Steinbrenner Institute Overview
The Environment @ Carnegie Mellon

From Neil's Desk

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Steinbrenner Institute Webletter.  Our intent is to publish this letter when we have meaningful stories to share with you. We will report on recent events and may highlight one of CMU's many environmental centers and/or one of our Steinbrenner Institute doctoral fellows or SEED grant recipients.
- Neil Donahue, Director, Steinbrenner Institute

Our Direction

Environmental research and support of Doctoral Fellows are the primary initiative of the Steinbrenner Institute.  With regard to the greater student body, we are focusing our educational mission on the existential issue of climate change. As part of the White House Climate Challenge before the Paris Summit in December 2015, CMU pledged that all of our graduates would be climate literate. We are now embarking on a campus-wide journey to meet that pledge. We would like to work collaboratively with educational units across campus to interpret climate literacy and incorporate climate education into each unit's curriculum. What is climate change literacy and why is it important? How does the climate system function and how is it changing? How will climate change influence our graduates and their lives and careers? And what are the opportunities and responsibilities in innovation, communication, science, business, art?

Environmental Colloquium

On April 22, the Steinbrenner Institute hosted it's first annual Environmental Colloquium.  The event was a gathering of environmental researchers from across the CMU campus with the purpose to explore synergies across the many environmental activities here on campus and to showcase ongoing Steinbrenner Institute successes.  We were honored to be joined by President Subra Suresh and by Jan and Lowell Steinbrenner.
Throughout the day, we heard presentations from 8 affiliated centers (see links for all affiliated centers below) and 8 Doctoral Fellows then viewed a sample of engineering research by way of a poster session with 30 entries.  And, yes, we did have a competition for the posters as well as the Fellow presentations.  

The winners of the $1500 travel awards are:
Kelly Good, Civil and Environmental Engineering, "Modeling current and potential bromide loads from coal-fired power plants in the Allegheny River basin their effects on in-stream bromide concentrations" (Poster)
Ravi Deepak and team, Mechanical Engineering, "Aroyo: A simultaneous water transportation and purification solution" (Poster)
Brian Sergi, Engineering and Public Policy, "Understanding public perceptions of energy trade-offs in climate, health, and economic cost using discrete choice analysis" (Doctoral Fellow Presentation)
We thank our judges Professor Burcu Akinci, Engineering Research Accelerator at CMU; Mr. Lowell Steinbrenner; Barbara Granito, NAS/NAE Science and Engineering Ambassador Program; and Karl Thomas, CMU Advancement for accepting the difficult challenge to judge the graduate fellow presentations as well as the posters. 

We also thank President Suresh for joining us and engaging with the student researchers during the poster session.  Discussions from the Colloquium will be used to help frame the strategic direction for the Steinbrenner Institute over the next year.  We look forward to our 2017 event!

Centers to Spotlight

CMU has many environmental and energy related centers.  In future issues of this webletter, we may highlight one of the following, including Illah Nourbakhsh's (shown at right) CREATE Lab.

Doctoral Fellows to Spotlight

To date, we have 34 Steinbrenner Institute Fellows.  These are PhD students or graduates that have been awarded the equivalent of 1 year of tuition based on the merits of their research.  In future webletters, we will highlight one of the Fellows and the value of their Steinbrenner Institute support.
New Website for the Steinbrenner Institute
We are excited to announce that the new Steinbrenner Institute website will be launched soon at The new page will help us present Steinbrenner Institute activities and news more prominently. We invite you to visit our new page later this summer!
We are pleased to have the opportunity to share the efforts of the Steinbrenner Institute with you and we look forward to any feedback that you might provide .. especially with regard to our new educational goal to make every CMU graduate climate fluent!
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