Carnegie Mellon University

Scott Institute Staff 

 

Dr. Whitacre

Dr. Jay Whitacre

Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Trustee Professor in Energy of Materials Science and Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy

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

Bio

Jay F. Whitacre, CMU Trustee Professor in Energy, has been the Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation since 2017 and is also a professor in the Materials Science & Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy departments. He started his career at the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he studied the fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemically functional materials.

He came to CMU in 2007, and  focuses his research on the synergistic fields of energy storage and energy systems. He also developed a novel battery chemistry that was manufactured and sold by Aquion Energy, a company he founded in 2008 and was acquired in 2017. His current work includes investigating novel polymer and ceramics, using cutting-edge computational techniques to optimize the experimental exploration of electrochemical materials, and techno-economic assessments of complex energy systems. He is the recipient the 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy, the 2015 $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the 2014 Caltech Resnick Institute Resonate Award, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He has authored over 100 peer review papers and over 30 patents. He earned his B.A. degree in Physics from Oberlin College in 1994, and a Masters (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. LEARN MORE

Dr. Gellman

Dr. Andrew Gellman

Co-Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

In 2012, Gellman was appointed Co-Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, where he focuses on management of seed grant support for research, visiting faculty, and PhD student support. Professor Gellman received his BS in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. Thereafter, he was an ICI postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University in Physical Chemistry. He became a faculty member of the chemistry department at the University of Illinois before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1992 where he was appointed the Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1999. Prof.

Gellman also holds courtesy appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and in Chemistry. From Jan. 2003 – Nov. 2013 Prof. Gellman served as Department Head of Chemical Engineering. He oversaw a $28 million renovation of Doherty Hall between 2004 -2008. Prof. Gellman organized a consortium involving Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University and in 2007 became the founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions, an outgrowth of the Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Daniel Tkacik

Daniel Tkacik

Executive Director

  • Scott Hall, 5121
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Tkacik (pronounced Ta-chick) has been at CMU since 2009, having earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in CMU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Tkacik's research focused on air pollution from combustion systems and helped advance the understanding of secondary organic aerosols -- microscopic airborne particles that form from the oxidation of organic (i.e. carbon-containing) vapors. From 2013-2014, he served as a postdoctoral researcher, traveling around the United States measuring methane emissions from natural gas facilities to gain a better understanding of greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas sector.

From 2014 to 2022, Tkacik joined CMU's College of Engineering as a communications manager, leading the development of communications strategies and materials to elevate the stature and reputation of the College.

Prior to coming to CMU, Tkacik earned a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology, conducting research on the properties of cloud condensation nuclei and the effects of cloud properties on global climate.

Reed McManigle

Reed McManigle

Senior Manager, Business Development & Licensing, Mentor in Residence

  • Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) - 308
  • 412-286-5443
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Reed McManigle focuses on energy innovation and entrepreneurship. McManigle assists energy researchers at CMU in protection of their intellectual property and development of strategies to move their work to commercial use. He helps researchers develop and implement strategies for forming startup companies, including conducting customer discovery; soliciting pre-seed funding; and developing relationships with entrepreneur partners. McManigle manages CTTEC's 'gap funding' program and is a mentor in CMU's NSF I-Corps Site program, and for CMU teams in national I-Corps programs.

Virginia Delaney

Virginia Delaney

Senior Administrative Coordinator

  • Scott Hall, 5127
  • 412-268-4111
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Ginny Delaney began working at Carnegie Mellon in 1998 as the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs. She served as the Dean’s assistant for eight years until moving to the Advancement Division where she was the Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement. In March 2016, Ginny joined the Scott Institute as its Administrative Assistant.

Panayiotis (Panos)  Moutis

Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis

Systems Scientist, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

  • Scott Hall, 5115
  • 412-268-7114
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Dr. Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis, joined the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University in August 2018, following his appointment as a postdoctoral research associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon (Feb. 2016). In his role as systems scientist with the Institute, he has been conducting research on various smart grid applications and paradigms for the management and control of electric power systems, while also offering special topic courses on similar subjects.

In 2014, he was awarded a fellowship by Arup UK (through the University of Greenwich) on the “Research Challenge of Balancing Urban Microgrids in Future Planned Communities,” whereas in 2013 he won the “IEEE Sustainability 360o Contest” on the topic of Power. Between 2007 and 2015, as part of the SmartRUE research group, he contributed in over a dozen R&D projects funded by the European Commission. Panos received both his diploma (2007) and his PhD (2015) degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has published more than 20 papers and has accumulated over 10 years of experience as a technical consultant on projects of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency.

He is a senior member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Computer Society. Panos is the Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Publications Committee, the Editor-in-Chief of the “IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter” and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the “IEEE Smart Grid Compendium of Journal Publications, vol. 1."

Katelyn Haas-Conrad

Katelyn Haas-Conrad

Assistant Director for Partnerships

  • Scott Hall, 5115
  • 412-268-6741
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

As Assistant Director for Partnerships, Katelyn Haas-Conrad works closely with the Executive Director to develop and steward the Scott Institute partnerships and initiatives. She supports the work of the University Energy Institute Collaborative (UEIC), a first-of-its-kind partnership of U.S. university-based energy institutes formed to address the critical challenges facing America’s energy systems with a vision of supporting a low carbon and just energy future. Prior to joining the Scott Institute team, Katelyn worked for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce for over six years. Her main areas of focus were energy, sustainability and infrastructure policy. She managed the Allegheny Conference’s Sustainability and Infrastructure committees and was integral in facilitating the creation of the Regional Transportation Alliance’s Imagine Transportation 2.0 and the creation of the Allegheny Conference’s Sustainability Principles. She received her Master’s in public policy and nonprofit management from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and has a BA in Chemistry and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Katelyn served in the Peace Corps as a science and math teacher in Sierra Leone.

Kristen Whitlinger

Kristen Whitlinger

Digital Communications Manager

  • Scott Hall, 5115
  • 412-268-4484
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

As Digital Communications Manager, Kristen Whitlinger leads the digital communication of the Scott Institute and its strategic objectives through engaging design, branding and web content. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in digital marketing, UX web design, and project management in a range of industries including education, arts and local nonprofits. Prior to joining the Scott Institute in 2021, Whitlinger spent five years at Pittsburgh Public Schools managing web and digital communications. She oversaw the district’s digital presence, including over 54 school websites and the district’s survey platform. She has worked with many local organizations in web design, brand management, social media, photography and graphic design. Kristen studied Art and Anthropology at University of Pittsburgh.

Sera Passerini

Sera Passerini

Communications and Events Coordinator

  • Scott Hall, 5120 C
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

As Communications and Events Coordinator, Sera Passerini supports all communication efforts at the Scott Institute. She focuses on engagement with our digital audience, communication with partners and hosting events that support the Scott Institute’s mission. Her previous experience covers a range of administration, financial management, events and project coordination in education and nonprofits. Sera received a baccalaureate from the University of Pittsburgh in Russian and political science and has pursued additional coursework in the natural and computer sciences.