Carnegie Mellon University
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|Motto||"My heart is in the work" (Andrew Carnegie)|
|Endowment||US $941 million |
|Location||Pittsburgh, PA, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 103 acres (0.4 km²)|
|Athletics||17 Division III varsity athletic teams |
Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1967 by the union of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (founded 1900) and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research (founded 1913). Today, Carnegie Mellon attracts students from all 50 U.S. states, and 93 nations. In 2006, Newsweek's annual Kaplan Guide dubbed the university one of the "New Ivies" whose academic programs rival those of the traditional Ivy League universities.
Carnegie Mellon's 103 acre (0.4 km²) main campus is three miles (5 km) from downtown Pittsburgh, between Schenley Park and the Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Oakland neighborhoods. Carnegie Mellon is bordered to the west by the campus of the neighboring University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as "Pitt."
A large grassy area known as the Cut forms the backbone of the campus, with a separate grassy area known as the Mall running perpendicular to it. The Cut was formerly a valley which was filled in with dirt from a nearby hill that was being leveled to build the College of Fine Arts building.
The northwestern part of the campus (currently home to Hamburg Hall, Newell-Simon Hall, Smith Hall, and the Planetary Robotics Building) was acquired from the U.S. Bureau of Mines in the 1980s.
In addition to its main Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon University also has smaller campuses in Silicon Valley and Qatar, and opened a new campus in Adelaide, Australia, in May 2006. Both the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and the Entertainment Technology Center are delivering masters programs in Adelaide. The Entertainment Technology Center will also open a campus in Seoul, South Korea in the fall of 2007. The Tepper School of Business maintains a satellite center in New York.
Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute offers graduate programs in Athens, Greece and Kobe, Japan, in collaboration with Athens Information Technology and the Hyogo Institute of Information Education Foundation, respectively.
 Founding and early years: "My heart is in the work"
Post-Civil War industrialists accumulated unprecedented wealth and were eager to found institutions in their name. Leland Stanford at Stanford University, John D. Rockefeller at the University of Chicago, and Phoebe Hearst at the University of California, Berkeley were just a few. Hearst funded a design competition for Berkeley. Competitions were clearly in the Beaux-Arts tradition, with its emphasis on design contests. Washington University in St. Louis, the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh) all held competitions for their campus plans.
Carnegie Technical Schools was founded in 1900 in Pittsburgh by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who wrote the time-honored words "My heart is in the work" when he donated the funds to create Carnegie Technical Schools. Carnegie's vision was to open a vocational training school for the sons and daughters of working-class Pittsburghers. The name was changed to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912, and the school began offering four-year degrees. In 1967, it merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to become Carnegie Mellon University.
 Mid-20th Century: Gains in prestige
There was little change to the physical campus during the period of the two World Wars and the Great Depression between them. A 1938 master plan by Githens and Keally addressed new campus land along Forbes Avenue, but the plan was little realized. The period starting with the construction of GSIA (1952) and ending with Wean Hall (1971) saw the institutional change from Carnegie Institute of Technology to Carnegie Mellon University. New facilities had to respond to the university's growing national reputation in artificial intelligence, applied research, robotics, and the arts. Expanding student population resulted in improved facilities for student life, athletics, and libraries. The campus finally grew from its original land along Schenley Park to Forbes Avenue. The Cut, a ravine that had been gradually filled to campus level, joined the Mall as a major campus open space. (Source: Carnegie Master Campus Plan)
The buildings of this era reflect current attitudes toward architectural style. The International Style, with its rejection of historical tradition and its emphases on functionalism and expression of structure, had been in vogue in urban settings since the 1930s. It came late to the Carnegie campus because of the hiatus in building activity, and a general reluctance among all institutions of higher education to abandon the historical styles. By the 1960s it was seen as way to accomplish the needed expansion and at the same time give the campus a new image. Each building was a unique architectural statement which may have acknowledged the existing campus in its placement, but not in its form or materials. (Source: Carnegie Master Campus Plan)
During the 1970s and 1980s, the tenure of University President Richard M. Cyert (1972-1990) witnesses a period of unparalleled growth and development: The research budget soared from roughly $12 million annually in the early 1970s to more than $110 million in the late 1980s. The work of researchers in new fields like robotics and software engineering helped the university build on its reputation for innovation and practical problem solving. President Cyert stressed strategic planning and comparative advantage, pursuing opportunities in areas where Carnegie Mellon could outdistance its competitors. One example of this approach was the introduction of the university's "Andrew" computing network in the mid-1980s. This pioneering project, which linked all computers and workstations on campus, set the standard for educational computing and established Carnegie Mellon as a leader in the use of technology in education and research. James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language, received his Ph.D in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in 1983.
 Contemporary Carnegie Mellon
The computer science, engineering, information systems, human-computer interaction, public policy, logic, and business programs are considered to be among the best in their fields. In specialty business areas ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2006, Carnegie Mellon was 1st in Management Information Systems and 2nd in Quantitative Analysis and Productions/Operations and 1st Information and Technology Management. In specialty areas in engineering, Carnegie Mellon was 3rd in Computer Engineering. Carnegie Mellon was also listed by Newsweek in 2005 as the "Hottest College for a Job". Carnegie Mellon has consistently ranked 1st for graduate studies (Ph.D) in Computer Science . For more on undergraduate and graduate school and department rankings by U.S. News & World Report, visit http://www.cmu.edu/clips/rankings.html
The university today consists of seven colleges and schools:
|Colleges of Carnegie Mellon University||founding||Notes|
|School of Computer Science (SCS)||1965||Formerly a department within the Mellon College of Science, SCS was established as a separate school in 1988.|
|Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT)||1900||Formerly the Carnegie Technical Schools, the CIT ("Carnegie Tech") namesake was adopted in 1912 as the name of the university. That name was transferred to the engineering college after the university's merger (and final name change) in 1967.|
|College of Fine Arts (CFA)||1906||Awarded the nation's first undergraduate degree in drama in 1917. Formerly the School of Fine and Applied Arts.|
|College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS)||1919||Established as the Division of Academic Studies, shortly thereafter, the Division of General Studies. In 1941, became the Division of Humanistic and Social Studies. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was organized in the mid 1970s.|
|Mellon College of Science (MCS)||1905||Formerly the College of Engineering and Science (E&S). Earlier, there was a School of Science and Technology.|
|H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management||1968||Formerly the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the Heinz namesake was adopted in 1992.|
|David A. Tepper School of Business||1949||Formerly the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, the Tepper namesake was adopted in 2004 after a record donation of 55 million dollars.|
The branch campuses of the university offer business and technology-related degrees.
The university houses famous research centers such as the Robotics Institute, which is the first of its kind in the world and considered a leader in the field of robotics, and the Software Engineering Institute which undertakes projects relating to software security, code re-use, and development models and is largely funded by the United States Department of Defense. The Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model is used widely.
The University also hosts the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, a state funded summer program which aims to foster interest in science amongst gifted high school students.
On April 15, 1997, Jared L. Cohon, former dean of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, was elected by the Board of Trustees to become school president. During Cohon's presidency, Carnegie Mellon has continued its trajectory of innovation and growth. President Cohon leads a comprehensive strategic plan that aims to leverage the university's existing strengths to benefit society in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences, information and security technology, environmental science and practices, the fine arts and humanities.
The presidents prior to Cohon are:
|Presidents of Carnegie Mellon University||Tenure||Notes|
|1||Arthur A. Hamerschlag||1903–1922||Organized structure of university|
|2||Thomas S. Baker||1922–1935|
|3||Robert E. Doherty||1936–1950||-|
|5||H. Guyford Stever||1965–1972||Oversaw the merger of Carnegie Institute of Technology & Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, founded of School of Urban and Public Affairs which later became the Heinz School of Public Policy|
|6||Richard M. Cyert||1972–1990|
|8||Jared L. Cohon||1997–|
 See also
- List of Carnegie Mellon University people
- Carnegie Mellon University traditions
- The Tartan
- The Carnegie Pulse
 External links
 Official information
- Official site
- Official Qatar Campus site
- All About Carnegie Mellon: its history, traditions, and other facts
- Carnegie Mellon Campus Plan, approved by Pittsburgh City Council, May 20, 2002 (5.4MB PDF)
- Carnegie Mellon Factbooks
- Carnegie Mellon Today, connecting the university community
- U.S. News & World Report - America's Best Graduate Schools - Computer Science (Ph.D)
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