Strategic Areas of Focus
While Carnegie Mellon's research projects cover a wide breadth of fields, a special focus on four areas unites much of the work being done today.
Computing, Information Technology and Security
As the first university to officially form a computer science department, Carnegie Mellon helped define and is continually redefining the field. With an increased reliance on computers comes the need to make information systems more secure, trustworthy, sustainable and available in the face of both intentional attacks and accidental faults. Carnegie Mellon's CyLab is a broad new information technology security initiative that builds on our decades of leadership and expertise. Find out more.
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
From pioneering the field of decision sciences to establishing the first-of-its-kind Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon has an international reputation for producing some of the nation's strongest and most creative minds. Faculty and students work across traditional departmental lines to create innovative solutions to complex problems. Find out more.
Energy and Environment
Home to the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER) and the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace (IW), Carnegie Mellon's leadership in energy and sustainability is recognized around the globe. Researchers are creating a market for wind power, building energy-efficient buildings and transforming how energy is used, delivered and safeguarded, projects that will improve the environment for years to come. Find out more.
While Carnegie Mellon may not have a medical school in the traditional sense, our highly specialized life sciences programs are having an impact everywhere. Collaborations between Carnegie Mellon and other institutions have already resulted in better modeling and dyes for studying cells and technologies that have the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people. Find out more.
The Carnegie Mellon Research Briefing Books, published by the Office of Government Relations, offers a more in-depth look at these and other areas of study.