Carnegie Mellon University

Cari Gandy

Cari Gandy

PhD Candidate, Engineering and Public Policy


Cari Gandy is a joint PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Cari holds an MSc in Geospatial Intelligence from Cranfield University and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She is an active duty Major in the United States Air Force who specializes in civil engineering. Her previous experience includes public works management, project management, pavement evaluation, and teaching engineering management courses. 


Research and Methodological Interests

  • Data-driven infrastructure management
  • Equity assessment
  • Econometrics
  • Optimization
  • Machine Learning
  • Spatial Analysis


  • 2023 Herbert L. Toor Award for best Part A Qualifier Paper, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chief of Staff of the Air Force Prestigious PhD Program for Strategic Studies

Advisors: Costa Samaras, Daniel Armanios, and Agni Orfanoudaki