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“CPIP has made tremendous gains in research and teaching since its founding. Looking forward, CPIP has never been in a stronger position to achieve its goal of educating the next generation of infrastructure leaders.”

– Rick Geddes
CPIP Academic Director and Founder

“CPIP has become the ‘go to’ resource for thought leadership in infrastructure policy. Our international network of scholars, our extensive public outreach program, and our talented pool of students enable us to tackle infrastructure challenges on a global basis.”

– Richard Coyle
CPIP Executive Director

News and Events

Gateway Project: ‘most important infrastructure megaproject today’ By Cornell University
February 1, 2023

Lake Powell Water Level Update as Arizona City Begins to Conserve Water By Anna Skinner, Newsweek
January 17, 2023

AI improves detail, estimate of urban air pollution By Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Chronicle
January 12, 2023

Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy celebrates 10 years of championing a better built environment By Jim Hanchett, Cornell Chronicle
January 10, 2023

White House adviser Landrieu, industry leaders tout infrastructure progress By Jim Hanchett, Cornell Chronicle
October 28, 2022

Rebuilding US Infrastructure: A Conversation with Mitch Landrieu
and Rick Geddes
October 25, 2022, 1:30pm, AEI Auditorium, Washington DC
This is the C-SPAN coverage of the event.
AASHTO Journal story on the CPIP/American Enterprise Institute Forum with Mitch Landrieu.

O’Rourke honored for infrastructure work around the globe By Syl Kacapyr, Cornell Chronicle
July 27, 2022

IoT for Social Impact, The Peggy Smedley Show: Peggy and Max Zhang, Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, discuss specific examples of the IoT (Internet of Things) for societal impact.
July 13, 2022

Musk’s hyperloop still captivates despite decade of setbacks by AFP, The Guardian, quoting Rick Geddes
July 10, 2022

“Unprecedented workshop” highlights new infrastructure delivery methods By Jim Hanchett, Cornell Chronicle
June 24, 2022

Rick Geddes on the State of U.S. Infrastructure—and the Evils of Deferred Maintenance By Beth Saulnier, Cornellians
June 21, 2022

Evaluating the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 American Enterprise Institute (AIE) Panel of experts event
June 16, 2022

Hyperloop: What is Elon Musk’s vision for vacuum tube train – and will it actually happen? By Anthony Cuthbertson, Yahoo Finance
May 26, 2022

Coors lecture highlights content moderation issues By Laura Gallup, Cornell Chronicle
April 18, 2022

Inflation Threatens to Erode Impact of $1 Trillion Infrastructure Law
By Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal, quoting Rick Geddes
February 24, 2022

NewsWise: Postal reform bill is ‘huge, missed opportunity’
February 9, 2022

The Cornell Policy Review invited Professor Rick Geddes to discuss the 1.2 trillion dollar Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
January 6, 2022

Fix This: Infrastructure & Environment
by R. Richard Geddes | Jordan B. Peterson | Gregg Hurwitz
December 6, 2021

ESG Investing for Institutional Investors, North America 2021 report
Section 1.2 Interview “Infrastructure and ESG: The crossroads of America’s future”


  • Noel Hillman, Chief Executive Officer, Clear Path Analysis


  • Professor Richard Geddes, Founding Director Infrastructure Policy, Cornell University
    December 6, 2021

“Reform Amtrak to Get the Biggest Value” by Rick Geddes.  The Hill.
December 2, 2021

“Staying in the driver’s seat: Investors buckle up for the transport transition”
By Kali Persall, Institutional Real Estate, Inc., quoting Rick Geddes
December 1, 2021

New York’s federal jackpot expected to fuel public works construction,” by Joe Mahoney, Niagara Gazette, quoting Rick Geddes
November 21, 2021

Infrastructure bill is a ‘victory for New York’,” 6Park NewsDesk
November 18, 2021

History of the US Postal Service” with Rick Geddes, Richard Helppie’s Common Bridge TV- Season 3 Episode 6, November 8, 2021

Listen to the podcast here

Analysis on Supply Chain Issue and US Infrastructure with Rick Geddes”, Muslim Network TV
November 12, 2021

US looks to fill fuel tax gap as drivers go electric,” by David Millward, The National, quoting Rick Geddes
November 10, 2021

Infrastructure Bill Proposes Voluntary Pilot Program for Per-Mile Vehicle Fee, Not ‘Driving Tax’,” by Joseph A. Gambardello,
October 13, 2021

Oil spill in CA points to problems with aging infrastructure“, Cornell Chronicle
October 5, 2021, featuring Rick Geddes

States Use Hurricane Ida Damage to Push Infrastructure Bill,” by Elaine S. Povich, The Pew Charitable Trusts, quoting Rick Geddes
September 20, 2021

Bipartisan infrastructure bill funds new technology in vehicles to combat drunk driving” by Chloe Nordquist, WTXL-TV
August 19, 2021

Indicator of the Week: 4.5 Trillion”, National Public Radio Interview by Stacy Vanek Smith
August 13, 2021, featuring Rick Geddes, Cornell, and Jim Poterba, MIT

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill” by Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal
August 2, 2021, featuring Rick Geddes

Democrats Want To Tear Down Highways … To Solve Historic Racism?”, Daily Caller, featuring Rick Geddes
June 28, 2021

Postal Service Bailout”, World Radio Podcast, featuring Rick Geddes
June 17, 2021

Behind stalled bill: Infrastructure is about visions for America,” The Christian Science Monitor, quoting Rick Geddes
June 9, 2021

Blog Post: Don’t believe the assumption that federal infrastructure spending will create instant jobs by R. Richard Geddes | American Enterprise Institute
June 3, 2021

Blog Post: 5 questions for Richard Geddes on how to improve US infrastructure policy
by James Pethokoukis and R. Richard Geddes | American Enterprise Institute
June 3, 2021

Blog Post: A deep dive into infrastructure policy: My long-read Q&A with Richard Geddes By James Pethokoukis and Richard Geddes | American Enterprise Institute
June 1, 2021

Podcast: Professor Rick Geddes and James Pethokoukis, Editor AEIdeas, “How to update US infrastructure policy” American Enterprise Institute
Audio Link  |  Text Link
May 26, 2021

Three Disasters Show Gaps in $1.7 Million Infrastructure Plan” by David R. Baker and Keith Laing, featuring Rick Geddes on deferral of infrastructure maintenance, Bloomberg.
May 24, 2021

Capital Considerations Podcast, with Tony Roth, Wilmington Trust, Featuring Rick Geddes on Infrastructure.
May 18, 2021

Inspector who didn’t notice dangerously cracked bridge has been fired” by Christian Spencer, The Hill, quoting Rick Geddes
May 18, 2021

Memphis bridge closure raises concerns about nationwide infrastructure” by Michael George Featuring Rick Geddes, CBS Weekend News
May 16, 2021

Social Impact Analysis of Various Road Capacity Expansion Options: A Case of Managed Highway Lanes” by Wooseok Do, Omid M. Rouhani, R. Richard Geddes, Ph.D. and Arash Beheshtian, Ph.D., Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, American Society of Civil Engineers,
May 11, 2021

Biden’s radical infrastructure plan could rebuild America’s foundation”, by Charlotte Robinson, featuring interview with Rick Geddes, Redaction Politics
May 11, 2021

Biden’s mega-spending proposal leaves towns divided” by Stephanie Bennett, featuring Rick Geddes
May 3, 2021

Panel Discussion: “Convergence or divergence? Assessing Biden’s 100 days”, American Enterprise Institute, featuring Rick Geddes
April 29, 2021

A Close Up View of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan” Podcast interview with Professor Rick Geddes
Episode 98, “A Common Bridge” with Richard Helppie
April 22, 2021

Without a focus on maintenance, infrastructure dollars will be wasted” The Hill, featuring Professor Rick Geddes
April 22, 2021

 “Is a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan right for America?”, Deseret News, featuring Rick Geddes
April 14, 2021

Biden pitches $2.3T infrastructure plan as cure for Texas grid failure, but it’s not in the fine print“, The Dallas Morning News, featuring Rick Geddes
April 13, 2021

“Fashion in Transit”, Webinar hosted by the Cornell Fiber Science and Apparel Design program, featuring Rick Geddes
April 8, 2021

Biden’s infrastructure plan faces controversy over price tag and design” by Heather Long
Wall Street Journal, featuring Rick Geddes
March 31, 2021

Biden unveils $2T American Jobs Plan to boost infrastructure“, featuring Rick Geddes interviewed by Ben Piven, Aljazeera
March 31, 2021

How Many Trillions is the Next Democratic Spending Package?, featuring Professor Rick Geddes, The National Interest
March 30, 2021

Asset Recycling Could Be the Best Fix to Crumbling National Infrastructure”, featuring Professor Rick Geddes, The Hill.
March 26, 2021

How State and Local Governments Can Make The Most Of Their Infrastructure”, featuring Professor Rick Geddes published on the American Enterprise Institute website.
March 25, 2021

Overview of U.S. Infrastructure Policy Issues Impacting the New York Metro Area”, Rick Geddes,  presentation to a remote audience organized by the Japanese Consulate in New York City
Ms. Gelinas’ slides:
Prof. Geddes’ slides:
March 24, 2021

Infrastructure Report Card from American Society of Civil Engineers, featuring Professor Rick Geddes 
March 12, 2021

Richard Helppie’s “Common Bridge” radio interview featuring R. Rick Geddes
February 15, 2021

Yahoo News – “Infrastructure may be ‘the best way’ for President Biden to bring unity to Congress”, featuring R. Rick Geddes
February 3, 2021

January, 2021 – American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where Professor R. Richard Geddes has served as a visiting scholar for over 20 years, has recently launched a new page on their website, solely dedicated to infrastructure policy:

U.S. DOT’s Transportation Technology Tournament (TTT) student competition:
The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program are hosting a competition for students to work directly with public agencies to solve real-world transportation problems utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions. The submission deadline is February 26, 2021.

Here are some resources about the program and competition:


AEI – “Urgent steps for President Biden on postal reform” featuring R. Rick Geddes
January 4, 2021

Cornell Research – “The Economics of Infrastructure Delivery” featuring R. Rick Geddes
October 1, 2020

Yahoo! Finance – “DeJoy vows to deliver election ballots ‘securely and on-time’” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 24, 2020

BYU Radio – “USPS, March on Washington, Fire Tornadoes” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 24, 2020

NPR – “Who Is Louis DeJoy? U.S. Postmaster General In Spotlight Ahead Of 2020 Election” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 21, 2020
“Well, certainly, most postmasters have come up through the ranks within the Postal Service. I don’t view it as a liability. You know, I think it might bring fresh managerial perspectives into the operation of the Postal Service that could be good in the long run.” – R. Rick Geddes

ABC News – “Senate Homeland Security Committee grills postmaster general on USPS changes” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 21, 2020

The Special Report – “US Post Office in Crisis” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 21, 2020

Marketplace – “Post office’s financial woes partly Congress’ doing” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 17, 2020 

Kare NBC – “The United States Postal Service and the November elections” featuring R. Rick Geddes
August 13, 2020

Transportation Today – “Next COVID-19 stimulus bill viewed as opportunity to improve infrastructure investment” featuring R. Rick Geddes
May 27, 2020

Health and Infrastructure, Rick Geddes 
May 13, 2020

“Cost of Capital”, Rick Geddes, Ostrom Workshop, University of Illinois Blooming
October 28, 2019.

Cornell Chronicle – “Cornell expert urges Congress to reform infrastructure policies” featuring R. Rick Geddes
October 2, 2019

“Using Technology to Eliminate Traffic Congestion”, featuring Professors Rick Geddes and Oliver Gao, Systems Engineering
October 19, 2018

MotherBoard – “Replacing the NYC Subway System With Autonomous Cars Is a Terrible Idea – The subway may be ailing, but it’s too important to give up on now.” featuring R. Rick Geddes
June 15, 2018 – “Banter #319: Rick Geddes on hyperloop and the future of transportation” featuring Spencer Moore, Cecilia Gallogly, R. Richard Geddes
June 14, 2018 – “How will New Yorkers power through future hurricanes?” by David Nutt; featuring Dr. Arash Beheshtian
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 

Congratulations to Dr. Rick Geddes on his appointment as a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Field of Systems Engineering at Cornell University.

The Institute of Asset Management to host New York branch meeting, April 20, 2018 from 12-2pm. “The Real Deal: How Do Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) Work?”

CPIP Panel discussion and reception, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
“Challenges & Opportunities in American Infrastructure: Technology, Resilience, Funding & Finance”

Wall Street Journal- A Monetization of Public Assets Offers Hope
Featuring R. Richard Geddes
March 6, 2018 12:50 p.m. ET

The future of infrastructure policy under the Trump administration: Remarks from Department of Transportation Under Secretary Derek Kan. Join AEI as Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Transportation Derek Kan outlines the details of the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan. Following his remarks, AEI’s R. Richard Geddes will lead a discussion among infrastructure policy experts to review the main elements of the proposal and the future of US infrastructure policy.
March 22, 2018  |  2:00 pm – 3:30 PM  |  AEI, Auditorium, Washington, DC

Knowledge@Wharton – Radio discussion on the proposal to build a hyperloop in India and Richard Branson’s role in pushing this along. SiriusXM Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School The show is available online at SiriusXM’s channel 111.
Featuring: R. Richard Geddes
February 21, 2018

The Wall Street Journal  – Why Some Stops Are a Cut Above the Rest Trump infrastructure plan would improve highway amenities.
By R. Richard Geddes
Feb. 19, 2018 2:55 p.m. ET

PBS News Hour – What would it take to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure?
By Daniel Bush  |  Featuring R. Richard Geddes
Jan 8, 2018 5:30 PM EST 

Radio WBUR 90.9 – Crumbling America: Disasters Strike Roads, Bridges And Airports
Guest host Tom Gjelten  | Guest Speaker R. Richard Geddes, Lauren Gardner, & Robert Puentes

NBC News – Atlanta power outage highlights a larger problem with aging U.S. airports
by Kalhan Rosenblatt  | Featuring R. Richard Geddes
DEC 21 2017, 11:23 AM ET

The Advisory Board has been steadily adding distinguished private sector industry leaders from the global infrastructure space to its ranks. The new Board Members join CPIP at an important time as the program looks to expand the reach of its core research and teaching mission. CPIP is also working to forge new strategic alliances with other leading academic centers to conduct focused study and research on infrastructure matters.

CIPA MPA Infrastructure Concentration

The issues of population growth, rising living standards, urbanization, resource shortages, and an increasing focus on sustainability have made building and maintaining our physical infrastructure more challenging. The Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA), has established a concentration to allow Master of Public Administration students to develop the skills and understanding to work in the areas of planning, implementation (i.e. financing and building) and operations. Building on CIPA’s tradition of a multi-disciplinary and flexible curriculum design, students can approach the broad area field of infrastructure from a number of number of perspectives, drawing on Cornell’s strengths in engineering, finance, planning, resource, policy analysis and sustainability studies. Students with this concentration will also have access to practitioners in the field and study internship opportunities. MPA graduates with an infrastructure concentration will be well equipped to work in the public and/or private sector.