Community Outreach

Outside of Doherty, ChemE graduate students participate and lead outreach events both on campus and throughout Pittsburgh. These typically include activities geared toward introducing K-12 students to STEM, as well as other events benefiting the community. In 2016, we completed 120 hours of service, collected over a quarter-ton of food for a local food pantry, and donated over $175 toward holiday gifts for families in need.

Future City Pittsburgh

Future City is a nationwide competition that tasks middle school students with the challenge of solving an urban sustainability problem. Students must design, build, and present a model city that incorporates a solution to the problem. Examples of past challenges include storm water management and urban agriculture. Our graduate students assist each year with the Pittsburgh regional competition.


Engineer the Future

Engineer the Future is an open house/expo hosted by the Carnegie Science Center in honor of National Engineers Week. The event is geared to introducing children of all ages to the world of science and engineering. Our department participates each year and provides attendees with cool polymer activities.

Moving 4th Into Engineering

Moving 4th is an event held on CMU’s campus intended to introduce fourth-grade students to STEM. Multiple departments participate to provide the students with hands on engineering activities. In coordination with the Colloids, Polymers and Surface Science Program, our graduate students assisted with fun activities linking polymer science with real world applications.

Moving 4th into Engineering, CMU, 4-9-16

ChEGSA Food Drive

Each year ChEGSA conducts a food drive to support a local food bank. For our 2016 drive, our department collected and donated over 680 pounds of food to the East End Cooperative Ministry.

Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger worldwide. CMU, in partnership with the Kraft Heinz Company, hosted its second annual packaging event on campus (November 2016) to prepare meals to be shipped overseas. Our graduate students helped to package over 120,000 meals.