Carnegie Mellon University

How Our Graduate Program Can Prepare You to Make a Difference

Climate Change Adaptation

Advancing Solutions for the Challenges Ahead

Extreme storms, increasing temperatures, drier deserts—our climate is changing, and so must our infrastructure design, construction, and management. Determining how to best adapt engineering practices in the face of these new climate patterns is a massive undertaking, but our CEE faculty and students are rising to the challenge.

CEE Courses offered cover sustainability, systems modeling and engineering, climate change adaptation, water resource management, and infrastructure management. Graduates will be well prepared to enter their career with an eye on how our changing climate impacts infrastructure and how engineers can adapt to combat these challenges. 

The Climate Change Issue

climate-change.pngA two-part series outlining how CEE has made this grand challenge a priority in advancing solutions and engineers who will be able to solve challenges presented by our changing climate. [Read More]

Stormwater, Drinking Water, Urban Heat Islands, Climate Modeling, Increased Energy Demands, and other topics.


Sustainable Development Goals @ CEE

Equity in Engineering

Energy Poverty, Water Resource, and Social Justice:
Developing Equitable Solutions for a Diverse World

From gender bias to regional disparities, engineers need to focus on solutions to ensure that no one is left behind and spur innovation and economic growth. Many communities experience a lack of adequate, and modern services such as affordable energy, clean water, and efficient transportation.

Graduate coursework looks at the modeling and engineering of sustainable solutions for communities with equity concepts embedded in many courses, such as civil systems investment and pricing and transportation management. Discussions are intended to open dialogues that can create a deeper understanding of the complex nature of marginalized communities

Faculty introduce ideas of inequity and diversity in coursework for graduate students to ensure that as we move forward as a society everyone moves forward together. 

Sustainable Cities and Communities 

Making Cities Smart and Sustainable by Putting Communities First

The cities of the future are projected to hold massive populations while facing limited energy resources and evolving climate change impacts. To ensure quality of life and well-being, buildings, outdoor spaces, and entire neighborhoods must be reimagined sooner rather than later. Civil engineers will be at the forefront of creating and deploying solutions that keep individuals and communities safe and healthy.

Students examine concepts such as sustainable engineering, smart cities, and urban systems modeling. We also offer extensive coursework that delves into sustainability, smart cities, life-cycle analysis, water-quality engineering, intelligent infrastructure systems, and autonomous building. These courses prepare graduates for careers to design and improve communities. 

CEE Students Explore the Future in 3D with Mega City 2070

megacity.pngCreated by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) based on extensive research, Mega City 2070 immerses users in a realistic 3D model of a city home to 50 million people in the year 2070. As students tour this futuristic and interconnected built environment, they can delve into articles, reports, videos, and discussions regarding transportation; construction and materials; energy and utilities; structure and architecture; and water, waste, and environment.  [Read More]