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10.29.18 | Alumni panel shares industry experience with ETIM students

More than 30 students gathered to hear stories and experiences from recent ETIM alumni working in industry. They sought advice on getting a job, changing careers, finding the best path, and being comfortable with uncertainty. ETIM graduates emphasized that they have to be willing to take risks and draw from various experiences to solve problems they've never encountered before. 


10.24.18 | Incoming Student wins exhibition pitch award

Kwaky JyamfiIncoming E&TIM student and James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow, Kwaku Jyamfi (CEE/ETIM dual degree), has won the exhibiton pitch at the 2018 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference. The Trans Tech exhibition pitch allowed energy-oriented companies who were not in the final heat a chance to pitch their idea in front of investors in 4 minutes or less. 

Jyamfi pitched a solution to a problem that 1.2 billion people across the world face: energy insecurity. Many communities don’t have access to electricity produced by technology, yet, they have means of producing energy using local natural resources, like agricultural waste.

"Farm to Flame", the startup Jyamfi co-founded with Will McKnight at Syracuse University this year, is developing a feasible solution for those who have agricultural waste abundant enough to generate electricity. Farm to Flame is giving larger scale farmers a means of profiting off waste by bringing electricity to a population without.


9.10.18 | 2018 Summer Internship Photo Competition

Each summer, ETIM students compete for the best photo of their internship. 


9.5.18 | ETIM student provides market analysis for American-Made Solar Prize team

Anant Vikram SinghThe American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition that incentivizes innovators to discover, research, iterate and deliver new solar solutions to market. The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon has recently been named a "connector" within the American-Made Network and is supporting several Carnegie Mellon faculty members in this competition, including a project from Chemical Engineering Professor B. Erik Ydstie about solar cell production.

A team of student research assistants have been working with Ydstie and ETIM student Anant Vikram Singh led the commercialization team in identifying financial advantages and competing technologies.


8.28.18 | Alumini Startup to present at the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference

ristcall logo

RistCall, a next-generation call bell system for nurses founded by ETIM alumni Srinath Vaddepally, is one of eight finalists selected to present at the First Coast challenge Innovators Investor Pitch competition on September 6. The First Coast Innovator’s Gathering is a newelement of RESI Boston that allows tech startups based in the Northeast to increase visibility with potential global investors and strategic partners. Investors will ask questions and provide feedback to presenting startups.


5.20.18 | ETIM Commencement 

E&TIM Commencement 2018


5.22.18 | RoadBotics Wins ASCE Innovation Award

RoadBotics, a Robotics Institute spinoff, uses smartphone and artificial intelligence technology to monitor the condition of concrete and asphalt surfaces, received the Overall Greatest Impact award in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual Innovation Contest. Robotics was co-founded by ETIM professor Mark Desantis.


5.20.18 | Outstanding ETIM Internship Presentation Award Winner

Siri Maley was selected for the 2017 “Outstanding ETIM Internship Presentation Award”, which honors the memory of ETIM alumnus Raunaq Gandhok. 

Siri Maley
Maley's entry was voted "Best Internship Photo" by ETIM students in 2017.

The award is named for an ETIM student who died in a tragic automobile accident in 2013.  The award winner’s name is inscribed on a plaque displayed in our ETIM space, which includes a quote from Raunaq’s own internship report. He wrote, “ It is advisable to have an open mind…the beauty of it is to get exposed to different technologies and businesses all along the way.” 

Siri was selected as a Doolittle Scholar employed by the Air Force Research Lab at Eglin Air Force Base.


3.20.18 | Pipe-crawling Robot Will Help Decommission DOE Nuclear Facility

A pair of autonomous robots developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute will soon be driving through miles of pipes at the U.S. Department of Energy's former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio, to identify uranium deposits on pipe walls. The team includes ETIM student Siri Maley (below, left).

pipe crawling robot


1.23.18 | ETIM Students win at Build 18 Hackathon

Jonathan Dyer, ETIM ’18 and Mech E ‘19 Dual Degree student, competed with his team in Build18 Hackathon and won “First Penguin,” an award that goes to the best project among first-time builders.


01.12.18 | Graduate Research Fellowship

ETIM and Language Technologies Institute student Juncheng (Billy) Li is one of two inaugural recipients of Bosch SCS Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellows' research will strengthen Bosch's capabilities in human-machine interaction (HMI) technologies, and will be performed in close coordination with the Bosch Research and Technology Center's Pittsburgh office. 


11.15.17 | ETIM Founders

In 1967, two institutions founded by visionaries — Carnegie Institute of Technology and Mellon Institute — came together to form Carnegie Mellon University That merger is where CMU came from. But the real story is everything that came after — and everyone who has followed in our founders’ footsteps to become leaders with their own initiatives, creations and ideas. This Homecoming, Carnegie Mellon is celebrating founders who emerged from the University and ETIM took the opportunity to spotlight a few of our own founders.


10.31.17 | ETIM Alumni Recognized as Ashoka Fellow

Pablo Sanchez Santaeufemia (ETIM '15) has been recognized by the Ashoka Foundation as a 2017 Ashoka Fellow. The Ashoka Spain committee reviewed over 700 applications of social entrepreneurs. Fellows are selected based on innovative ideas that have the potential to trigger a nationwide impact and change the field significantly. After an arduous selection process, the committee chose Pablo as one of four fellows.


10.30.17 | Startup Launched by ETIM Alumni Transforms Industries Through the Internet of Things

ETIM alumni and founder of Rocket Wagon, Skylar Roebuck, discusses the Internet of Things with his undergraduate alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. “We create new data, opportunities and experiences that allow us to completely re-imagine businesses and unlock opportunities for our clients,” said Roebuck. “At Rocket Wagon, we do this every day — we’re makers who create products that transform entire industries.


09.01.17 | ETIM Summer Internship Photo Competition

Each summer, ETIM encourages students to take photos of themselves in their internship environment. 


06.29.17 | ETIM Alumni Takes First at Pitch Competition

Wittled down from 30 teams who originally applied for the competition, Adhithi Aji, CEO of Adrich was the ultimate winner. Formerly, Adrich was part of AlphaLab Gear’s recent class and Ms. Aji pitched at the accelerator’s 2017 Demo Day.

Adrich calls itself “the only two-way communication enabler that connects brands to post-purchase usage info,” according to its site. During Ms. Aji’s 2-minute elevator speech at the competition, she explained that her business uses smart labels affixed to products to collect consumer data.


06.15.17 | ETIM Summer Internships

The ETIM Internship Practicum is positioned between the first and second semesters of study in the ETIM program. This enables students to both prepare for and learn from this real world experience.


05.21.17 | ETIM Commencement 2017

ETIM graduates were honored at a joint diploma ceremony with the Department of Engineering & Public Policy, as part of Carnegie Mellon's Commencement weekend. 

E&TIM Diploma Ceremony 2017

ETIM Masters Graduates

Saket Bohania

Ti-Chen Chen

Sandhya Ranganathan Iyer

Lee He

Travis Scott Miller

Rohit Vishal Mishra

Aakash Pathak

Jeremie Pocachard

Weijun Qian

Nikhil S. Ranga

Kelsey E. Scott

Neha Chintamani Sharma

Sonia Sharma

Apratim Vidyarthi

ETIM Dual Degree

Pritham Velamur Aravind (CEE)

Hao Gu (CEE)

Stephanie Cathryn Beels (BME)

Suyash Kela (MEG)

Narayanaswami Sriram

Enzhe Lu (CEE)

Bharadwaj (CEE)

Sheyda Demooei (ECE)

Courtney Mae Thier (CEE)

Mayuri Gupta (BME)

Yujie Wei (CEE)

Akshay Satish Kulkarni (ECE)

Qin Lu (CHE)

Rochelle Lauren Nakia Samuel (CEE)

Yao-Hsuan Tseng (MSE)

Dian Yu (MSE)


04.27.17 | ETIM Director Jimmy Williams named Outstanding Alumni by Texas A&M University College of Engineering

Jimmy Williams honored as Alumni

Jimmy Williams was one of six alumni honored by The Texas A&M University College of Engineering during the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet.


04.21.17 | Inside Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

What venture capitalists are looking for is often different from what entrepreneurs think they are looking for.

E&TIM workshopThis is the core lesson that Tim Danford, entrepreneur, product manager, and former venture capitalist, brought to campus in an exclusive event for young leaders. On April 20 and 21, the workshop, “Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists: An Insider’s View,“ explored the venture business model, in order to help entrepreneurs bridge gaps in in their knowledge of funding. According to Danford, growing a company and securing funding take differing skillsets that entrepreneurs often lack, which puts them at a disadvantage when it’s time to take their company to the next level.

Tim has been an investor and entrepreneur for more than 15 years; his first startup was based on the early Alex Hills’ project, Andrew Wi-Fi. He was on the Corporate Development team at Cisco Systems and started a few venture-backed companies as a co-founder and incubation/seed investor. He had fiduciary responsibility for multiple funds as a managing director and partner, and is currently the New Product Deployment Lead for the Facebook Connectivity Lab.

Danford summarizes his experience with ETIM executive director Jimmy Williams in an interview.


03.28.17 | Sustainability Weekend Registration Is Open

Sustainability Weekend registration open

CMU Sustainable Earth is hosting the second-annual Sustainability Weekend from April 6-8, 2017

Sustainability Weekend is a 3-day conference that aims to showcase the larger context of sustainability beyond the environment. Following this year’s theme of My Impact in Sustainability, this weekend will bring students and professionals together to spark conversations about their individual impact towards a more sustainable world. It is both informative, with speakers and panels, as well as interactive, with guided tours and workshops. We will be covering a diverse range of topics including social injustice, recycling, getting involved with the local community, entrepreneurship, and food waste. Register now

Keynotes include:

"The Intersection of Technology and Human Behavior" | April 6, Porter Hall 100, 4:30 - 6 pm
Eric Bear, Chief Experience Officer, Curb

"The Corporate Individual" | April 7, UC Connan, 4:30 - 6 pm
Ben Cuozzo, Project Manager, GRID Alternatives

"Social Injustice: Gentrification in Pittsburgh" | April 8, UC Connan, 5 - 6 pm
Majestic Lane, Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of the Mayor

Questions? Contact Courtney Thier.

03.15.17 | Arden Rosenblatt Featured for Transforming Pittsburgh

Arden RosenblattETIM alum Arden Rosenblatt was among those listed in "Who's Next in Technology" in Pittsburgh publication The incline. “Arden has always taken a Pittsburgh-first approach,” a nominator wrote, adding that Rosenblatt works to bring major organizations into the region and to build a strong network to connect Pittsburgh to cities across the country.

Arden and co-founder Alejandro Sklar graduated from Pittsburgh's AlphaLab Gear hardware accelerator program. Their consumer-focused toy printer, PieceMaker, was named “Best of Toy Fair 2016” by Popular Science Magazine and Piecemaker is currently working with companies like Nickelodeon, Toys”R”Us and Ford Motors.


01.28.17 | Women Empowerment in STEM Conference: A Student Perspective

Sakhi ShahETIM student Sakhi Shah attended the weSTEM conference January 28th in Chicago and returned with a recap of the event. 

"I was able to network and connect with students and professionals, and really understand my role and opportunities as a women in a STEM fields as well as how to deal with hurdles that I may face during my career." 

01.26.17 | Piper Spotlight: M. Shernell Smith

Shernell SmithCarnegie Mellon's student newspaper, The Piper, recently interviewed ETIM's Student Affairs liason, Shernell Smith.

She explains the importance of her position at Carnegie Mellon, explaining that “Inclusion and advocacy is not just an important part of my work in Student Affairs but it is an important part of my work in Staff Council as well.”

In her spare time, Smith serves on the board of the Thomas Merton Center and works with the Urban League of Pittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium and Pennsylvania Women Work, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women. “I’m able to bring the CMU experience into the Pittsburgh community and the Pittsburgh community into the CMU experience,” Smith said.


01.24.17 | Jimmy Williams Shares His Experience in “Why Graduate School?” Keynote

On Tuesday, January 24, the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) hosted its second installment of the “Why Graduate School?” series, focusing on planning for graduate school.

The evening began with a keynote from Dr. Jimmy Williams, Executive Director and Distinguished Service Professor of the ETIM program. Over the course of his career, Dr. Williams has held multiple corporate executive positions in the technology industry. He shared his experiences with graduate and undergraduate students, outlining his career path, and articulating the value of advanced degrees in industry. He also touched on the importance of diversity in the workplace, as well as the dichotomy between working for academia and the industry.


01.22.17 | ETIM Alum Among Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship

Forbes 30 under 30 Pablo Sanchez SantaeufemiaPablo Sanchez Santaeufemia (ETIM 15), co-founder and CEO of Bridge for Billions, was named one of Forbes Magazine Europe's 30 Under 30 in Social Innovation. Forbes honorees represented 51 countries from six continents.     

Bridge for Billions is the online incubator that helps early-stage entrepreneurs across the globe to structure, develop, and refine their businesses with a mentor. They are inspired by the idea that there are millions of worthy entrepreneurs across the world lacking skilled support, and just as many passionate individuals globally who are ready to share their knowledge and experience.   


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