the interface between technology and society. Society is largely responsible for setting the goals and framing the problems that engineers and scientists work on. However, technologies designed by engineers profoundly change the societies in which they operate. Technology has enabled a healthier, richer and more productive society. At the same time, technology has contributed to the creation of many of the more serious problems our society faces.
The educational programs in EPP offer students at all levels a way to combine interests in technical areas with making a difference in society. Students gain perspectives and skills that go far beyond just traditional technical knowledge. Students incorporate skills in economics, decision-making, social sciences, and humanities, along with practice in key professional skills of communication and collaborative problem solving in their program of study.
At the undergraduate level, Engineering and Public Policy is committed to educating students for careers in conventional engineering. To accomplish this, joint degree programs are offered with the University's traditional engineering departments, and with Computer Science. These programs allow undergraduates to complete all the conventional requirements for an engineering degree, while also developing important skills in economics, social analysis, history, and policy analysis. A Technology and Policy minor is available for students not in engineering or computer science majors.
The Engineering and Technology Innovation Management MS delivers an education in innovation management for engineering and science-trained professionals interested in making a powerful impact in industry, or launching an entrepreneurial venture. The one year, full-time schedule begins in the spring semester, and includes a required summer internship. Core courses prepare students for tackling concepts bridging the disciplines of business and technology, covering topics in economics, management strategy, and engineering entrepreneurship. Students tailor schedules according to their background and interests, balancing technical and management electives from the College of Engineering, Tepper School of Business, Heinz College, and more. Students also benefit from access to Carnegie Mellon’s community of innovative individuals and organizations, allowing students to put the concepts they are learning to the test—often in real-world situations.
The Doctoral Program in Engineering and Public Policy produces technically skilled leaders in policy-focused research. We work on policy problems in which the technology matters- problems in which technology cannot be treated as a black box. Policy-focused research differs from policy analysis in three important ways: it takes a longer term perspective; it takes a more fundamental perspective; and it may focus on the development of theory and of analytical tools and techniques as well as on solving specific problems.
Energy Science, Technology and Policy (EST&P)
The Carnegie Mellon Energy Science, Technology and Policy (ESTP) program is an interdisciplinary professional engineering master’s degree that is rooted 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. Depth in the ESTP curriculum is associated with declaring a concentration and taking specialized coursework in one of six engineering disciplines, which include Engineering & Public Policy. Students must apply and be admitted directly into the College of Engineering ESTP program, and applications are submitted through the program's website.