Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation, Carnegie Mellon University
Costa Samaras is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research spans energy, climate change, infrastructure and defense analysis, and he teaches courses on energy analysis and climate adaptation for infrastructure. He has published studies examining electric and autonomous vehicles, infrastructure adaptation and energy transitions, and was one of the lead authors of the American Society of Civil Engineers book “Adapting Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Practice to a Changing Climate.” Samaras directs the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation, is an affiliated faculty member in both the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Energy Science, Technology and Policy program, and is an adjunct senior researcher at the RAND Corporation. He served on a National Academies Committee evaluating the Department of Energy's research portfolio, and serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate. He previously was a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation and an engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff. Samaras received a joint Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon, a master’s degree in public policy from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.