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YPE Pittsburgh Leadership



Josh Hickman, Chairman

Josh has a decade of experience in the energy business and has worked for Marshall Miller & Associates, Consol Energy, and Cabot Oil and Gas. Currently, he is Chief Geologist for EdgeMarc Energy Holdings in Pittsburgh. In 2001, Josh was granted a B.S. in geology from Radford University, graduated from the University of South Carolina earning a M.S. in geoscience with a specialization in geophysics in 2003, and received a MBA from Penn State in 2008. Apart from YPE, Josh also serves as a the Eastern Section Young Professionals liason for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is also a member of the Grants in Aid scholarship program. 

Pittsburgh has been revitalized and with that comes great opportunities for those who live and work here. The city is now a center for growth in renewable energy and is the home of choice for oil and gas companies producing the Marcellus Shale. The nuclear industry is strong, with Westinghouse leading the way. Pittsburgh also continues to be the center for the coal industry in the East. YPE Pittsburgh will provide a blend of cross-discipline networking, career development, and service opportunities to the coal, renewable, and oil and gas industries that has never been experienced in the area. 



Timo R. Mechler, Emeritus

Timo is a recent MBA graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, where he was a James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow. He is currently heavily involved in commercializing cutting edge power management algorithms developed in the CMU School of Computer Science into an enterprise-level software platform that will make IT data centers more efficient. He is also an intern at Pittsburgh Equity Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund which focuses on life sciences and information technology industries. Prior to attending Carnegie Mellon, Timo received an master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 2008. While at Purdue, his love for energy began while he was conducting research on high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cells. Right before attending graduate school at Purdue, Timo received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics from Luther College in 2006.