Carnegie Mellon University
October 10, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Researcher Shares Hidden Side of Energy

Oct. 15 Event Kicks Off Informal "Speakeasy Science" Series

Contact: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 /

PITTSBURGH—Is it possible to run the entire country on wind power?

Speakeasy ScienceStephen Rose, a post-doctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, will share his views on wind power and the inner workings of American energy in an informal discussion beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 15 at Biddle's Escape, 401 Biddle Ave. in Wilkinsburg, Pa.

The event will kick off a series of monthly conversations with scientists, called Speakeasy Science. The series is organized by Science and Engineering Ambassadors, a Pittsburgh-based program of the National Academies, and Public Communication for Researchers, a CMU student group that encourages and trains graduate students to explain their research to a broad audience.

Rose is working to unlock the mysteries of wind. He started his career as an engineer designing windmills, but realized that to understand wind power, he had to understand the wind itself. That led him to a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy at CMU, calculating whether hurricanes pose a threat to offshore windmills. Now a post-doctoral researcher, he analyzes historical weather records to figure out whether it's always windy somewhere.

Admission is free.