Carnegie Mellon University

Constantine Samaras

Constantine (Costa) Samaras (E 2008)

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Courtesy Appointment, Engineering and Public Policy

  • Porter Hall 103
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Costa Samaras is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He directs the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation and his research spans energy, climate change, automation, and defense analysis.


Samaras analyzes how energy technology and infrastructure system designs affect energy use and national security, resiliency to climate change impacts, economic and innovation outcomes, and life cycle environmental externalities. Samaras's expertise includes autonomous and alternative vehicles, carbon capture & sequestration, climate change, fossil fuels, health & environmental impacts, public policy, shale gas development, solar, transportation systems, and wind.

In this video, Professor Costa Samaras talks about the climate adaptation for infrastructure initiative and using high-resolution climate data to inform how engineering designs will perform over their lifetime.