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2016 News

12.8.16 | Social Innovation Fellowship

Courtney ThierE&TIM student Courtney Their has been awarded the Carnegie Mellon Social Innovation Fellowshop the fellowship provides an opportunity for a group of graduate students to design, build and scale ideas that can have lasting and meaningful impact. The fellowship provides a select cohort of exceptional students interested in social innovation an opportunity to learn from government, university, and industry. It offers a platform to move students' ideas from ideation to implementation by providing a “living laboratory” in which to test them.The outcome of the fellowship must be a new entrepreneurial venture or recommendations for further research to address a problem being faced by rural or urban populations.

10.25.16 | E&TIM Student Team Wins USAEE Case Competition

USAEE-caseE&TIM’s student team won first place in the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Case Competition, at the USAEE/IAEE Conference held October 23-26 in Oklahoma.

Participating teams worked on a problem over a period of three weeks and submited a written report detailing their methods and solution. A complete solution required teams to have knowledge in economics, engineering, and policy analysis. The winning team includes Apratim Vidyarthi, Raafe Khan (a graduate student in the EST&P program), Stephanie BeelsSuyash Kela,  Pritham Aravind, pictured left.

Their project focuses on generating a techno-economic assessment for replacing oil and natural gas as primary energy sources in Saudi Arabia with Solar and other renewable sources of energy. They were tasked with carrying out a foreign policy assessment, and a feasible project plan to change the energy composition in Saudi Arabia.

“Thanks to the competition, we were able to present our plan to individuals who have worked for the Department of Energy, the Obama and Bush administrations, the Department of the Interior, and to key members of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s primary oil company and energy provider, and the key company stakeholder in the competition,” says Aravind. “Getting a chance to network with people who are going to make a difference and bask in their collective wisdom was an invaluable experience.” 

Read more about the competition from the College of Engineering.

10.17.16 | E&TIM Student Named Swartz Fellow

MechE/E&TIM masters student Gus Jenkins has been selected as a 2016-2017 James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow. This initiative, offered through the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, is designed to accelerate the careers of CMU grad students interested in entrepreneurship in the technology space. The program offers fellows the chance to build their leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring, and entrepreneurship training courses.  Read more from the College of Engineering.

06.13.16 | E&TIM Summer Internships

View the 2016 E&TIM Summer Internships.

06.15.16 | Startup Bridge for Billions Selected for Innovation Accelerator 

E&TIM startup Bridge for Billions was selected into Idea Foundry. Idea Foundry provides 12-weeks of mentoring this summer, $10K, an introduction to investors and possible $50K grant at the summer’s culmination. Bridge for Billions was founded by E&TIM’14 Alums, including Pablo Sanchez Santaeufemia (Dual Degree w/ Mech E’15), Jils George (Mech E’15), Jessica Kou (Dual Degree with BME’15) and Olisa Okonkwo. Bridge for Billions is a crowd source incubator that turns dreams and dedication into investment-worthy businesses. BFB's 1st piolet project, Del Rincon, an organic agave business from Mexico, has already finished the Bridge for Billions process and launched a funding campaign. He will be creating jobs for 8 families in rurual Mexico. 

05.15.16 | E&TIM Alum Helps Startup Land First Customer

Shang Wang E&TIM ’14 is the Business Development Manager for the Pittsburgh startup Maven Machines, which released a wearable alert system to its first customer, PGT Trucking

04.15.16 | Alumni Startup Hyliion Wins DOE's 2016 Cleantech Prize

Mario Avila (E&TIM ’13/MechE ’14) and the Hyliion team won the Clean Tech prize of $50,000 from the Department of Energy for their SMART Suspension System, an add-on module for tractor-trailers that captures otherwise wasted energy to reduce fuel consumption. The Hyliion team also placed first in Columbia University’s Venture Competition’s Global Challenge

04.15.16 | E&TIM Startup Piecemaker Competes in CMU Venture Challenge

E&TIM Alum’s Arden Rosenblatt ‘13 & Alejandro Sklar ’14, co-founders of PieceMaker (3D Printing) were among the entrepreneurs providing guidance to teams competing at CMU Venture Challenge. Arden and Alejandro were also featured in the opening video for Pittsburgh’s 2015 Alpha Lab and Alpha Lab Gear Demo Day. 

03.15.16 | Alumni Wins Social Innovation Challenge

Daniel Clerk, E&TIM ‘15 Student, and his team won 1st Place in the 2015 Heinz College Social Innovation Solutions Challenge with their idea for a Solar Powered Oil Expeller in West Africa.

02.29.16 | E&TIM/BME 2016 Dual Degree Students's team chosen as finalist at the Mylan Hackathon

Congratulations Stephanie Beels & Mayuri Gupta! 

The Steel City Engineers (a Carnegie Mellon University student team including 3 BME, 3 ECE, and 2 E&TIM students (Mayuri Gupta and Stephanie Beels) were finalists at the Mylan Hackathon with Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Canonsburg, PA. The Steel City Engineers were chosen as one of 4 of the finalist out of 24 student teams. Their app was a process innovation to change the way that patients in underdeveloped counties who have or might have HIV interact with physicians, pharmacists, and members of their community.

02.15.16 | RistCall Selected for CMU's iCorps

Srinath Vaddepally's (E&TIM ‘12/ECE ’13) startup company, RistCall, was selected as one of 16 I-Corps teams. "Along with becoming members of the NSF’s National Innovation Network, the 16 teams will receive up to $2,000 to further their business ventures, with access to CMU’s Project Olympus incubator space, business mentoring and proprietary LaunchPad Central software for documentation."

2015 News

12.14.15 | Outstanding E&TIM Internship Presentation Award

Shang Wang, E&TIM ’14, was named the first winner of the “Outstanding E&TIM Internship Presentation Award,” which was established in memory of Raunaq Singh Gandhok, a member of the E&TIM class of 2013.

02.04.15 | Caradigm Care Management Wins Best in Biz Award

Corinne Pascale’s, E&TIM ’09, product named a winner in the ‘Most Innovative Product of the Year’ category in the Best in Biz Awards 2014. Read more

01.22.15 | Creating Economic Opportunities in Thailand

Read about Tessa Roscoe’s, E&TIM ’14/CEE ’15 Alum, E&TIM 2014 Summer Internship in Thailand.

2014 News

10.24.14 | CMU Grads Develop a Rapid-Response Public Safety Device

Read an interview about Srinath Vaddepally's (E&TIM/ECE '13) AlertCall™.

07.15.14 | 16 Alumni Startups Receive Investment From Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

E&TIM Alumni are among the startups receiving investment from Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund. Read more.

06.15.14 | Summer Internships

2014 E&TIM Summer Internships

5.6.14 | E&TIM Startup Extends Pilot in Retail Store

3D Printing The Original Factory-In-A-Store™ from Arden Rosenblatt's (CEO/Co-Founder | E&TIM'13) and Alejandro Sklar's (CTO/Co-Founder | E&TIM‘14) company, PieceMaker Technologies, is staying in S.W. Randall Toys in Squirrel Hill. S.W. Randall is the first retail store in the country with customizable toys, jewelry and other gifts 3D printed right in store. Stop in 7 days a week to make a one-of-kind gifts for yourself or someone special, and see why CNBC names them a top trending toy of 2014.

04.10.14 | Alumni Named Health Innovator Fellows

Congratulations to Srinath Vaddepally (E&TIM ’12/ECE ’13) and Kaihei Takagi & Brett Bergman (E&TIM/BME ‘14), for being selected as a 2014 QIT Health Innovator Fellows! The QIT Health Innovator Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship with a specific focus to developing meaningful solutions to healthcare plights through hi-tech products and services. QIT offers seven bi-weekly speaker sessions with leading area entrepreneurs for graduate students in healthcare professions, policy, public health, engineering, IT, or business. Read more information about the QIT Health Innovator Fellowship.

02.20.2014 | AVYAYAH Incorporates

Congratulations to Srinath Vaddepally, E&TIM/ECE 2013 Alum! Srinath has incorporated his company AVYAYAH Technologies LLC in Pittsburgh, PA. AVYAYAH Technologies focuses on two projects:

RistCall™: A patient safety platform for healthcare and nursing

AlertCall™: A student & community safety platform.

Also, Srinath has been accepted to an upcoming JHF Patient Safety Fellowship '14. More details of JHF Patient Safety Fellowship can be found here.

11.18.2014 | E&TIM Startup Named to First Cycle of AlphaLab Gear Hardware Accelerator

Congratulations to Arden Rosenblatt (CEO/Co-Founder, E&TIM'13) and Alejandro Sklar (CTO/Co-Founder, E&TIM‘14) whose company, PieceMaker Technologies, was selected to represent one of 2 CMU startups in AlphaLab Gear's inaugural cycle of hardware companies.