Carnegie Mellon University

GAANN PhD Fellowship: AIS - Transportation and Water

We are now accepting applications from qualified students for our newly formed GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) PhD Fellowship program in Advanced Infrastructure Systems. This prestigious fellowship supports the education and training of students in fields designated as an area of critical national need and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct research that will modernize U.S. transportation and water infrastructure in innovative ways, including roadways, bridges, tunnels, buildings, pipelines, as well as traffic and water quality management. As emphasized in the 2018 White House plan for “Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”, renewing the nation’s infrastructure to meet 21st Century goals of U.S. citizens for commerce and quality of life will require new approaches that leverage advancements in technology.

Program and Fellowship Details

The Carnegie Mellon CEE program is built on a history of leadership in bringing new technologies such as computer-aided engineering and robotics into civil engineering. For more than 15 years, the graduate education and research program in Advanced Infrastructure Systems (AIS) has advanced integration of information and computing technologies in civil and environmental engineering.

Courses and research in the AIS program are focused on monitoring, analysis, modeling and control of infrastructure across the physical and cyber domains in support of smart systems and cities.  Students work closely with faculty members in the context of a department culture of enthusiasm and mutual support.

GAANN PhD Fellowship awardees will receive a yearly stipend of $29,000 to $34,000 (amount based on financial need) and renewable for up to three years. In addition, awardees will receive full tuition coverage.

Students will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in support of a specific research project. Students will also serve as a supervised teaching assistant, participating in the department’s teaching mission, an integral part of PhD education. Students will have various other opportunities for professional development.


Interested applicants are encouraged to complete the standard CEE graduate application process. The deadline for Fall 2019 admission is January 5, 2019. Eligibility criteria:
  • US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • CEE particularly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority students.

For questions regarding GAANN Fellowships in CEE, contact David Vey, Graduate Admissions and Recruiting Manager.

Carnegie Mellon CEE GAANN Fellowship Steering Committee

David A. Dzombak
Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Burcu Akinci
Paul Christiano Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
H. Scott Matthews
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Engineering and Public Policy