Cover Story: Focused on the Environment
Lange Leads Steinbrenner Institute
The Steinbrenner Institute Supports Carnegie Mellonís University-wide Focus on the Environment
ďBuy real estate. They ainít makiní any more of it,Ē Depression-era comedian Will Rogers used to say. Itís no joke anymore. This is the century when mankind finally must face the reality that our known resources are indeed finite.
And weíll have to figure out what to do about it.
Carnegie Mellon finds itself in a unique position to address the problem. Itís led by a university president renowned for his work in environmental water systems. And it has strengths in areas...Read More
In This Issue
Sept. 2004, Vol. 1, No. 3
Read about the $20 million gift from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Find out why the next big thing is actually quite small. The green efforts on campus, led in large part by the Steinbrenner Institute, are getting greener everyday. And learn how Integrated Product Development is helping Ford and BodyMedia come up with new ideas.
The Next Big Thing
The next big thing in science will come from nanotechnology, a hybrid of chemistry and engineering that uses chemical and mechanical tools to manipulate atoms and molecules. Researchers at Carnegie Mellonís Data Storage Systems Center are working closely with industry and the federal government to exploit nanotechnology to create a revolution in information storage and in a wide variety of other fields.
Cognitive tutors are helping underprivileged children learn math three times faster and perform much better on standardized tests. These computer-based interactive tutors, now used in 4 percent of the nationís schools, tailor instruction to meet the special needs of each student.
Carnegie Mellon in Qatar
It's 110 degrees in the shade, but less humid than summer in Pittsburgh. It's a place where you can shop at traditional markets called souqs, or a modern superstore bigger than the average Sam's Club. It's Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and 44 employees who have moved to this Arabian Gulf nation to establish the university's first residential undergraduate campus outside of Pittsburgh are finding that daily life can be both exotic and as ordinary as a workday in Oakland.
$20 million gift
Carnegie Mellon has received a $20 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund construction of a new building dedicated to expanding the horizons of computer science. The gift is the largest from a foundation in university history.