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Monthly Meet & Eat: Pacific Marine Energy Center & The CleanTech Alliance
June 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Please join the Western Washington ASME for a night of networking and learning as we hear from two guest speakers:
1) Rachelle Ames, Commercialization & Outreach Manager at CleanTech Alliance (CTA)
2) Key Note: Dr. Brian Polagye, Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC)
Both guest speakers will present about the current developments going on at each of their respective organizations. We will plan on opening doors at 6:00pm so you can find a seat and order food. Rachelle Ames will open the evening, at 6:30pm, with an overview of the CleanTech Alliance and its partners and then Dr. Brian Polagye will present his keynote, at 6:45pm, about the advancements and activities that are going on at PMEC.
More about CleanTech Alliance (CTA):
The CleanTech Alliance drives clean technology innovation and job growth to advance our economy. We were started in Seattle in 2007. Today, we are focused on issues that impact our members globally.
Our 300+ member organizations are located in 10 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. They represent many different industries, business models, technologies and services all working to create products and services that are better, faster, cheaper, cleaner, and safer. This diversity creates valuable connections that make a difference for our members, our economy and our planet through policy advocacy, commercialization programs, business services and signature events that educate, enlighten and enhance profitability.
More about Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC):
The Pacific Marine Energy Center, “PMEC is an umbrella organization that unifies testing, research & development, and educational programs in marine energy across the University of Washington (lead), Oregon State University, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Individual projects typically cross-cut these capabilities and often involve collaborative teams drawn from multiple institutions. For example, a graduate student might conduct research towards their degree at one of the affiliated test facilities. Further our scope includes technology, the environment, and society, with projects often cross-cutting these areas.”
Rachelle Ames’ Breif Bio:
Rachelle joined the CleanTech Alliance in May 2018, after almost five years at Washington State University. Based in their Seattle offices, she worked for the Offices of Economic Development, Commercialization and Research. Her role was to enhance the visibility and impact of WSU’s research, innovations and startups in the Puget Sound area and develop partnerships between industry and WSU researchers and students. In her role at WSU, she worked with the CleanTech Alliance team on the CleanTech Innovation Showcase Planning Committee & WSU’s membership in the Alliance. She has a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Molecular Biosciences from WSU and is passionate about helping scientists, engineers, and technical founders communicate their technologies and innovations to others.
Rachelle is the program manager for the Washington & Idaho teams of the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, that the Alliance runs jointly with VertueLab. This is a 15-week virtual business accelerator program that delivers mentorship, curriculum, connections and funding opportunities designed specifically for early-stage cleantech startups. In addition, she manages member and sponsorship development and outreach.
Dr. Brian Polagye’s Breif Bio:
Brian Polagye is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center, a collaboration between the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research focuses on marine renewable energy conversion and its environmental effects, with the ultimate goal of developing cost-effective, sustainable approaches. He is also the convener for the development of an international standard to characterize the sounds produced by marine energy conversion systems.