August 30, 2017
A Warm Welcome From the Scott Institute
On behalf of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation staff, I am happy to extend a warm “welcome” to both new and returning students and faculty as our community starts the 2017/2018 academic year. This past summer, we continued working on ways to enhance the impact the Scott Institute can have. Our most successful initiatives, such as the Seed Grant program, Energy Week and our policy outreach efforts will continue, as we introduce some new concepts including a “moon shot” effort, increased focus on entrepreneurial activities, supporting the founding of a new center, creating a new level of Institute Affiliates and greatly increasing our interactions with industry and other partners. More details around these new efforts will unfold in the coming months, so stay tuned and please reach out to myself or any of the Scott Institute staff if you have input or want to know more.
Additionally, we encourage you to check out our new online look! The Institute’s re-designed website officially launched today and we are excited to be offering a more streamlined look that hopefully allows us to highlight all of the exciting energy-related work going on here at Carnegie Mellon University.
Lastly, there are several exciting events coming up, including a Distinguished Lecture on Solar Geoengineering by Harvard University’s Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Public Policy David Keith, a Fireside Chat on Sustainability, Efficiency & Transportation with PA Secretaries Cindy Adams Dunn and Leslie Richards and a Seminar on "The Engineer's Role in Reinventing a Sustainable Future" by Charlie Hargroves, senior research fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. The Scott Institute has even more events planned for this semester that you can learn about here. We encourage you to register to attend these.
We wish you the very best and we look forward to many stimulating collaborations and communications.
Professor Jay F. Whitacre,
Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Department of Engineering & Public Policy
Department of Materials Science & Engineering