Carnegie Mellon University

Degree Programs

The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique engineering department focused on the interface between technology and society. Society is largely responsible for setting the goals and framing the problems that engineers and scientists work on. However, technologies designed by engineers profoundly change the societies in which they operate. Technology has enabled a healthier, richer and more productive society. At the same time, technology has contributed to the creation of many of the more serious problems our society faces.

The educational programs in EPP offer students at all levels a way to combine interests in technical areas with making a difference in society. Students gain perspectives and skills that go far beyond just traditional technical knowledge. Students incorporate skills in economics, decision-making, social sciences, and humanities, along with practice in key professional skills of communication and collaborative problem solving in their program of study.