Past Event: The University and Regional Economic Development-Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh - Carnegie Mellon University

The Research University and U.S. Economic Growth: Is A New Model Emerging?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Discussion: 4:30-6:00 pm
Reception and Showcase: 6:00-7:15 pm
Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325), Russell Senate Office Building, Washington D.C.

When America's research universities collaborate with their communities to accelerate innovation from the lab to the marketplace, they create jobs and ignite regional growth. Does the success of Pittsburgh and its universities suggest a way forward for other U.S. regions?


"Pittsburgh has developed into one of the country's most vibrant tech centers, a hotbed of innovation ... [owing much to Carnegie Mellon's] well-honed mix of underdog pluck and algorithmic brains."

- POLITICO.COM, February 4, 2014

Carnegie Mellon University — which creates more companies per federal research dollar than any other university in the U.S. — is one of the leading examples of a new paradigm of research universities.

These institutions are regenerating economic growth through acceleration of start-up businesses, creating technology clusters that attract large companies to open offices nearby, and supporting students in the pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams.

Dr. Subra SureshWelcome: Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University

Bruce KatzChallenge to the Symposium: Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

The Pittsburgh Recipe for Regional Transformation

Lenore BlumOpening Remarks: Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Founding Director of Project Olympus, and Co-Director of the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University

Scheduled Panelists:

Jay WhitacreJay Whitacre, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aquion Energy

Andrew MooreAndrew Moore, Vice President of Engineering, Google

Red WhittakerRed Whittaker, Fredkin University Research Professor of Robotics and Director of the Field Robotics Center, Carnegie Mellon University; Chairman and Chief Science Officer, Astrobotic

“Reaction” and National Context

Luke SkurmanOpening Remarks: Luke Skurman, CEO and Founder, Niche; Trustee, Carnegie Mellon University; Chairman, Thrill Mill

Scheduled Panelists:

Nish AcharyaNish Acharya, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Martin AbrahamMartin A. Abraham, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Youngstown State University

Innovation Showcase & Reception

Come meet some of the robots who are helping to transform Pittsburgh, and interact with several innovative CMU startups and student entrepreneurs.

Honorary co-hosts:

  • The Honorable Robert P. Casey Jr., United States Senator
  • The Honorable Pat Toomey, United States Senator
  • The Honorable Mike Doyle, United States Congressman