June 28, 2010
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will house the new Bombardier Collaborative Center, a multidisciplinary $2.2 million research center that will open this fall to explore joint research in a variety of critical technology areas to enable more efficient and sustainable civil infrastructure and transit operations. The project is part of the new Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), which includes Bombardier and other partners from a variety of industries who will join the initiative in the near future. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is also providing a significant economic development grant through the Redevelopment Assistant Capital Program (RACP) to help establish the incubator.
The center will bring together international industry, economic development organizations, government and academic players in smart infrastructure to make western Pennsylvania a major hub for this infrastructure revolution
"The development of Smart Infrastructure is an example of how, today, application domains cut across disciplinary boundaries. At Carnegie Mellon University, we have always embraced this approach to advancing technology and we look forward to working with our partners to put Pennsylvania at the forefront of Smart Infrastructure research, development and education," said ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for both industry and the state as we move forward to highlight this region as a hotbed for advanced infrastructure technology and the jobs these technologies will create," said State Senator Jay Costa, (D-43rd District) a primary sponsor of the RACP grant.
The PSII also will include a soon-to-be-announced corporate sponsored smarter infrastructure analytics laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as projects and resources in several other research departments and locations.
The world's trillion-dollar network of rails, roads, bridges, water distribution systems and power networks have varying amounts of automated management and monitoring, but the new Carnegie Mellon/Bombardier collaboration will improve these critical emerging technologies and train a new generation of employees to design and operate them.
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