Carnegie Mellon Engineering




About Dean James H. Garrett Jr.

Dean James H. Garrett

Before becoming the Dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering in 2013, James H. Garrett Jr. spent six years as the head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dean Garrett is Carnegie Mellon plaid through and through, having received his B.S. (’82), M.S. (’83), and Ph.D. (’86) degrees in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the College as an assistant professor in 1990 and quickly rose through the ranks, serving as both Associate Dean for Academic and Graduate Affairs and faculty co-director of the Smarter Infrastructure Incubator, a research center aimed at developing sensing technology for construction and infrastructure systems. Dean Garrett’s focus on bringing the collaborative spirit of making to the College continues to build on the unique strengths of Carnegie Mellon’s students and faculty.

He joined the College as an assistant professor in 1990 and quickly rose through the ranks, serving as both Associate Dean for Academic and Graduate Affairs and faculty co-director of the Smarter Infrastructure Incubator, a research center aimed at developing sensing technology for construction and infrastructure systems. Dean Garrett’s focus on bringing the collaborative spirit of making to the College continues to build on the unique strengths of Carnegie Mellon’s students and faculty.

Throughout his engineering career, Dean Garrett has focused on how sensors and data analytics can make our cities and buildings more adaptive and efficient. His research aims to give our built infrastructure the ability to detect and report on problems they are experiencing so that they can be much more proactively and cost-effectively managed. As the Dean of the College, he has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to integrating across engineering, arts, business and other disciplines, to produce a generation of creative and technically strong engineers, equipped to pioneer solutions to global challenges.