Professor Jay F. Whitacre, Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at CMU, is also the Trustee Professor in Energy of Materials Science & Engineering, and of Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Whitacre focuses on overall management of the Scott Institute. He started his career at the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where he studied the fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemically functional materials and devices, and was also trained as a systems engineer. Since coming to CMU in 2007, Whitacre has focused on the synergistic fields of energy storage and energy system modeling, and in the course of this work developed a novel battery chemistry/design that is manufactured and sold by Aquion Energy, a company he founded in 2008. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 Leigh Conn Prize for Energy, the 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the 2014 Caltech Resnick Institute Resonate Award, and has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Whitacre earned his B.A. degree in Physics from Oberlin College in 1994, and a Masters (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.