Carnegie Mellon University


Metro21 projects impact communities across the region, while inspiring global impact through innovation. This work could not be done without our collaborators — our equity and municipal partners — who share our common goal to improve quality of life by solving real-world problems. Partner with us!

“Our partners come from private, public and nonprofit sectors to help us gain provide diverse and innovative solutions that take into account the not just the technology, but also the policy and most importantly, the people.” — Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College 

Funding Partners

Our funding partners make our work possible. Together, we collaborate on projects that directly help people — like our food delivery initiative that served 8,500 meals a month to families in need.

Allies for Children
Department of Energy
Department of Transportation
The Heinz Endowments
Hillman Family Foundation
Richard King Mellon Foundation
United Way of Southwestern PA
The Volcker Alliance

Regional Partners

Our regional partners ensure that our projects have a direct impact on the many communities that make up the Greater Pittsburgh area. Carnegie Mellon University works closely with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and other government agencies, several of which have Memorandums of Understanding with Metro21, to incubate a range of technological systems that will improve safety, enhance mobility, promote efficiency and address pollution.

Allegheny County
The City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh International Airport
Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority
Regional Industrial Development Corporation

Institutional & Intercollegiate Partners

Our partners exist across industries, sectors and spheres — which is how we address the diverse challenges that people face in metropolitan and rural communities.

CMU Interdisciplinary Partners

Metro21 projects are the result of Carnegie Mellon University’s interdisciplinary subject matter experts who bring their perspectives and skills together to innovate real-world solutions to real-world challenges.