Carnegie Mellon University
July 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Sarah Christian returns to CEE Faculty

Assistant Professor Sarah Christian returns to CEE Faculty CEE is pleased to announce that alumna Sarah Christian (BS ’03) will be rejoining the faculty as an Assistant Teaching Professor. Christian, who taught courses in CEE from 2009-2011 said, “Students are my passion. I want to do whatever I can do to make their educational experience the best it can be to help them become the complete package. Carnegie Mellon is a great place for that.” For the last two years, Christian served as a lecturer at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. While she enjoyed her time in Andrew Carnegie’s ancestral home, she is pleased to be back at her alma mater.  

 “The opportunity is here to make a great career,” says the Pittsburgh native. “I’ve been all over the world, and in my experience, there’s no school that parallels CMU in terms of curriculum and interdisciplinary work.”

Christian’s research interests focus on sustainability and durability of materials, as well as engineering design and building envelopes. She says she is eager to be teaching among faculty who share in her passion for sustainability, and whose research aligns with her own work.

“We are delighted to welcome Sarah back to CEE,” said Department Head Dave Dzombak. “She brings new knowledge and perspectives related to advanced materials, sustainable engineering, and other areas to both our undergraduate and graduate educational programs.”

Christian completed her undergraduate studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003 and went on to earn her MCE in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins. In 2009, she earned her PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.