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 is currently 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
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.
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 FactCheck.org 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.
How reducing CO2 benefits water use
During droughts and water shortages, power plants can put a strain on the entire water system.
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.
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.
Rubin co-authors study on carbon capture and utilization (CCU) approach
Recently, EPP’s Edward S. Rubin co-authored a study on climate change that questions the effectiveness of the carbon capture and utilization (CCU) approach, an approach that was created to curb climate change.
Rubin study quoted in article about Trump and “clean coal”
A study conducted in 2015 by MechE/EPP’s Edward Rubin was quoted recently in an article discussing Trump’s push to increase jobs via “clean coal,” a move that may not be feasible given the current market or political climate.