Carnegie Mellon University

Message from the President

12-18-2009

Success for Google, Carnegie Mellon & Pittsburgh

Dear Members of the University Community:

I’m writing to let you know that after four years of growth in Carnegie Mellon’s Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC), Google has announced it is moving its successful Pittsburgh engineering center to Bakery Square in East Liberty.

This is a wonderful success story — for Google, for Carnegie Mellon, and for Pittsburgh.  

Google’s growth here has been phenomenal. In the four years, almost to the day (December 15, 2005), since Google announced the opening of a Pittsburgh office, the staff has grown rapidly, and numerous creative contributions to the company’s growth have emanated from Pittsburgh. Google’s move to nearby East Liberty will accommodate a continued rapid pace of growth.
 
This success is in part due to the extraordinary leadership and example of Google Pittsburgh’s director, Andrew Moore, whose groundbreaking work in machine learning while he was a Carnegie Mellon computer science faculty member first attracted Google’s attention.

This is a success story for Carnegie Mellon, too.  Our vision for the CIC was to create a space for innovation-intensive companies to locate on our campus to build new connections between faculty, students, and company staff. Google, Intel and Apple all endorsed this vision, and Carnegie Mellon has been very gratified to play a part in the success of these three partners in the CIC’s first years. This is a new model for corporate-university collaboration, and we could not be more pleased with its success and impact.

Pittsburgh has benefited from the CIC, which has brought dozens of new IT jobs to the city, and raised the region’s worldwide reputation as a center for innovation in IT and computing.  Google’s decision to locate in East Liberty, a neighborhood now undergoing an exciting transition, is itself a great vote of confidence in the city’s future.

While Google has outgrown the space at CIC, the company’s relationship with Carnegie Mellon continues to deepen. The company continues to support a wide array of research projects here, and it remains a leading employer of our graduates. This year, Google acquired Computer Science Professor Luis von Ahn’s spin-off company ReCAPTCHA, Inc., and it continues to look to Carnegie Mellon as one of the most important of its university partners.

Please join me in congratulating Andrew Moore and all our colleagues at Google, and wishing them the best of luck in East Liberty. They are not going far. I know our great work with Google will continue to be a mutually beneficial one for our university, the company, Pittsburgh and the world.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jared L. Cohon
 

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