Jay F. Whitacre
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Chief Technology Officer, Aquion Energy
Dr. Whitacre received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999. He held various positions at Caltech and JPL before taking his current Professorship at Carnegie Mellon in 2007. There he develops functional materials systems and performs economic/environmental impact assessment for energy technologies. His early work at CMU resulted in the conception of a novel scalable energy storage device. In 2008 he founded Aquion Energy, a company that has since garnered over $40 M in funding. He is currently on leave from CMU to serve as full time CTO for Aquion as it scales a pilot manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh, PA. Professor Whitacre has over 50 peer–reviewed papers and patents.