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The Carnegie Institution of Washington ( has been a pioneering force in basic scientific research since 1902. It is a private, nonprofit organization with six research departments throughout the U.S. Carnegie scientists are leaders in plant biology, developmental biology, astronomy, materials science, global ecology, and Earth and planetary science.

Since its founding in 1900 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University has been a pragmatic institution, adapting rapidly to change. In fewer than 100 years it has changed its name three times--each transition marking a milestone in the institution's 20th century evolution.

Whether it was Carnegie Technical Schools, as it was in its first 12 years, Carnegie Institute of Technology, its name from 1912 to 1967, or Carnegie Mellon University, three primary purposes formed its foundation. Throughout this century, Carnegie Mellon has focused on delivering distinctive and first-quality education, fostering research, creativity and discovery, and using the new knowledge created on campus to serve our larger society.

When Arthur A. Hamerschlag served as the school's first president, Carnegie Technical Schools' 12 professors and six administrators sought to educate the sons and daughters of Pittsburgh workers for employment in the region's growing industries.

These educators served the vision of Carnegie by organizing into four faculties: the School of Science and Technology, the School of Fine and Applied Arts, the School of Apprentices and Journeymen, and the Margaret Morrison Carnegie School for Women.

In its earliest years, the institution served primarily part-time and undergraduate students. The faculty, many of whom did not have doctor's degrees, focused on teaching and curriculum development.

But research efforts began as early as 1916 when the Division of Applied Psychology of the Carnegie Institute of Technology developed rating scales for job placement. This rating system was used to classify two million men for placement in the armed forces during World War I. Research bureaus were organized in coal mining, nuclear physics, applied chemistry and metallurgy.

And by granting the nation's first undergraduate degree in drama in 1917, the institution began a tradition of leadership in the arts that spanned the century.

Through research and the education of its students during the administration of President Thomas S. Baker in the 1920s and '30s, the institution began its strong tradition of transferring knowledge and skills to industry and government.

Building on this firm foundation, the administration of President Robert E. Doherty introduced a new approach to education that would be used as a model by similar institutions around the nation. The Carnegie Plan for Professional Education, initiated in 1939-40, required engineering and science students to take a quarter of their courses in a new Humanistic and Social Relations sequence. In addition, its curriculum focused on teaching students problem-solving techniques, a hallmark of the Carnegie Mellon educational experience today.

While the Doherty administration has been credited with this educational innovation, it also oversaw growth in the institution's research capability. Between 1936 and 1950, the number of graduate students grew from 36 to more than 260. The research budget ballooned from $156,000 to $1 million.

In the 1950s, the newly formed Graduate School of Industrial Administration, endowed by William Larimer Mellon, emerged as one of the three or four best business schools in the nation. (In 2004 the school was renamed the David A. Tepper School of Business after benefactor and alumnus David Tepper (MBA '82).) Today, the school is recognized as a pioneer in the field of management science and one of the top business schools in the world.

The Warner administration oversaw the institution's burgeoning research enterprise. This period of research growth was aided by the work of the institution's Computation Center, founded in 1956 to provide computing services to the campus. A major grant from benefactor Richard K. Mellon in 1965 aided the establishment of a Computer Science Department, a department which would be the genesis of Carnegie Mellon's worldwide reputation in computer science.

By the end of the Warner administration and the start of the administration of President H. Guyford Stever in 1966, Carnegie Tech had most elements of a university. Its merger in 1967 with the Mellon Institute created Carnegie Mellon University and brought a $60 million endowment, extensive research facilities and renowned research personnel to the institution.

Five years later, President Richard M. Cyert (1972-90) began a tenure that was characterized by unparalleled growth and development. The university's research budget soared from about $12 million annually in the early 1970s to more than $110 million in the late 1980s. The work of researchers in new fields such as robotics and software engineering helped the university build on its reputation for innovative ideas and pragmatic solutions to the problems of industry and society. Carnegie Mellon began to be recognized as a truly national research university able to attract students from across the nation and around the world.

The Cyert administration stressed strategic planning and comparative advantage, pursuing opportunities in areas in which Carnegie Mellon could outdistance its competitors.

An archetypal example of this approach was the introduction of the university's "Andrew" computing network in the mid-1980s. This pioneering network, which linked all computers and workstations on campus, set the standard for educational computing and firmly established the university as a leader in the uses of technology in education and research.

Education and teaching also benefited in this period with the establishment of a University Teaching Center to improve faculty teaching and the renovation of many of the university's classrooms.

Cognizant of the university's heritage, President Robert Mehrabian (1990-97) invited alumni from the era of the institution's first president, Arthur A. Hamerschlag, to attend his inauguration in 1990. President Mehrabian emphasized Carnegie Mellon's traditional strengths in education, research and service to society while focusing on initiatives for leadership in the 21st century.

With the appointment of the university's first Vice Provost for Education, President Mehrabian placed renewed emphasis early in his administration on the quality of undergraduate education. He also moved aggressively to complete the most ambitious campus building plan since the Warner era. The University Center, which opened in August 1996, and the Purnell Center for the Arts, to be completed by the fall of 1999, are keys to enhancing the quality of life on campus, another priority of the Mehrabian administration.

Confronted by shrinking governmental support of university research, President Mehrabian diversified the university's research agenda. He stressed the need to build strong relationships with the business world, matching industry's needs with the university's areas of research strength. He also put new emphasis on productivity, improvement of administrative services and strategic management of university resources.

President Mehrabian established strong, new partnerships with the greater Pittsburgh community. He led a community-wide economic development initiative, spurred collaboration with primary and secondary schools, and worked closely with local community groups.

On April 15, 1997, Jared L. Cohon, former dean of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, was elected by the university's Board of Trustees to succeed President Mehrabian, who resigned to spend more time with his family in California.

"Since I was chosen, since this wonderful event has occurred, it has made me reflect on why you are choosing me," President Cohon said in his first speech to the university community. "And I've said to people since this was announced that the more I think about it, the more I realize how well I think this institution and I fit together. We'll see if that's true. I think it is.

"When I was at Johns Hopkins we used to always hold up Carnegie Mellon as an example," Cohon said. "So, for many years I've ... been jealous of what has been accomplished here across departmental lines. I celebrate that. I think it is so valuable in every aspect of this university and it will position Carnegie Mellon to be even better...."

During Cohon's presidency, Carnegie Mellon has continued its trajectory of innovation and growth. Today, President Cohon is leading implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that aims to leverage the university's existing strengths to benefit society in the areas of biotechnology and the life sciences, information and security technology, environmental science and practices, the fine arts and humanities.

The university is also committed to broadening and enhancing undergraduate education to allow students to explore various disciplines while maintaining a core focus in their primary area of study. Realizing that today's graduates must understand international issues, Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing a global education for its students and is striving to expand its international offerings and to increase its presence on a global scale. Increasing diversity, in all aspects, and fostering the economic development of southwestern Pennsylvania, are also top priorities.

Over the years Carnegie Mellon's leaders have reflected Andrew Carnegie's original dedication and commitment to this institution. In his 1900 letter to the mayor of Pittsburgh establishing Carnegie Technical Schools, Andrew Carnegie wrote, "My heart is in the work." These words have been echoed by students, faculty and administrators throughout this century and they live on the Carnegie Mellon campus today.
Researcher discovers nanostructured materials that may increase lifespan
25 March, 2007
A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Professor Prashant Kumta has discovered a nanocrystalline material that is cheaper, more stable and produces a higher quality energy storage capacity for use in a variety of industrial and portable consumer electronic products.
Carnegie Mellon researchers discover key deficiencies in brains of people with Autism
24 March, 2007
In a pair of groundbreaking studies, brain scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that the anatomical differences that characterize the brains of people with autism are related to the way those brains process information.
Carnegie Mellon study offers new clues about memory
23 March, 2007
Study conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh involving an amnesia-inducing drug has shed light on how we form new memories.
Robotics lessons demonstrate importance of science, math concepts
22 March, 2007
Educators at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy say robotics could become an even more powerful teaching tool with curriculum they developed for the new version of LEGO Education's popular MINDSTORMS robot-building set.
Researchers develop new mobile robot that balances & moves on a ball instead of legs or wheels
21 March, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new type of mobile robot that balances on a ball instead of legs or wheels. 'Ballbot' is a self-contained, battery-operated, omnidirectional robot that balances dynamically on a single urethane-coated metal sphere.
Carnegie Mellon research shows U.S. Cities are making children obese
20 March, 2007
Research by Carnegie Mellon University Associate Teaching Professor Kristen Kurland demonstrates that urban neighborhoods lack adequate space for physical activity and healthy food choices for children, contributing to the high rate of childhood obesity. Her studies recommend ways to modify cities' built environment and reduce the tremendous costs of this growing problem.
Carnegie Mellon launches graduate program to train new breed of corporate innovation leaders
19 March, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering has created a new graduate degree program designed to help corporations turn invention and creativity into shareholder wealth. Engineering and technical professionals can earn a one-year interdisciplinary master of science degree in Engineering and Technology Innovation Management.
Carnegie Mellon receives first commercialized solar absorption cooling system in United States
18 March, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University's Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace has received the first commercially available solar absorption cooling system as a donation from BROAD Air Conditioning Co.
Scientists use Green approach to transform plastics manufacturing process
17 March, 2007
Using environmentally safe compounds like sugars and vitamin C, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have vastly improved a popular technology used to generate a diverse range of industrial plastics for applications ranging from targeted drug delivery systems to resilient paint coatings.
Study by children's Hospital & Carnegie Mellon explains crucial deficit in children with Autism
16 March, 2007
Young children with autism appear to be delayed in their ability to categorize objects and, in particular, to distinguish between living and nonliving things, according to a breakthrough study by researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Researchers use imaging technique to discover connection differences in brains of Autistic people
15 March, 2007
Using a new form of brain imaging known as diffusion tensor imaging, researchers in the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that the so-called white matter in the brains of people with autism has lower structural integrity than in the brains of normal individuals. This provides further evidence that the anatomical differences characterizing the brains of people with autism are related to the way those brains process information.
Exotic relatives of protons and neutrons discovered by Carnegie Mellon
14 March, 2007
The Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Collider Detector at Fermilab, a collaboration that includes researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, announced yesterday the discovery of two rare types of particles, exotic relatives of the more common proton and neutron.
Carnegie Mellon scientists create PNA molecule with potential to build nanodevices
27 August, 2006
For the first time, a team of investigators at Carnegie Mellon University has shown that the binding of metal ions can mediate the formation of peptide nucleic acid duplexes from single strands of PNA that are only partly complementary. This result opens new opportunities to create functional, three-dimensional nanosize structures such as molecular-scale electronic circuits, which could reduce by thousands of times the size of today's common electronic devices.
Carnegie Mellon University researchers develop new nanoparticles to clean up contaminated sites
27 August, 2006
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy are developing 'smart' nanoparticles to clean up environmental toxins that resist conventional remediation methods. Pollutants in the ground that do not easily mix with water, such as organic solvents, are a continued source of groundwater pollution until they are removed.
Carnegie Mellon Engineering researchers lead collaborative team to develop new appreciation
26 August, 2006
A collaborative research team led by Carnegie Mellon University's Cliff Davidson, David Allen of The University of Texas at Austin and Brad Allenby of Arizona State University plan to revolutionize the way engineering education is taught by creating a new Center for Sustainable Engineering.
Those who perform last finish first, Carnegie Mellon researcher says
26 August, 2006
Don't be surprised if the singers who advance to the next round of 'American Idol' each week are those who perform at the end of the previous week's episode. Studies by Carnegie Mellon University researcher W
Carnegie Mellon and University of Karlsruhe to demonstrate breakthroughs in cross lingual communication
25 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Karlsruhe's joint International Center for Advanced Communication Technologies will hold an international videoconference.
Carnegie Mellon researchers develop software to detect viruses in cell phones
25 August, 2006
New types of insidious programs are burrowing into a variety of embedded systems in cars and cell phones, wreaking all sorts of problems. Here's what Carnegie Mellon University Electrical and Computer Engineering researchers are doing to combat them.
World's largest bilingual child language database added to Carnegie Mellon's groundbreaking CHILDES System
24 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University's innovative Child Language Data Exchange System now includes the Hong Kong Bilingual Child Language Corpus, which is the world's largest video-linked database of children learning two first languages.
Carnegie Mellon professors help with launch of the girls, math & science partnership's
24 August, 2006
The Girls, Math & Science Partnership and Family Communications Inc will host a reception to unveil at FCI in Oakland.
Those who appear to be angry are less affected by stress than those who appear to be afraid
23 August, 2006
A provocative new study has found that people who respond to stressful situations with angry facial expressions, rather than fearful expressions, are less likely to suffer such ill effects of stress as high blood pressure and high stress hormone secretion.
Carnegie Mellon study: Adults' baby talk helps infants learn to speak
23 August, 2006
Adults may feel silly when they talk to babies, but those babies will learn to speak sooner if adults talk to them like infants instead of like other adults, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Professor Erik Thiessen published in the March issue of the journal Infancy.
Institute for Complex Engineered Systems to feature nanotechnology research projects at open house
22 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems will host an open house to display ongoing collaborative research projects, including nanotechnology projects and other cutting-edge research funded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance.
Scientists develop technology that uses MRI to visualize gene expression in living animals
22 August, 2006
In a first, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have 'programmed' cells to make their own contrast agents, enabling unprecedented high-resolution, deep-tissue imaging of gene expression. The results, appearing in the April issue of Nature Medicine, hold considerable promise for conducting preclinical studies in the emerging field of molecular therapeutics and for monitoring the delivery of therapeutic genes in patients.
Scientists use innovative Polymer Chemistry to create novel carbon nanoparticles
22 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University scientists have developed an attractive way to make discrete carbon nanoparticles for electrical components used in industry and research. This method, which employs polyacrylonitrile as a nanoparticle precursor, was presented by Chuanbing Tang, a Carnegie Mellon graduate student at the 227th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Calif. The research findings have been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie, International Edition.
Results show neural reorganization occurs during short-term memory
21 August, 2006
An international team of scientists for the first time has detected a memory trace in a living animal after it has encountered a single, new stimulus. The research, done with honeybees sensing new odors, allows neuroscientists to peer within the living brain and explore short-term memory as never before, according to scientist Roberto Fern
Collaborative research is driving force behind revolutionary tool for writing software codes
21 August, 2006
A collaborative research team led by Carnegie Mellon University's Jose M.F. Moura has developed a new set of software tools that may revolutionize the way computer code is written. The team involves Moura and Markus Pueschel, professors with Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Maria Manuela Veloso, a professor with the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, as well as David Padua, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Jeremy Johnson, a professor of computer science at Drexel University.
Scientists develop microgel to recover enzymes used in manufacturing & biochemical assays
21 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University scientists have employed biological molecules to create a microgel that could recover costly enzymes for repeated use in catalyzing commercially important reactions. The microgel could potentially recover any enzyme and theoretically save manufacturers considerable money.
Team transforms DNA microarray analysis with ideas from Standard Internet Communications Protocol
20 August, 2006
A standard Internet protocol that checks errors made during email transmissions has now inspired a revolutionary method to transform DNA microarray analysis, a common technology used to understand gene activation. The new method, which blends experiment and computation, strengthens DNA microarray analysis, according to its Carnegie Mellon University inventor, who is publishing his findings in the December issue of Nature Biotechnology with collaborators at The Hebrew University in Israel.
Carnegie Mellon researchers open window into the ability of humans to recognize faces
20 August, 2006
Recognizing faces is effortless for most people, and it's an ability that provides great evolutionary and social advantages. But this ability is impaired in people who have suffered brain damage or in those with a rare congenital condition, and research by Carnegie Mellon University psychologists reveals startling insights into how the brains of those individuals operate.
Carnegie Mellon researchers find links between happiness and health
19 August, 2006
There is growing evidence that positive emotions such as happiness are linked to good health and increased longevity, but too many questions remain unanswered to draw definitive conclusions, according to a review of research conducted over the past 10 years.
Researchers are part of new NSF Center studying cybersecurity and trustworthy computing
19 August, 2006
A group of Carnegie Mellon University researchers are part of an eight-institution team that will work on cybersecurity and trustworthy computing issues within a new National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center led by the University of California at Berkeley.
Carnegie Mellon student develops first origami-folding robot
19 August, 2006
Devin Balkcom, a student in Carnegie Mellon University's doctoral program in robotics, was looking for a challenge when he decided to develop the world's first origami-folding robot as the subject of his thesis. Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper sculpture, looks deceptively simple at first glance.
Teens are unaware of sexually transmitted diseases until they catch one, Carnegie Mellon study finds
18 August, 2006
Most sexually active teenage girls know relatively little about sexually transmitted diseases until it is too late, according to a paper by Carnegie Mellon University researchers that will be published in the January edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Work will aid neural-network modeling, studies of learning and disease
18 August, 2006
A simple, elegant method could enable scientists to predict how groups of neurons respond to one another and synchronize their activity, report a group of investigators at Carnegie Mellon University. Their work, in press with 'Physical Review Letters,' ultimately could help scientists understand how neurons network with one another in learning and disease.
Carnegie Mellon University engineering students to unveil new race car for upcoming college race
18 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University's mechanical engineering and design students will unveil a newly designed race car, at the Singleton Room in Roberts Hall. The team, led by Chris D'Eramo and Dan Fry, will compete next week in Pontiac, Mich., in the 26th annual Society of Automotive Engineers Race, which tests both design and engineering prowess of the cars and team members entered.
New dramaturgy option that combines acting, music theatre, design and production
17 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will add a production dramaturgy option to its bachelor of fine arts offerings in acting, music theatre, design and production this spring.
Carnegie Mellon launches MySecureCyberspace & partners with i-SAFE America to promote safe computing
17 August, 2006
With Hollywood-style hoopla, Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the Information Networking Institute will launch a new education initiative called MySecureCyberspace, which includes a game for children and a Web-based portal for home users.
Remote-controlled, throwable robots developed at Carnegie Mellon in conjunction with U.S. Marine Corps
17 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps' Warfighting Laboratory, have developed a small, throwable, remote-controlled prototype robot designed for surveillance in urban settings. Several of the robots are being sent to Iraq for testing.
Research could revolutionize care of transplant patients
16 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University scientist Chien Ho and his colleagues have developed a promising tool that uses magnetic resonance imaging to track immune cells as they infiltrate a transplanted heart in the early stages of organ rejection. This pre-clinical advance, described in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ultimately could provide a noninvasive way to detect transplant rejection in patients.
Carnegie Mellon appoints National Energy expert to develop new strategies for making gas from coal
16 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University has appointed William G. Rosenberg as Professor of the Practice to head a new university research initiative designed to help develop the strategies to implement new coal technologies that could result in lower natural gas prices. His appointment is effective today.
Study reveals sex-based differences that persist as mice enter adulthood
16 August, 2006
Using advanced imaging technology, Carnegie Mellon University scientist Eric Ahrens and co-investigators have conducted the first systematic examination of developmental and sex-associated changes in adolescent and adult mouse brains to reveal fundamental differences in key brain structures, such as those important for emotions, learning, and memory. The results, in press with NeuroImage, show that sex hormones alter the development of certain brain structures during puberty and that these effects persist into adulthood.
New release of GSI-OpenSSH includes high-performance networking patches
15 August, 2006
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center have collaborated to release a new version of GSI-OpenSSH that provides a substantial speedup in performance.
Students to unveil new studies about economic, environmental & social benefits of hybrid & diesel cars
15 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University students in engineering, the sciences and public policy will unveil today several studies about the benefits of owning hybrid and diesel cars.
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh scientists discover biological basis for autism
15 August, 2006
A team of brain scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have made a groundbreaking discovery into the biological basis for autism, a mysterious brain disorder that impairs verbal and non-verbal communications and social interactions.
Carnegie Mellon researchers unveil recommendations for nation's crisis readiness
14 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Granger Morgan will lead the Conference on Crisis Readiness to discuss ways to improve how the nation can better protect essential systems against natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The conference is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon.
Carnegie Mellon students develop plan to bring much-needed grocery store to Hill District
14 August, 2006
A team of eight students from Carnegie Mellon University will present 'Centre Food: Bringing a Non-Profit Food Store to Pittsburgh's Hill District Neighborhood' to a panel of blue-ribbon judge.
Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientist develops novel tool to image brain function at cellular level
14 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientist Alison Barth has developed the first tool to identify and study individual neurons activated in a living animal. This advance, described in The Journal of Neuroscience, ultimately could lead to the development of targeted drugs that directly affect specific neurons involved in neurological diseases that alter behavior, learning and perception.
Landmark results could improve devices from iPods to cochlear mplants
13 August, 2006
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that our ears use the most efficient way to process the sounds we hear, from babbling brooks to wailing babies. These results represent a significant advance in understanding how sound is encoded for transmission to the brain, according to the authors, whose work is published with an accompanying 'News and Views' editorial in the Feb. 23 issue of Nature.
Technique could revolutionize nanoelectronics manufacturing
13 August, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University scientists have harnessed an experimental technology to produce polymer films with long-range-ordered nanostructure and easily convert them into highly ordered 'nanocarbon arrays.' Called zone casting, this technology could revolutionize the way industrial nanoelectronic components are made. The research findings are in press with the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
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