Edward Rubin is the Alumni Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Rubin was a founding member of the Engineering and Public Policy Department and founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and the Environmental Institute.

Rubin is a Fellow Member of ASME, recipient of the Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award for outstanding achievements in engineering research, education, and public service, and recipient of the AWMA Lyman A. Ripperton Award for distinguished achievements as an educator. He has served on advisory committees to various state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California Energy Commission, Air Resources Board, and Public Utility Commission. He is a National Associate member of the National Academies and serves regularly on its boards and study committees. Among his international activities, he was a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), an advisor to the Alberta Energy Ministry of Canada, and a board member of the UK CCS Research Centre.

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1969 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

1965 MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

1964 Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, City College of New York

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National Energy Technology Laboratory

Rubin co-authors paper on low-carbon tech

EPP/MechE’s Ed Rubin and NETL researchers have co-authored a paper providing comprehensive guidelines for low-carbon technologies that are crucial to combating climate change.

Mechanical Engineering

Rubin wins ASME’s Dixy Lee Ray Award

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has chosen Ed Rubin to receive the Dixy Lee Ray Award for achievements and contributions in environmental engineering.

Next Pittsburgh

Rubin quoted on Pittsburgh emissions

EPP/MechE’s Ed Rubin was quoted in Next Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh emissions.

U.S. News & World Report

Rubin comments on Carbon Engineering's carbon capture project

EPP/MechE’s Edward Rubin was quoted by U.S. News about Carbon Engineering’s planned project in Texas. Carbon Engineering is a Canadian startup planning to build a new type of facility that could remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.

Science and the Total Environment

Ed Rubin, CMU identified as world leader in carbon capture and storage research

In the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS), MechE/EPP’s Ed Rubin is the most productive researcher in the world by a variety of metrics, finds a new study. Rubin has published the most CCS papers, has the most citations, and is the author of the single most-cited CCS study. Also making the Top-10 list of CCS researchers worldwide is EPP’s Haibo Zhai (8th). The work of Rubin, Zhai, and others has made CMU the most productive academic institution doing CCS research in the world. CMU is second only to the U.S. Department of Energy in total CCS research output.

Rubin on NBC News

EPP/MechE’s Ed Rubin was interviewed by NBC News about fossil fuels, which are constantly in the news, but rarely discussed in their totality. “They are critically important for everything we do and value as individuals and as a society—all of which need a source of energy,” said Rubin.

Radio Valencia

Rubin speaks at children’s school in Valencia

EPP/MechE’s Ed Rubin recently spoke with children at a school in Valencia about climate change.

Rubin quoted on what “clean coal” could mean

EPP/MechE’s Edward S. Rubin was quoted in a article about President Trump’s use of the term “clean coal.” Rubin says that coal itself is not clean and therefore President Trump’s claims about “clean coal” do not make a lot of sense.

CMU Engineering and CFA collaboratively approach sustainability

An interdisciplinary team of CMU Engineering and CFA students participated this summer in a workshop which challenged groups to analyze a unique project in the Valencia region and to highlight areas of improvement in both utility and sustainability.

CMU Engineering

How reducing CO2 benefits water use

During droughts and water shortages, power plants can put a strain on the entire water system.

Spectrum IEEE

Rubin cited on drawbacks of carbon capture and utilization

A paper co-authored by EPP/MechE's Edward S. Rubin shines a spotlight on the shortcomings of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) efforts, such as Carbon Recycling International's process, which uses excess carbon to create methanol fuel.

Scientific American

Rubin comments on future prospects of CO2 reuse

EPP/MechE’s Edward Rubin voiced concerns over the viability of carbon capture utilization as a means of greenhouse gas reduction.