Carnegie Mellon University

Ed Rubin

Ed Rubin

Alumni Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science
Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering


A professor in Carnegie Mellon's Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Ed Rubin is a member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

His research explores:

  • Carbon sequestration: an alternative to coal-fired plants spewing their carbon dioxide fumes into the air could be to pump them deep inside the ground for storage, but cost and a lack of scientific knowledge about capturing carbon in underground storage remain two key issues
  • Clean coal: the debate rages on about whether we can really create clean energy — critics point out that carbon capture lowers power plant efficiency and others argue that we don't have the technology right now to do clean coal in an efficient way

For an interview, email Sherry Stokes or call her at 412-268-5976.