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Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique department in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University addressing important problems in technology and policy.

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Part B 01/04/2024

January is a busy month for our 2nd year PhD students. This is when they tackle their Part A and B Qualifying Exams. Part A involves a research paper and presentation -- which will take place later this month. Part B is an extended take-home exam consisting of an applied problem in technology and policy.

EPP PhD alum Eric Hittinger '12 put together a mini-documentary of his journey through the Part B exam. Needless to say he passed and is now a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology!

https://vimeo.com/180991521?fbclid=IwAR3uMJL-LozNVvFmyNSIbf9DrWZkrtgqpYLtfOK7CS1nzG2t0GCA_wYBdjk

Part B A short documentary about my experience taking Part B of the PhD qualifying exams in Engineering and Public Policy.

Stratus Materials builds up capacity at pilot plant - Pittsburgh Business Times 01/04/2024

Jay Whitacre’s start-up company Stratus Materials was featured in Pittsburgh Business Times for its advancement toward a Pittsburgh-based, cobalt-free cathode manufacturing plant. “This new pilot line will allow Stratus to expand the scope of its testing and sampling efforts which will include deploying its materials into large-scale battery packs and electric vehicles,” Stratus says.
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Stratus Materials builds up capacity at pilot plant - Pittsburgh Business Times Stratus Materials, which officially launched earlier this year after a quiet period, said it's making progress toward a Pittsburgh-based pilot manufacturing plant for a cobalt-free cathode that could be used in the lithium-ion batttery industry.

Photos from CMU Engineering and Public Policy's post 12/19/2023

The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties (COP), was held from November 30 to December 12, 2023 at Expo City, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The conference brings together political leaders and experts to discuss policies that can help the world adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. A major takeaway of this year’s conference was the agreement that all nations should transition away from fossil fuels as quickly and equitably as possible.

Paulina Jaramillo, Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and Scott Institute Faculty Fellow, participated in a panel discussion in the Higher Education Pavillion titled “Revisiting SDG7: Challenges and Opportunities.” Jaramillo’s main message was that sustainable development goal 7 is ambitious, but it is not ambitious enough for it to help our climate situation.

Scott Institute Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy Destenie Nock spoke on a panel about energy efficiency as a climate unifier at the America Is All In Action Center. The panel, co-hosted by the Business Council on Sustainable Energy, discussed how advancing energy efficiency can reduce emissions, help low income communities to save money, and support job growth.
https://www.cmu.edu/energy/news-multimedia/2023/icymi-cmu-presentations-from-cop28.html

12/14/2023

Yesterday we hosted our annual holiday party. Santa was in attendance and -- new this year -- Mrs. Claus! Special thanks to Jeff Anderson (EPP PhD ’21) and Deb K***z.
Happy Holidays 🎅🤶

Destigmatizing Drug Use Has Been a Profound Mistake 12/12/2023

Jonathan Caulkins argues that Blue America needs to send a stronger, more consistent message that hard drugs should be shunned, in a new piece with Keith Humphreys.

They suggest that destigmatizing drug use is a flawed approach despite empathy for addicts. Cultural disapproval, not normalization, protects public health, unlike harm reduction. The failure of traditional strategies against synthetic drugs calls for social deterrence and prevention, crucial to curbing the crisis. The focus should be on rejecting drug use, not accepting it.

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Destigmatizing Drug Use Has Been a Profound Mistake Blue America needs to send a stronger, more consistent message that hard drugs should be shunned.

12/12/2023

EPP/MechE Ph.D. student Aaron Burns had the special opportunity to attend the IICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization DRONE ENABLE 2023 conference in Montreal, Canada. The purpose of the conference was to discuss pertinent drone and unmanned aerial system (UAS) topics with the international community.

This was a moderately sized conference with many senior and management level personnel in attendance, including leadership from the FAA, European Commission, NASA, and several startup tech companies such as DroneUp, Zipline and Wingcopter. The most notable takeaways included the continued friction between regulators and drone operators where regulation, such as not allowing beyond visual line of sight flights, is hindering the commercial industry, the need for harmonization and synchronization of drone standards and guidance internationally, an exchange of industry solutions to problems including sharing data in while in flight, and the progress of Chinese company Meituan that is conducting significant quantities of urban drone deliveries today.

This conference was a great fit for Aaron who is nearing the end of the Ph.D. program and is searching for employment opportunities in the drone and advanced air mobility technology space. He had the chance to meet leadership from several small drone companies and talk with entrepreneurs looking to create their own drone delivery services. In the future, ICAO might be a potential landing spot for Aaron after developing the necessary industry experience.

More information on ICAO, including a range of interesting aeronautics concepts, can be found on their website: https://www.icao.int/Pages/default.aspx

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Advice | The surprisingly simple way to convince people to go green 12/08/2023

In a piece for the Washington Post Baruch Fischhoff discussed the failure of the U.S. government to communicate with the public about global warming in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Advice | The surprisingly simple way to convince people to go green Your decision to buy that heat pump or induction stove might feel like it came after much deliberation and research. You might want to thank your friends and family.

The road ahead for EV adoption is made of gravel 12/07/2023

What does the EV transition look like for less populated areas?
CMU Engineering and Public Policy professor Jeremy Michalek recently spoke with The Verge about the challenges ahead for rural America.

The road ahead for EV adoption is made of gravel Rural Americans are trying EVs but largely aren’t sold yet.

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ENG: Engineering & Public Policy Improvement Fund - Giving CMU Day 11/28/2023

The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is moving into Wean Hall in order to create a centralized space for the department. EPP is renovating and updating the fourth and fifth floors to better support collaboration among faculty and students.

The new space will create a stronger sense of community in EPP by bringing together faculty, staff, and students in one identifiable area on campus. Previously, the department did not have enough space to be all together in one building, so parts of EPP could be found on opposite ends of campus in Baker Hall and Hamburg Hall. This space will become EPP’s home at Carnegie Mellon University: a place where everyone from prospective students to alumni will come to visit.

A major goal of the renovation is to increase collaboration between EPP students and those across the college and university. In a field that is by nature very collaborative, it is important to have shared and flexible 6 workspaces for faculty and students. EPP is the leading academic department in the world that combines deep technical analysis with modern social science and policy analysis to address problems in technology and public policy.

ENG: Engineering & Public Policy Improvement Fund - Giving CMU Day The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is moving into Wean Hall in order to create a centralized space for the department. EPP is renovating and updating the fourth and fifth floors to better support collaboration among faculty and students.

Analysis | There are reasons to be leery of House speaker’s porn-monitoring software, experts say 11/28/2023

In a recent Washington Post piece, Lorrie Cranor commented on the security and privacy involved in porn-monitoring softwares.

"I think one of the things that is tricky about accountability software is that there is a huge risk that it might be installed on people's devices without them knowing about it."

"Then I think it might be better described as stalkerware. I could imagine it being used to surveil current or ex-spouses, roommates, etc. and may be a factor [in] intimate partner violence, child custody disputes and more."

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Analysis | There are reasons to be leery of House speaker’s porn-monitoring software, experts say Experts say the software can be used coercively, raises potential privacy issues and may not achieve what it purports to achieve.

11/28/2023

MONDAY DEC 4 -- Join the Center for a session to learn about and get involved with the longstanding history of CMU's annual conference on intersectionality and gender issues. This Spring will be the 27th annual conference, and the Center is looking for passionate students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and experience to get involved with this great opportunity!

Come by with any level of interest, whether you want to learn more about the conference, contribute ideas, present research or host a workshop at the conference, or join the planning committee.

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Understanding energy behaviors for a more equitable future 11/21/2023

The decision of when to heat or cool your home is one that has a substantial impact on low-income households. A recent study from Destenie Nock, Shuchen Cong and others uses smart meter data to gain a better understanding of energy limiting behavior and offer guidance to government entities and utility providers in assisting vulnerable households.

Understanding energy behaviors for a more equitable future By studying energy-limiting behavior related to both heating and cooling in vulnerable households, policies can be modified and developed to address inequities.

11/17/2023

Penn State College of Engineering students traveled to Pittsburgh for the inaugural CMU + Penn State student research day. The event was co-hosted by the Penn State Institute of Energy & the Environment, Penn State Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering and the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. The Nittany Lions were led by PSU professor Seth Blumsack (EPP PhD '06) who co-hosted with CEIC professors Ramteen Sioshansi and Granger Morgan.

11/15/2023
11/15/2023

Ramteen Sioshansi will teach a new class on Market Engineering and Applications next semester. 👇👇

A call for disruptive change in how the government assesses technology | Federal News Network 11/14/2023

"It's not just about profit, it's about national security, it's about the economy, it’s about social well-being. So how do you have analytics that help you inform how to invest limited dollars across those different objectives?"
Erica Fuchs was interviewed recently by Federal News Network urging the government to make changes in how it assesses its technology.

A call for disruptive change in how the government assesses technology | Federal News Network A group called the National Network for Critical Technology Assessment is the latest to call for restoration of U.S. scientific and technology preeminence. The group, working under a National Science…

11/11/2023

Seniors! Check out the Spring 2024 Project Course -- taught by profs Destenie Nock and Ramteen Sioshansi 👇👇

Photos from Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering's post 11/10/2023
11/08/2023

This year’s food drive marks 30 years of fighting hunger in our community! Please join us at Merson Court behind the CUC from 12pm to 2pm on Wednesday, November 8th to continue our efforts against food insecurity.
To make your gift online, please visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cmu3afdsbsc

11/08/2023

CMU Staff Council will host the Food Drive’s 30th Anniversary Event on Wednesday 11/8/2023 from noon to 2PM outside Merson Court
Join us for this special 30th Anniversary & enjoy:
- Free cookies (compliments of Sams Club – Robinson & Mt Nebo locations)
- Special Appearance by Scotty
- Raffles & Prizes
o Peanut Butter Donation Raffle – a donation of one or more 16 oz jars of peanut butter (plastic only please!) will receive a change for one-month free parking. Two parking prizes will be awards – one for Students and one for Faculty/Staff.
o Yes, another Raffle for great prizes for a gift donation made @ table or using QR code. Donations include online gifts, cash or check contribution, can opener donation or other gift of nonperishables.
Show up & participate in the 30th Anniversary event & donate to enter the Raffle drawings!
All Food Drive proceeds fund the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, please give generously. Thank You!
To make your gift online, please visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cmu3afdsbsc

Hamas Is Barred From Social Media. Its Messages Are Still Spreading. 11/07/2023

Kathleen Carley comments on media control surrounding the Hamas attacks in The New York Times. While the terrorist organization and associated accounts are banned from social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, posts containing political messages and gruesome footage continue to surface. “Unless you do content moderation consistently, for the same story across all the major platforms, you’re just playing Whac-a-Mole. It’s going to resurface,” she says.

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Hamas Is Barred From Social Media. Its Messages Are Still Spreading. Hamas and Hamas-linked accounts are exploiting the challenge social media companies face in striking the right balance on moderation, experts say.

11/06/2023

Carnegie Mellon University’s unique Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is looking for outstanding researchers in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and public policy with empirical, analytical, and policy interests to join its faculty for a tenure-track position (open rank).

We are looking for colleagues who are interested in using artificial intelligence to address public policy problems and/or who are interested in advancing research in public policy applied to how artificial intelligence develops and is used. We are looking for colleagues who can both publish in top disciplinary journals and contribute to our interdisciplinary working groups, applying science and engineering knowledge to major public policy problems.

Current EPP topics include education policy, climate change, energy, technological innovation, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, transportation, air quality, public health, and medicine. Our faculty have broad disciplinary training, strong analytical skills, and a passion for changing the world.
To learn more and apply, please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/135762

11/06/2023

Do you have a high school student interested in engineering? Bring them to Be An Engineer for the day!

Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering Outreach hosts its annual Be An Engineer event on Saturday November 18th from 9am-12pm. We are inviting all high school students with any level of interest in engineering to learn more about a career in engineering. There will be presentations, a student/faculty panel with Q&A, and lab tours.
Please register online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBb3yao676sawTkqEvuOr76cnIpBaqAkzvU5zcD7SIZmXaZg/viewform

11/05/2023

Honoring Vets on campus next Friday. 🇺🇸

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