Carnegie Mellon University

Each day the world’s population increases by roughly 200,000. This population growth taxes all forms of existing infrastructure; creates significant air, water and groundwater quality issues; and brings about new concerns with regard to energy sustainability. Another important challenge is climate change; new weather patterns are emerging that create additional pressures for both the built and natural environment with more intense and frequent wind, flooding, and temperature extreme events.

We have established research strengths in a number of areas to address the challenges of the 21st century, including:

  • sustainable, intelligent infrastructure systems,
  • water and air quality science and engineering,
  • resilient engineering materials, and
  • environmentally sustainable, or green, engineering practices.

Our research is organized into three major focus areas:

The infrastructure systems of tomorrow will combine traditional physical assets with a cyber-technologies like computers, networks and sensors.

Our Advanced Infrastructure Systems researchers develop novel technological solutions to problems involving the planning, design, construction, and management/operation of built facilities and infrastructure.

Sustainability addresses the ability of societies to maintain and improve quality of life while preserving both the quality and availability of its natural resources. With population increases and climate change, engineers face ever-evolving challenges with regard to issues of sustainability and the health of our natural environment.

EESS researchers are conducting analyses and developing technological approaches for protection, restoration and sustainable use of environmental systems.

MMC researchers conduct research focused on the scientific understanding and practical application of the emergent complex behavior of materials. Using computer simulation techniques, the group analyzes the deformation, flow and failure of both natural and engineered materials.