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Faculty examines fossil fuels

Carnegie Mellon’s push to participate in energy research could help reduce regional and national dependency on foreign oil. The school is one of three universities to receive up to $26 million in funding to develop cleaner and more efficient technologies for the use of fossil fuels over the next two years, along with the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.

The funding will come from the CWP Inc. partnership, which draws its researchers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

The collaboration will consist of more than 75 scientists from the three universities, including student researchers, and more than 150 NETL scientists and researchers.

Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon is on the board of CWP Inc.

Professor Andrew Gellman in the chemical engineering department is the research director for the project group. He will lead the university team to develop new technologies to use fossil fuels, reduce the environmental impact of their use, and optimize the efficiency of energy production from fossil fuels.

Carl Bauer, NETL director, said in a Carnegie Mellon press release that the institute is excited and proud to be working with researchers from the university.

For for more information, see the SciTech article.

New professorship is given out

Joe Trotter, head of Carnegie Mellon’s history department, received the first Giant Eagle Professorship in Humanities and Social Sciences. Trotter is also a nationally recognized scholar and author and has served as Mellon Bank Professor of History for the past 11 years.

The Giant Eagle Professorship is meant to support a faculty member of H&SS who has contributed greatly to his or her particular field of interest. Trotter has made significant strides both as the head of the history department and as founding director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for African-American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE).

CAUSE is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on the intersection of urban history, race, and policy. Trotter’s leadership in CAUSE can be seen in his current project meant to commemorate Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary by displaying the history of African-American life in the city since World War II.

Trotter has been a member of Carnegie Mellon’s faculty since 1985 and has served on several history associations and societies. He is currently a trustee of the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.