Dr. Jay Whitacre
Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Trustee Professor in Energy of Materials Science and Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy
Professor Jay F. Whitacre, Director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, is also the Trustee Professor in Energy of Materials Science & Engineering, and of Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Whitacre focuses on overall management of the Scott Institute. He started his career at the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where he studied the fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemically functional materials and devices, and was also trained as a systems engineer. Since coming to CMU in 2007, Whitacre has focused on the synergistic fields of energy storage and energy system modeling, and in the course of this work developed a novel battery chemistry/design that is manufactured and sold by Aquion Energy, a company he founded in 2008. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize, The 2014 Caltech Resnick Institute Resonate Award, and has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Whitacre earned his B.A. degree in Physics from Oberlin College in 1994, and a Masters (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Whitacre.
Dr. Andrew Gellman
Co-Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry (Courtesy), Materials Science and Engineering (Courtesy)
In 2012, Gellman was appointed Co-Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, where he focuses on management of seed grant support for research, visiting faculty, and PhD student support. Professor Gellman received his BS in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. Thereafter, he was an ICI postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University in Physical Chemistry. He became a faculty member of the chemistry department at the University of Illinois before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1992 where he was appointed the Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1999. Prof. Gellman also holds courtesy appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and in Chemistry. From Jan. 2003 – Nov. 2013 Prof. Gellman served as Department Head of Chemical Engineering. He oversaw a $28 million renovation of Doherty Hall between 2004 -2008. Prof. Gellman organized a consortium involving Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University and in 2007 became the founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions, an outgrowth of the Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory. Learn more about Gellman.
Dr. Deborah Stine
Associate Director for Policy Outreach, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy Department
Dr. Deborah Stine is Professor of the Practice for the Engineering and Public Policy Department and the Associate Director for Policy Outreach for the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. At the Scott Institute, she focuses on public and policy outreach working with all levels of government, foundations and non-governmental organizations. In addition, working with Reed McManigle (Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation), she focuses on energy innovation and entrepreneurship. For her outreach activities for EPP and the Scott Institute, she received the Science Communicator Award from the Carnegie Science Center in 2016. She was Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House from 2009-2012. From 2007-2009, she was a science and technology policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service, where she wrote reports and advised members of Congress on science and technology policy issues. From 1989-2007, she was at the National Academies – the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine – where she was associate director of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; director of the National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program; and director of the Office of Special Project. Learn more about Stine.
Anna J. Siefken
Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Adjunct Faculty Member, Heinz College
In her role at CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Anna J. Siefken cultivates corporate and industrial partnerships, fostering energy-related initiatives across the Carnegie Mellon University campuses to create synergistic relationships and new opportunities including commercialization – linking together industry, faculty and staff, start-ups, other universities, regional and nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations, and government agencies.
Prior to joining CMU, Anna served simultaneously as the Pittsburgh 2030 District Director and as Vice President of Strategic Engagement for the Green Building Alliance, one of the largest regional chapters of the US Green Building Council. She is a founding member of the national 2030 District Network’s Board of Governors. She previously worked as Principal consultant at ICF International in Washington, DC, managing corporate and manufacturer relationships for both the EPA and DOE on the Energy Star retail and products programs. She earned her green (and orange) stripes as a merchant and environmental program manager at The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Anna is a graduate of Duke University.
Senior Manager, Business Development & Licensing, Mentor in Residence, Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation
Reed McManigle focuses on energy innovation and entrepreneurship. McManigle assists energy researchers at CMU in protection of their intellectual property and development of strategies to move their work to commercial use. He helps researchers develop and implement strategies for forming startup companies, including conducting customer discovery; soliciting pre-seed funding; and developing relationships with entrepreneur partners. McManigle manages CTTEC's 'gap funding' program and is a mentor in CMU's NSF I-Corps Site program, and for CMU teams in national I-Corps programs. Learn more about McManigle.
Senior Administrative Coordinator, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Ginny Delaney began working at Carnegie Mellon in 1998 as the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs. She served as the Dean’s assistant for eight years until moving to the Advancement Division where she was the Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement. In March 2016, Ginny joined the Scott Institute as its Administrative Assistant.
Joseph S. Hezir (E 1972, HNZ 1974)
Professor of the Practice
Joseph S. Hezir, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) former chief financial officer, joined Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation as its Professor of the Practice on Aug. 1, 2017. Hezir, who earned degrees in chemical engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon, will assist the Scott Institute’s leadership team in strategic planning, including developing objectives, strategies and implementation plans. Learn more about Hezir.
Communications Analyst, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Amanda manages the Scott Institute's marketing, communications and Internship Program. Before arriving to the Scott Institute, she worked as a part-time media coordinator for Carnegie Mellon's English Department. Amanda previously managed communications at nonprofit organizations, was a multimedia journalist for publications like NEXT Pittsburgh and the Beaver County Times and has blogged for companies, such as BOSS Controls.