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Caltech Opens Nominations for Resonate Awards


PASADENA, CA – OCTOBER 1, 2015

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has announced that nominations are open for the 2016 Resonate Awards. The awards bring attention to up-and-coming innovators who are making outstanding contributions to renewable energy or sustainability-related science and technology. Nominees can be under the age of 40 from anywhere around the world.

In the past two years, winners have included innovators with breakthroughs in energy storage, financing for sustainability-focused ventures, power grid modernization and development of chemical processes for alternative energy, and a variety of carbon-reduction solutions.

“Young scientists are critical to the future of the planet,” said Jonas C. Peters, Director, Resnick Sustainability Institute and Bren Professor of Chemistry in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. “This award is designed to encourage outstanding and breakthrough thinking that will change the future.”

The 2015 Resonate winners were presented their Awards and participated on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. Winners include scientists from Aalto University, Finland; Research Institute of Electrochemical Energy / AIST, Japan; University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University, and ETA Devices (which was founded by an MIT professor). Several of the other honorees have founded and are working with start-up companies based on their breakthroughs.

The 2016 Resonate Award nominations are open through early November. After that, the entrants will be judged by an advisory panel of varied experts and visionaries with the experience to offer insights about how the ideas may have important, long-term impact.

“We are committed to encouraging up-and-coming scientists to think creatively to solve the momentous challenges faced by our environment and planet,” said Dr. Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science California Institute of Technology, founder of the awards and chair of the Resonate 2016 selection committee.

For more information about the nominations, awards, the winners and their work see http://resnick.caltech.edu/awards.php

About The Resnick Sustainability Institute

The Resnick Sustainability Institute is Caltech’s studio focused on those breakthroughs that can positively alter the sustainability of our world. It marries bold creativity and deep scientific knowledge to encourage orthogonal thinking and original ideas. The Institute works with some of the world’s top and emerging scientists – both at Caltech and beyond. Current projects include research into energy generation –- such as advanced photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical solar fuels, and cellulosic biofuels; energy conversion work on batteries and fuel cells; and energy efficiency and management such as fuel efficient vehicles, green chemical synthesis, thermoelectric materials, and advanced research on electrical grid control and distribution.

About Caltech

Caltech is a world-renowned research and education institution focused on science and engineering, where faculty and students pursue new knowledge about our world and search for the kinds of bold and innovative advances that will transform our future.

The scientific, engineering, and technological contributions of Caltech's faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 33 Nobel Prizes. Caltech's 300 professorial faculty members offer a rigorous science and engineering curriculum to approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students, providing one of the nation's lowest student-to-faculty ratios.

Caltech's 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, and owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories that includes the Palomar Observatory and the W. M. Keck Observatory. Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution.