Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Celebrates 10 Years
Marking a decade of innovative research, academic excellence and entrepreneurial success, Carnegie Mellon University celebrated its Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View, California on June 9th, 2012. A beacon of technological achievement and a hub for developing creative software management leaders, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley has quadrupled in size since its inception in 2002 and has helped launch more than a dozen startups.
More than 600 CMU Silicon Valley alumni credit their career success to the campus' approach, which includes novel teaching, helping them to try out new ideas, shedding those ideas quickly if they don't catch on and moving on to the next new thing.
Bertrand A. Damiba, a Google product manager, praised the CMU Silicon Valley programs for valuable "hands-on learning" and a commitment to helping students develop crucial business and marketing skills. "It is learning by doing and plenty of teamwork that makes the program so great," said Damiba, a 2008 CMU Silicon Valley software management graduate.
The campus began with the hopes to not only have Carnegie Mellon be more involved in a major center for technological advancement, but also to help promote that center by providing engineering students in the area with an innovative and collaborative education.
"Silicon Valley is a terrific place for technology, but it also leverages what Carnegie Mellon does, which is that we really teach people to solve real-world problems that matter, and we're famous for doing interdisciplinary work. Those are all an excellent fit for Silicon Valley," says Philip Lehman, a founder of the campus.
Martin Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, adds to this idea in saying, "We are celebrating not just our academic achievements, but our important role as a change agent in the dynamic eco-system of Silicon Valley."
While the initial hope may have been to benefit the valley, Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering, points out that Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley also has global impacts.
"In 2008, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley went from being a local campus, as in Carnegie Mellon in Silicon Valley for Silicon Valley, to being positioned as Carnegie Mellon in Silicon Valley for the world," Khosla explains.
The anniversary event included a technology showcase that highlighted research conducted on the campus, such as Sensorfly, work on smart grid technology, and ways to increase efficiency in the healthcare industry by using cell phones. It also involved remarks by CMU President Jared L. Cohon, CMU Provost Mark Kamlet, California State Assemblyman Paul Fong, and others. Lastly, there was a time capsule ceremony in which over 20 items from the campus and surrounding community were placed in a capsule that will be opened in 15 years during the 25th anniversary of the campus.
In addition to reflecting on their accomplishments thus far, the 10-year celebration looked toward the future of Carnegie Mellon in Silicon Valley.
"Our expectations for the Silicon Valley campus were high," says Cohon. "We've met those expectations, and now we expect even more for the future."
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