Carnegie Mellon University

Sarah J. Christian, P.E.

Sarah J. Christian, P.E. (E 2003)

Associate Teaching Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Sarah Christian serves as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Sarah earned her BS in Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy in 2003. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship for graduate study and earned her MCE at Johns Hopkins University in 2004 and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering and Materials at Stanford University in 2009.  

Sarah has practiced as a structural engineer and building envelope engineer in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh. She has previously served as a part of the teaching faculty at Carnegie Mellon and as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.


PhD 2009 - Stanford University
MCE 2004 - Johns Hopkins University
BS 2003 - Carnegie Mellon University


Research Group: IESS, MCM

Areas of Interest

  • Sustainable buildings and infrastructure
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Design education
  • Rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic structures

Recent Honors & Awards

  • 2021: Professor of the Year, ASCE Pittsburgh Section 
  • 2014: Edinburgh University Student Association Teaching Award for the Teaching in Science and Engineering and Supporting Students' Learning, Edinburgh University (UK)


  • 12-200 CEE Challenges
  • 12-216 Research Skills Topics in CEE
  • 12-232 Solid Mech Lab
  • 12-234 Sensing Data Acquisition Engineering Systems
  • 12-335 Soil Mech
  • 12-336 Soil Mech Lab
  • 12-350 Solar Building-Design
  • 12-358 Materials Lab
  • 12-401 CEE Design