PPG Industries Foundation Donates to Pitt
The funding goes toward engineering and chemistry programs, including PPG’s fellowship positions for undergraduates and graduate students.
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PPG PUMPS FUNDING INTO PITT SCIENCE PROGRAMS
The University of Pittsburgh received a $103,000 donation from the PPG Industries Foundation on Aug. 11. The funding goes toward engineering and chemistry programs, including PPG’s fellowship positions for undergraduates and graduate students. The summer undergraduate program with Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering allows 12 students to work full-time on a research project with a faculty mentor. Funding for the two graduate fellows in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has allowed the students to focus on projects; Xiao Ma and Omkar Lokare have worked separately on different types of water-treatment research. Of the total gift, $100,000 was split evenly between the two engineering programs, while the remaining $3,000 went to the undergraduate chemistry-lab poster session.
CARNEGIE MELLON GROWING ROBOTICS PROGRAM
Already a major player with top talent, Carnegie Mellon University is increasing the size of its footprint on the robotics industry. General Electric this month bought into the school’s potential, partnering on a new accelerator program and a $20 million venture fund to lure top robotics firms to Pittsburgh. GE Ventures, the company’s investment arm, is the founding sponsor of the for-profit accelerator program called the Robotics Hub, which provides funding through Pittsburgh-based Coal Hill Ventures. Expected to begin funding companies by 2016, the Robotics Hub also will provide access to equipment at the university and its National Robotics Engineering Center. Andrew W. Moore, dean of CMU’s School of Computer Science, sees the vast potential of the partnership. “Pittsburgh has the capabilities to become the world center of ultra-advanced robotics,” he says in a statement. “One part of this strategy is to make a frictionless path from CMU labs to go-to-market plans to full-scale product development. The Robotics Hub has assembled the team we need to make this happen.”
CARLOW ACCREDITED FOR RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has accredited Carlow University’s Respiratory Care bachelor’s degree, opening the door for a fall launch for the program, which Carlow President Suzanne Mellon says is "one of just 60 such programs in the country." Michael Mehall, the program chair, says in a statement that the program allows students to learn advanced-level skills and makes them eligible for participation in National Board of Respiratory Care Examinations. Students also will be able to apply their education in neonatal/pediatric units, sleep laboratories and outpatient care centers.