Carnegie Mellon University

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon University Community:

I am excited to share details of Carnegie Mellon’s first Energy Week celebration, March 14-18.

This inaugural event is designed to engage faculty, students, staff and the greater Pittsburgh community on issues related to energy and energy innovation.

With the launch of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation three years ago, Carnegie Mellon has solidified its leadership role in the area of energy research and education. With our many energy-related research centers and longstanding faculty expertise, we are uniquely suited to host these important discussions on energy efficiency and the challenges of our energy-dependent world.

Each day of Energy Week focuses on a different theme: energy research, policy, innovation, education (including an Energy Tech Expo) and finally, a day of field trips to energy-related sites around the Pittsburgh region. A full agenda can be found at

Throughout the five-day celebration, we will be hosting many leading experts and thought-leaders on our campus, including: 

  • Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DOE Deputy Secretary;
  • Lynn Orr, DOE Under Secretary for Science and Energy; and
  • Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College, an organization that works to teach women in rural villages how to install and maintain solar collectors. 

On Policy Day, CMU is proud to host Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto as well as leaders from foundations, government and industry to discuss the key energy policy challenges and opportunities facing our nation.

Throughout Energy Week, there also will be competitions for students at all levels, including an Energy Innovation Jam (in partnership with the Entertainment Technology Center), a Three-Minute Energy Thesis Student Competition, an Energy Research Poster Competition, and an Energy Policy Film Competition. The deadline to register for competitions is February 24.

The week’s events are free for all local students, plus CMU faculty and staff, and is open to the general public for a small registration fee. I strongly encourage you to register soon and find the activities and events that are of interest to you.  


Farnam Jahanian, Provost