Carnegie Mellon University

Allen Robinson

Allen L. Robinson

University Professor
David and Susan Coulter Head and Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Engineering and Public Policy

  • Scaife Hall 401
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


University Professor Robinson joined Carnegie Mellon in 1998 after working for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1990. Dr. Robinson received the Ahrens Career Development Chair in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and the George Tallman Ladd Outstanding Young Faculty Award from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. He has received substantial research support from EPA, DOE, NSF, DoD, and the Allegheny County Health Department.


Robinson’s research examines the impact of emissions from energy systems on air quality and global climate. A major focus of his research has been the atmospheric transformation of particulate matter emissions from cars, trucks, and other combustion systems. He is also actively working on field measurements and chemical transport modeling to quantify the impact of emissions from unconventional gas development on local and regional air quality and climate.