Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lilly MacEachern

Championing the Entrepreneur

The spring/summer edition of the Tepper School of Business magazine features several CMU Tepper School of Business alumni entrepreneurs, including Lilly MacEachern, Vice President at JPMorgan Chase, Swartz Fellow and Tepper School alumni board member.

MacEachern has long felt invested in the path (and success) of entrepreneurs. Inspired by her father who started his own consultancy, she noticed while advising startupsincluding those owned by women and minoritiesthat many often struggled with accessing education, finding helpful mentors and raising the necessary seed capital. This issue prompted heralong with friends Lenore Patel, Shivani Dhir and Lisa Nguyen—to form Next Oak, a nonprofit focused on accelerating women and minority entrepreneurs through education and early-stage capital.

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Monday, June 12, 2017


SolePower Tech's Wearable Technology Could Save Lives and Dollars in Construction Industry 

To tackle ongoing issues in the industrial work space, SolePower—which has won various awards, including a spot on Popular Science’s 2014 Invention Awards list for its proprietary self-charging shoe sole—has switched gears to create the first self-charging, industrial wearable. This unplugged technology could play a role in efforts to improve safety and efficiency in building and construction.

Founded by CMU alumna Hahna Alexander, the former Project Olympus PROBE, will be participating in the Inside Outside Innovation Summit in Nebraska this month.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

CMU's RoBotany and Teratonix to Compete in Cleantech University Prize National Competition

Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition winners, including CMU's RoBotany (first place winner of $50K; Project Olympus PROBE) and Teratonix (second place winner of $10K: CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team), are slated to compete for $100K in cash prizes at the Department of Energy’s Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) national collegiate business plan competition on June 26-27, 2017.

Teratonix, co-founded by CMU alumnus and Swartz Fellow Ivan Pistsov and CMU adjunct professor of ECE Dr. Yi Luo, is developing an energy harvesting device that will replace batteries in low-power IoT devices. RoBotany, co-founded by CMU Tepper School of Business alumni Austin Webb and Danny Seim, along with Austin Lawrence and Brac Webb, is a vertical farming operation.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

PGH Lab's Five New Startups 

The PGH Lab program provides a platform where local startups use technology to make the city of Pittsburgh more efficient, sustainable and inclusive. This year's cohort includes four CMU startups:

CATTfish, a water quality tracking system created by CMU's CREATE Lab.
Cognowear, developer of intelligent clothing that uses smart sensing technology founded by CMU psycology professor and Behrmann Lab founder Marlene Behrmann.
Clean Robotics, a robotics waste bin that separates landfill waste from recyclables, founded by CMU students and faculty. 
Kaarta, a 3D digital model startup co-founded by CMU alumni.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CMU's Hyliion Tripling Staff and Adding Austin Office

Hyliion, a hybrid technology system that slashes fuel consumption for semi-trailers founded by CMU alumnus Thomas Healy, is expanding its staff and adding a new office in Austin. This article requires a subscription

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


KOPO Wins First Place and $25K at eCenter@LindenPointe Business Competition

CMU startup KOPO, LLC, provider of low-cost, sustainable solutions for water disinfection and transport in the developing world, won first place and $25K in seed funding at the eCenter@LindenPointe [Venture Investment Accelerator] business competition on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The win also gives KOPO, LLC an opportunity to participate in eCenter's accelerator program.

Led by CMU Ph.D. candidate, CEO and co-founder Jesse Thornburg, KOPO, LLC, is a Project Olympus PROBE and CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Re2 Robotics

Defusing a Bomb With a Joystick Isn't Easy: RE2 Robotics Creates Scale Robotic Arm

RE2 Robotics, founded by CMU alumnus Jorgen Pedersen, first spun out of CMU in 2001 to build off-road vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense, but now its researchers are working to develop the next generation of robotic arms used to defuse improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

CMU Swartz Center EIR Craig Markovitz, continues to work with Jorgen on this groundbreaking technology.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Steve Martocci

Sounds of Success: CMU Dietrich Alumnus Steve Martocci

CMU Dietrich alumnus and software developer Steve Martocci loves music. In 2010, he successfully merged his passions to create GroupMe, an app that helps thousands to organize social events using their smartphones, which was later sold to Skype for a reported $85M. Today, Martocci is combining his love of software and music in a more direct way with his cloud-based music creation platform called Splice.

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Friday, June 2, 2017


Surtrac Wins International Smart Cities Competition

Surtrac (Scalable Urban Traffic Control), an innovative, real-time traffic signal control technology developed at CMU, has won the Le Monde Smart Cities Global Innovation Award in the mobility category. Co-founded by Stephen Smith, research professor in CMU's Robotics Institute, and CMU alumnus Greg Barlow, Surtrac, a CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team, was the only U.S.-based winner out of over 200 entries.

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Friday, June 2, 2017


LaunchCMU's Robotics in Manufacturing Showcases 28 CMU Startups in Silicon Valley

The innovative startups spinning out of CMU's ecosystem had their chance to shine at the Oracle Conference Center in Silicon Valley on May 23, 2017 at the fifth annual LaunchCMU event. Hosted by the CMU Swartz Center, LaunchCMU brings together the latest research and breakthrough technologies from students, alumni, faculty and staffalong with members of the Silicon Valley investment community, regional business leaders and Bay Area-based CMU alumni.

The event features a demo and poster session, showcase talks featuring CMU students, alumni and staff and a networking reception. Twenty-eight companies showcased their technology within this year's theme,“Robotics in Manufacturing.” Of these companies, seven were selected to present their technology during the showcase talks including: Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM), Agility Robotics, Carnegie Robotics, HEBI Robotics, IAM Robotics, RoBotany Ltd. and Titan Robotics Inc.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cleah retires

Swartz Center's Cleah Schlueter Retires After 30 Years

At a reception held at CMU's Gates Hillman Center on May 31, 2017, the CMU Swartz Center staff and several others from CMU said farewell to Cleah Schlueter, project coordinator, after 30 years of employment at CMU. During her expansive career, Cleah has worked for several faculty in CMU's School of Computer Science (SCS)including the late Randy Pauschand has been a valuable member of the Swartz Center team and Pittsburgh incubator, Project Olympus.

During the reception, Cleah recalled several projects that she coordinated at CMU including: the Alice Project, the Robot Hall of Fame and collection of more than 10,000 letters sent to CMU after the death of Randy Pausch.

Cleah was also instrumental in helping to start CMU's West Coast campus with former CMU SCS Dean and professor Jim Morris, and negotiating the use of the Oracle Conference Center for the LaunchCMU spring events held in Silicon Valley.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


CMU's Teratonix Wins $5K at FLoW DOE Cleantech UP Competition

At the recent FLoW DOE Cleantech UP business plan competition, CMU's Teratonix (CMU NSF I-Corps Site Team) won second place and $5K in the Transformational Idea Award (for pre-commercial research) track. Co-founded by CMU alumnus Ivan Pistsov and Dr. Yi Luo, adjunct professor of ECE at CMU, Teratonix is developing an energy harvesting device that will replace batteries in low-power IoT devices.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017


Choitek Launches Kickstarter

Founded by CMU undergraduate student and Innovation Scholar Jonn Choi, Choitek (Project Olympus PROBE) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support its Megamark robot, a full-sized, affordable humanoid robot for art, education and research.

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