Carnegie Mellon University
August 19, 2020

Two EPP Ph.D. students awarded Steinbrenner Fellowships to Advance Environmental Research

It has been announced that two EPP Ph.D. students, Andrew Jones,  Jr. and Sarah Troise, have been selected as Steinbrenner Research Fellows. The graduate fellowship program provides support to exceptional, second-year Carnegie Mellon students who work on cutting-edge environmental research. The interdisciplinary research projects' topics align with the Institute's strategic focus areas of energy transition strategies, and urban infrastructure and sustainable cities.

Since 2007, 53 Ph.D. students from across the university have been recognized as Steinbrenner Doctoral Fellows. Researchers receive up to $50,000 and present their findings during a poster session at the annual Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Colloquium, held during the spring semester.

"The fellowship allows doctoral students early in their careers more freedom to set a solid course in their graduate research," said Neil Donahue, the Steinbrenner Institute Director. "Fellows have gone on to a variety of faculty and industry careers."

Andrew Jones,  Jr. is a dual degree Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. He received his B.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Florida in 2010 and his M.S. in Energy Science, Technology & Policy with a concentration in CEE from Carnegie Mellon in 2019. He also has experience in CSR consulting focused on environmental, social, and governance performance and benchmarking for infrastructure entities. His experiences have cultivated his research interests in equitable energy systems, a just energy transition and climate change mitigation. 

Sarah Troise is a second-year Ph.D. student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. She is originally from historic Lexington, Virginia. In 2019, she received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Washington and Lee University. As an undergraduate, Troise participated in two National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, one at USC in Los Angeles and one at NC State in Raleigh. Troise's research works on constructing a new dynamic and parametric approach to refine and improve emission reduction supply curves for low-carbon electricity technologies as they apply to deep decarbonization. 

To learn more about the fellowship program, go here.