Information Technology AwardAlex Jones, PhDAssociate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of EngineeringDirector of the Computer Engineering ProgramDr. Jones is internationally known for his research in “green computing.” His research led to the creation of GreenChip, a tool that provides detailed estimates about manufacturing and operational-phase
metrics, such as energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Innovation in Energy Award
Kevin Chen, PhD
The Paul E. Lego Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of EngineeringDr. Chen is driving innovation with his research on fiber optical sensing technology. The innovations and technologies developed by Dr. Chen's team have critical applications
to improve efficiency of energy production and safety of transportation infrastructures across all aspects of the energy industry.
Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Award
Paul Ohodnicki, PhD, and the Materials Science and Functional Materials Team, National Energy Technology Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh Team Members: Kevin Chen, PhD, Aidong Yan, Sheng Huang
The extreme environments of power generation systems and advanced manufacturing processes are too harsh for traditional sensors, limiting the ability to optimize efficiency and minimize environmental impacts. This team demonstrated a cutting-edge
sensor technology capable of measuring temperature and gas composition inside solid oxide fuel cell systems, holding promise for commercialization and job growth.
- University/Post-Secondary Educator Peyman Givi, PhD Distinguished Professor and the James T. MacLeod Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Swanson School of EngineeringCo-Director of the PhD Program in Computational Modeling and SimulationDirector of the Laboratory for Computational Transport Phenomena
as a modern-day “Rocket Scientist,” Dr. Givi is widely recognized as the leader
and a first ranked researcher in the field of high-performance computing for
propulsion, combustion, rockets, and energetic fluids simulation. He is also highly regarded for his effective mentoring of students. He has made a remarkable impact in
engineering & computing education by training the next generation of
outstanding scholars. All of his former postgraduate students are now in highly
visible positions in academia, government laboratories and private industry across the globe.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region
and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its
hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science
Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
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