Carnegie Mellon University

mark mesler

The Future of Energy is Distributed, Sustainable and Personalized

Join the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University for a Distinguished Lecture by CMU alum and Bloom Energy Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations Mark Mesler (Tepper 2001). Mesler's talk is titled, "The Future of Energy is Distributed, Sustainable and Personalized." This event is in conjunction with the Tepper School of Business' Technology, Sustainability, and Business Forum.

Date and Location

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT) - Lunch available at 11:15 AM
Bosch Spark Conference Room, 5201 Scott Hall | Carnegie Mellon University | 5000 Forbes Ave. | Pittsburgh, PA 15213


History has shown that technological innovation morphs industries from centralized to distributed models. In computing, the world has seen the migration from large, centralized mainframe computing to distributed personal computing supported by geographically dispersed data centers. In telephony, society has migrated from the  centralized switchboard technology of yesteryear to personalized cell phones supported by cell towers. 

We are seeing many developing countries leap frog the fixed landline infrastructure to cell phone paradigms. Energy generation and consumption can go that same path. Current technologies are allowing consumers and commercial entities to create highly resilient and personalized microgrids on-premises that are sustainable and in the process, shielding themselves from the risks and limitations of the conventional power grid. This lecture will discuss these technologies and specifically how fuel cell technology is the only technology that can generate highly-reliable, sustainable and affordable, Always-on, 24/7 baseload power.


Mesler joined Bloom Energy in August of 2009 and has built the Financial Planning and Analysis and Investor Relations functions, in addition to executing all of the corporate equity and debt financing for the company over that time. He was part of the team that took Bloom public on the New York Stock Exchange in July of 2018. Prior to Bloom Energy, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations at Aquest Systems, a developer and manufacturer of automated material handling systems for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, pioneering a disruptive in-fab transportation paradigm. 

Prior to Aquest, Mesler was Director of Finance for KLA-Tencor Corporation, a global manufacturer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Mesler also held positions at Black Box Network Services, where he led the deal execution for over twenty acquisition transactions, and at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he participated in their Accounting and Financial Development Program. Mesler holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance with Highest Distinction from Penn State University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001.

The Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall is located on the west side of Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus between Hamerschlag Hall and the FMS building, and adjacent to the west wall of Wean Hall. We recommend you park at the East Campus Garage on Forbes Avenue and walk to Scott Hall following the directions below. VIEW PARKING RATES