Carnegie Mellon University

The CMU Energy Week Poster Competition allows Carnegie Mellon students and postdoctoral researchers to network with energy leaders while also sharing their cutting-edge research with attendees. Mark your calendars - the poster session and reception will take place Tuesday, March 24 during CMU Energy Week 2020.

Posters displayed at CMU Energy Week 2019 featured STEM and Non-STEM related research and were judged by a committee of experts from business/industry, government, nonprofit and academia. $2,250 in total prizes were awarded to the most compelling posters. 

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  • To be eligible, you must be a Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate, master's or Ph.D. student, or postdoctoral researcher.
  • Your presentation topic must relate to energy and can be in the following areas:
    • Basic Energy Science
    • Built Environment and Infrastructure
    • Carbon Capture, Sequestration, and Utilization
    • Climate and Environment
    • Energy Grid- & Cybersecurity
    • Energy in Emerging Economies
    • Energy Education
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Energy Policy, Economics, and Community
    • Energy Storage
    • Enhanced Storage
    • Enhanced Water Resources
    • Fossil Energy
    • Grid Modernization
    • Innovative Business Models
    • Internet of Things
    • Machine Learning, AI, Robotics for Energy Systems
    • Nuclear Energy
    • Energy Policy and Finance
    • Power Distribution and Energy Storage
    • Renewable Energy
    • Transportation
    • Urban Planning, Design, and Analytics
    • Other
  • Your research must be original work with at least preliminary findings.
  • Non-winning posters from CMU Energy Week 2019 can be submitted.
  • Posters need to be 24"x36" horizontal or vertical. We recommend you use PowerPoint’s 24x36 poster template. We will not accept posters that are not at the size requirements. For guidance on creating and presenting research posters, visit CMU's Global Communication Center.
  • The Scott Institute will be printing the posters and mounting them to foam core.  
  • You and at least 75% of your team must be able to present your research at the public session, Tuesday, March 24. Faculty team members are not required to attend.
  • Clarity:
    • Research question is clearly defined.
    • Research conducted in support of the project is conveyed/presented in a clear and arresting manner.
    • Working methodology/process is documented clearly. 
    • Sample or full results of inquiry are presented in a concise form. 
    • Potential implications of results are addressed.

  • Presentation:
    • The poster is easy to read and understand. 
    • The poster consists of images, illustrations, photographs supplemented by charts, descriptive material, technical information/factors etc. 
    • Emphasis is placed on originality of the content, technical excellence, educational value, and practical application. 
    • The presenter effectively communicates research to multidisciplinary audiences, such as business/industry, government, nonprofit and academia. 

Feel free to repurpose a poster you've already presented at other conferences or events.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • First Place ($1,000): "Integrating Earthen Building Materials and Methods Into Mainstream Construction" by Lola Ben-Alon
  • Second Place ($500): "Powering the future with wastewater" by Carolyn Goodman, Daksha Bopanna, and Vibhor Kumar
  • Third Place ($250): "Why Rapid and Deep Decarbonization isn't Simple" by Turner Cotterman
  • Best In-Person Presentation ($250): "Engineers Without Borders: Energy Solutions for Nyadire, Zimbabwe" by Mengying Fang, Melina Driscoll, Sophie Yeh, Christina Ou, Evan Schinderwolf, Katharine Nie, and Hyunji Kim
  • People’s Choice ($250): "Can autonomous light vehicles be fully electric?" by Aniruddh Mohan and Shashank Sripad