Carnegie Mellon University
November 02, 2017

Faculty, Students Pitch Research Innovations at Regional Energy Conference

Four CMU student teams presented technology innovation posters developed in an "Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship" course taught by Deborah Stine, professor of the practice in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and associate director for policy outreach at the Scott Institute.

The students received feedback on their posters from investors and leaders in the energy sector including Randall Gentry, chief technology officer and deputy director of science and technology for The National Energy Technology Laboratory. They also learned about entrepreneurship at an evening keynote session.

"We heard from different business angels regarding the innovation ecosystem in Western Pennsylvania and what they look for in a company," said Pedro Benedicto Martínez, a master's degree student in CMU's Energy Science, Technology and Policy Program who aims to make better weather forecasts for solar and wind generation facilities using satellite data. "The feedback we received combined with the information we learned at the panel will help us improve our project and address the aspects that turn a project into a successful company."

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