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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 workshop

This 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 Rosenblatt

ETIM 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 Shah

ETIM 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 Smith

Carnegie 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 30Pablo Sanchez Santaeufemia
Pablo 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.   

12.8.16 | Social Innovation Fellowship

Courtney Thier

E&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."

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.

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 facilities.www.ristcall.com

AlertCall™: A student & community safety platform. www.alertcall.org

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.