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Contact Info:
H. Scott Matthews
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 123A Porter Hall
Phone: 412-268-6218
Fax: 412-268-7813

Recent Resume / CV 

H. Scott Matthews, Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering / Engineering and Public Policy

Research Director, Green Design Institute 

Areas of Interest:

Sustainable engineering, environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle management of infrastructure, including transportation and building facilities, as well as energy, and telecommunications networks, carbon footprinting


Ph.D. 1999, Economics, Carnegie Mellon University


Laudise Prize, International Society for Industrial Ecology 

Highlighted Articles: 

1.     Weber, C.L. and Matthews, H.S. “Food-Miles and the Climate Impacts ofFreight Transportation in American Food Consumption” Environmental Science& Technology, Vol. 42, pp. 3508–3513, 2008.

2.    Matthews, H.S., Hendrickson, C.T., Weber, C.L. “The Importance ofCarbon Footprint Estimation Boundaries” Environmental Science &Technology, August 2008.

3.    William R. Morrow, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews,“National-Level Infrastructure And Economic Effects Of Switchgrass CofiringWith Coal In Existing Power-Plants For Carbon Mitigation”, Environmental Science &Technology,Vol 42(10), pp. 3501-3507, 2008. DOI: 10.1021/es071893z

4.     Aurora L. Sharrard, H. Scott Matthews, and Michael Roth, “Economic andEnvironmentalImplications of ConstructionEnergy Use and Generation under New EPA Emission Standards”,Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol, 133, No. 11, November2007.

5.    Heather Wakeley, Michael Griffin, Chris Hendrickson, and H. ScottMatthews, “Alternative Transportation Fuels: Distribution Infrastructure forHydrogen and Ethanol in Iowa”, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems,in press, Vol. 14 No. 3, September, 2008.

6.    Christopher Weber and H. Scott Matthews, “Quantifying the Global andDistributional Aspects of American Household Environmental Impact”, Ecological Economics, Vol. 66, No. 2-3, 2008, pp. 379-391.

7.    William R. Morrow, W. Michael Griffin, and H. Scott Matthews,“State-level infrastructure and economic effects of switchgrass co-firing withcoal in existing power-plants for carbon mitigation”, Environmental Science andTechnology,41(19), pp. 6657-6662, 2007. DOI 10.1021/es070335h

8.    Paulina Jaramillo, W. Michael Griffin, H. Scott Matthews, “ComparativeLife Cycle Air Emissions of Coal, Domestic Natural Gas, LNG, and SNG forElectricity Generation”, Environmental Science and Technology, 41,6290-6296, 2007.

9. Cliff I. Davidson, H. Scott Matthews, Chris T. Hendrickson, MichaelBridges, Braden Allenby, John Crittenden, Yongsheng Chen, Sharon Austin, “Adding sustainability to the engineer's toolbox: a challenge forengineering educators”, Environmental Science & Technology, 41 (14), p.4847-4850, Jul2007.

10. Christopher Weber and H. Scott Matthews, Embodied Emissions in U.S. International Trade: 1997-2004, Vol. 41, No. 14, pp 4875 - 4881; Environmental Science andTechnology,2007. DOI: 10.1021/es0629110.

11. Cliff Davidson, Chris Hendrickson, and H. Scott Matthews, “SustainableEngineering: A Sequence of Courses at Carnegie Mellon”, InternationalJournal of Engineering Education, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 287-293, 2007.

12. Joe Marriott and H. Scott Matthews, " Environmental Effects ofInterstate Power Trading on Electricity Consumption Mixes", EnvironmentalScience and Technology, Vol. 39, No. 22, pp. 8585-8590, 2005.  DOI:

13. H. Scott Matthews and Eric Williams, "Telework Adoption and EnergyUse in Building and Transport Sectors in the United States and Japan ", ASCEJournal of Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2005, pp. 21-30, (doi 10.1061/(ASCE)1076-0342(2005)11:1(21))

14. H. Scott Matthews, Gyorgyi Cicas, and Luis Aguirre, "Evaluation ofResidential Fixed Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the US", ASCE Journalof Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 10, No. 3, September 2004, pp. 105-110, (doi 10.1061/(ASCE)1076-0342(2004)10:3(105))

15. H. Scott Matthews, “Thinking Outside ‘the Box’: Designing a PackagingTake-Back System”, California Management Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, Winter 2004.

16. H. Scott Matthews, E. Williams, T. Tagami, and C. T. Hendrickson,"Energy Implications of Online Book Retailing in the United States andJapan", Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Volume 22, Issue 5,2002, pp. 493-507.

17. H. Scott Matthews and Lester B. Lave, "Applications ofEnvironmental Valuation for Determining Externality Costs," EnvironmentalScience and Technology, Vol. 34, No.8, pp. 1390-1395, 2000.