Our research is without boundaries. We establish mechanisms for engineering disciplines, departments across the college, and external corporate and government partners to share space and ideas to make the world a better place. Our insights and discoveries influence national and international forums on emerging issues in engineering and beyond.


Research highlights and breakthrough studies

Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley researchers collaborated with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Houston in an effort to utilize smartphone data as an early warning system for large earthquakes, particularly in areas that lack expensive conventional systems.

  • CMU-SV Senior Scientist Abraham Ishihara found that in the fight to keep solar panels clean, rain can be more of a hindrance than a help in panel performance.
  • Pei Zhang is working on a unique and low-cost controlled-mobile aerial sensor networking platform using flocks of miniature helicopters equipped with multiple sensors to assist in emergency situations.
  • An ECE grant from the Department of Homeland Security investigated how wireless technology can be improved to generate more informative emergency alerts.


Exciting partnerships

  • Emirates Group founded the CMU-Emirates Silicon Valley Innovation Lab, in support of educational activities that connect Emirates Airline and dnata to leading-edge technology and innovation capability from CMU and the larger Silicon Valley ecosystem


Faculty accolades  

  • Sheryl Root was inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame for her outstanding contribution to the field of technology and the empowerment of women.
  • A team led by Patrick Tague was one of four winners named at the Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) Security Grand Challenge, announced at Cisco’s IoT World Forum in Chicago.
  • Distinguished Service Professor Stuart Evans co-authored the book “SuperFlexibility for Knowledge Enterprises,” which captures the pulse of the Silicon Valley ecosystem.
  • Patrick Tague and Pei Zhang are both recipients of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award.
  • Tony Wasserman was named Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery; Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; first recipient of the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award; and recipient of multiple national educator awards.
  • Hakan Erdogmus was named the recipient of 2016 Dean’s Early Career Fellowship Award.