Carnegie Mellon University

Jay Apt

Jay Apt

Professor, Tepper School of Business, Engineering and Public Policy
Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center (CEIC)

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Professor, Tepper School of Business, Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010-
  • Affiliated Professor in Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010-
  • Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000-2010
  • Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, iNetworks, LLC Venture Capital , 2000-2003
  • Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 1997-2000
  • Astronaut (Four Space Shuttle missions. Two missions involved partnerships with Japan and Russia; one involved two spacewalks), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1985-1997
  • Chief of Mission Support Branch, 1995-1996
  • Flight Controller, Mission Control center, 1982-1985
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Science Manager of Optical Facilities, Table Mountain Observatory, Group Leader, Optical Astronomy Group, Planetary scientist in Earth and Space Sciences Division, California Institute of Technology, 1980-1982
  • Assistant Director, Division of Applied Sciences, Founding Director, Planetary Imaging computer center, Harvard University, 1978-1980
  • Staff, Center for Earth and Planetary Physics, 1976-1980
  • Post-doctoral fellow in laser spectroscopy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976


Apt's work is focused on low-pollution electric power generation, security and reliability of the electric power system, energy storage, electric vehicles, transmission and distribution.

Jay Apt is one of the many faculty experts at Carnegie Mellon University contributing to the work of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Apt discusses what electricity supply will look like in the 21st century.