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Jay Whitacre receives College of Engineering Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Jay Whitacre receives College of Engineering Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Jay Whitacre (MSE '97, Ph.D. 99)

Jay Whitacre, Masters (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, was named the Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Lecture and Award winner.


After graduating, Dr. Whitacre was then a Postdoctoral Scholar at The California Institute of Technology (at JPL) from 1999 to 2000, where he worked to characterize and optimize the performance of thin film solid-state electrochemical devices. He subsequently accepted a technical staff position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was promoted to Senior Member Technical Staff in 2003. His work at JPL was focused on developing materials system for energy storage technologies. During this time, he was also trained as a systems engineer and became a member of several mission design groups as well as the Mars Science Laboratory development team. Dr. Whitacre took a professor position at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy. His work at CMU has been focused on developing and analyzing new materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. In 2008, a first-generation version of a new aqueous electrolyte battery chemistry was developed in his labs at CMU, and subsequent incubation work resulted in the spin out of Aquion Energy from CMU in late 2009.


Whitacre has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-review papers and is an inventor on over 30 patents that are issued or pending. He has numerous honors to his name, including the 2014 Caltech/Resnick Sustainability Institute Resonate Award, was listed as one of the top 25 Eco-Innovators in the world by Fortune Magazine in 2014, and was the 2015 winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Innovation.


Whitacre is currently a Full Professor at CMU and is also the CTO of Aquion Energy.

For more information, visit http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/whitacre

About the Arbor Networks Award:


Just as Arbor Networks applies research driven approaches to solving important problems, this award serves to highlight the diverse ways in which our alumni have had societal impact. Research with a greater purpose and the potential to benefit many is a core underlying principle of this award. The overall goals of this award are to:

  1. Celebrate the success of our alumni.
  2. Provide an opportunity for our Ph.D. students to interact with alumni whose work has had impact outside of academia.
  3. Celebrate the successes of Arbor Networks.


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