Carnegie Mellon University
September 15, 2015

Jay Whitacre awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Whitacre awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT PrizeEngineering and Public Policy professor Jay Whitacre, who is also the Founder and CTO of Aquion Energy, was recently awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for creating the first mass-produced, low-cost, eco-friendly battery. Whitacre was was cited in the award "for his groundbreaking sustainable inventions to improve our world and dedication to the next generation."

The Lemelson-MIT prize is given to outstanding mid-career inventors who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society that has a high likelihood of large-scale adoption. Whitacre's award was covered by MIT Technology Review, CNBC, and OZY.

Watch him discuss his work in this video from MIT.