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Contact:
Anne Watzman, Carnegie Mellon
412-268-3830

Michael Mewhinney, NASA
650-604-3937

For immediate release:
October 28, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Expansion of Its West Coast Campus

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.—Carnegie Mellon University will celebrate the expansion of its West Coast Campus at Moffett Field with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of its new headquarters in Building 23 on the historic Shenandoah Plaza, adjacent to NASA's Ames Research Center, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon and Raj Reddy, Simon University Professor and West Coast Campus educational director, will be joined by NASA officials as they showcase the progress made at the campus since it was established in 2001. The campus's unique offerings in education, research and outreach will be highlighted for visitors.

Speakers at the event will include G. Scott Hubbard, director of NASA Ames Research Center, and Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google, Inc.

The West Coast Campus opened for classes in September 2002 with 56 students enrolled in programs leading to a master of science degree in information technology. The first graduation ceremony was held August 29.

Coursework at the West Coast Campus is built around the concept of learning by doing. Classes feature hands-on, project-oriented apprenticeship-based and individually mentored activities that emphasize teamwork and collaboration.

The West Coast Campus research agenda based on high dependability computing, which is critical to NASA missions as well as industry and computer users everywhere, will be highlighted with exhibits. In January 2002, Carnegie Mellon received a $23.3 million NASA grant to lead the High Dependability Computing Program, a research consortium of five universities.

This past summer, the West Coast Campus completed its second season of RoboCamp, a, seven-week summer outreach program for Bay Area high school seniors who built and programmed their own autonomous mobile robots.

Initially, the West Coast Campus had been housed in a smaller space on the Shenandoah Plaza, but its expanding programs demanded additional space. Earlier this year, Carnegie Mellon and NASA agreed on a long-term lease under which the university renovated space in Building 23. The building and plaza are part of a 213-acre research park the agency is developing.

For more information on Carnegie Mellon and its West Coast Campus, see www.cmu.edu and http://west.cmu.edu/

For more information on the NASA Research Park, see http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/

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