January 4, 2016 – by NRCCE News
Morgantown, W.Va. – The State Journal’s “Expert Panel” series recently featured Carl Irwin, director of NRCCE Energy Efficiency Division. The paper asks a variety of experts from a wide range of fields the same five question about their careers. Irwin’s feature focused on his successful business development partnerships and his work with Industries of the Future – West Virginia and the more recent TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program.
The following is an excerpt.
Expert Panel: Carl Irwin
Carl Irwin is Director of the Energy Efficiency Division at the West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy. In 2001, he received the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technology’s “Partner of the Year Award” for his work in developing the Industries of the Future — West Virginia (IOF-WV) program. Since 2008, Irwin and his team have focused on developing the TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program.
He has a BS in aeronautical engineering from Auburn University, MS and Ph.D. in mathematics from Emory University and is a professor in the WVU Department of Mathematics.
The State Journal: What is your biggest day-to-day challenge?
Carl Irwin: Every day I try to think of new ways to increase effectiveness of the TransTech Energy (TTE) Research and Business Development Program. This means identifying commercially promising TTE innovations, connecting with entrepreneurs and potential co-sponsors, attracting investors and strategic partners, and raising expectations for new ideas that lead to good jobs, successful start-ups and prosperous communities.
TSJ: What has been your proudest professional success?
CI: I am very proud of the research and business development partnerships I have helped create during the past 25 years working at the WVU NRCCE with programs such as the Carbon Products Consortium, the Electric Industry Research Group, Industries of the Future — West Virginia (IOF-WV) and TransTech. I am particularly proud that TTE partnerships have enabled us to hold four Business Development Conferences where 72 TTE start-up companies and commercializable projects representing 13 regional states have been pitched to investors, industry partners and technical experts.
To see the full article, go to The State Journal website.