Research at EPP
Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique department in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University which addresses important problems in technology and policy. The department offers a research-oriented Ph.D. program and double-major undergraduate B.S. programs with each of the five traditional engineering departments and Computer Science. We educate technically skilled students to be leaders in policy-focused research; we work on policy problems in which the technology matters.
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.
Research in the department focuses on problems in:
- Energy Systems
- Climate and Environment
- Design, Organizations, and Technology Change
- Risk Analysis
- Information and Communication Technology
Across these focal areas, the department addresses issues in technology and organizations, energy and behavior, and technology and economic development. We frequently undertake the development of Computer-Based Tools to support policy analysis and research.