EPP News Updates

News Updates - 2014


Necefer to give webinar
Jul 2014

EPP doctoral student Len Necefer will present a webinar this September for the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).  The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market"  Necefer's will discuss collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country.  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/584499265


Apt takes part in training course
Jul 2014

EPP professor Jay Apt spoke at the Foreign and Civil Service Officer Energy:  Power Generation Training Course on Friday, July 18th.  The course was hosted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute and organized by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Apt spoke about, "Topics in the Integration of Renewable Power Generation" as part of the Development of Renewable Energy Panel Discussion.  http://tinyurl.com/nstw2g8


Williams studying microgrids in Rwanda
Jul 2014

A new economic model for rural microgrid implementation is being explored as EPP gradstudent Nathan Williams conducts his doctoral research on enabling the financial feasibility of rural microgrids in developing countries. Microgrids are small-scale electrical generation and distribution systems that deliver power in a small region near the power sources. Microgrids stand in stark contrast to typical macrogrid infrastructures, which transmit electricity over high-voltage transmission networks that connect very large power plants to load centers that can be hundreds or even thousands of kilometers from the generators.  http://tinyurl.com/mv7qbva


Cranor's password dress featured on c|net
Jul 2014

Cranor, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, sewed her dress from original "bad password fabric" culled from her research group's extensive exploration of the security and usability of text passwords. The brightly colored frock's like a walking cautionary tale.  http://tinyurl.com/o9ckggh


Cranor discusses privacy
Jul 2014

EPP Professor Lorrie Cranor was quoted recently in both WIRED Magazine and the MIT Technology Review. Cranor spoke to WIRED about the future of email encryption and security, while the MIT Technology Review quoted her on the problems with Facebook's recently published study of its ability to emotionally manipulate users. Cranor also gave a TEDxCMU talk on her research into password security. Her findings show that, among other things, when we use our happy memories to develop our passwords, we make ourselves more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
http://tinyurl.com/m58e3j3 http://tinyurl.com/k5fomtn http://tinyurl.com/np9qx9m


Rubin discusses carbon capture
Jul 2014

EPP professor Ed Rubin was quoted in an article by Henry Fountain in the New York Times this week.   ow.ly/zuJmZ


Necefer to speak at energy summit
Jul 2014

EPP doctoral student Len Necefer will speak at the Navajo Nation Energy Summit in Arizona this week.  This is an annual briefing of elected officials and also department heads on the issue of energy resource development on the Navajo Nation.  http://tinyurl.com/mva987j


Lamy discusses CAES
Jul 2014

In a paper in Energy Policy, Carnegie Mellon University researchers quantify how cheap energy storage must be in order for it to be economical to use devices such as batteries and compressed-air-energy-storage (CAES) at remote wind farms.  "By adding energy storage such as batteries or CAES, the farm could store electricity when transmission is constrained, and sell it later when transmission frees up," said Julian Lamy, a Ph.D. candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) Department who co-authored the paper with EPP faculty members Inês Azevedo and Paulina Jaramillohttp://tinyurl.com/p2a5wdr


Aquion Energy recognized
Jul 2014

Aquion Energy, a company founded by EPP Professor Jay Whitacre, was named to the 2014 Sustainia100 for its saltwater battery technology.  The Sustainia100 is an annual publication highlighting 100 innovative environmentally sustainable solutions and strategies from around the world to educate investors, policy makers and other leaders on the promising innovations that exist in the field.  The battery is made from inexpensive, repurposed manufacturing equipment and uses simple, non-toxic materials such as saltwater, carbon and manganese to make renewable, off-grid power generation economically and environmentally affordable.  http://issuu.com/sustainia/docs/sustaini100_2014?e=4517615/8110227


Posen wins best presentation
Jul 2014

EPP doctoral student Dan Posen won the best PhD presentation award at the Technology, Management & Policy (TMP) consortium hosted by TPP in Lisbon last month.  The presentation was titled, "Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Benefits of Expanding U.S. Biofuel Incentives to Promote Biomass Use in Chemical Feedstocks."  http://in3.dem.ist.utl.pt/tmp2014/ 


Roldan's research recognized
Jul 2014

EPP doctoral student Juan Roldan’s paper,  "Local Telephony Rates:  Has Deregulation Lead to Higher Competition and Lower Rates?", has been named a winner in the 2014 TPRC Student Paper Competition.  Roldan will travel to Arlington Virginia this September to present his research at the 42nd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy.  http://www.tprcweb.com/


Morgan urges decarbonizing the electricity sector
Jul 2014

EPP department head Granger Morgan recently gave a talk on decarbonizing the electricity sector at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.  Decarbonizing the electricity sector is not nearly as daunting as cleaning up the whole system, Granger said. To decarbonize power plants in the next 20 years the U.S. has to build new, clean power sources at 1.5 times the rate it has added capacity in the past. Given 60 years, the U.S. can eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by building new clean plants at half the historical rate of plant construction.  http://tinyurl.com/o9w7qpn


Azevedo headed to World Economic Forum
Jun 2014

EPP professor Inês Azevedo has been selected to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions.  Each year, the World Economic Forum selects 40 extraordinary scientists under the age of 40 to participate alongside business and political leaders in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China. These scientists are selected from all regions of the world and from a wide range of disciplines to bring value to the Meeting by contributing their scientific perspective and delivering the most up-to-date trends from various fields of science.  The Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014 will take place on 10-12 September in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. The eighth Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the foremost global gathering on innovation, entrepreneurship, science and technology, will address this challenge under the theme “Creating Value through Innovation”. It will gather 1,500 industry leaders, chief executives of top-ranked multinationals, heads of state/government and ministers, as well as leaders from media, academia and civil society to explore the influence of new business models, industries and technologies in the context of sustainable and inclusive growth.


EPP collaborating on transportation research
Jun 2014

Transportation is on the verge of major changes. Someday soon, we may be able to simply relax and let our cars take care of the majority of driving and navigation.  Because these developments require careful planning, researchers like EPP faculty members Paul Fischbeck, Chris Hendrickson, Scott Matthews, Jeremy Michalek and EPP alum Costa Samaras are investigating potential improvements to current transportation policies and the potential implications of new vehicle technologies.
http://tinyurl.com/ltkdetk


Donahue, Pandis among the most highly cited researchers
Jun 2014

The new Thomson-Reuters list of the world’s Highly Cited Researchers in sciences and social sciences published this week features eight Carnegie Mellon faculty.  EPP professors Neil Donahue and Spyros Pandis are included on this list which includes names of 3,200 highly cited researchers in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences whose papers were in the top 1 percent by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science.
http://highlycited.com/info.htm


Posen wins poster competition
Jun 2014

EPP PhD student Daniel Posen just won the Poster Competition at the American Chemical Society Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.  His poster focused on “Greenhouse gas mitigation benefits of expanding U.S. biofuel incentives to promote biomass use in chemical feedstocks.”


Stine argues for social science funding
Jun 2014

Debbie Stine, EPP professor and contributor to The Hill, publishes op-ed: Why Congress should fund social science.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/education/209729-why-congress-should-fund-social-science


Khan receives fellowship
Jun 2014

EPP doctoral student Hassan Khan has been selected to receive a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF).   Selection was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. 


Morgan published in PNAS
Jun 2014

A 13-page peer reviewed commentary written by EPP Department Head and Professor M. Granger Morgan, titled "Use (and abuse) of expert elicitation in support of decision making for public policy," was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in May, and will be available in print at a later date.
http://www.pnas.org/content/111/20/7176.abstract 


Glasgo, Lesic awarded.
Jun 2014

EPP doctoral student Brock Glasgo and visiting scholar Vedran Lesic were just awarded the 2nd and 3rd place in the Pike Powers Energy Research Fellowship competition. These were the results from a vote from the Pecan Street Research Institute Data Advisory Broad and the Industry Board, after a review of their papers and after they provided a presentation on their work. 
The titles of their papers were:


- Understanding customers’ (mis)perceptions of home energy use, Vedran Lesic, PhD Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University [with Inês Azevedo and Tamar Krishnamurti]
- Understanding the potential for electricity savings and assessing feasibility of a transition towards DC-powered buildings, Brock Glasgo, PhD Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University [with Inês Azevedo and Chris Hendrickson]


Jackson appointed to RTI International Metals, Inc
Jun 2014

RTI International Metals, Inc., announced today that it has appointed EPP alumna Dr. Kathryn J. Jackson '90 to the position of Chief Technology Officer, effective June 23, 2014. Dr. Jackson will report to Dawne S. Hickton, Vice Chair, President and CEO of RTI International Metals, Inc. As RTI’s top scientist, Dr. Jackson’s responsibilities will include oversight of all the Company’s advanced metallurgical technology, product and process innovation, including additive manufacturing activities. Working with the executive management team, Dr. Jackson will play a key role in providing direction and management to RTI’s new products and manufacturing technologies. She will also head RTI’s overall research and development activities.  http://tinyurl.com/p3fe5kw


Cranor to co-chair workshop
Jun 2014

EPP professor Lorrie Cranor will co-chair a workshop on the future of privacy notice and choice.  The event will be a mix of academics, industry, and government folks, including staff from the California AGs office and Ontario privacy commission. If you are interested in privacy and/or the effectiveness of consumer notices, you may find this workshop to be of interest. It is free, but you need to register in advance and space is limited.
https://www.cylab.cmu.edu/news_events/events/fopnac/


Lenhart connects students with mentors
Jun 2014

EPP/CEE alumna Anna Lenhart '11 is the founder of the Next Generation of Service Movement.  NGS works with college students and helps them to connect with mentors affiliated with nonprofits and community organizations. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67HyWcoaEVs
http://ngsmovement.org/


Talati headed to NCAR summer program
Jun 2014

EPP doctoral student Shuchi Talati will participate in an NCAR program this summer.  The National Center for Atmospheric Research Advanced Study Program's 2014 summer colloquium is a 3-week funded program in Boulder, CO for 35 PhD students, post-docs and early career scientists. The workshop focuses on all aspects in uncertainty in climate change research, from science to decision making, and how to take an integrated approach. 


Min wins 2nd place
May 2014

EPP doctoral student Jihoon Min won the 2nd place in the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) with a paper on "Assessing Regional Differences in Lighting Heat Replacement Effects in Residential Buildings in the United States”.
http://issst2014.net/awards/



Cohen to co-chair new commision
May 2014

Jared Cohon, CMU President Emeritus and EPP Professor will co-chair the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories, a congressionally-mandated committee that will evaluate the effectiveness of the Energy Department’s 17 national laboratories. The Commission is being established pursuant to the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. http://tinyurl.com/kap64gh


Fischhoff warns of dangers of exaggerated research findings
May 2014

EPP professor Baruch Fischhoff wrote an opinion piece on the dangers of exaggerated research findings for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, an independent think tank that seeks to improve public policy in Canada. Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy. Read "From the lab to the real world: Behavioural science risks leading decision-makers astray if its findings are overhyped.


CEDM research in the news
May 2014

A study conducted by the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) investigated what policy changes caused the recent increase in wind-related technology patents, and found that Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)—regulatory mandates for an increase in renewable energy production—are most likely the strongest policy drivers for the growth in patents.  In addition, the researchers determined that tax credits, such as the Production Tax Credit (PTC), and federal research and development investments have not been particularly successful incentives for innovation.  The CEDM team included EPP doctoral student Nathaniel Horner, EPP Assistant Professor Inês Azevedo and EPP/Social and Decision Sciences Professor David Hounshell.
http://www.cit.cmu.edu/media/press/2014/05_05_wind_tech_patents.html


Whitacre honored
May 2014

EPP/MSE Associate Professor Jay Whitacre was named 19th on Fortune's World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators list for his work on developing a long-lasting saltwater battery.
http://money.cnn.com/gallery/technology/2014/05/01/brainstorm-green-innovators.fortune/20.html


Apt quoted in NYT
May 2014

EPP Professor Jay Apt commented in The New York Times on the feasibility of storage efforts aimed at transforming the electric grid towards a cleaner, more sustainable, low-emissions model.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/business/energy-environment/ice-or-molten-salt-not-batteries-to-store-energy.html?_r=1


Adams to present at ACHD
May 2014

On Monday, May 19th, CEE/EPP Professor Peter Adams will present at the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Climate Change and Public Health Symposium.  The event is part of UCHD's efforts to understand and plan for the impacts of climate change in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Adams, who is a member of CMU's Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS), will contribute by discussing climate change's impacts on air pollution.


Cohon/Whitacre receive awards
May 2014

EPP professors Jared L. Cohon and Jay Whitacre have been honored by the Carnegie Science Center.  Cohon share the 2014 Chairman's award with University of Pittsburgh president Mark Nordenberg.  Whitacre won the Advanced Materials Award.  http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/carnegie-science-awards/carnegie-science-awards-awardees/


 


Chadderton gives First Lecture
May 2014

EPP undergrad Colin Chadderton gave a lecture on the meaning of success last month. The was part of a series called “The First Lectures,” an initiative hosted by Student Senate.   “The First Lectures” were meant as a homage to Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, which talked about achieving your childhood dreams. The topic of Chadderton ‘s speech was the meaning of success.
http://thetartan.org/2014/4/21/news/lecture


Cranor inteviewed Technology Review
May 2014

EPP professor Lorrie Cranor discusses her privacy research in the May/June issue of MIT Technology Review.
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/526421/self-defense/


Frankenstein recognized
May 2014

EPP doctoral student Will Frankenstein has been selected by the leadership of the CMU Graduate Students Association as the winner of one of this year's three Outstanding GSA Rep awards, beating out many other hard working reps.


Stine interview by Post-Gazette
Apr 2014

Before starting at Carnegie Mellon University as a professor of practice, engineering and public policy at the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation in September 2012, Deborah D. Stine worked at the National Academy of Sciences as a specialist in science and technology policy for the Congressional Research Service. From 2009 to 2012, she worked at the White House as executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where her first committee meeting focused on the H1N1 virus.
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/04/25/Granger-Morgan-Q-A.print


Helveston receives fellowship
Apr 2014

EPP doctoral student John Helveston has been selected to receive a two year Link Foundation Energy Fellowship.  www.linkenergy.org/index.html


Jaramillo to participate in panel discussion
Apr 2014

The College of Engineering is hosting a Leadership Speakers Series event featuring John Swanson, president, Swanson Analysis Services, Inc. and founder of Ansys.  Dr. Swanson’s keynote will focus on the Status and Future of PV Solar Power.  Following his keynote, he will be joined by Erik Ydstie, professor of Chemical Engineering and Paulina Jaramillo, assistant professor, Engineering & Public Policy for a panel discussion.  This event will take place on Monday, May 5th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Connan Room on the first floor of the Cohon University Center and will be followed by a reception in the Danforth Lounge. 


Professor Doug Sicker becomes next head of EPP
Apr 2014

Professor Doug Sicker, currently the DBC Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will become Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, effective August 1, 2014.  In the interim, Granger Morgan will continue to serve as Head of EPP until Doug is able to join us in August.
Dr. Douglas C. Sicker, has held various positions in academia, industry and government.  Presently, Doug is the DBC Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment in, and director of, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.  Doug recently was the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Advisor for Spectrum at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  Doug also served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, prior to this, he served as the senior advisor on the FCC National Broadband Plan.  Earlier still, he was Director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc.  In the late 1990s, Doug served as Chief of the Network Technology Division at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Doug is an active member of the IEEE, the ACM and the Internet Society.  He served as:  1) an advisor to the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice; 2) the Chair of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council steering committee, an FCC federal advisory committee that focuses on network reliability, wire line spectral integrity and Internet peering and interconnection; and, 3) an advisor on the Technical Advisory Council of the FCC.  He served as a chair in the IEEE P1900 working group and was previously active in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  He has served as the chair of several conferences, as well as on numerous program committees.  Doug has published extensively in the fields of networking, wireless systems, network security and network policy and has maintained a well-funded research program through NSF, DARPA and other sources.  For additional details please go to <http://spot.colorado.edu/~sicker>.


Fischhoff to take part in panel discussion
Apr 2014

Last summer, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released the "Heart of the Matter," a comprehensive report on the current state of the humanities and social sciences and their role in creating a vibrant, competitive and secure nation. Carnegie Mellon University and the American Academy will hold the first Pittsburgh-area discussion of the report and its implications for improving education and creating a sustainable global society. EPP professor Baruch Fischhoff will serve as a panel member.  "Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences" will take place from 4 - 5:45 p.m., Monday, April 21 in the Rangos Ballroom.


Cranor quoted on passwords
Apr 2014

EPP professor Lorrie Cranor was quoted in a news article about passwords. She called policies that require frequent password changes, “Just silly.” http://www.vox.com/2014/4/16/5614258/the-best-defense-against-hackers-writer-your-passwords-down-on-paper
You can read about her research on passwords at http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/passwords.html


Vaishnav published in "Issues"
Apr 2014

EPP grad student Parth Vaishnav's article on the fledgling efforts of UN agencies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization to cut greenhouse gas emissions from global aviation and ocean shipping appeared in this Winter's Issues in Science & Technology. Responding to the article, the Chief Technology Officer of Boeing, John Tracy, said in the Spring Issues that the commercial aviation "industry has agreed that global market-based measures may play a role to bridge a short-term emissions gap before these new technologies reach their potential."


Jaramillo participates in briefing
Apr 2014

EPP Assistant Professor Paulina Jaramillo participated in a briefing for Bill Gates on natural gas issues on February 10.  The meeting was part of a recurring series organized as information-providing discussions for Bill Gates.


Song receives fellowship
Apr 2014

EPP grad student Jeffery Song has been selected to receive a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. His selection was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.


Klima working with UCAR
Apr 2014

EPP research scientist Kelly Klima has joined the ranks of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)'s Climate Voices.  In conjunction with the United Nations Foundation, UCAR has assembled a network of experts who are available as expert resources in communities across the country. The initiative, known as Climate Voices – Science Speakers Network, brings together scientists with members of local communities to discuss climate science and regional affects of climate change to help foster informed, non-political dialogue about climate science. Other notable Climate Voices include Don Wuebbles (a IPCC Peace Prize recipient),and Kathy Jacobs, (Director of the National Climate Assessment).


Galvan recognized by ASEE
Apr 2014

EPP doctoral student Jose Alfredo Galvan has won the 2013 Best Session Award, Engineering Technology Division, from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference for Industry.


Azevedo discusses fuel consumption
Apr 2014

The report in which EPP professor Inês Azevedo participated for the National Academies on “Assessment of Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles” just got released.  Among other things, the report recommends that NHTSA and EPA develop a separate standard for natural gas vehicles as is presently the case for diesel- and gasoline-fueled vehicles.  It adds that the agencies should begin to consider the “well-to-tank” energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with natural gas vehicles as well as for other vehicle and energy technologies that include biofuels, dimethyl ether, and hydrogen fuel cells. More information can be found at: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=18736


Carley/Wagstrom recognized
Apr 2014

EPP professor Kathleen Carley and alum Patrick Wagstrom '09 won the School of Computer Science Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence.      They share the award with James Herbsleb and Marcelo Cataldo.  http://tinyurl.com/k4mcnkn


 


Donahue gives keynote
Mar 2014

EPP Professor Neil Donahue gave a keynote talk at the ACS national meeting in Dallas on March 17th entitled "Interaction dynamics of organic aerosols under atmospheric conditions."


Rubin quoted in National Geographic
Mar 2014

EPP Professor Edward Rubin was quoted in a National Geographic article about coal and carbon emissions, and how to mitigate environmental and energy concerns. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/coal/nijhuis-text


Cranor honored by high school
Mar 2014

EPP Professor Lorrie Cranor was selected as the first recipient of the Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award. Cranor received the award and gave a talk at the Magnet Research Conference on February 27.


Morgan to receive Lazarus Award
Mar 2014

EPP department head Granger Morgan will receive the Barbara Lazarus Award for Graduate Student and Junior Faculty Mentoring at this year's Celebration of Education.   THe Lazarus Award recognizes exemplary contributions to fostering a welcoming and nurturing environment for graduate students and young faculty at the university.

2014 Celebration of Education 
Tuesday, April 22, 4:30 p.m.
Rangos Hall, University Center
Reception immediately follows
http://tinyurl.com/lazarusaward


Fuchs featured in Technology Review
Mar 2014

EPP professor Erica Fuchs discusses the impact of manufacturing location in the March/April edition of the printed version of Technology Review Magazine.
http://tinyurl.com/n4xafdr


Fuchs discusses participation in World Economic Forum
Mar 2014

EPP professor Erica Fuchs was recently featured in the January issue of Carnegie Mellon Today.  The piece details Fuchs' recent participation in the World Economic Forum in China.  http://tinyurl.com/mm4zezq


CMU Wins Top Honors at Better Buildings Case Competition
Mar 2014


Carnegie Mellon University has continued the tradition of winning top honors at the annual Better Buildings Case Competition hosted by the Department of Energy. Previous winners have seen their ideas implemented in real-world systems across the country. This year, the CMU team won two Best Proposal awards for its solutions to cases addressing some of the biggest problems in reducing building energy use.
The team took the Best Proposal award in the Picking up PACE: Taking Commercial PACE Financing to Scale Case Study competition. The case focused on designing a state-level program and business plan for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, a means of connecting loans to a building rather than an individual. The team’s solution emphasized using a diffusion model to slowly scale up the program over time and marketing the non-energy saving benefits of energy efficiency projects, such as productivity improvements and health benefits.
Their second Best Proposal award was in the A Side of Savings: Energy Efficiency in the Restaurant Franchise Model Case Study competition. Students were challenged to develop a strategy that involved incentivizing franchise fast-food restaurants to invest in energy efficiency to meet a corporate goal. The team recommended an opt-in competition that used social norms and a cash prize to encourage energy efficiency via both technology investment and behavior change.
The CMU team members are: Matineh Eybpoosh, a doctoral student in Civil and Environmental Engineering; Rubén Morón, a master’s student in the School of Architecture; Matthew Plunkett, an MBA student in the Tepper School of Business; Vedran Leši?, a visiting Fulbright scholar in engineering and public policy; and Casey Canfield, Julian Lamy, and Nathaniel Horner, doctoral students in engineering and public policy (EPP).


Balebako recognized
Mar 2014

EPP doctoral student Rebecca Balebako has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Mellon Graduate Student Service Award. Rebecca was nominated by Will Frankenstein and other fellow classmates.


Stine joins Canadian Pan-Prairie Energy Tour
Mar 2014

Deborah Stine, Professor of the Practice, EPP and Associate Director of Policy Outreach for the Scott Institute, at the invitation of the Canadian government is participating in a Canadian Pan-Prairie Energy Tour from March 24th to 28th, 2014.  Stine will blog about the tour on the Scott Institute website at http://www.cmu.edu/energy/.  The tour will profile innovation, environmental protection, and community engagement in the energy sector in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.  The tour will include discussions with government officials, industry, NGOs, aboriginal groups, and academia, as well as technical visits to oil sands, a coal power generation plant with carbon capture sequestration technology, technology/research centres and one of the most energy efficient buildings in North America. Discussions and site visits will focus on the broad narrative with respect to Canada's energy sector, touching on oil, gas, clean coal, uranium and renewable energy.  http://cmu-energy.blogspot.com/


Stine provides guidance to China on science and technology advice
Mar 2014

In August 2013, EPP professor Deborah Stine provided guidance to China at a Dialogue with Chinese officials and scholars at a UC San Diego  Conference on Comparing U.S. and Chinese Approaches to Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy Decision-making.  The paper, entitled "The Roles and Influence of Congressionally-Chartered Honorific Organizations on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Policy Decision-making in the United States” is now available at the UCSD Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at http://igcc.ucsd.edu/assets/001/505278.pdf.


Hills to receive honorary doctorate
Mar 2014

EPP and ECE Distinguished Service Professor Alex Hills will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage at its May 4 commencement ceremony. The honorary degree is being conferred in recognition of his "passion for empowering students and improving the lives of those in impoverished areas of the world." Hills is deeply involved in Carnegie Mellon's Technology Consulting in the Global Community program, a collaborative effort of the Heinz College and Dietrich College in which he volunteers to advise students working in developing nations and serves as senior adviser to program director Joseph Mertz. Learn more about Hills.


Robinson advises EPA
Mar 2014

EPP professor Allen Robinson joined nine other experts this week at the EPA’s Transportation Emissions Forum (March 4-5) in Ann Arbor, Mich. “We need to be cautious about the kind of restrictions we develop for emissions because there are so many atmospheric processes influencing how these tiny fine particulates impact the environment,” said Robinson. 
http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2014/march/march4_allenrobinson.html


Hug wins CIT faculty award
Mar 2014

EPP professor Gabriela Hug was co recipient of the George Tallman Ladd Research Award.  The G.T. Ladd award is made to a faculty member within the Carnegie Institute of Technology in recognition of outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential. The award is in the form of a memento and an honorarium. More than one award may be made in each year.


Aquion Energy receives MIT recognition
Feb 2014

EPP professor Jay Whitacre's company Aquion Energy was recently recognized by MIT as one of the top 50 "smartest" companies in 2014.
http://www.technologyreview.com/demo/524466/storing-the-sun/
http://www2.technologyreview.com/tr50/2014/


Azevedo discusses renewable energy in PA
Feb 2014

EPP professor Inês Azevedo discusses renewable energy in Pennsylvania in a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  “If the main goal of renewables is to decrease the health, environmental and climate-change problems associated with fossil-fueled electricity generation, it indeed makes sense to increase renewables and other sustainable strategies and energy efficiency in Pittsburgh — and more broadly in Pennsylvania,” Azevedo said.  http://tinyurl.com/lalqyvu


Schnitzer Wins Grant
Feb 2014

EPP PhD student Daniel Schnitzer is keeping the lights on. His organization, EarthSpark International, has won a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand its existing microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti, to a town-sized, solar-diesel hybrid smart grid to serve residential and commercial customers.  http://tinyurl.com/kgcxc5b
http://www.earthsparkinternational.org/


Spinoff exhibits at NYC toy fair
Feb 2014

CMU spinoff PieceMaker Technologies has made it to the Big Apple. The 3D printing company that offers a “factory in a store” experience, in which consumers can create low-cost, customized products in stores, exhibited for the first time at Toy Fair NYC, the nation’s largest toy industry tradeshow and earned a mention in Make Magazine and http://www.3ders.org.  PieceMaker Technologies was founded by Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) dual-degree master’s degree students Arden Rosenblatt (CEO/Co-Founder) and Alejandro Sklar (CTO/Co-Founder). Learn more at http://www.3ders.org/articles/20140217-3d-printing-kiosks-coming-soon-to-a-toy-store-near-you.html and http://makezine.com/2014/02/17/piecemaker/.


SUCCEED summer programs offered
Feb 2014

This summer (2014) from July 14-18, PhD Students at Carnegie Mellon University are organizing the SUCCEED program - a fun-filled week for rising 10th graders to learn about climate change, energy and environmental decision making. Best of all, it's totally FREE. Applications are due March 21st. We will also be conducting a separate 2-day session (July 21-22) for science teachers to learn more about climate change and environmental issues and develop lesson modules on these topics while earning a small stipend and ACT 48 credit hours. The application deadline for teachers is April 11th.
http://cedmcenter.org/2014-succeed-program/
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Gradeck at succeed?2014@lists.andrew.cmu.edu or (412) 268-6657


Dale is a finalist
Feb 2014

EPP PhD student Amy Dale is one of 11 finalists in the University Libraries “Three Minute Thesis” competition. The finalist presentations will take place on Tuesday, February 18, from 5:00-6:30 pm in the McConomy Auditorium at the University Center. The event is open to the public and will be webcast live.  http://tinyurl.com/lunbzar


EPP researchers receive seed grants
Feb 2014

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation has announced the recipients of their second round of seed grants.  The seven seed grants announced by the Scott Institute include:



  • "Development and pilot testing of designs for use with instruments to measure appliance electricity use" to EPP research scientists Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Alex Davis and Tamar Krishnamurti;

  • "Distributed optimization of electric power systems; intelligent positioning" to ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz in partnership with EPP professor Gabriela Hug.  

  • "Pseudocapacitive materials for low-carbon water desalination" to ChemE/EPP Assistant Professor Megan Mauter and to MSE/EPP Associate Professor Jay Whitacre.  
    http://www.cit.cmu.edu/media/press/2014/02_10_scott_seed_grants.html


Fischhoff to participate in healthy campus panel
Feb 2014

The university community is invited to participate in "Exploring Health, Discovering Wellness," a first-of-its-kind, interactive health and wellness event in the University Center on Friday, Feb. 21.  http://tinyurl.com/loz2a8p


Azevedo, Michalek discuss light bulb research
Feb 2014

Despite the overall savings that energy-efficient light bulbs offer, human brains are programmed to favor immediate costs over long-term savings. Consumers will be more likely to finally make the switch to more expensive energy-efficient light bulbs, such as LEDs and CFLs, if they know these bulbs cost less to operate per year, according to a study published last month by a team of EPP researchers.  http://tinyurl.com/p47umaa


Cranor's quilt wins honorable mention
Feb 2014

EPP professor Lorrie Cranor was recently recognized as one of 18 winners, honorable mentions and people’s choice awardees from the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Cranor’s quilt “Security Blanket” took honorable mention in the illustration category. While on sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year she worked on visualizing security and privacy concepts through art as a fellow of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Read more about Cranor's quilting.  http://tinyurl.com/lfoqbgr


E&TIM students receive fellowship
Feb 2014

Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) alumni and students, Srinath Vaddepally (E&TIM ’12/ECE ’13) and Kaihei Takagi and Brett Bergman (E&TIM/BME ‘14), have been selected as 2014 Quality Improvement and Information Technology (QIT) Health Innovator Fellows. The QIT Health Innovator Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship with a specific focus to developing meaningful solutions to health care plights through hi-tech products and services.


E&TIM students receive fellowship
Feb 2014

Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) alumni and students, Srinath Vaddepally (E&TIM ’12/ECE ’13) and Kaihei Takagi and Brett Bergman (E&TIM/BME ‘14), have been selected as 2014 Quality Improvement and Information Technology (QIT) Health Innovator Fellows. The QIT Health Innovator Fellowship is a highly competitive fellowship with a specific focus to developing meaningful solutions to health care plights through hi-tech products and services.


Xue advises China's state council
Feb 2014

On January 17, China’s Premier, Li Keqiang, invited Lan Xue (EPP Ph.D. 1991 / Dean of Public Policy at Tsinghua University) and other senior Chinese academic and business leaders to a forum held at the headquarters of China’s State Council in Beijing.   At the gathering, Premier Li solicited comments on the Council’s annual “Government Work Report,” which chronicles the progress that China’s government is making toward a wide variety of strategic goals. In his remarks to Premier Li, Professor Xue addressed strategies to both encourage technology innovation and enlist the public’s help in doing the work of government.
http://www.sppm.tsinghua.edu.cn/xwzx/lbxw/26efe489439ee35a0143b2dbcf8d000f.html
http://news.cntv.cn/2014/01/17/VIDE1389957302586592.shtml


Morgan to speak at AAAS
Feb 2014

EPP dept head Granger Morgan will discuss how the challenges of climate change will require a fundamental restructuring of the world's fragile energy systems at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Feb. 16 in Chicago.  http://tinyurl.com/onlu5v6


Zhai’s service recognized
Feb 2014

EPP Professor Haibo Zhai, a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation and Air Quality, was recognized by the Committee at the annual TRB meeting held in Washington DC last month. The citation is “Excellent Service as a Paper Review Co-Chair (2012-2013)”.


Vaishnav's paper in IS&T
Feb 2014

EPP grad student Parth Vaishnav has a lovely 4-page paper, pages 25-28 in the Winter 2014 issue of Issues in Science and Technology.  The title is "Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Transport".


Cohon/Whitacre receive honors
Feb 2014

CMU President Emeritus and CEE/EPP University Professor Jared L. Cohon and MSE/EPP Associate Professor Jay Whitacre will receive Carnegie Science Awards at the Carnegie Science Center's Awards of Excellence banquet on May 9.  Cohon will receive the center's highest honor, the Chairman's Award, along with University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.  Whitacre was named the recipient of the Advanced Materials Award for creating a safe, reliable and affordable way to store energy.  http://tinyurl.com/nx3h6n4


EPP study says electric vehicles could be cheaper to recharge if electricity providers control charging speeds.
Jan 2014

Electric vehicles may offer a path to a more sustainable transportation future. But they also might drive up electricity prices if they are charged during times of peak electricity demand.  In a new study, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that optimally varying the charging speed of plug-in electric vehicles can cut the cost of generating electricity to charge these vehicles in half.  Engineering and Public Policy Department (EPP) graduate student Allison Weis and professors Paulina Jaramillo and Jeremy Michalek studied the effects of new vehicle charging loads on power plant operations in New York.
Press release
New York Times article
Study


Cranor organizes privacy day at CMU
Jan 2014

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.
http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/privacy-day/


Samaras takes third place
Jan 2014

EPP Adjunct Professor Constantine Samaras won third place in the Department of Energy's American Energy Data Challenge, which focused on the question of what is the best existing energy data set and an idea for improving it. His paper was entitled "The Transparent Cost Database Enables Energy Innovation."


EPP Researchers find consumers choose more efficient light bulbs when energy costs are labeled
Jan 2014

Is it worth paying more for that energy-saving light bulb? That depends how much you value savings today versus savings in the future, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers.  EPP Grad Student Jihoon Min, and professors Ines Azevedo, Jeremy Michalek and Wandi Bruin de Bruin studied how consumers choose light bulbs.  http://tinyurl.com/lvraj3t


Hug recognized
Jan 2014

EPP professor Gabriela Hug has been named the next holder of the Raymond John Wean Foundation Career Development Professorship.


Dale's passions bridge art and science
Jan 2014

EPP grad student Amy Dale pursues twin passions:  computational analysis in support of public policy making, and doing watercolor illustrations for books and songs.   Amy illustrates book series, myths and legends or songs she likes, especially a complicated mythical or fantastical story.  http://tinyurl.com/nsepkbj


Aquion continues growth
Jan 2014

EPP professor Jay Whitacre's company Aquion Energy recently closed a $55 million Series D venture capital investment to push along its manufacturing and real-world deployment plans.  http://tinyurl.com/kgun7kw


Carley named IEEE fellow
Jan 2014

EPP professor Kathleen Carley has been named a 2014 IEEE Fellow. The IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE Board of Directors awards the rank of fellow to a person with an outstanding record of accomplishment.  Carley was cited by IEEE for her contributions to multi-dimensional human and cyber dynamic networks.   http://tinyurl.com/mjp8dja