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Scott Institute prepares for Energy Week

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The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is ramping up for its second-ever Energy Week — a program “designed to educate, inform, and debate energy policy, highlight research and innovation, and prepare for the future,” according to its website. Energy Week will begin on March 27 and end on March 31.

Each day of Energy Week is themed to emphasize the many caveats of discussions concerning energy. Monday is dedicated to the future of energy, whereas Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are focused on innovation, research, policy, and education, respectively; this allows individuals to attend events dedicated to the aspect of energy they are interested in. The copious activities of the week range from over 40 talks with influential innovators in the field, such as Tesla Motors' Chief Technology Officer (CTO) JB Straubel, to an energy industry-oriented career fair open to all students, trips to nearby energy production sites, and three engaging student competitions.

The dramatic monologue competition is a crowd-favorite. Engaging the university’s arts, the competition “is open to [Carnegie Mellon] drama students who are interested in showing how dramatic words can communicate the concept of energy,” as is stated on www.CMUEnergyWeek.org. Despite several other simultaneous events which occurred during the dramatic monologue competition at last year’s Energy Week, Power Source asserted “none could rival the theater,” referring to drama student Andrew Richardson’s skit depicting innovator Nicola Tesla and his financier J.P. Morgan.

Engineering and Public Policy professor Deborah Stine, who organizes Energy Week, views it as a chance “to highlight all our different energy activities around the campus,” as she mentioned in an interview with The Tartan. Although, the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science’s breakthroughs are widely acclaimed and popularized, the university also pioneers in the energy field, developing cutting-edge and sustainable technology, such as edible electronics.

Professor Stine believes Carnegie Mellon “is just as active in energy and has a lot of leaders in the field, but [this is] less well-known,” making the Scott Institute’s goal in arranging Energy Week to “increase the visibility of all [Carnegie Mellon] activities” related to energy.
Indeed, Energy Week demonstrates Carnegie Mellon’s influential position in all things energy. Moreover, it shows how the city of Pittsburgh has drifted towards a more renewable, sustainable and futuristic energy industry. This week-long event thus serves as a central nexus for all who wish to gain more insight into the energy industry and research taking place in the region.

This time around, Energy Week has a plethora of events coordinated with other universities and organizations, such as an energy law and policy forum with the laws schools of the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. Demonstrably, Energy Week is chance for institutions to mingle and share their ideas about energy.

Last year’s Energy Week drew about 700 guests across all five days, according to Professor Stine. Come March, Energy Week will be in full swing and the Scott Institute hopes that number will rise to 1,000.
To partake in the week’s activities, register at ww.CMUEnergyWeek.org. Registration is free for Carnegie Mellon students.