ECE Faculty Earn Scott Institute Seed Grants


March 5, 2013

Six ECE professors have received seed grants from Carnegie Mellon's new Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation to promote the development of new energy-related research and educational activities across the university. The institute, made possible by a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott (E'66), president and founder of Delmar systems, and his wife, university trustee Joyce Bowie Scott (A'65), is focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources.

The grants and their principal investigators include:

  • High efficiency solar thermo-photovoltaic cells using nanophotonic intermediate absorbers and emitters: Sheng Shen, professor of mechanical engineering, and Gary Fedder, Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of ECE and Robotics, and head of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).
  • Silicon wafers for solar cells by horizontal ribbon growth: Erik Ydstie, professor of chemical engineering and electrical engineering, in partnership with Aditya Khair, assistant professor of chemical engineering.
  • A collaborative distributed optimization framework for robust energy management in microgrids: Gabriela Hug, assistant professor of ECE, in collaboration with Soummya Kar, assistant research professor in ECE.
  • Smart grid technologies for sustainable energy development in Rwanda: Bruce Krogh, ECE professor and head of CMU-Rwanda, in partnership with ECE Professor Marija Ilic and Hedda Schmidtke, assistant professor in information communications technology at CMU-Rwanda and CMU-Silicon Valley.

The Scott Institute will host a public event in 2014, when investigators from the first round of seed grants will report on their work and their plans to build on their results in the future. For more information, read the university's official press release.