Energy Week 2016

An exciting week was had by all at Carnegie Mellon’s first Energy Week! Over 700 registrants attended a wide variety of events on each of our themed days focused on research, policy, innovation, education, workforce and field trips. To learn more about Energy Week and the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, watch this video:

Throughout the week, CMU hosted industry-focused roundtables and keynote speakers. Energy Week also hosted a number of student competitions, including the Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition, which awarded student entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland with over $50,000 in prizes for unique product or service ideas in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Various highlights from Carnegie Mellon Energy Week 2016 include:

  • On Innovation Day, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the DOE had selected CMU to provide specialized training for graduate students in robotics to support environmental remediation of nuclear sites. Later in the evening, student actors energized the conference during an energy-related drama monologue completion. You can read more about their exciting performances in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • On Policy Day, participants watched fireside chats of representatives of two candidates for the Pennsylvania Senate seat, and roundtables on Pennsylvania and national energy policy. The Roundtable on state and local policy was moderated by The Honorable Richard Celeste, president emeritus, Colorado College, 9th Peace Corps director, 19th U.S. ambassador to India and former Ohio governor. Watch this video for a very interesting discussion.
  • On Education Day, Bunker Roy, Barefoot College founder and director and Meagan Fallone, the college’s chief executive officer provided an overview of Barefoot’s activities. They also provided a workshop for students. With a geographic focus on the least developed countries, Barefoot College trains women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.

To see the full agenda, click here.