Scott Institute Staff
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.
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.
Anna J. Siefken
Executive Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Adjunct Faculty Member, Heinz College
Siefken is the inaugural executive director of the Scott Institute where she helps drive initiatives integral to the Institute’s mission and vision. Previously, she served as the Scott Institute’s Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, a role in which she deepened engagements and developed an innovative partnership strategy that promotes collaboration with industry, government, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, universities and several of Carnegie Mellon's energy-related centers. The strategy focused on research, commercializing technologies, education and outreach.
Prior to joining CMU in 2016, Siefken was the Pittsburgh 2030 District director and vice president of Strategic Engagement for the Green Building Alliance, one of the largest regional chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council. She previously worked at ICF International and The Home Depot headquarters. She is a founding member of the international 2030 District Network’s Board of Governors. Siefken is one of six CMU-affiliated women who were honored with the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2016 Women in Energy Leadership Award. In 2018, she received the Cribs for Kids' Women of Achievement award for promoting a sustainable community, her work with the Pittsburgh 2030 District and being an exemplary role model for women and girls. Most recently, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected Siefken as a member of its national Executive Energy Leadership Academy cohort.
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.
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, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Joe 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.
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 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.
Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis
Systems Scientist, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Dr. Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis, joined the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University in August 2018, following his appointment as a postdoctoral research associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon (Feb. 2016). In his role as systems scientist with the Institute, he has been conducting research on various smart grid applications and paradigms for the management and control of electric power systems, while also offering special topic courses on similar subjects.
In 2014, he was awarded a fellowship by Arup UK (through the University of Greenwich) on the “Research Challenge of Balancing Urban Microgrids in Future Planned Communities,” whereas in 2013 he won the “IEEE Sustainability 360o Contest” on the topic of Power. Between 2007 and 2015, as part of the SmartRUE research group, he contributed in over a dozen R&D projects funded by the European Commission. Panos received both his diploma (2007) and his PhD (2015) degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has published more than 20 papers and has accumulated over 10 years of experience as a technical consultant on projects of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency.
He is a senior member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Computer Society. Panos is the Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Publications Committee, the Editor-in-Chief of the “IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter” and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the “IEEE Smart Grid Compendium of Journal Publications, vol. 1."