March 18, 2002
With research applications as diverse as fighting disease, forestalling aging, cleaning up toxic waste, and building roads and automobiles, engineers at Carnegie Mellon are working on several nanotechnology projects, as well as bone tissue engineering, the future of silicon-based computer technology, and the development of new data storage. A university partnership with the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) has funded much of the research; which includes more than 20 state technology projects in partnership with 50 companies, involving more than 100 faculty and 300 students. Several spinoff companies also have benefited from the alliance, including six companies at Carnegie Mellon, adding jobs and commercial products to the state's growing technology sector. PITA also develops relationships between students and companies and includes the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, and Lehigh. The alliance has received about $8 million in the past four years. Both universities also have obtained an additional $12 million in funds from a variety of sources, including industry and the federal government.