Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel Armanios

Daniel Armanios

Associate Professor

  • Wean Hall 5120
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Daniel Armanios is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College. Daniel’s work has been presented at numerous conferences, forums, and workshops internationally, leading to journal publications in a variety of leading management, organizational theory, engineering, and scientific outlets such as Biomacromolecules, Business & Society, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Hydrological Processes, Nature Sustainability, Organization Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Sustainable Development, and the Strategic Management Journal, as well as reports for NASA, NOAA, and the UN-OHCHR. These works have led to honors and awards such as being named a Goldwater Scholar (2004), a Truman Scholar (2005), an American Helicopter Society’s Vertical Flight Scholar (2005), a Rhodes Scholar (2007), a joint Stanford Graduate Benchmark and NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2009-2015), the Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management (2016), the Emerging Scholar in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award from the Industry Studies Association (2018), and the Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices Award from the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management (2019). 

Daniel’s current research lies at the intersection of institutions, engineering systems, and public policy & entrepreneurship. More specifically, he focuses on the social processes that influence how physical and scientific infrastructure is built and subsequently used to achieve entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development outcomes. His research is conducted in a variety of contexts such as the United States, China, Egypt, and Tunisia. To those ends, he uses a mixed methods approach that integrates qualitative and quantitative data to overcome constraints that have historically hindered empirical analyses in these settings. His projects include understanding how conflicts between national and local governments affect high-tech innovation and infrastructure maintenance in China and in the United States, as well as how the Arab Spring has affected how state banking infrastructure funds entrepreneurship in Egypt and Tunisia.

Daniel serves as a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Review of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR program, as well as a board member for various non-profit and for-profit boards such as the Hill District Community Development Corporation and COI Energy. Daniel holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) and Political Science (Economics Minor) (B.A), two Master’s degrees from the University of Oxford in Management Research (MSc) and Water Science, Policy and Management (MSc), and a PhD from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering.

  • Carnegie Mellon 2015-
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University (China), 2018



  • Ph.D. (Management Science & Engineering), 2015, Stanford University, US
  • MSc (Water Science, Policy and Management), 2009, University of Oxford, UK
  • MSc (Management Research), 2008, University of Oxford, UK
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), 2007, University of Pittsburgh, US
  • BS (Political Science, Economics minor), 2007, University of Pittsburgh, US


1.      Rosenberg, M†; Armanios, DE (corresponding author); Aklin, M.; Jaramillo, P. 2019. “Evidence of Gender Inequality in Energy Use from a Mixed Methods Study in India”, Nature Sustainability, forthcoming.

2.      Reed, L*; Morgan, MG; Vaishnav, P; and Armanios, DE. 2019. “Converting existing transmission corridors to HVDC is an overlooked option for increasing transmission capacity.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 116(28): 13879-13884,

3.      Armanios, DE; Lanahan, L.; and Yu, D*. 2019. “Varieties of Local Government Experimentation: U.S. State-led Technology-Based Economic Development Policies, 2000 - 2015”, Academy of Management Discoveries, forthcoming (first two authors have equal first coauthorship),

4.      Desai, JD* and Armanios, DE. 2018. “What Cannot be Cured Must be Endured: Understanding Bridges Systems as Institutional Relics”, Journal of Infrastructure Systems 24(4): 04018032,

5.      Lanahan, L. and Armanios, DE (equal coauthorship). 2018. “Does more certification always benefit a venture?”, Organization Science, 29(5): 931-947,

6.      Armanios, DE; Eesley, CE; Li, J; Eisenhardt, KM. 2017. “How entrepreneurs leverage institutional intermediaries in emerging economies to acquire public resources”, Lead Article, Strategic Management Journal, 38(7): 1373-1390,

 7.      De Lange, DE, Armanios, DE, Delgado-Ceballos, J, Sandhu, S. 2016. “From Foe to Friend: Complex Mutual Adaptation of Multinational Corporations and Nongovernmental Organizations”, Business & Society, 55(8): 1197-1228,

8.      Armanios, DE and JB Fisher. 2014. “Measuring water availability with limited ground data: An entirely remote-sensing based hydrologic budget model of the Rufiji Basin, Tanzania using TRMM, GRACE, MODIS, SRB and AIRS”, Hydrological Processes, 28: 853–867,

9.      Armanios, DE. 2012. “Sustainable Development as a Community-of-Practice: Insights from Village Water Projects in Egypt”, Sustainable Development, 20(1): 42-57,

10.     Matros, A. and DE Armanios. 2009. “Tullock’s Contests with Reimbursements”, Public Choice, 141(1-2): 49–63,

11.    Armanios, DE. 2006. “Parochialism in EU Economic Policy: Case Study between the Boeing Company and the Airbus Company”, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 6(1): 66-85,

12.     Zax, DB; Armanios, DE; Horak, S; Brodowski, C; Yang, Z. 2004. “Variation of Mechanical Properties with Amino Acid Content in the Silk of Nephila Clavipes”, Biomacromolecules, 5(3): 732-738,

Awards and Honors

  • Pitt African-American Alumni Council (AAAC) Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019
  • AOM Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Best Environmental and Social Practices Paper Award, 2019
  • Arthur J. Boase Lecture, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2019
  • Certificate for Patriotic Civilian Service, Department of the Army, 2018
  • ISA Emerging Scholar in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award, 2018
  • ISA Giarratani Rising Star Award Runner-Up, 2018
  • AOM Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Best Dissertation Award, Winner, 2016
  • ISA Best Dissertation Award, Runner-Up, 2016
  • INFORMS TIMES Best Dissertation Award, Finalist, 2016
  • ITC-Emerald Best International Dissertation Award, Finalist, 2016
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF-GRF), 2009-2014
  • Benchmark Stanford Graduate Research Fellow (SGF), 2009-2014
  • Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE), Best Paper Award Finalist, 2012
  • “225 Medallion”, University of Pittsburgh (Honoring the 225 most distinguished alumni as part of the University's 225th Anniversary), 2012 
  • Rhodes Scholar, 2007-2009
  • USA Today All-USA College Academic 1st Team, 2007
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Award (Pittsburgh Section), 2007
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar, 2005
  • American Helicopter Society Vertical Flight Scholar, 2005
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 2004