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2020 Events

Energy & Equity – Developing a Clean Energy Workforce for the Future, Aug. 20, 11A EDT

solar employment

As falling energy prices and the continuously evolving nature of COVID-19 have dramatically impacted employment security across the country, Pittsburgh, like many regions, is actively engaging in efforts to envision the future of work. As the energy industry sectors brace for recovery phases, how can communities of color have greater representation? What strategies are other regions using to make a dramatic impact?

The Scott Institute spoke with leaders from various organizations including manufacturing, solar development and nonprofits to hear best practices on how to elevate energy job employment both immediately and into the future. Panelists included:

  • Mark Anthony Thomas, President - Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
  • Earl Buford, Chief Executive Officer - Partner4Work
  • Sara Oliver-Carter, Chief Diversity Officer - Duquesne Light Company
  • Robin Wang (Engineering '88), Principal; Committee Member - Vibrant Future; Portland Clean Energy Fund

This was the ninth installment in the “Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020" webinar series, which highlights insights from research, industry and innovation related to how COVID-19 is impacting the way we will do business, and what it means to the energy systems we rely upon.

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Reimagining Transportation Energy in 2020 for Equity and Resilience, Aug. 6, 11A EDT

Reimagining Transportation Energy Webinar Panelists

Transportation is an essential need in our society–continuously moving people to and from their homes, jobs and activities. However, its infrastructure and energy needs have contributed to various access, equity and environmental impacts for communities of color. With an immediate decline in transportation energy use at the onset of COVID-19, what shifts can we expect to secure equitable mobility as we plan for reopening?

We hosted a conversation with leading transportation, access, mobility and energy experts on our transportation energy future and what strategies leading agencies and decision-makers should consider when weighing important issues at hand. Featured speakers included:

  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, CEO – Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Regina Clewlow, CEO & Co-Founder – Populus
  • Constantine Samaras, Energy Fellow, CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – CMU
  • Corey Harper, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow; Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy – CMU

The discussion was moderated by CMU Scott Institute Executive Director Anna. J. Siefken.

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Balancing Investment in Innovation & Commercialization – How Corporates, NGOs and Founders Can Address Change,  July 23, 11 AM EDT

July 23 investment and cleantech startup webinar

As we tackle the complexities of major social disruptions, how are innovators still driving impact as they rescale and accommodate to a changing society? In this webinar, we discussed best practices to adjust contingency planning amidst disruption and the effects of intersectionality on cleantech investing. The following experts served on the panel:

  • Johanna Brickman, Deputy Director; Director, Impact Strategy - VertueLab
  • Amy Duffuor, Principal – Prime Impact Fund
  • Judy Li, Vice President - Energy Foundry
  • Adria Wilson, Entrepreneurial Program Lead, Chain Reaction Innovations – Argonne National Laboratory

The discussion was moderated by CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Executive Director Anna. J. Siefken.

This was the seventh installment in the “Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020" webinar series, which highlights insights from research, industry and innovation related to how COVID-19 is impacting the way we will do business, and what it means to the energy systems we rely upon.

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Tackling Energy Poverty – Domestic and International Strategies, Challenges and Insights,  July 9, 11 AM EDT

wind turbine

In today's uncertain economic and social climates, working through energy production and consumption strategies that advocate for everyone can be challenging. We explored how regions with significant energy burdens are surviving COVID-19 and other disruptions, and how they are rethinking community engagement, innovation and policy to build a sustainable future. The following speakers engaged in a lively discussion:

  • Paulina Jaramillo*, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Co-Director, Green Design Institute - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Destenie Nock*, Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tony Reames, Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability - University of Michigan
  • Anna J. Siefken, Executive Director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation – Carnegie Mellon (moderator)

*Scott Institute Energy Fellow

This was the sixth installment in the “Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020" webinar series, which highlights insights from research, industry and innovation related to how COVID-19 is impacting the way we will do business, and what it means to the energy systems we rely upon.

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Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020

Utility Planning webinar speakers

Webinar #5 - Utility Planning  | Jun 18, 11 AM EDT

With leadership from the region’s top utilities, we delved into how each of their relief strategies are aiding Pittsburgh consumers and discussed operational readjustment plans for 2020. Featured speakers included:

  • Krysia Kubiak, Director, State Regulatory Strategy and Government Affairs - Duquesne Light Company
  • Jeffrey Nehr, Vice President, Business Development - Peoples Natural Gas
  • James Stitt, Manager, Sustainability - Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

This discussion was moderated by CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Executive Director Anna. J. Siefken.

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From Idea to Invention to Intellectual Property 

Scott Institute Webinar on Intellectual Property

Webinar: What Startups and Innovators Need to Know | Jun 11, 11 AM EDT

Understanding the Intellectual Property (IP) and Patent processes when building a startup can be uniquely challenging for inventors. As a Power Connector with the Department of Energy’s American-Made Solar Prize, the Scott Institute highlighted this important topic for startups, student teams, and researchers. Legal experts with national law firm Babst Calland (a newly-named Connector, shared best practices from filing and managing costs to protecting IP.

The Scott Institute’s Jay Whitacre (a seasoned entrepreneur) and Anna J. Siefken joined experts from Babst Calland for an informative discussion:

  • Justine Kasznica, Shareholder; Chair, Emerging Technologies - Babst Calland
  • Carl Ronald, Shareholder, Emerging Technologies and Corporate and Commercial Groups - Babst Calland

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Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020

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Webinar #4 - Infrastructure Planning - A Resistance v. Resilience Framework | Jun 4, 11 AM EDT

As we begin to plan for the recovery phases of COVID-19, how will innovation play a role in the restoration of our economy and the adaptation of a zero-carbon future? In our fourth installation of the "Energy, Resilience and COVID-19" webinar series, we examined how social, environmental and technical resiliency frameworks can better prepare our energy systems. The following panelists shared their insights on the next wave of innovation:

  • Katrina Kelly-Pitou, Economics & Energy Systems Strategist - SmithGroup
  • Nicholas Muller, Associate Professor of Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy; Lester and Judith Lave Development Chair in Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Karina Ricks, Director, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure - City of Pittsburgh

This discussion was moderated by CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Executive Director Anna. J. Siefken.

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Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020 

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Webinar #3 - Discussing Technologies that Enable Resilient Electrical Infrastructure | May 21, 11 AM EDT

The residual impacts of COVID-19 will affect everyday life in unimaginable ways. As we consider improvements to the energy systems we have in place, how can we translate current grid planning strategies to emergency technologies in the wake of future pandemics? In this webinar, leading experts explored what COVID-19 has exposed about our national electrical infrastructure and shared predictions for future maintenance and alternate sources for reliance. The discussion featured:

  • Dan Carnovale, Power Systems Experience Center Manager – Eaton
  • Matineh Eybpoosh, CEO & Co-Founder – WattLearn (Engineering '15)
  • Julian Lamy, Senior Optimization Software Engineer – Tesla (Engineering '16)
  • Travis Schneider, Business Development Manager – RE2 Robotics, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff

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Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020

Webinar Details

Webinar #2 - Leading by Example: Pittsburgh’s Energy Resiliency in Times of Crisis | May 7, 11 AM EDT

Before COVID-19, the City of Pittsburgh began developing solutions to combat resiliency challenges plaguing Pittsburgh communities. In 2014, the City joined the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Network. Since then, Pittsburgh has proven to be a trailblazer in innovation, technology and energy in times of crisis. During this fireside chat, City of Pittsburgh Chief Resilience Officer Grant Ervin discussed how resiliency planning has contributed to emergency strategies today.

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Battery Modeling Webinar Series Presented by Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan

Venkat Viswanathan

Bayesian Hilbert Transform (BHT) Method for Assessing Electrochemical Impedance Data | April 28, 11 AM EDT

PhD student Jiapeng Liu from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will led this session. View his research paper.

This event was part of the new Battery Modeling Webinar Series hosted by Scott Institute Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan. The webinar series brings together talks centered around modeling batteries, both physics-based and data-driven.

New Webinar Series: Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020

Webinar Details

Webinar #1: Robotics and Energy - How can Robotics improve Energy Resilience in a time of crisis? | April 23, 11 AM EDT

COVID-19 has sharply highlighted the importance of safe and reliable energy systems to keep essential businesses and hospitals operational in times of need. Robotic technology may be key to improving energy resilience in the face of crisis. We explored this topic in a discussion with two thought leaders in energy and robotics. This Fireside Chat featured Duquesne Light Company Director of Innovation Josh Gould and RE2 Robotics Business Development Manager Travis Schneider.

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Mathematical Programming Models for the Optimal Development of Shale Gas and Oil Resources in Argentina, March 3, 12p

Diego Cafaro

Diego Cafaro, Scott Institute Visiting Senior Fellow and Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering School of the National University of Littoral (UNL), Argentina, gave a tech talk on the role of optimization concepts and tools within the development of shale oil and gas resources.

A Distinguished Lecture by Duquesne Light Company President Steven Malnight | Feb. 25, 12p

Steven Malnight

Duquesne Light Company President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Malnight kicked off the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation's 2020 Distinguished Lecture Series with an exciting presentation titled "Future Vision of the Innovative Electric Power Grid."

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Solid-State Batteries: A Tech Talk by University of Michigan's Jeff Sakamoto, Feb. 5

Jeff Sakamoto

We hosted Jeff Sakamoto, professor of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, for a tech talk on solid-state batteries. Sakamoto also serves as the solid-state battery lead at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. 

Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings - How to Leverage the new Guaranteed Energy Savings Act, Jan. 29

Energy efficiency workshop

Hosted by the City of Pittsburgh and CMU's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, this invite-only meeting explored how you can use the Guaranteed Energy Saving Act (GESA) to finance building energy efficiency. Attendees learned how to set up the right project scope to maximize success, the financing options available to MUSH organizations and best practices to incorporate a GESA contract within an existing organization’s legal framework.

 

Center for Responsible Shale Development SummitThe Role of Natural Gas in a Decarbonized Energy System, Jan. 15

Center for Responsible Shale Development meeting

Over 35 participants represented organizations from industry; local, state and national government agencies; foundations; universities and nonprofits.

Optimization for Smart Mobility Systems: From Formula 1 Racing to Urban Mobility,  Jan. 24 

mauro salazar

In this seminar, Mauro Salazar, postdoctoral scholar at the Autonomous Systems Lab in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, discussed his work on the application of optimization methods towards mobility solutions.

 

2019 Events

Technology, Sustainability, and Business Forum, Nov. 20, 9:30a-5p

Mark Mesler

This conference brought together leaders from across the private sector, multiple levels of government, and acadamia to discuss topics related to the broad theme of sustainability. The Scott Institute was proud to co-sponsor the Distinguished Lecture by Bloom Energy's Mark Mesler (Tepper 2001) and the Keynote Lecture by Siemens' Linda Rega.

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Rethinking Power System Architecture for Serving Exurban Residential Paradigms, Nov. 14, 12p

Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis

Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and Metro21: Smart Cities Institute co-hosted a Lunch and Learn by Scott Institute Systems Scientist Panayiotis Moutis. His talk was titled, "Rethinking Power System Architecture for Serving Exurban Residential Paradigms."

 

Distinguished Lecture on Utility-Scale Wind & Solar Power, Oct. 29, 12p

Michael O'Sullivan

NextEra Energy Resources Senior Vice President of Development Michael O'Sullivan (now retired) returned to campus to deliver a Scott Institute Distinguished Lecture.

 

Distinguished Lecture on The Grid Energy Storage Strategy, Oct. 22, 12p

Sue Babinec

Sue Babinec, program lead of grid storage at Argonne National Laboratory, gave a Distinguished Lecture. 

We Need a Green Real Deal: The Imperative of Deep Decarbonization, Oct. 9, 12p

Melanie Kenderdine

Melanie Kenderdine, principal at the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) delivered a Distinguished Lecture. Kenderdine discussed EFI's work on innovation policy, the California decarbonization techno-economic assessment (in which she was a lead author) and a “Green Real Deal" currently in development.

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The Economics of Solar Development, Oct. 2, 12p

Leigh Zanone

Leigh Zanone (Dietrich, Tepper 2003), senior director of operations and asset manager at 8minute Solar Energy, presented a tech talk. Zanone gave an overview on development economics at utility scale, its applicability to the Western Pennsylvania region, photovoltaics (PV) and storage consideration development and how that impacts grid reliability and facility generation revenues in a more dispatchable real-time market, development needs for improvement of SCADA software and dispatch algorithms both from Transmission operators and project along with reliability and uptime concerns.  

2019 University Energy Institute Leadership Summit, Sept. 25-26

University Energy Institute Leadership Summit

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University co-hosted the 2019 University Energy Institute Leadership Summit Sept. 25 and 26, in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines' Payne Institute for Public Policy and Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Distinguished Lecture: Carbon Dioxide Removal—An Essential Element for Meeting Global Climate Goals, Sept. 17, 12p

Scott Institute Professor of the Practice and Energy Futures Initiative Principal Joseph Hezir discussed carbon dioxide removal's role in climate change mitigation.

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Distinguished Lecture: Visualization and Analysis of Grid-Cyber Systems Security, Sept. 10, 12p

Our Distinguished Lecture Series continued with a presentation by Jonathan White, manager of the Cyber-Physical Energy Systems Security Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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Tech Talk: From Molecules to Devices—Mechanistic Analyses of Electrochemical Energy Systems, Sept. 9, 1p

The Scott Institute and Faculty Affiliate Zachary Ulissi hosted a technical seminar by Chemical Engineering alumna Maureen Tang who is now an assistant professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University.

 

Taking the Lead: Exploring Two Pathways to Pennsylvania’s Energy Future | June 19, 11:30a

 We hosted a special, lunch-time event on Pennsylvania Energy Horizons featuring:

  • Denise Brinley, Executive Director of PA Governor Tom Wolf's new Office of Energy;

  • Andrew Place, Commissioner of the PA Public Utility Commission; 

  • Katrina Kelly, Director of Urban Systems Strategy at SmithGroup; and
  • Adam Walters, William Penn Energy Fellow at the Governor’s Office of Energy.

 

 

Policy Briefing: How Fuel Cells Could Impact Vehicles, Buildings & Utilities | May 23, 8a, Washington, D.C.

This policy briefing provideed guidance to policymakers who make decisions related to energy, transportation and buildings. At the event, CMU researchers provided a detailed assessment of the current and expected future costs and performance of automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and stationary solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A panel discussion followed.

 

Power Trip: The Story of Energy with ENGIE's Michael Webber | May 20, 12p

CMU's Scott Institute and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department led a seminar by Michael Webber, chief Science and Technology officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company. Webber delivered a talk titled "Power Trip: The Story of Energy" based on his latest book. 

 

 

Achieving Drawdown: Building the Case for Climate Optimism with the Tools We Already Have | May 15, 12p

We closed out the semester with our final spring seminar by Jonathan Foley, a national leader in science communication and executive director of Project Drawdown (the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming).

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U.S. Energy Efficiency: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges | April 16, 12p

The Scott Institute hosted a Distinguished Lecture by Kathleen Hogan, former deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy. Her talk highlighted the continuing importance of addressing energy efficiency as part of meeting energy and environmental goals and how some of the challenges with realizing the full benefits from energy efficiency are evolving. 

Cleantech Open Northeast Director Beth Zonis on Innovation and Cleantech | Feb. 26

The Scott Institute hosted a Tech Talk by Cleantech Open Northeast Director Beth Zonis. Hosted by the Scott Institute, Zonis' presentation focused on innovation and cleantech startups. This event was in partnership with CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation. 

Distinguished Lecture: NETL Dir. Brian Anderson on Fueling America's Energy Generation | Feb. 19

Our 2019 Distinguished Lecture Series continued with a talk by the new Director of the National Energy Technology LaboratoryBrian Anderson, who spoke about his role at the U.S. Department of Energy lab and the next generation of energy technology.

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A Scott Institute Seminar by QuantumScape Co-Founder & CTO Tim Holme | Feb. 12

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted a seminar by QuantumScape Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Tim Holme.

Creating a More Efficient and Secure Energy System | Jan. 24

The Carnegie Mellon University Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted a Distinguished Lecture by Tony Markel, senior engineer in the Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Research Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Markel discussed energy, transportation and cybersecurity.

A Fireside Chat with EDF's Katie McGinty and WRI's Karl Hausker | Jan. 17

We kicked off our 2019 Distinguished Lecture Series with a Fireside Chat with veteran policymaker and recognized environmental leader Katie McGinty (who is also our Board Member!) and deep decarbonization expert Karl Hausker.

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2018

2018 Electrochemical Energy Symposium | Nov. 15-16

This 1.5-day symposium focused on fundamental aspects of electrochemical energy storage and conversion and had a series of tutorial talks and technical talks from professors, students and postdoctoral researchers. The symposium, sponsored by the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, brought together researchers in energy storage and conversion.

Getting Published: A Seminar by John Uhlrich from Energy Technology | November 2

From the perspective of an editor, John Uhlrich presented on the current state of publishing in energy research and the physical sciences, including chemistry, materials science and engineering, by outlining the roles, responsibilities and ethical obligations of authors, editors and reviewers. The talk included tangible examples and how-to's related to publishing in journals and what editors look for when evaluating a manuscript submission.

The Past as Prologue: Learning from the Climate Changes in Past Centuries | October 22

Dr. Michael Mann reviewed work over the past decade aimed at establishing the nature of, and factors underlying, patterns of large-scale climate variability in past centuries. He discussed evidence from proxy climate reconstructions spanning the past millennium, the comparison of proxy reconstructions with climate model simulations forced by past natural and anthropogenic forcing, and results from climate modeling experiments in which proxy evidence is assimilated directly into coupled ocean-atmosphere model simulations.

Dr. Mann also discussed insights from proxy forward modeling that suggest the possibility that estimates of climate sensitivity derived entirely or partly from tree-ring evidence of past temperature changes may be biased low.

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Creating and Leading a Smart City - Insights from Portland, Maine: A Seminar by Jon Jennings | October 22

Portland Maine is known as the Phoenix City for rising from the ashes after multiple devastating fires in the 20th century. The resilience of the community combined with trademark New England resourcefulness have propelled Portland, the largest city in Northern New England, into a leadership role in the implementation of smart city policies and practices. The Scott Institute co-hosted City Manager Jon Jennings who has led the implementation of some the most advanced energy saving strategies in the country to facilitate  investments in next generation transportation infrastructure such as the INRIX highly autonomous bus platform.

The event was co-sponsored by Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, the Scott Institute, and Metro21.

The ‘Unconventional’ Energy – Water Nexus: Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Appalachia | October 16

The Carnegie Mellon University Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department co-hosted a seminar by Pennsylvania State University Professor of Environmental Engineering William Burgos. His presentation was titled, "The ‘Unconventional’ Energy – Water Nexus: Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Appalachia." 

Abstract: The development of unconventional oil & gas (O&G) resources has fundamentally changed energy production in the United States. This development has led to increased demands for fresh water and increased volumes of O&G wastewater. This talk presented two case studies in Pennsylvania: #1 focused on disposal of wastewater from Marcellus Shale gas wells to surface water, and #2 focused on disposal of conventional O&G wastewater onto roads.

Study on Activity-Specific Feedback on Energy Consumption: A Seminar by Verena Tiefenbeck | October 8

Dr. Verena Tiefenbeck, who leads the Bits to Energy Lab at the Chair of Information Management at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, delivered a presentation titled, "Feedback, Fast and Slow – A Field Study on Activity-Specific Feedback on Energy Consumption." Digitalization increasingly provides the necessary tools to collect, analyze, and communicate data at population scale. In the energy sector, millions of smart meters have been deployed across the globe, making it possible to provide timely and specific feedback to firms and households on their energy consumption. Yet, most smart metering programs have resulted in very modest savings effects, creating a wave of disillusionment among policymakers and industry stakeholders.

The event was co-sponsored by the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center

Distinguished Lecture Series - DOE NETL Acting Director: Driving Next-Generation Fossil Energy Innovation | September 24

This talk, by U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Acting Director Sean Plasynski, showcased the history of NETL, highlighted ongoing technical work, and discussed the current priorities within the fossil energy programs that NETL implements for DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy.

Seminar by Joshuah Stolaroff, Carbon Capture Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | August 15

Wean Hall 3701, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Advanced manufacturing, including 3D printing of polymers, metals, and ceramics, offers a range of opportunities to improve performance and access new applications in clean energy. A PhD alumnus of CMU, Dr. Stolaroff now runs the carbon capture program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His seminar was titled, "Advanced Manufacturing for Carbon Capture and Clean Energy Systems."

This event was co-sponsored by the Scott Institute and the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making.

Seminar by Robert Kirshner, Chief Program Officer for Science, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation | April 24

Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

CMU's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Mellon College of Science hosted a Seminar by Robert Kirshner entitled, "From the Accelerating Universe to Accelerating Science."

After 30 years on the astronomy faculty at Harvard, Robert Kirshner is now the Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto. Kirshner described the Moore Foundation and its approach to philanthropy, which includes about $100 million per year for science. He described some of the foundation's interests in data science, quantum materials, marine microbiology, and astronomical instruments, including the Thirty Meter Telescope. Kirshner also sketched the progress of the Moore Inventors' Program to encourage invention at research institutions.

Documentary Film Screening: The New Fire | April 16 

McConomy Auditorium, Jared L. Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute was proud of host this special free screening of The New Fire at CMU and a discussion with Director David Schumacher and Jessica Lovering, who was featured in the film. 

What can we do to mitigate climate change? Nuclear power has been vilified in popular culture and among much of the environmental community. Yet the next-generation reactors currently in development may actually be key to avoiding global catastrophe. The young entrepreneurs heading this energy revolution realize they’re up against more than the climate clock – they need to convince all of us that the new nuclear is safe and achievable.

This event was sponsored by the Scott Institute, CMU Energy Club, AB Films and the University of Pittsburgh Nuclear Engineering Program.

Carnegie Mellon Energy Week | April 4-6

From April 4-6, 2018, energy thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector gathered to engage and collaborate on energy research, trends, innovative technologies, and opportunities.

Key Events:
4/3 | Pre-event Energy Industry Career Fair
4/4 | Kickoff, Keynotes, Evening VIP Panel
4/5 | CMU Energy + Cleantech Investor Forum
4/6 | Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition

The Scott Institute's Annual Energy Week featured events like a Distinguished Mayor's Forum on "Energy & Resilience: How Smarter Cities are Preparing for the Future," keynote speeches, panel sessions on topics, such as smart grids, battery technologies and building performance, plus so much more! 

Watch the CMU Energy Week 2018 Webcast

Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Competition (Part of CMU Energy Week) | April 6

Our 2018 Cleantech University Prize Competition took place Friday, April 6. Learn more.

Toyota Research Institute's Abraham Anapolsky on Combining High Throughput Synthetic Methods and Computational Materials Science | Jan. 29

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

One of the greatest engineering challenges of the 21st century is the discovery of materials that are fully optimized while being constrained by physics and socioeconomic factors (e.g. toxicity, resource availability, recyclability, etc.). 

2017

ARPA-E Founding Director/Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Co-Director Arun Majumdar on "Navigating the Turbulence of the Global Energy System" | Nov. 29

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted a Distinguished Lecture by Arun Majumdar, Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) and Co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research and education activities across all seven Schools and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. 

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ARPA-E Founding Director/Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Co-Director Arun Majumdar on "Redox Heat Engines for Fuels and Cooling" | Nov. 29

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted a technical talk by Arun Majumdar, Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) and Co-Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy.

Fireside Chat with Vince Hahn, Principal at The Carlyle Group | Nov. 16

Where: Rangos 1, Jared L. Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted fireside chat with Vince Hahn, Principal at the The Carlyle Group. The discussion was moderated by Scott Instittute Director Jay Whitacre. Hahn is focused on mezzanine level investment opportunities across the energy value chain, including oil & gas upstream, midstream and downstream, as well as power generation, electric transmission and mining. His geographic focus is primarily the Americas, and he is based in Boston.

 

Focus Group with Breakthrough Energy Ventures' David Danielson | November 9

Where: Wean Hall 3701, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted Breakthrough Energy Ventures Managing Director for Science David Danielson for a private focus group.

Seminar on The Impacts on Water Quality from Oil and Gas Wastewater Management | November 3

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department co-hosted a seminar by Nathaniel Warner, Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. 

Abstract: There has been a dramatic increase in the extraction of hydrocarbons from O&G formations across the US over the past 10 years, with greatest activity in CA, CO, ND, PA, and TX. This growth in O&G development has raised concerns about potential impacts to human health and the environment, including possible risks associated with wastewater management. An increase in the volume of O&G produced water has accompanied the overall increase in O&G production. Much of this wastewater is reinjected to enhance production or as a disposal option, yet a significant volume has historically been treated and discharged to surface water or beneficially used on unpaved roads as a dust suppressant, or to supplement stream supply in PA, CO, and WY. Some O&G wastewaters contain contaminants of concern (e.g., metals, radionuclides, bromide) that are not removed prior to beneficial use or disposal. Here, investigations into the possible impact of increased O&G development on groundwater, surface water, and biota will be explored. Areas of discussion will include effects on water quality, sediment, and biota from beneficial use or discharge of O&G water in PA, WV, WY, and AR.

EPP Professor Paulina Jaramillo's Academic Adventures at CMU-Africa | November 2, 2017

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

In this talk, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy Paulina Jaramillo discussed her experience spending the 2016-2017 academic year in the CMU Africa campus in Rwanda. Her seminar included an overview of her experience teaching the MS students in Rwanda as well as some of the research she started while in Kigali. Such research includes working with mini grid developers to build better demand models for rural customers after they first gain access to electricity, as well as deploying air quality monitors that will help CMU research better characterize Kigali’s air quality and air pollution sources.

2017 Electrochemical Energy Symposium | November 2-3, 2017

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This 1.5-day symposium, sponsored by the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and Carnegie Mellon's Energy Science, Technology and Policy Program, aimed at educating on fundamental aspects of electrochemical energy storage and conversion and will have a series of tutorial talks and technical talks from professors, students and postdoctoral researchers. The symposium, which was held at CMU, brought together researchers in energy storage and conversion. 

TransTech Energy Business Development Conference | Tuesday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Dr, Canonsburg, PA 15317

The TransTech Energy Business Development Conference was held to promote investment in new companies that can provide solutions to energy, environmental, and economic development challenges such as creating new jobs and more competitive industries.

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation was a proud academic partner.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) GeoPolicy Connect Workshop | Wednesday, October 4 - Friday, October 6, 2017

Where: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA; Various Locations
Highlighted Event: Learn How to Share Your Science with Different Audiences (10/4)

AGU’s GeoPolicy Connect is an exciting solutions-focused initiative created to foster relationships between stakeholders, help communities, and advance science for policy and society. The ongoing program hosts events that bring together members of local communities to address scientific issues that matter to them and affect policies—issues that often are affecting other communities as well. The Scott Institute was a proud sponsor of GeoPolicy Connect.

Information Session: Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition | October 2, 2017

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation’s Information Session hosted future clean energy entrepreneurs and innovative students from across the region to learn more about the 2018 Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize (CUP) Collegiate Competition.

Watch a video of the information session to learn more

The Information Revolution and Sustainable Development | September 27, 2017

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department hosted a seminar by Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development. Sachs spoke about ways to harness the Information Revolution to improve health, sustainability, and social justice in the U.S. and globally.

The Engineer's Role in Reinventing a Sustainable Future | September 22, 2017

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Charlie Hargroves, senior research fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute and sustainable development fellow at the University of Adelaide, delivered a talk at the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

The Metabolism of the Industrial City: Pittsburgh as a Model | September 13, 2017

Where: Scott Hall 6142 

Speaker: Joel Tarr, Caliguiri University Professor of History & Policy (CMU)
Respondent: Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture (Pitt)

Pre-circulated Seminar Reading: 
Tarr, Joel A. “The Metabolism of the Industrial City: The Case of Pittsburgh.” Journal of Urban History 28, no. 5 (July 1, 2002): 511–45.
Pitt Libraries Link
CMU Libraries Link

Of additional interest:

Tarr, Joel A., ed. Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region. Pittsburgh, PA, USA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005. 
Pitt Libraries Link
CMU Libraries Link

PA Secretaries Dunn & Richards: Sustainability, Efficiency & Transportation | September 13, 2017

Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted “The Future of Sustainability, Efficiency and Transportation," a fireside chat with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie Richards.

Watch a video of the fireside chat

Assessing and Reducing the Risks of Solar Geoengineering | September 11, 2017

Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making and the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center co-hosted a Distinguished Lecture by David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Public Policy at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Watch a video of David Keith's lecture

Pennsylvania General Assembly Science & Technology Fellowship Program Info Session | September 6, 2017

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EDT)
Where: Hamburg Hall 1002, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15213

This information session allowed attendees to learn about the Pennsylvania General Assembly Science & Technology Fellowship Program.

Rick Stafford, Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Deborah Stine, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Associate Director for Policy Outreach and Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy, spearheaded this initative in which graduate students would be placed in Pennsylvania General Assembly offices (the state legislature).

Watch a video of the info session

Seminar on Accelerating Energy Technology Innovation at Cyclotron Road | July 24, 2017

When: Monday, July 24, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EDT)

Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted a seminar by Ilan Gur, founding director of Cyclotron Road, on "Accelerating Energy Technology Innovation at Cyclotron Road."

Abstract:

Built to address the growing gap between academic research and industrial products, Cyclotron Road offers a home for hard science and technology innovators to advance their ideas from breakthrough concept to market ready product. At Cyclotron Road, innovators receive two years of salary and seed R&D funding, bolstered by access to world-class research tools and expertise at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The program provides focused technical and business mentorship, engagement with a network of potential commercialization partners, and interaction with a community of fellow entrepreneurs. Put together, Cyclotron Road aims to create the best environment for developing hard energy technologies that can succeed in the marketplace.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO | July 11, 2017

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Where: Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Sustainable Energy Coalition, the EXPO schowcased a cross-section of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation was one of 40 organizations to exhibit their technology and research.

Scott Institute Associate Director for Policy Outreach Deborah Stine presented a talk on Pittsburgh's progress in energy titled "From Pittsburgh to Paris: Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency and Jobs." 

Take a look at the presentation slideshow

Also, watch a video of Deborah Stine speaking in the Energy EXPO 2017 Panel 1: Setting the Stage.

Seminar on Seismic Hazard Induced by Production of Hydrocarbon and Geothermal Energy | June 22, 2017

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EDT)

Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted Serge A. Shapiro, professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, for a seminar on "Nature and control of seismic hazard induced by production of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy."

Productions and injections of fluids in rocks can induce significant earthquakes. Induced seismicity is observed by hydraulic fracturing of shale and stimulations of enhanced geothermal systems. Earthquakes can be caused by long-term developments of oil and gas fields. Understanding and monitoring of fluid-induced seismicity is necessary for controlling its seismic risk. The talk provided an overview of physical and geomechanical fundamentals of the seismic hazard, of approaches to its control and of various relevant case studies.

Watch a video of Serge A. Shapiro's seminar

Workshop on Electromagnetic Effects in Materials Synthesis | June 5-6, 2017

When: Monday, June 5, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST) and Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Where: Marquis Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201), Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Several materials of technological importance require high temperature processing over long durations and demand a large cost and energy footprint. Electromagnetic waves, such as microwave radiation and lasers can lower both temperatures and times involved in processing various types of materials, ranging from cooking food, making pharmaceutical drugs and 3D printed plastic parts to applications in precision surgery. What is common to all these examples is the idea that the electromagnetic fields absorbed within a material may not be immediately converted to heat, but can instead promote other forms of chemical or physical reactions.

This inaugural two-day workshop fostered collaboration between the research communities that use electromagnetic fields (in particular microwave radiation and lasers) for making materials. This workshop cross-pollinated ideas between members of both communities that will uncover answers to the longstanding scientific challenges in using electromagnetic fields for materials synthesis/processing.

From an industrial standpoint, technological advances in processing advanced materials using electromagnetic fields can have a smaller energy footprint compared to conventional synthesis and as such will have a profound impact on society. These materials will additionally find use in diverse areas like sustainable infrastructure, transportation, clean energy, water management and healthcare.

"Pipelines, Trucks, Buses and Automobiles: Where, When, Which?" | May 3, 2017

On May 3, 2017, Carnegie Mellon University hosted a policy briefing on several studies that provide guidance to policymakers for decisions they make related to energy and transportation. The event took place over lunch in room 421 of the Cannon Office Building. 

Watch a video of the event

Speakers

Dr. Karen Clay, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and by Courtesy, Tepper School of Business; Affiliated Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Law School

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Understanding the Social and Economic Costs of Transporting Crude Oil

Dr. Inês Azevedo, Co-Director, Climate and Energy Decisionmaking Center, Associate Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

"Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Transportation Fuels and Technologies Across America"

 

jeremy michalek

Dr. Jeremy J. Michalek, Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering; Director, Vehicle Electrification Group and the Design Decisions Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University 

"Where, When, and Which Electric Vehicles are Green?"

 

Fan Tong

Dr. Fan Tong, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

"Which alternative fuel technology is best for transit buses?"

 

 

Moderator

Dr. Deborah Stine, Associate Director for Policy Outreach, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy

Scott Institute Seminar by Wolf Ketter | April 18, 2017

When: Tuesd

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Scott Hall 5201, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted Wolf Ketter, director of the Institute for Energy Economics at the University of Cologne, for a seminar on "FleetPower: Creating Virtual Power Plants in Sustainable Smart Electricity Markets." 

Watch the live video of Wolf Ketter's seminar

Val Jensen: "Designing the Utility of the Future" | April 5, 2017

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EST)

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted distinguished speaker Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations at ComEd, for a lecture titled, "Designing the Utility of the Future."

Watch the video of Val Jensen's lecture

Carnegie Mellon Energy Week | March 27 - 31, 2017

On March 27-31, 2017, Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation celebrated its second Energy Week, an event designed to educate, inform and debate energy policy; highlight research and innovation; and prepare for the future. For videos of Energy Week seminars and events, check out our YouTube playlists for Energy Week 2017 and Energy Week 2016.

Also, watch this video to learn more about Energy Week and the Scott Institute:

Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Competition (Part of Energy Week) | March 28, 2017

In 2016, Pittsburgh was selected as one of eight national regions for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition occured on March 28, 2017 during Carnegie Mellon’s inaugural Energy Week, and it focused on the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. The regional first place winner received a $50,000 prize and there will be additional prizes as well for other winners.

Watch a video of the final pitches

Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute led a team that included the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Innovation Works, the Energy Innovation Center, and the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Visit cleantechprize.org for more details and to sign up for updates. 

Distinguished Lecture with Stacey Olson, President of Chevron Appalachia LLC | March 7, 2017

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:20 PM (EST)

Where: Marquis Conference Room, Scott Hall 5201, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Mellon University's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation hosted distinguished speaker Stacey Olson, President of Chevron Appalachia, LLC, for a lecture. 

Watch a video of Stacey Olson's lecture

Building a Resilient, Smart and Sustainable City: The Energy-Water Nexus | February 16, 2017

When: Thursd

Where: McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 

Energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, yet their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. Smart, resilient cities are tackling these connection points head on – metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, known as the “city of three rivers.” Always a center for groundbreaking ideas – from the earliest days as the center for industry to the recently launched p4 Initiative and upcoming Climate Action Plan 3.0, Pittsburgh leads the country as a thriving hub of innovation, technology, education, environmental stewardship, and sustainability. In order to continue this important conversation, the Scott Institute hosted a gathering of national thought leaders and distinguished guests as we discussed the issues and opportunities surrounding the Nexus of Energy and Water management, both nationally and in Pittsburgh. The event featured a keynote speaker followed by insights from a panel of experts from around the country. 

Listen to keynote speaker Dr. Michael Webber's lecture and watch a video of the panel discussion.

Nathan S. Lewis: "Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting" | February 28, 2017

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

Where: Connan Room, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Scott Institute hosted a seminar titled,"Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting" by Nathan S. Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.

"Energy & Water: Powering the Modern City"- Distinguished Lecture with Philip Mezey, CEO of Itron Inc. | February 16, 2017

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EST)

Where: Peter/Wright Rooms, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Wilton E. Scott Insitute for Energy innovation presented a Distinguished Lecture by Philip Mezey, President and CEO of Itron, a $2 billion global technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We were proud to participate in a dialogue about the intersection of energy and water management and the Internet of Things.

During this discussion, Mr. Mezey covered the challenges and opportunities utilities, cities and citizens face as we invest in infrastructure and think about the future of energy and water. He specifically addressed how we are wasting these precious resources and what technology and solutions can be applied to ensure sustainable cities in the future.

Watch the video of Philip Mezey's lecture

2015

Cleantech University Prize Jamathon | December 2, 2015

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 pm in Wean Hall 3701 on the Carnegie Mellon Campus, Allegheny Cleantech UP hosted a Jamathon -- a shortened version of Startup Weekend. The goal was for student entrepreneurs with ideas in renewable energy and energy efficiency to connect with other students who might form the basis for a team with the right collection of expertise to be successful in the competition.

Students from all area universities attended this event.

Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition Jamathon | August 12, 2015

Entrepreneurs, developers, working professionals, mentors, makers, doers, and enthusiasts joined the Scott Institute on August 12, 2015 from 3-6 pm, for the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Catalyst Prize Competition Jamathon. Participants recruited team members to work on a new cleanweb business idea in the solar or buildings space that can be implemented with software, data, or automation, or they selected an idea at catalyst.energy.gov

This event facilitated the creation of a video pitch that could be used to apply to the SunShot Catalyst Business Innovation contest, one of four in the Sunshot Catalyst series, with prizes from $1,000 to $100,000. The event took place on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. 

View the photo archive of this event on The Scott Institute's Facebook page

Data Analytics for Virtual Energy Audits and Value Capture Assessments Seminar | July 20, 2015

Dr. Alexis Abramson, F. Alex Nason Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western University and Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, delivered a seminar on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 12pm in Baker Hall 129. The talk focused on a “Big Data” analytics approach to building efficiency diagnosis and prognostics.

Innovating for Competitive Advantage Webinar Series: The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance and the Oil & Gas Industry

PITACatalyst Connection / Scott Institute (May 2015)

This series focused on several oil & gas industry technologies in development at CMU and funded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) and how industry can be a partner in those research activities. We discussed wireless ultrasonic detection of defects in clad-steel oil and gas pressure vessels as well as using mobile laboratories to characterize methane and other emission from natural gas production.  

PITA is a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) program. 

Watch the video

2014

QER Public Meeting
Natural Gas: Transmission, Storage and Distribution

U.S. Department of Energy / Scott Institute (July 2014)

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited CMU to lead a public meeting on natural gas and its role in America's energy future. The DOE forum, part of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) established earlier this year by U.S. President Barack Obama, was hosted on CMU's Pittsburgh campus by the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

2013

Shale Gas and Implications for Regional Manufacturing

Scott Institute/National Academy of Engineers (April 2013)

A symposium hosted by CMU's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) examined the role of shale gas in manufacturing, transportation and the environment. 

A recording of the event is below, in four parts.