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Student Stories

Find out what it is like to be a CEE student

Internship: Focused on Safe Closing of Coal Ash Basins

Undergraduate Simone Stein (CEE/EPP ’20) is spending her summer in Charlotte, North Carolina working with the Coal Combustion Products team at Duke Energy. She’s assisting the group, which was formed in 2014 after the Dan River coal ash spill, to implement the safe closing of North Carolina coal ash basins which are mandated by the state government.

Internship: Student’s Analysis Leads to Potential Cost and Energy Savings

Tessa Weeden (CEE ’20) is spending her summer far from Pittsburgh—as an intern at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). Her work focuses on making borough buildings more efficient to save both energy and money.

Internship: Restoring the George Summer Internship—Ensuring Safety and Adding Appeal

CEE/EPP undergraduate Joseph Iacobellis is spending his summer working on “Restoring the George,” an initiative of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to maintain the structural health of the George Washington Bridge.

Internship: Offshore Engineering Discovered at CMU Job Fair

Rising junior Paul Anderson dove deeper into his interest with offshore civil engineering this summer while interning at ExxonMobile. He was able to bring in some of the skills he learned at CEE to help develop tools and methods for increased efficiency.

Learning and Volunteering in Puerto Rico

While many of her peers were celebrating Spring Break at the beach or another relaxing location, CEE/EPP student Ariana Sabbat was working to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from hurricane damage.

Crossing Borders

Spending time in an unfamiliar country can teach us a lot—about others and ourselves. For CEE students, the opportunities to go abroad are vast, from spring break trips to summer programs to entire semesters. “Wherever they want to go, they can find a way to make it work with their studies,” says CEE Director of Undergraduate Programs Andrea Francioni Rooney.

Rethinking the Rink: Sophomore Designs Safer Hockey Rink for Penguins

To create a safer sporting environment for ice hockey players, 22 students from Carnegie Mellon University, including CEE Sophomore Sally Chen, were asked to create improved dasher board systems that minimize player injury during impact. The week-long Maker Space Rethink the Rink challenge took place in partnership with The Pittsburgh Penguins and Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.

Learning at the Creative Intersection of Art and Technology

Morgan Reed (CEE ‘19) is an aspiring structural engineer who plans to make an impact in urban development, and she has a unique and unexpected minor: Animation & Special Effects.

Room for Growth: Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences

From new approaches to make environmentally friendly concrete to modeling western Pennsylvania climate, undergraduates have several options to explore research opportunities.

Constructing Opportunities with CMU Connections and the TOC

Senior Connor Smith (CEE '17) used his networking and interviewing skills to land a summer internship and spent his summer internship with Clark Construction.

Engineering Abroad: Building a ‘Mega Construction Project’ in Qatar

With a residential development, hotel, shopping mall, and amusement park, senior Ahmad Khanzada (CEE '17) spent a very busy summer working with AECOM on a development project in Doha, Qatar.

Shedding Light in Rural Zimbabwe: EWB Brings Streetlights to Nyadire

Lighting up Nyadire, Zimbabwe: CEE students work to deliver sustainable lighting solutions to village community.