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Nathan S. Lewis: "Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting" | February 28, 2017

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

Where: Connan Room, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for a seminar titled,"Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting" by Nathan S. Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology. Register.


Distinguished Lecture with Stacey Olson, President of Chevron Appalachia LLC | March 7, 2017

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EST)

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation as we hear our distinguished speaker Stacey Olson, President of Chevron Appalachia, LLC, deliver a lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Register.


Carnegie Mellon Energy Week | March 27 - 31, 2017

On March 27-31, 2017, Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will celebrate its second Energy Week, an event designed to educate, inform and debate energy policy; highlight research and innovation; and prepare for the future. Please save the date and join our email list to receive updates as programming and registration for the 2017 Carnegie Mellon University Energy Week is finalized. View a tentaive list of events. Watch this video to learn more about Energy Week and the Scott Institute:


Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Competition (Part of Energy Week) | March 28, 2017

Last year, Pittsburgh was selected as one of eight national regions for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition will occur in March 2017 during Carnegie Mellon’s inaugural Energy Week, and will focus on the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. The regional first place winner will receive a $50,000 prize and there will be additional prizes as well for other winners.

Carnegie Mellon’ Scott Institute is the lead for a team that includes the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Innovation Works, the Energy Innovation Center, and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Visit cleantechprize.org for more details and to sign up for updates. Participants can get started by submitting their Statement of Intent here.


Scott Institute Seminar by Erasmus University's Wolf Ketter | April 18, 2017

When: Tuesd

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host Wolf Ketter, founder and director of the Erasmus Center for Future Energy Business and Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at Erasmus University, for a seminar on April 18, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. The Center enables robust, intelligent, efficient and sustainable energy networks of the future. Ketter is also the founder and Director of the Learning Agents Research Group at Erasmus. The goal of this group is to research, develop and apply autonomous and mixed initiative intelligent agent systems to support human decision-making in the area of business networks, electronic markets, energy grids and supply chain management. Link for registration coming soon!


Workshop on Electromagnetic Effects in Materials Synthesis | June 5-6, 2017

When: Monday, June 5, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST) and Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Several materials of technological importance require high temperature processing over long durations and demand a large cost and energy footprint. Electromagnetic waves, such as microwave radiation and lasers can lower both temperatures and times involved in processing various types of materials, ranging from cooking food, making pharmaceutical drugs and 3D printed plastic parts to applications in precision surgery. What is common to all these examples is the idea that the electromagnetic fields absorbed within a material may not be immediately converted to heat, but can instead promote other forms of chemical or physical reactions.

This inaugural two-day workshop will foster collaboration between the research communities that use electromagnetic fields (in particular microwave radiation and lasers) for making materials. This workshop will spawn discussions and cross-pollinate ideas between members of both communities that will uncover answers to the longstanding scientific challenges in using electromagnetic fields for materials synthesis/processing.

From an industrial standpoint, technological advances in processing advanced materials using electromagnetic fields can have a smaller energy footprint compared to conventional synthesis and as such will have a profound impact on society. These materials will additionally find use in diverse areas like sustainable infrastructure, transportation, clean energy, water management and healthcare.

View tentative schedule and register.


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Building a Resilient, Smart and Sustainable City: The Energy-Water Nexus | February 16, 2017

When: Thursd

Energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, yet their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. Smart, resilient cities are tackling these connection points head on – metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, known as the “city of three rivers.” Always a center for groundbreaking ideas – from the earliest days as the center for industry to the recently launched p4 Initiative and upcoming Climate Action Plan 3.0, Pittsburgh leads the country as a thriving hub of innovation, technology, education, environmental stewardship, and sustainability. We invite you to join the conversation with a gathering of national thought leaders and distinguished guests as we discuss the issues and opportunities surrounding the Nexus of Energy and Water management, both nationally and in Pittsburgh. The event features a keynote speaker followed by insights from a panel of experts from around the country. 


"Energy & Water: Powering the Modern City"- Distinguished Lecture with Philip Mezey, CEO of Itron Inc. | February 16, 2017

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EST)

Where: Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Wilton E. Scott Insitute for Energy innovation presents a Distinguished Lecture by Philip Mezey, President and CEO of Itron, a $2 billion global technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. Join us for a dialogue about the intersection of energy and water management and the Internet of Things.

During this discussion, Mr. Mezey covers the challenges and opportunities utilities, cities and citizens face as we invest in infrastructure and think about the future of energy and water. He specifically addresses how we are wasting these precious resources and what technology and solutions can be applied to ensure sustainable cities in the future.


Distinguished Lecture Series: DOE's Joseph Hezir | November 11, 2016

When: Fri

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with a talk by U.S. Department of Energy Chief Financial Officer Joseph Hezir. Watch Joseph Hezir's lecture.


Distinguished Lecture Series: Thomas Siebel | November 9, 2016

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The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with a talk by Siebel Energy Institute Chairman Thomas M. Siebel who will discuss the institute's activities. The Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research, funds cooperative and innovative research grants in data analytics, including statistical analysis and machine learning, to accelerate advancements in the safety, security, reliability, efficiency, and environmental integrity of modern energy systems. Watch a video of Thomas Siebel's lecture.

Siebel is also the chief executive officer of C3 IoT, which provides a full-stack IoT development platform (PaaS) that enables the rapid design, development and deployment of even the largest-scale big data / IoT applications that leverage telemetry, elastic cloud computing, analytics and machine learning to apply the power of predictive analytics to any business value chain.

Learn more about Siebel.


Scott Institute Distinguished Lecture Series: DOE's Christopher Smith | October 19, 2016

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The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with a talk by Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith. His lecture focused on “COP 21* and the Future of Fossil Energy.” Watch a video of Christopher Smith's lecture.

COP 21 lays the foundation for countries to work together to keep the rise in global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius. But this new global framework also sets a broader vision to go even farther than that – and it requires us to think differently about how we produce, develop, and use our fossil resources.

The Department of Energy is leading the way on clean energy research and development to ensure that these abundant resources can be produced, developed, and used in a way that is safe and sustainable.

*Conference of Parties (COP) is an annual meeting of the 195 nations that make up the United Nations Framework on Climate Change. COP 21 was the 21st meeting that took place in Paris, December 2015. 

Learn more about Smith.


George Crabtree: Storage at the Threshold: Li-ion Batteries and Beyond | October 14, 2016

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Join the Scott Institute and the Mechanical Engineering Department for a seminar by George Crabtree, Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Crabtree also holds the ranks of Senior Scientist, Distinguished Fellow and Associate Division Director in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He has won numerous awards for his research. His seminar is titled, "Storage at the Threshold: Li-ion Batteries and Beyond." Watch a video of George Crabtree's seminar.

Read his talk abstract: The high energy density and low cost of lithium-ion batteries have created a revolution in personal electronics through laptops, tablets, smart phones and wearables, permanently changing the way we interact with people and information. We are at the threshold of similar transformations in transportation to electric cars and in the electricity grid to renewable generation, smart grids and distributed energy resources. Many aspects of these transformations require new levels of energy storage performance and cost that are beyond the reach of Li-ion batteries. Next generation beyond Li-ion batteries and their potential to meet these performance and cost thresholds will be analyzed.


Information Session: Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition | October 5, 2016

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Calling all future clean energy entrepreneurs and innovative students from across the region! Do you have an idea for a product or service focused on renewable energy or energy efficiency? Are you interested in competing for $50,000?

Attend our October 5 Information Session to learn more about the 2017 Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize (UP) Collegiate Competition. A Free Lunch will be provided. You can also watch the session via a webinar if you can’t make it in person. Please register for the webinar here. Since this will be a live webinar, participants from afar will be able to have their questions answered! We will also post the video on YouTube shortly after the event.

Register for the Info Session here.


Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Competition (Part of Energy Week) | March 16, 2016

The Pittsburgh region has been selected as one of eight national regions for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition will occur in March 2016 during Carnegie Mellon’s inaugural Energy Week, and will focus in its first year on the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. The regional first place winner will receive a $50,000 prize and there will be additional prizes as well for other winners.

Carnegie Mellon’ Scott Institute is the lead for a team that includes the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Innovation Works, the Energy Innovation Center, and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Visit cleantechprize.org for more details and to sign up for updates. 


Carnegie Mellon Energy Week | March 14 - 18, 2016

In 2012, Carnegie Mellon announced a new era of energy research through the creation of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the construction of Scott Hall. For the first time, Carnegie Mellon hosted a series of events during Energy week, March 14-18, 2016. 


Learn more at CMUEnergyWeek.org.

General Registration >>

Student and CMU Faculty and Staff Registration >>


Fourth Annual Energy Career Symposium | February 12, 2016

This event brings together a new generation of engineers, scientists, faculty, researchers and policy makers along with industry representatives to promote a dialogue on the current energy landscape and the future of careers in the energy industry; highlighting technological innovations, climate change, consumer trends, political shifts and more! Learn more >>

Presented by the Energy Science Technology & Policy master's program and the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. 


Cleantech University Prize Jamathon | December 2

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 pm in Wean Hall 3701 on the Carnegie Mellon Campus, Allegheny Cleantech UP will host a Jamathon -- a shortened version of Startup Weekend.  The goal is for student entrepreneurs with ideas in renewable energy and energy efficiency to connect with other students who might form the basis for a team with the right collection of expertise to be successful in the competition.

Students from all area universities are encouraged to attend.


Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition Jamathon (August 12)

Entrepreneurs, developers, working professionals, mentors, makers, doers, and enthusiasts are invited join us August 12, 2015 from 3-6 pm, for the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition Jamathon. Participants can recruit team members to work on a new cleanweb business idea in the solar or buildings space that can be implemented with software, data, or automation, or they can select an idea at catalyst.energy.gov

This event will facilitate the creation of a video pitch that can be used to apply to the SunShot Catalyst Business Innovation contest, one of four in the Sunshot Catalyst series, with prizes from $1000 to $100,000. The event will take place on Carnegie Mellon’s campus.

View the photo archive of this event on The Scott Institute's Facebook page


Data Analytics for Virtual Energy Audits and Value Capture Assessments Seminar (July 20)

Dr. Alexis Abramson, F. Alex Nason Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western University and Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, will be giving a seminar on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 12pm in Baker Hall 129. The talk will focus on a “Big Data” analytics approach to building efficiency diagnosis and prognostics. Please RSVP by July 16. 


Innovating for Competitive Advantage Webinar Series: The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance and the Oil & Gas Industry 

PITACatalyst Connection / Scott Institute (May 2015)

Hear about several oil & gas industry technologies in development at CMU and funded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) and how industry can be a partner in those research activities. We discussed wireless ultrasonic detection of defects in clad-steel oil and gas pressure vessels as well as using mobile laboratories to characterize methane and other emission from natural gas production.  

PITA is a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) program. 


QER Public Meeting
Natural Gas: Transmission, Storage and Distribution

U.S. Department of Energy / Scott Institute (July 2014)

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited CMU to lead a public meeting on natural gas and its role in America's energy future. The DOE forum, part of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) established earlier this year by U.S. President Barack Obama, was hosted on CMU's Pittsburgh campus by the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.


Shale Gas and Implications for Regional Manufacturing

Scott Institute/National Academy of Engineers (April 2013)

A symposium hosted by CMU's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) examined the role of shale gas in manufacturing, transportation and the environment.

A recording of the event is below, in four parts.