M. Granger Morgan is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He holds appointments in three academic units: the Department of Engineering and Public Policy; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and the H. John Heinz III College. His research addresses problems in science, technology, and public policy, with a particular focus on energy, electric power, environmental systems, climate change, the adoption of new technologies, and risk analysis. Much of his work has involved the development and demonstration of methods to characterize and treat uncertainty in quantitative policy analysis. At CMU, Morgan co-directs the NSF Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, and (with Jay Apt) the university's Electricity Industry Center.

Morgan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At the National Academies, he serves as the NAS co-chair of the Report Review Committee, and has chaired a variety of consensus studies. Morgan is a member of the board for the International Risk Governance Council Foundation, and of the Advisory Board for the E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen. He is a member of the DOE's Electricity Advisory Committee, and of the Energy Advisory Committee of PNNL. In the past, he served as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, the IEEE, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College (1963), where he concentrated in physics, an M.S. in astronomy and space science from Cornell (1965), and a Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics and Information Sciences at the University of California at San Diego (1969).

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CMU Engineering

U.S. natural gas pipelines vulnerable to electric outages

Interdependencies between the natural gas and electric grids could cause cascading outages during hazardous events, particularly in California, the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, and the Eastern US.


Morgan discusses power grid security concerns

EPP’s Granger Morgan discusses the challenges of securing power facilities as physical attacks by domestic extremists increase. Given that high-voltage power lines and facilities are often nestled in remote locations, Morgan warns of the need to better protect the grid and make it more resilient to attacks.

CBS News

Morgan quoted on US power grid security

EPP’s Granger Morgan was quoted on the status of the US power grid in the wake of attacks on two of its substations in North Carolina in December 2022. “We’ve made a bit of progress, but the system is still quite vulnerable,” Morgan told CBS News. Morgan was also quoted on power grid security by USA Today.

the Manufacturing Futures Institute

Guiding the clean energy transition

MFI showcased the future of advanced manufacturing and sustainable practices during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum.

CMU Engineering

Engineering faculty featured in events at GCEAF

Many faculty from across the College of Engineering will be featured at events during this year’s Global Clean Energy Action Forum.

Washington Post

Morgan quoted on U.S. power infrastructure

EPP’s Granger Morgan was quoted in a Washington Post article for his opinion on the growing concerns with the United State’s aging power infrastructure.

CBS News

Morgan interviewed on 60 minutes

EPP’s Granger Morgan was interviewed on 60 Minutes on the US power grid facing threats from Russia and domestic terrorists.

The Hill

Morgan and Apt op-ed on decarbonizing electricity published

EPP’s Jay Apt and Granger Morgan published an op-ed on decarbonizing electricity by 2035 in The Hill. 

CMU Engineering

Should ships in India switch to shore power?

A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers has answered an important question about the shipping industry for a rapidly modernizing India.


Morgan quoted on grid reliability

EPP’s Granger Morgan was quoted by Forbes on creating and maintaining reliable power grids.

The New York Times

Morgan quoted on Trump policy

EPP/ECE’s M. Granger Morgan was quoted in The New York Times on Trump’s relationship with science.


Morgan on futurists in science and industry

EPP’s Granger Morgan was quoted by Forbes in an article analyzing the importance of including futurists to planning the world’s energy future. With the rapid changes every year in technology and the world, it is hard for researchers and industries to keep up, and some find it useful to step back, reflect, and consider predictions of the future.