Region's Smart Cities Assets Examined June 24 at Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Gathering

Research Triangle Cleantech ClusterResearch Triangle Region (June 9, 2014) -- Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) members will explore how the region’s cleantech innovators and assets are providing the building blocks for the smart city revolution at the next cluster-wide meeting, June 24, 6-8 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

“Building Smart Cities through Smart Energy, Transportation and Water” is open to anyone in business, academia and the nonprofit sector who is working or interested in the cleantech sector.

Presentations will focus on innovations under way in the Research Triangle Region’s sweet spots of smart energy, smart transportation and smart water, and discuss how those sectors converge to create the infrastructure necessary to develop and power “smart cities.”

Featured speakers and topics will be:

  • John Muth, chief technology officer of the Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute, on the energy efficiency revolution made possible through new research in wide bandgap semiconductors.
  • Marshall Brain and Seth Hollar, co-inventors of the ecoPRT, and Jeff Barghout, transportation consultant, on self-driving vehicles and the next transportation frontier.
  • Karen Mills, finance director for the Town of Cary, and Bill Coleman, advisory industry consultant for SAS Institute Inc., discussing Cary’s 65,000 smart water meter success story.
  • Wes Sylvester, North America Internet of Things sales leader for Cisco Systems Inc., speaking on integrating physical city infrastructures – utilities, transportation, buildings and public services – through information technology.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with networking, heavy hors d'oeuvres and tours of the region’s newest STEM workforce recruitment tool, Kid Grid, presented by ABB. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $20 through June 20; $30 at the event. Register at

About the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. For more information vist The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry board members ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Itron Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens and its members. RTRP leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, comprised of Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren counties. RTRP comprises economic development agencies who work with the N.C. Department of Commerce and a wide range of partners to ensure the region remains economically competitive. For more information, visit