EPP News Updates
News Updates - 2013
Apt named AAAS fellow
EPP professor Jay Apt has been named American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Fellows are elected by their peers in recognition of the recipients' distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Hendrickson, Michalek discuss electric vehicle research
Carnegie Mellon Researchers found limited residential parking a barrier to electric vehicle adoption. MechE/EPP Professor Jeremy Michalek and CEE/EPP Professor Chris Hendrickson analyzed parking and charging availability for electric vehicles in the U.S. http://tinyurl.com/l2x7l7q
Hendrickson, Michalek discuss electric vehicle research
Carnegie Mellon Researchers found limited residential parking a barrier to electric vehicle adoption. MechE/EPP Professor Jeremy Michalek and CEE/EPP Professor Chris Hendrickson analyzed parking and charging availability for electric vehicles in the U.S. http://tinyurl.com/l2x7l7q
Donahue speaks to Donora residents
EPP Professor Neil Donahue was part of a panel of experts that responded to questions from Donora residents and students about environmental issues at a public town hall event. The event was at the Donora Municipal Building for the 65th anniversary of an environmental disaster that occurred in 1948.
EPP research hilighted in Energy Economics
Inês Azevedo, EPP Assistant Professor, along with EPP Ph.D. candidate Alan Jenn and Heinz/EPP Assistant Professor Pedro Ferreira, showed how government incentives have increased sales of hybrid electric vehicles by as much as 20% in a recent article in Energy Economics. http://tinyurl.com/k6fjcuu
Apt discusses the future of electric grids
EPP professor Jay Apt disscuesses why grids are undergoing a transition to distributed power generation and the role natural gas will play.
Peha shares views on cybersecurity
In response to the controversy over the alleged surveillance practices of the National Security Agency (NSA), the White House established the Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies, which is expected to provide recommendations to the president next week. In comments to the Review Group, EPP professor Jon Peha recommended a re-evaluation of those practices that weaken commercial products and services. http://tinyurl.com/kdhcff8
Ilic leads smart grid research team
EPP professor Marija Ilic is leading a research team to show that with careful design of IT-enabled, data-driven protocols and the introduction of more interactive binding protocols between traditional utilities and new technologies — intermittent power and responsive demand, in particular — it's possible to provide electric power reliably and efficiently. http://tinyurl.com/ke8rh2c
EPP participates in PENNDOT workshop
Earlier this month a team from CMU and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation held a workshop for their Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 2040 Vision Project in Harrisburg, PA. The CMU group will develop scenarios of implementing automated and connected vehicles and the resulting economic, environmental and social impacts to PENNDOT operations going forward to 2040. Team members included EPP professor Chris Hendrickson, current grad student Sonia Mangones and alumna Yeganeh Mashayekh ’13.
Song wins SRA merit award
EPP grad student Jeff Song is the winner of the SRA Ecological Risk Assessment Specialty Group (ERASG) Student Merit Award competition. He will present his paper, “Determining detection rates of environmental DNA sampling for monitoring the risk of invasive fish species” at the 2013 annual meeting.
Fischhoff's colloquium a success
For the second straight year, Baruch Fischhoff, a leader in bringing together the social, behavioral and decision sciences into the emerging area of the science of science communication, co-organized a conference at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that included scientists with stories to tell and scientists who can help them to tell those stories. The colloquium attracted more than 500 scientists and communicators, with more than 10,000 watching live webcasts. CMU also was represented by Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, a research scientist in EPP. Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy. http://www.hss.cmu.edu/pressreleases/pressreleases/sciencecommunication.html
Ilic discusses smart grids
EPP Professor Marija Ilic recently gave four invited talks on Smart Grids. These included: “Toward IT-Enabled End-to-End Smarter Electric Energy Systems” at an NAE meeting on Smart Grid Development in U.S. and China, May 30-31; “Control Architectures for Future Power Grids” at the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program in Washington, DC. on September 3; “Possible Framework for Integrating New Technologies at Value in Electric Energy Systems” at Lehigh University’s “Future Green Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities” conference, September 6; and “Smart Grids: End-to-End Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) for Sustainable Socio-Ecological Energy Systems,” at University of Maryland's Institute for Systems Research (ISR) on September 30.
Cranor joins research alliance
Researchers at CMU, led by EPP professor Lorrie Cranor, have joined with the Army Research Laboratory and academic partners in a new collaborative research alliance to develop a new science of how to make security-relevant decisions in cyberspace. The five-year funding for the core and enhanced program is $23.2 million, with an additional $25 million for the optional five-year extension — a potential total of $48.2 million over the 10-year collaboration. The research alliance includes Penn State University, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Riverside, and Indiana University, as well as Army Research Lab scientists. http://tinyurl.com/munhtxv
Peña featured on the Energy Collective
EPP student Ivonne Peña's blog, "Who is Most Responsible for Climate Change?", is featured on today's homepage of TheEnergyCollective. It features a gorgeous graphic on climate emissions.
Donahue to head Steinbrenner Institute
EPP Professor Neil Donahue has been named director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.
Canfield featured on The Energy Collective homepage
EPP student Casey Canfield's blog, "Creating an Equitable Grid: Should We Be Worried?", is featured on today's homepage of TheEnergyCollective. This website hosts an independent, moderated forum of the world's best commentary & analysis on energy policy, climate change, energy technologies and fuels, and energy innovation. Casey joins faculty, staff, and students from MIT, Havard, Duke, Berkeley, and RAND.
An wins alumni award
E&TIM alumnus Lenny An (E’11, ’12) has been named a 2013 Alumni Award Winner. Lenny works at Accenture as a consultant, focusing on Systems Integration. In addition, he is involved with the Accenture NYC Analyst Volunteer Service Committee and the CMU NYC Alumni Board. The Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 as part of Cèilidh Weekend. To register for the Ceremony and for additional weekend details, please visit the website.
Fuchs to participate in WEF
Erica Fuchs, associate professor of engineering and public policy, was selected to the World Economic Forum's Community of Young Scientists, a group of 40-50 scientists under the age of 40 selected to participate alongside business and political leaders in Summer Davos. http://www.cmu.edu/piper/briefs/2013/september/sept-5/summerdavos.html
Upcoming Fischhoff book launch
Authors Taylor Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson and EPP professor Baruch Fischhoff invite you to attend the launch of their new edited volume "Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict" (Oxford University Press, 2013). The event will include special commentary from Patrick Ball of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group and Luck Condra of the University of Pittsburgh. A question and comment session follows the presentation.
September 20, 2013 3-5 p.m., Porter Hall 100
Hills' new book praises "Geeks"
Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, has published a new book about the awe-inspiring work of some Carnegie Mellon students. The just-released book, "Geeks on a Mission," tells of experiences that changed the students' lives. These students donated their summer vacations to work in developing nations around the world. Hills, who visited, advised and mentored them as they worked on their developing nation projects, has devoted much of his own career to public service. He will describe the students' experiences in an upcoming INI event Friday, September 27 2:30 p.m. http://www.ini.cmu.edu/events/ceilidh/index.html
Bezy discusses Rwandan students' international internships
"As more companies set up shop in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, we see our students as invaluable resources to improve the region's economic growth," said Michel Bezy, associate director at CMU-Rwanda and a distinguished service professor in the Engineering and Public Policy Department at CMU.
Apt speaks about power grid
Jay Apt, EPP professor and director of Carnegie Mellon’s Electricity Industry Center, was a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC Radio in New York last week. He spoke about the state of the U.S. power grid and how it is faring 10 years after the massive Northeast blackout that lasted for two days in many places. Apt looks back at what caused the 2003 blackout and what changes have been made to improve the power grid since then. Listen to the interview.
CMU-lead project wins NSF award
NSF has announced that a CMU-lead project is one of three frontier awards in secure and trustworthy cyberspace they are awarding this year. Travis Breaux and Lorrie Cranor are among the co-PIs. Aleecia McDonald EPP '10 is also a co-PI. This Frontier project will research how to improve the usability of privacy policies. Natural language privacy policies have become a de facto standard to address expectations of notice and choice on the Web. However, there is ample evidence that users generally do not read these policies, and that those who do often struggle to understand what they mean. In effect, most Internet users are unable to make informed privacy decisions as they contemplate interacting with different websites. http://tiny.cc/jbuw1w
Small to participate in shale gas webinar
EPP professor Mitchell Small will join a panel of industry experts from 2 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, in a webinar sponsored by McGraw Hill Construction to explore the opportunities and risks involved with extracting natural gas from shale. Small will discuss the environmental impacts of fracking in producing gas from shale, and give updates on state and federal research and recommendations about these new production technologies. Small chairs a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) panel created to scrutinize shale gas drilling. http://construction.com/events/2013/oil-gas.
Peha urges government to improve emergency communications
Phony 911 calls, radio static and loss of cellular reception remain just a few of the communication challenges posed by the recent Boston Marathon terrorist attacks. While the tragedy is still being analyzed, EPP professor Jon Peha urges U.S. government officials to allow emergency responders to use commercial services on a priority basis during a crisis. http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/august/aug12_jonpeha.html
Ferreira takes part in eCommerce symposium
The 9th Annual Symposium on Statistical Challenges in eCommerce Research was held in Lisbon on June 27 and 28, 2013 and was organized in part by EPP professor Pedro Ferreira. The two day program encompassed current research topics around e-commerce research and big data and related issues and challenges. There were over 60 attendees, with 28 paper presentations and 16 poster presentations. https://www.informs.org/Community/ISS/Conferences-Workshops
EPP students participate in USAEE case competition
EPP doctoral students Nathaniel Horner and Parth Vaishnav finished 3rd in the final standings of the USAEE case competition. Twelve teams submitted solutions to the problem, which dealt with the integration of electric vehicles on the grid. They have been invited to travel to Alaska to present their solution. www.usaee.org/usaee2013/case.html
Cranor chairs SOUPS
This past week EPP faculty member Lorrie Cranor was chair for the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) conference in Newcastle, UK. http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2013/
Bravo-Lillo and Cranor receive award
A paper co-authored by EPP student Cristian Bravo-Lillo and EPP faculty member Lorrie Cranor received a distinguished paper award at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/). The paper is: "Your Attention Please: Designing security-decision UIs to make genuine risks harder to ignore" by Cristian Bravo-Lillo, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Julie Downs, Saranga Komanduri, and Robert W. Reeder (Carnegie Mellon University), Stuart Schechter (Microsoft Research), and Manya Sleeper (Carnegie Mellon University)
Leon presents at SOUPS
EPP PhD student Pedro Leon presented a SOUPS paper co-authored with Lorrie Cranor and Rebecca Balebako (and others): "What Matters to Users? Factors that Affect Users' Willingness to Share Information with Online Advertisers" by Pedro G. Leon and Blase Ur (Carnegie Mellon University), Yang Wang (Syracuse University), Manya Sleeper, Rebecca Balebako, Richard Shay, and Lujo Bauer (Carnegie Mellon University), Mihai Christodorescu (Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley), and Lorrie Faith Cranor (Carnegie Mellon University) http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2013/proceedings/a7_Leon.pdf
Fischhoff contributes to new book
The current violence in Syria vividly demonstrates the difficulty — and importance — of accurately recording and estimating nonmilitary deaths in conflict areas. "Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict" is a new book that surveys the challenges of this task, presenting and evaluating methods for ensuring that these tragic killings are properly acknowledged. Co-edited by EPP professor Baruch Fischhoff, Jay Aronson and Taylor Seybolt, the book contains contributions from the top researchers in the field, presenting case studies from Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. tinyurl.com/lrwrxkh
EPP researchers discuss small modular nuclear reactors
EPP faculty members Inês Azevedo, Granger Morgan and EPP doctoral student Ahmed Abdulla, report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that small modular reactors might provide a flexible, cost-effective energy alternative. tinyurl.com/nb9cu6l
Cranor to speak at PETS
EPP professor Lorrie Cranor is giving the keynote talk at the 13th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium on July 10. http://petsymposium.org/2013/
EPP researchers discuss benefits of wind and solar generation
EPP alum Kyle Siler-Evans ‘12, and EPP faculty members Inês Lima Azevedo, Granger Morgan and Jay Apt recently had a piece published in PNAS. The title is "Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate benefits of wind and solar generation". The abstract and paper can be viewed at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/06/19/1221978110.full.pdf+html
Amy Dale receives best PhD presentation award
EPP doctoral student Amy Dale and Alberto Garcia won the best PhD presentation award at the Technology, Management & Policy (TMP) consortium hosted by TPP at MIT earlier this month. The presentation was on modeling the environmental fate and transport of nanosilver (with a focus on sediments) for the purposes of risk assessment. http://tppserver.mit.edu/tmp2013.htm
Ilic book available through Amazon.com
EPP professor Marija Ilic has co-edited with Le Xie and Qixing Liu a new book that’s available through Amazon.com, Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services: The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands. This book is perhaps the first to provide model-based illustration of changes in current operations and planning practices necessary to enable robust integration of renewable resources without increasing long-term electricity service cost. This book may be used as a reference for introducing smart grid concepts for a given system, as the methods are generalizable and not dependent on the specifics of the systems studied.
An to recieve award
Lenny An E&TIM ’12, has been named one of the 2013 Carnegie Mellon Alumni Award winners (Student Service). The winners will be honored at this year’s Alumni Awards ceremony on Friday, September 27, during Ceilidh Weekend.
Peha receives Medal
Jon Peha (Professor of EPP) received the Brown Engineering Medal and spoke at the graduation for Brown University’s College of Engineering.
Michalek discusses hybrid cars
EPP professor Jeremy Michalek and Orkun Karabasoglu, a mechanical engineering research assistant, analyzed the potential cost and greenhouse gas savings of hybrid and electric vehicles under different driving conditions. "We found that for highway drivers, hybrid and plug-in vehicles cost more without much benefit to the environment," Michalek said. "But for drivers who experience a lot of idling and stop-and-go traffic, a hybrid could lower lifetime costs by 20 percent and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half." tinyurl.com/lw4hfw7
Samaras to join CEE
Constantine (Costa) Samaras will be joining the CEE faculty in January 2014. Costa completed his PhD in CEE and EPP at Carnegie Mellon in 2008 and has been at RAND Corporation since that time. He has been an adjunct prof in EPP since 2009, where he co-developed and has been co-teaching the graduate course, Innovation for Energy and the Environment.
Pena discusses her choice to study in Portugal
Ivonne Penã is a dual degree Ph.D. student of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) since 2010/2011. As part of her Ph.D., Ivonne Penã is investigating the impact of policies, grid connection rights and the goals of countries in terms of a widespread use of renewable energies in the European Union, using Portugal as a case study.
Mauter named Wimmer Fellow
EPP professor Meagan Mauter has been selected as one of the 2013-2014 Wimmer Faculty Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. This program is designed for junior faculty members interested in enhancing their teaching through concentrated work with an Eberly consultant. The Wimmer program, now in its eighth year, is supported by a grant from the Wimmer Family Foundation. This grant provides a stipend to each Fellow to acknowledge the intellectual work it takes to be an effective educator.
Balebako wins Google Scholarship
Congratulations to EPP PhD student Rebecca Balebako for being named a Google Anita Borg scholar! 30 students from North America were selected (and 6 of them are at Carnegie Mellon). tinyurl.com/q5em3o2
Jenn's work recognized
EPP PhD student Alan Jenn recently presented his work on "Automotive transition to sustainable technology mix, a response to CAFE standards" at the 2013's International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies, where it won 3rd place for best student paper. Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards were recently passed as a joint effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions of passenger cars and light trucks. The paper, which is co-authored with Christian Blanco, William Chernicoff and EPP Professor Inês Azevedo, examines the effects of this policy on the future vehicle fleet mix, broken down by vehicle class and vehicle type, specifically improving on earlier works by capturing consumer behavior.
Matthews to serve on BEST
EPP faculty member, Scott Matthews, has been elected to serve on the board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST). BEST is the National Research Council’s principal unit for organizing and overseeing studies relating to environmental problems affecting human health and environmental impact and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and environment. tinyurl.com/buw5rj3
Morgan discusses need for research guidelines
Granger Morgan discusses the need for research guidelines for solar radiation management in the latest publication from ISSUES in Science and Technology.
Morgan, Narayanan part of Washington speaker series
Granger Morgan will moderate CMU's upcoming Washington Speaker Series, "Natural Disasters & Terrorism: Strategies for Protecting Critical Services & Infrastructure" on Thursday, May 30 at Cosmos Club in Washington DC. EPP alumna Anu Narayanan '12 will serve as guest speaker for the event. tinyurl.com/dxm3vec
Hug receives award
Gabriela Hug, assistant professor of EPP won the 2013 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The award recognizes young engineers who have made outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical activities.
Peña receives scholarship
EPP PhD student Ivonne Peña was awarded one of the five available scholarships to participate in the Summer Academy on Sustainable Energy Finance held by the Frankfurt Finance School and the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, in July 14-19th. This is a highly competitive program, directed towards professionals and experts from different disciplines that work on areas related with Financing of Climate Change
Scott Institute to give policy briefing
The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation will host a policy briefing on a new policymaker guide that summarizes research by the RenewElec project. The 3-year project comes to the conclusion that reaching a 20-30% renewable portfolio standard goal is possible, but not without changes in the management and regulation of the power system including accurately assessing and preparing for the operational effects of renewable generation. The results of the project will be presented by EPP professors Jay Apt, Paulina Jamarillo, and EPP student Stephen Rose. EPP professor Deborah Stine will moderate. tinyurl.com/caya6qu
EPP researchers find modest rebound effects from energy efficiency efforts
EPP professor Ines Azevedo and post-doc Brinda Thomas report in a pair of papers (part 1 and part 2) in the Ecological Economics journal that the once popular "rebound effect" in energy savings or carbon emissions that occur when homeowners buy a hybrid vehicle, switch to a CFL light bulb, or make any other energy efficiency investment is modest in comparison to recent reports. tinyurl.com/d9pgumc
Horner, Vaishnav top runners
EPP students Nathaniel Horner and Parth Vaishnav, are, for the second year in a row, selected as the top runners for the student case competition organized by USAEE, http://www.usaee.org/usaee2013/. Last year the two CEDM students ended up second place.
Fuchs receives career fellowship
Erica Fuchs has been awarded one of four Dean’s Early Career Fellowship across CIT! These Fellowships are a new program just established by dean Jim Garrett. Candidates are nominated by their Department Head and reviewed by the CIT Faculty Review Committee, who then make recommendations to the Dean.
Allen Robinson, EPP professor and Head/Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Allen is also a member of the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. Allen is not only an outstanding educator, but also his research focus on the atmospheric transformation of particulate matter emissions from cars, trucks, and other combustion systems will have a lasting impact on our environment. Allen is a natural fit for the Lane Professorship, which Ray and Stephanie Lane endowed in memory of Ray’s late father, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at CMU. A celebration will be held this fall.
Mauter to collaborate with CEE faculty
CEE Professors Jeanne VanBriesen and David Dzombak were awarded funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) to evaluate an organic carbon characterization method as a way to better predict membrane fouling potential in wastewaters. They will be collaborating with EPP's Meagan Mauter, Aquatech, a Pennsylvania company led by CEE Alumnus Venkee Sharma (E' 87), and CEE graduate student Lauren Strahs.
Whitacre developing edible electronics for medical device industry
It sounds futuristic, but today Carnegie Mellon University researchers are developing edible electronic devices that can be implanted in the body to improve patient care. "We are creating electronically active medical devices that can be implanted in the body," said Christopher Bettinger, an assistant professor in MechE and Biomed Engineering at CMU. "The idea is for a patient to consume a pill that encapsulates the device." Bettinger, along with EPP professor Jay Whitacre, is creating edible power sources for medical devices that can be taken orally using materials found in the daily diet. tinyurl.com/bvs9let
Scott Institute receives $30 Million
Carnegie Mellon University has received a $30 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to dramatically expand its strategic initiative to address energy research, education and innovation. The gift - the largest private foundation grant in CMU's history - will propel the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation to coordinate university-wide activities with the overall goals of improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources.
Frey to chair EPA committee
Dr. H. Christopher Frey (EPP '91), Distinguished University Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been appointed by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to chair the independently chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) for two years. Frey began his new role Oct. 1. http://tinyurl.com/cx3ue9j
EPP students receive NSF fellowships
EPP doctoral students Leslie Abrahams and Casey Canfield have been selected to receive 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships.
Schweizer's work recognized by ERL
The work of Vanessa Schweizer (EPP PhD '10) and Elmar Kriegler (EPP visiting scholar, 2006-08) is featured among the best papers published by Environmental Research Letters in 2012. They examined the internal consistency of the prolific IPCC SRES scenarios and found wide variation in their internal consistency. They also found that, in the absence of climate policy, futures with high carbon dioxide emissions had strong internal consistency under a variety of socioeconomic assumptions, while low emissions futures did not. tinyurl.com/bmm3jkm
Apt's work recognized by ERL
"Cost analysis of stratospheric albedo modification delivery systems," a paper co-authored by EPP professors Jay Apt and David Keith has been recognized as one of the best papers published by Environmental Research Letters in 2012. tinyurl.com/d9ndk63
Breaux joins EPP
Travis Breaux is now officially an affiliated member of the EPP faculty. His web page can be found at: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~breaux/
Ovon receives fellowship
EPP grad student Carol Ovon has received the 2013-2014 Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" fellowship.
CMU wins DoE Better Buildings Case Competition
Continuing Carnegie Mellon's streak from last year, a team of students from CMU won the Best Proposal award for "The Everything Store" case study and the Most Innovative award for "Fort Worth" case study. Team members include EPP students Alan Jenn, Mili-Ann Tamayao and Allison Weiss. tinyurl.com/bwbpmjv
Scott Institute to explore solar, wind & smart grid technologies
The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, led by EPP professor M. Granger Morgan, is focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. "When we put out our first call for short proposals, we quickly received 26 innovative ideas from across the campus," Morgan said. "The response demonstrates the many opportunities to build new bridges and undertake new innovative projects on our campus." tinyurl.com/bq485wy
Scott Institute publishes shale gas guide
A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers visited Capitol Hill recently to encourage legislators to establish a government-university-industry research and education initiative to inform the public about issues surrounding shale gas and the environment so the nation can better prepare for its energy future. The team included Jeanne VanBriesen, EPP professors Michael Griffin and Allen Robinson, and Austin Mitchell, a Ph.D. student in EPP. tinyurl.com/agzjkoc
Scott Institute hosts shale gas symposium
The Scott Institute and the National Academy of Engineering will host a symposium titled "Shale Gas: Implications for America's Regional Manufacturing Economies" from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4 in McConomy Auditorium. The event features an overview by President Cohon, followed by three panel discussions on "Industrial Development," "Natural Gas for Transportation" and "Environmental Impacts." tinyurl.com/a3jhojr
CIT ranks fifth in the nation
U.S. News & World Report has released the 2014 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" and ranked CIT as fifth in the nation for graduate engineering schools, two points better than the last ranking, in a three-way tie with Georgia Tech and University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Cranor's work in WSJ
EPP faculty member Lorrie Cranor wrote a short guide to navigating FB privacy options that was published in the Wall Street Journal. Check out her article, info graphic, and video at: http://on.wsj.com/XDvyvz
Mashayekh Named 2012 CMU T-SET UTC Student of the Year
Yeganeh Mashayekh has been selected to receive the 2012 CMU T-SET UTC Student of the Year Award in recognition of her accomplishments, scholarship and contributions to transportation technologies. T-SET is a University Transportation Center that focuses on technologies that will make transportation safer and more efficient and is comprised by well-established transportation experts from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).
Hoss featured on Science website
EPP doctoral student Frauke Hoss was recently featured on Science Now. It was reading a scientific article about problems with the Red River flooding predictions that motivated her to study the error inherent in such forecasts. Frauke has developed a new method for communicating this uncertainty to emergency responders. http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/02/handicapping-the-rivers-rise.html?ref=hp
Aquion Energy recognized
Aquion Energy, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off and battery technology company founded by EPP professor Jay Whitacre, has been named as one of MIT Tech Review's 50 Disruptive Companies of 2013. http://www2.technologyreview.com/tr50/2013/
Hendrickson part of new NRC study
EPP professor Chris Hendrickson serves on the National Research Council Committee to Evaluate Energy-Efficiency and Sustainability Standards Used by the Department of Defense for Military Construction and Repair. According to a new study by the committee, the U.S. Department of Defense should continue to require that its new buildings or major renovations to facilities be designed to achieve a LEED-Silver or equivalent rating, says a new report from the National Research Council.
Michalek Discusses Electric Vehicles and Public Policy in The Daily Beast
In an interview in The Daily Beast, Associate Professor Jeremy J. Michalek discusses hybrid and electric vehicles, batteries, costs, emissions, charging infrastructure investments, and public policy, identifying technical and economic challenges & opportunities and discussing strategies and issues for policy.
Michalek Compares Hybrid and Electric Cars on Pittsburgh's NPR news station
In an interview with The Allegheny Front on WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR news station, Associate Professor Jeremy J. Michalek compares hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, identifying differences in range and refueling needs, cost, and potential benefits for national security and air emissions.
Ilic receives award
EPP professor Marija Ilic has is the recipient of the 2013 Steven J. Fenves Award. She selected based on her significant contributions to electric power systems and nominated by José M. F. Moura.
EPP research to be presented at upcoming conference
Carbon capture research done by EPP faculty members, Sean McCoy and Mitch Small, and EPP doctoral students Olga Popova and Stephen Rose, will be presented at the STGlobal 13th Annual Conference on Science & Technology in Society. Their paper is titled 'Spatial stochastic modeling of sedimentary formations to assess CO2 storage potential. A case study for the Pennsylvania Part of the Appalachian Basin'.
Max Franklin discusses E&TIM dual degree
E&TIM Dual Degree alumnus Max Franklin (E&TIM '11) was featured in the Fall/Winter 2012 Carnegie Mellon Engineering Magazine. Max describes how the program has prepared him for the workplace. "I have the technical depth of an M.S. student, but many of the concepts I was introduced to include innovative methodologies or new ways of looking at produce development."
E&TIM students participate in Heinz College challenge
Congratulations to 2013 Heinz College's Social Innovation Solutions Challenge participants! The Challenge calls upon students to submit innovative product solutions to remedy specific social concerns.
1st place team: Jillian Chen (ETIM '13), for a social media site for Latin American school teachers
2nd place team: Prateek Arora (ETIM '13), for a backpack-like water transportation and filtration system
3rd place team: Dhir Kothari (ETIM '13), 3rd place team for a nutrient bar with an oral re-hydration solution
4th place team: Anisha Jhaveri, Apeksha Mehta, and Ameya Bhat, (ETIM '13) for rehabilitation equipment for paraplegics using NASA anti-gravity technology and electric stimulation.
Peha takes part in Global Young Scientists Summit
The Global Young Scientists Summit, recently held in Singapore, brought together the next generation of leading researchers from around the world to rub shoulders with laureates from the fields of medicine, chemistry, and physics. The invitation-only meeting was the first such event of its kind held in the country. EPP professor Jon Peha was in attendance and spoke about the new era for radio spectrum management. http://theinstitute.ieee.org/ieee-roundup/opinions/ieee-roundup/nobel-laureates-and-young-scientists-work-to-solve-global-challenges
Azevedo contributes to NRC committee report
EPP Assistant Research Professor and CEDM Executive Director Ines Azevedo contributed to the recently released National Research Council (NRC) committee report on "Assessment of Advanced Solid State Lighting". More information on the report can be found here. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18279
Sutanto to compete in Disney design competition
A team of Carnegie Mellon University engineering students are among six finalists to compete in a nationwide design competition created by Walt Disney Imagineering to promote diversity and showcase design skills. EPP undergrad Andre Sutanto will travel to California with a team from CMU to showcase a new interactive adventure that tells a compelling story. The finalist teams were awarded a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to Imagineering headquarters in Glendale, Calif. Each team will be judged on a variety of factors including their ability to collaborate across different disciplines and backgrounds, the mastery of their individual skills, and the ability to tell an engaging story. http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/january/jan29_disneycompetition.html?utm_source=January+31%2C+Vol.+23%2C+No.+27&utm_campaign=Jan.+31&utm_medium=email
EPP alumna Shalini Vajjhala working to fight flooding
Recently, The Rockefeller Foundation pledged $3 million in support of a new public-private program to help cities finance and build defense systems against severe weather events and rising sea levels. The project is a collaboration including c.dots development and CH2M Hill. Shalini Vajjhala is cofounder c.dots development, a company committed to “public service and private sector innovation.” Read more here: http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2013/01/22/archive/8 and http://cdotsdevelopment.com
Small to chair NRC study
EPP professor Mitch Small to chair a new National Research Council (NRC) study on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Extraction. The Committee will oversee two workshops this summer as it principal activity.
Balebako and Frankenstein join GSA
EPP doctoral students Will Frankenstein and Rebecca Balebako have been elected to serve on the CMU Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). Their responsibilities include attending monthly GSA meetings, distributing GSA announcements, joining a university committee to represent graduate student views, and managing the EPP GSA budget. To learn more about GSA, please visit: www.cmu.edu/stugov/gsa/
Nandakumar discusses marcellus shale research
A team of students at Carnegie Mellon University evaluated new ways of transforming valuable natural gas liquids from Marcellus Shale deposits into aromatic chemicals. "It was a pretty creative project where we took an existing process as guidance and used it to invent our own new, innovative process," said EPP undergrad Neha Nandakumar (E'13). The team was required to design an entire process plant and perform a technical analysis in which they calculated the chemical details of the plant through heat and material balances.
Cranor to take part in privacy panel
CMU will observe Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28, with a panel discussion about the ways that mobile phones and social networks make it harder for people to maintain their privacy. Norman Sadeh will moderate the panel discussion, "Will the Mobile Web and Social Networking Mark the End of Privacy?" from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 28 in Newell-Simon Hall 3305. The panel includes Alessandro Acquisti, associate professor of information technology and public policy; Lorrie Cranor, associate professor of computer science, engineering and public policy and co-director of the privacy engineering masters program; Jason Hong, associate professor of human-computer interaction; and Travis Breaux, assistant professor of computer science. Following the discussion, the university's research and educational activities regarding privacy will be showcased at a poster fair in the Newell-Simon Hall atrium.
Michalek discusses electric vehicle chargers and the fiscal cliff
The “fiscal cliff” bill passed by the U.S. Congress includes extensions to energy tax credits, including credits for installing electric vehicle chargers. But a new study by EPP professor Jeremy Michalek suggests that chargers are among the least cost-effective ways to save gasoline.
CMU Portugal Hosts Symposium Jan. 21
The CMU Portugal program will hold an Inaugural Symposium for the second phase of the partnership on Monday, Jan. 21 in Portugal. The symposium will include presentations by several program officials and professors, including: João Claro, national director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program; José M.F. Moura, director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program at CMU; and EPP professors Pedro Ferreira and Marija Ilic. See the agenda at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4466.
Allen Robinson returning to CMU
Allen Robinson will become Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, effective February 2013. Allen is currently a professor in the Departments of Atmospheric Science and Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He was on the faculty in CIT for 14 years with a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering and EPP.
Hug receives NSF grant
Gabriela Hug, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and engineering and public policy, has received the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, its most prestigious award for junior faculty. She was awarded a five-year, $400,000 grant to make the electric power grid more secure and flexible. Hug reports that she is recommending a "distributed approach" to grid operations, which is capable of handling the computational complexity resulting from the placement of a large number of power flow devices in the system. Read more.
Canfield selected to attend NIEES seminar
EPP Doctoral Student Casey Canfield has been selected to attend the The National Institute for Energy Ethics and Society (NIEES), a week-long seminar in energy research to examine ethical and societal issues associated with US energy choices. The seminar will take place at Arizona State University in early April.