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Infrastructure Project Management and Finance (IPMF) Fellows Program

The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs offers a certificate in infrastructure policy, management and finance for graduate students across the university. This certificate program is designed for students who are interested in working in the infrastructure space in planning, finance, project management, and/or operations role, and/or who want to gain a deeper understanding of issues related to infrastructure.

IPMF Fellows meet as a group periodically and also are invited to participate in meetings with industry practitioners and in periodic Zoom breakfasts with executives who are working the infrastructure space. Also, the IPMF program works closely with the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy which sponsors IPMF Fellows as members of the Young Professionals in Infrastructure organization.


The IPMF program is open to all Cornell graduate students with an interest in infrastructure. (Note: CIPA Fellows do not need to be in the STI concentration to earn this certificate.)

Program Coordinator

For more information about IPMF, please contact CIPA Lecturer John Foote. John has 30 years of experience in the infrastructure arena since graduating with his MPA from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell.

Required Courses:

Students pursuing an IPMF certificate will design a Course of Studies that includes the following coursework:

  • Required courses for the IPMF certificate
  • PAM 5340: Regulation and Infrastructure Policy (Fall)– 3 credits
  • PADM 5755: Infrastructure Finance (Spring) – 3 credits
  • A least three courses, each of which is focused on one of the following topics.
    • Risk analysis
    • Financial modeling
    • Financial statement analysis
    • Negotiation
    • Project management
  • Courses need to be approved by John Foote.
  • Good academic standing in a graduate program.
  • Successful completion of a practical experience related to infrastructure, chosen from:
    • Infrastructure practicum (PADM 5757)—see below, or
    • infrastructure-focused internship.

Application Process

  • Application: Applications include the following materials to be sent electronically to John Foote at
    • Resume/CV
    • Statement of purpose–1,000 words (max.) demonstrating your interest in participating in the IPMF certificate program, as well as the perspective and/or experience that you will bring to the program. In addition, you should discuss how you plan to incorporate the IPMF program into your academic and professional plans.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until September 17, 2021 and notifications will be made on or before September 22, 2021.