Carnegie Mellon Energy Week
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About Energy Week

Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation invites members of the public, students, industry, non-governmental organizations, and foundations to attend our inaugural Energy Week! Energy Week is on March 14-18, 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University's campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each day of Energy Week has a theme: energy research, policy, innovation, education (including an Energy Tech Expo), and Field Trips!

We will be joined by interesting keynote speakers such as Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DOE Deputy Secretary and Grace M. Bochenek, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, as well as Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College, an organization that works to teach women in rural villages how to install and maintain solar collectors.

To learn more about the Scott Institute and Energy Week, watch the following video.

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What to Expect

Energy Week includes industry-focused roundtables on a variety of topics: the Southwest Pennsylvania energy workforce; industry energy efficiency; energy innovation and entrepreneurship of small- and mid-sized energy companies. In addition, Energy Week participants can sign up for field trips to interesting energy sites in the Western Pennsylvania region. We will also have a “brain swap” where faculty and industry leaders will exchange perspectives on energy research and education at CMU and their companies.

Throughout participants will see and hear interesting talks and presentations by Carnegie Mellon faculty and students.

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Agenda at a Glance

The five-day celebration is designed to inform government, non-governmental organizations, business and industry leaders; foundations; faculty and students; and the general public about energy research, policy, innovation, education, and activities both at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere in the region.

On Policy Day, we will host an Energy Policy Forum with surrogates of the U.S. Presidential candidates and Fireside Chats with the candidates for Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. Senate. This will be followed by a panel discussion of foundation, leader, and non-governmental leaders providing their perspective on the topics discussed.

On Innovation Day, students from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio will compete for a $50,000 DOE CleanTech Innovation prize. So you’ll have a chance to interact with innovative students from Carnegie Mellon and the region.

Throughout, key stakeholders can participate in roundtables on a variety of "hot" energy policy topics:
  • Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Southwest Pennsylvania Energy Workforce
  • Industry Energy Efficiency
  • CMU Faculty/Industry “Brain Swap”: An Exchange of Information and Perspectives on Energy Research and Education at CMU.
Energy-related industries and organizations are encouraged to participate in the Energy Technology Expo and host Energy Week Field Trips, so that members of the public, students, and other participants can learn more about their companies’ energy business and technology. This is also a good opportunity to recruit CMU students for jobs and internships, and for students to meet potential employers. Students from any institution can attend at no cost.

Note that space is very limited for the Energy Technology Expo, Roundtable Participation and Field trips, so REGISTER soon!

View the full agenda.

For questions about the program or if you are interested in hosting a field trip, contact Dr. Deborah Stine, Associate Director, Scott Institute at For information on sponsorships or exhibiting in the Energy Tech Expo, please contact Laurie Powell at or 703-740-1940.

Please join us!