Carnegie Mellon University

About the Scott Institute

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University is focused on:

  • Using and delivering the energy we already have more efficiently
  • Expanding the mix of energy sources in a way that is clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable
  • Creating innovations in energy technologies, regulations and policies

CMU is uniquely suited for these challenges with our many research centers and longstanding faculty expertise in technology, policy, integrated systems and behavioral science.


The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is a university-wide research initiative at CMU focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. The institute was created through a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott, president and founder of Delmar Systems, and his wife Joyce Bowie Scott. The institute is named after Sherman Scott’s father, Wilton, and is located in Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus.

Using Carnegie Mellon’s expertise in integrated systems, problem-solving, and an understanding of the intersection of energy and public policy, the work of the institute concentrates on energy efficiencies and reliability, as well as smart operations, materials and processes.

The institute’s director is Jay Whitacre, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy. Andrew J. Gellman, Lord Professor, serves as co-director. Anna J. Siefken is the Executive Director and Reed McManigle is Senior Manager of Business Development & Licensing and the Mentor in Residence at the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation. 

An Introduction to the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation