Carnegie Mellon University
May 16, 2013

CEE Undergraduate Research Awards at CMU Meeting of the Minds Competition

CEE Undergraduate Research Awards at CMU Meeting of the Minds Competition

CEE seniors Elissa Goldner, Agnieszka Marszalik, and Sarah Ramp all received awards last week at Carnegie Mellon’s Meeting of the Minds, the university’s annual undergraduate research symposium.

Elissa and Agnieszka’s project “Regional Economic Impact of the Twin Ridges Wind Farm,” advised by Social & Decision Sciences Professor Paul Fischbeck and Engineering and Public Policy Professor Paulina Jaramillo, used various economic models to analyze the impact of the construction of a wind farm and proposed a more accurate method through the use of survey data to measure the economic impact of local energy developments. Their efforts won them the Toyota Ideas for Good Scholars Award, a $750 prize that recognizes environmental research “with applications designed to improve people's lives.”

Sarah’s project, “Implementing a Stormwater Sustainability Ratings System for Distressed and Vacant Urban Properties,” proposes a sustainability ratings system for stormwater management practices that could apply to properties with any sort of development. Sarah, who worked with the Western PA Brownfields Center and was advised by CEE Professor Chris Hendrickson, was a runner-up in the Undergraduate Environmental Research Award, sponsored by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and the Green Design Institute. 

There were 10 projects in total from the CEE department that were presented at Meeting of the Minds. Congratulations to all of the students involved!

Full list of 2013 award winners

(pictured above - left to right:  Agnieszka Marszalik, Elissa Goldner and Sarah Ramp)