Carnegie Mellon University

Jay Whitacre

Jay F. Whitacre

Trustee Professor in Energy, Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy
Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Founder, Aquion Energy

  • Scott Hall 5127A
  • 412-268-1765
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. Whitacre became an assistant professor at CMU in fall 2007, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2015. His work at CMU has been focused on developing and analyzing new materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. In 2008, a first-generation version of the AHI chemistry was developed in his labs at CMU, and subsequent incubation work resulted in the spin out of Aquion Energy from CMU in late 2009.


Whitacre's work includes energy storage, conversion, power grids and electric vehicles.

CMU's Jay Whitacre discusses the next generation of energy storage technologies being pioneered at CMU.

Whitacre presented about low cost batteries and if they can help us to use more renewables and build fewer transmission lines at the symposium celebrating the launch of the Scott Institute.