Ed Rubin
The Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science
Carnegie Mellon University


Ed Rubin is a founding member of the Engineering and Public Policy Department and a founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and Environmental Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow Member of the ASME, a recipient of the AWMA Ripperton Award for distinguished achievements as an educator, and received the Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award from Carnegie Mellon. He has served on various state and federal government advisory committees for the. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California Energy Commission, Air Resources Board, and Public Utility Commission, and the Energy Ministry of Alberta, Canada. He also serves on study committees for the National Academies, and served two terms on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. Among his international activities, he was a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Ed's research focuses on technical, economic and policy issues related to energy and the environment. His group pioneered the development of a widely-used stochastic simulation model for designing and evaluating cost-effective environmental control systems for fossil-fuel power plants. Currently, his research involves expanding the Integrated Environmental Control Model (IECM) to incorporate advanced process designs for carbon capture and storage technologies applicable to existing and advanced power generation systems.

Ed also studies the nature and pace of innovation in energy and environmental technologies and the influence of government policies on the rate and direction of technological “learning.” Insights from retrospective case studies have been applied to estimate future cost trends for carbon capture systems and other technologies, and the influence of technological change on national and global impacts of alternative climate mitigation policies. Additional research on renewable energy systems and other topics is being pursued in collaborations with the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center and the Climate and Energy Decision Making Center.