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04.27.17 | E&TIM Director Jimmy Williams named Outstanding Alumni by Texas A&M University College of Engineering

Jimmy Williams honored as Alumni

Jimmy Williams was one of six alumni honored by The Texas A&M University College of Engineering during the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet. Read more >>

03.28.17 | Sustainability Weekend Registration Is Open

Sustainability Weekend registration open

CMU Sustainable Earth is hosting the second-annual Sustainability Weekend from April 6-8, 2017

Sustainability Weekend is a 3-day conference that aims to showcase the larger context of sustainability beyond the environment. Following this year’s theme of My Impact in Sustainability, this weekend will bring students and professionals together to spark conversations about their individual impact towards a more sustainable world. It is both informative, with speakers and panels, as well as interactive, with guided tours and workshops. We will be covering a diverse range of topics including social injustice, recycling, getting involved with the local community, entrepreneurship, and food waste. Register now

Keynotes include:

"The Intersection of Technology and Human Behavior" | April 6, Porter Hall 100, 4:30 - 6 pm
Eric Bear, Chief Experience Officer, Curb

"The Corporate Individual" | April 7, UC Connan, 4:30 - 6 pm
Ben Cuozzo, Project Manager, GRID Alternatives

"Social Injustice: Gentrification in Pittsburgh" | April 8, UC Connan, 5 - 6 pm
Majestic Lane, Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of the Mayor

Questions? Contact Courtney Thier.

03.15.17 | Arden Rosenblatt Featured for Transforming Pittsburgh

Arden RosenblattE&TIM alum Arden Rosenblatt was among those listed in "Who's Next in Technology" in Pittsburgh publication The incline. “Arden has always taken a Pittsburgh-first approach,” a nominator wrote, adding that Rosenblatt works to bring major organizations into the region and to build a strong network to connect Pittsburgh to cities across the country.

Arden and co-founder Alejandro Sklar graduated from Pittsburgh's AlphaLab Gear hardware accelerator program. Their consumer-focused toy printer, PieceMaker, was named “Best of Toy Fair 2016” by Popular Science Magazine and and Piecemaker is currently working with companies like Nickelodeon, Toys”R”Us and Ford Motors.

01.28.17 | Women Empowerment in STEM Conference: A Student Perspective

Sakhi ShahE&TIM student Sakhi Shah attended the weSTEM conference January 28th in Chicago and returned with a recap of the event. 

"I was able to network and connect with students and professionals, and really understand my role and opportunities as a women in a STEM fields as well as how to deal with hurdles that I may face during my career." 

Read more from Sakhi.

01.26.17 | Piper Spotlight: M. Shernell Smith

Shernell SmithCarnegie Mellon's student newspaper, The Piper, recently interviewed E&TIM's Student Affairs liason, Shernell Smith.

She explains the importance of her position at Carnegie Mellon, explaining that “Inclusion and advocacy is not just an important part of my work in Student Affairs but it is an important part of my work in Staff Council as well.”

In her spare time, Smith serves on the board of the Thomas Merton Center and works with the Urban League of Pittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium and Pennsylvania Women Work, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women. “I’m able to bring the CMU experience into the Pittsburgh community and the Pittsburgh community into the CMU experience,” Smith said.

01.24.17 | Jimmy Williams Shares His Experience in “Why Graduate School?” Keynote

On Tuesday, January 24, the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) hosted its second installment of the “Why Graduate School?” series, focusing on planning for graduate school.

The evening began with a keynote from Dr. Jimmy Williams, Executive Director and Distinguished Service Professor of the E&TIM program. Over the course of his career, Dr. Williams has held multiple corporate executive positions in the technology industry. He shared his experiences with graduate and undergraduate students, outlining his career path, and articulating the value of advanced degrees in industry. He also touched on the importance of diversity in the workplace, as well as the dichotomy between working for academia and the industry. Read more >>

01.22.17 | E&TIM Alum Among Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship

Forbes 30 under 30

Pablo Sanchez SantaeufemiaPablo Sanchez Santaeufemia (E&TIM 15), co-founder and CEO of Bridge for Billions, was named one of Forbes Magazine Europe's 30 Under 30 in Social Innovation. Forbes honorees represented 51 countries from six continents.     

Bridge for Billions is the online incubator that helps early-stage entrepreneurs across the globe to structure, develop, and refine their businesses with a mentor. They are inspired by the idea that there are millions of worthy entrepreneurs across the world lacking skilled support, and just as many passionate individuals globally who are ready to share their knowledge and experience. 


10.25.16 | E&TIM Student Team Wins USAEE Case Competition

E&TIM’s student team won first place in the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Case Competition, at the USAEE/IAEE Conference held October 23-26 in Oklahoma.

Participating teams worked on a problem over a period of three weeks and submited a written report detailing their methods and solution. A complete solution required teams to have knowledge in economics, engineering, and policy analysis. The winning team includes Pritham AravindStephanie BeelsSuyash KelaApratim Vidyarthi and Raafe Khan, a graduate student in the EST&P program.

Vidyarthi, Khan, Beels, Kela, and Aravind

Their project focuses on generating a techno-economic assessment for replacing oil and natural gas as primary energy sources in Saudi Arabia with Solar and other renewable sources of energy. They were tasked with carrying out a foreign policy assessment, and a feasible project plan to change the energy composition in Saudi Arabia.

“Thanks to the competition, we were able to present our plan to individuals who have worked for the Department of Energy, the Obama and Bush administrations, the Department of the Interior, and to key members of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s primary oil company and energy provider, and the key company stakeholder in the competition,” says Aravind. “Getting a chance to network with people who are going to make a difference and bask in their collective wisdom was an invaluable experience.” 

Read more about the competition from the College of Engineering.

10.17.16 | E&TIM Student Named Swartz Fellow

MechE/E&TIM masters student Gus Jenkins has been selected as a 2016-2017 James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow. This initiative, offered through the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, is designed to accelerate the careers of CMU grad students interested in entrepreneurship in the technology space. The program offers fellows the chance to build their leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring, and entrepreneurship training courses.  Read more from the College of Engineering.

06.13.16 | E&TIM Summer Internships

View the 2016 E&TIM Summer Internships.

06.15.16 | Startup Bridge for Billions Selected for Innovation Accelerator 

E&TIM startup Bridge for Billions was selected into Idea Foundry. Idea Foundry provides 12-weeks of mentoring this summer, $10K, an introduction to investors and possible $50K grant at the summer’s culmination. Bridge for Billions was founded by E&TIM’14 Alums, including Pablo Sanchez Santaeufemia (Dual Degree w/ Mech E’15), Jils George (Mech E’15), Jessica Kou (Dual Degree with BME’15) and Olisa Okonkwo. Bridge for Billions is a crowd source incubator that turns dreams and dedication into investment-worthy businesses. BFB's 1st piolet project, Del Rincon, an organic agave business from Mexico, has already finished the Bridge for Billions process and launched a funding campaign. He will be creating jobs for 8 families in rurual Mexico. 

05.15.16 | E&TIM Alum Helps Startup Land First Customer

Shang Wang E&TIM ’14 is the Business Development Manager for the Pittsburgh startup Maven Machines, which released a wearable alert system to its first customer, PGT Trucking

04.15.16 | Alumni Startup Hyliion Wins DOE's 2016 Cleantech Prize

Mario Avila (E&TIM ’13/MechE ’14) and the Hyliion team won the Clean Tech prize of $50,000 from the Department of Energy for their SMART Suspension System, an add-on module for tractor-trailers that captures otherwise wasted energy to reduce fuel consumption. The Hyliion team also placed first in Columbia University’s Venture Competition’s Global Challenge

04.15.16 | E&TIM Startup Piecemaker Competes in CMU Venture Challenge

E&TIM Alum’s Arden Rosenblatt ‘13 & Alejandro Sklar ’14, co-founders of PieceMaker (3D Printing) were among the entrepreneurs providing guidance to teams competing at CMU Venture Challenge. Arden and Alejandro were also featured in the opening video for Pittsburgh’s 2015 Alpha Lab and Alpha Lab Gear Demo Day. 

03.15.16 | Alumni Wins Social Innovation Challenge

Daniel Clerk, E&TIM ‘15 Student, and his team won 1st Place in the 2015 Heinz College Social Innovation Solutions Challenge with their idea for a Solar Powered Oil Expeller in West Africa.

02.29.16 | E&TIM/BME 2016 Dual Degree Students's team chosen as finalist at the Mylan Hackathon

Congratulations Stephanie Beels & Mayuri Gupta! 

The Steel City Engineers (a Carnegie Mellon University student team including 3 BME, 3 ECE, and 2 E&TIM students (Mayuri Gupta and Stephanie Beels) were finalists at the Mylan Hackathon with Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Canonsburg, PA. The Steel City Engineers were chosen as one of 4 of the finalist out of 24 student teams. Their app was a process innovation to change the way that patients in underdeveloped counties who have or might have HIV interact with physicians, pharmacists, and members of their community.

02.15.16 | RistCall Selected for CMU's iCorps

Srinath Vaddepally's (E&TIM ‘12/ECE ’13) startup company, RistCall, was selected as one of 16 I-Corps teams. "Along with becoming members of the NSF’s National Innovation Network, the 16 teams will receive up to $2,000 to further their business ventures, with access to CMU’s Project Olympus incubator space, business mentoring and proprietary LaunchPad Central software for documentation."

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