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Educating at the Interface: Nanotechnology-Environmental Effects and Policy (NEEP)



For More Information Download the NEEP Brochure

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    Jeanne VanBriesen
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • NEEP-IGERT Director
  • Email: jeanne@cmu.edu
  • Phone: 412-268-4603
    Erika Ninos
  • NEEP-IGERT Program Coordinator
  • Email: elninos@cmu.edu
  • Phone: 412-268-2754
    NEEP-IGERT Mailing Address
  • 1209 Hamburg Hall | Carnegie Mellon University | 5000 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) in Nanotechnology-Environmental Effects and Policy at Carnegie Mellon and Howard is a new interdisciplinary graduate program funded by the National Science Foundation. NEEP Trainees will operate at the interface between science and environmental policy, while acquiring the skills to create novel nanotechnologies and become a policy literate generate of nanoscience professionals.

The NEEP program has the following goals:

  • Train students with fundamental Ph.D.-level skills in engineering, environmental science, risk assessment, and public policy to address future regulatory and policy decisions regarding the production, use, and disposal of nanomaterials and nanoproducts,
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the fundamental aspects of nanotechnology with emphasis on the connections between the various disciplines, the acquisition of experimental skills and practice, and the professional development of the student,
  • Stimulate students from underrepresented minorities to engage in research in the area of nanoscience to ensure that future human resource needs for nanotechnology are met and that all groups have equal opportunities to reap the benefits that nanotechnology offers,
  • Prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in academia, government, and industry, and
  • Provide a global perspective on the issues surrounding environmental health and safety of nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

NEEP-IGERT Trainees pursue an innovative program of study leading to a Ph.D. from one of the following departments at Carnegie Mellon University: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. Please visit the "How to Apply" page for links to specific department requirements.

NEEP-IGERT PROGRAM FEATURES:

  • The NEEP program seeks graduate students from multiple disciplines who desire the opportunity to engage in a two year training program that will expose them to both the fundamentals of their core discipline and the broader environmental and social policy implications of their area of study.
  • The NEEP program offers trainees funding, through stipends and tuition support, for the first two years of their PhD program.
  • NEEP trainees will join the community of NEEP faculty and research affiliates and will have the opportunity to engage in conferences and seminars with an interdisciplinary focus.
  • NEEP Trainees will be provided the opportunity to engage in lab and course exchanges with partner universities, as well as, international rotations with partner institutes in France or Switzerland.
  • NEEP trainees will be able to build professional connections with corporate partners through the NEEP summer internship programs.