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March 18: Tepper School of Business To Host 2008 Cornerstones Symposium


Geof Becker                          

Eric Sloss

Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business To Host 2008
Cornerstones Symposium on Building City of the Future, March 25

Event Showcases Pittsburgh's Entrepreneurial Transformation
To World-Class Knowledge-Based Economy

PITTSBURGH — The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and its Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 2008 Cornerstones Symposium, titled "Entrepreneurial Pittsburgh: Building Bridges to a City's New Future."  The symposium, co-sponsored by the Tepper School's Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management, will take place Tuesday, March 25 on the Carnegie Mellon campus.   

There will be a pre-symposium panel and press conference Monday, March 24 at the Duquesne Club.  State Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Yablonsky and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have been invited to speak at the 4:30 p.m. press conference.

Cornerstones, founded by Carnegie Mellon Emeritus Lifetime Trustee Lucian Caste, is an outreach program of the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship that highlights the unique power of collaboration and interdisciplinary culture that Carnegie Mellon brings to both academia and professional practice.  Broadening the theme of collaboration, Cornerstones also underscores the many areas of cooperation between Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC for research and to help spur entrepreneurial vitality in the Pittsburgh region. 

The symposium includes the broad mix of disciplines — including architects, developers and economists; researchers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists; and city planners and government policy makers — all of whom must work together to strengthen the future of cities and their economies, their social networks and their physical infrastructure.  Using Pittsburgh — recently recognized as the leading U.S. city for growth in venture-funded businesses — as an example, the symposium connects leading authorities from around the world to share their knowledge and experiences on issues that can help cities realize a sustainable transformation of their economies and their people.

"With experts and decision-makers from around the world presenting their ideas and work at the Cornerstones Symposium, this is an excellent opportunity to learn how other cities are transforming their economies, their physical structures and their populations, using principles of sustainable development, knowledge-based innovation and smart urban planning," said Art Boni, director of the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the John R. Thorne Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business.

This year's seventh annual symposium focuses on how efficient and affordable energy, integrated health systems, robotics and electronic arts technologies are transforming Pittsburgh into a world-class city.

Following the Monday afternoon press conference, Cornerstones will host a V.I.P. reception, also at the Duquesne Club, to connect the business, healthcare, policy and academic fields to leverage action for profitable growth in the new global economy.

The one-day symposium will present such eminent speakers as University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg; Mayor Ravenstahl; Juan Catala, deputy mayor, Zaragoza, Spain; Ric Perez, senior vice president, Nuclear Services, Westinghouse Electric Company; Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; and Minoru Asada, professor, Osaka University, Japan.  Other top leaders and decision makers will speak and join panel discussions to illuminate how urban centers are leading the agenda for global change.  See the symposium program below for details.

The symposium will take place in Rangos Hall in the University Center on Carnegie Mellon's campus. Tickets are $175 for a single ticket, $600 for four tickets (includes 1 V.I.P. ticket) or $1,100 for 8 tickets (includes 2 V.I.P. tickets), $150 for non-profit employees, $75 for government employees and $50 for faculty.  Students are admitted at no charge. Tickets for the V.I.P. reception, sponsored by the Allegheny Conference for Community Development, are $75.

For more information or to register for "Entrepreneurial Pittsburgh: Building Bridges to a City's New Future," contact Bob Johnston at 412-268-9554 or  The Cornerstones Symposium agenda is at For more information on the Tepper School of Business, visit


The tentative symposium schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m.     Welcome
John Kosar, President, Cornerstones
Topic: The Challenge to Shape the City of the Future
Lucian Caste, Founder, Cornerstones, Architect

8:35-8:45 a.m.
Topic: Integration of the City Themes
Don Marinelli, Professor of Drama and Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Co-Director of the Entertainment Technology Center

8:45-9 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Topic: What are the interconnected dynamics that have transformed Pittsburgh into a vital, world-class city, and what will sustain its future?
Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

9-9:15 a.m.     
Topic: Pittsburgh - What is the vision for the future?  
Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh             

9:15-9:45 a.m.
Case Study:  What are the aspirations and similarities (and the lessons to be learned) between the growth patterns of Zaragoza and Pittsburgh?
What are the goals and strategies of Zaragoza to become a "Digital City?"
Ricardo Cavero, Director of Science and Technology, Zaragoza, Spain
Jose Carlos Arnal Losilla, Technical Advisor to the Mayor of Zaragoza

9:45-10 a.m.    Break   

10-10:30 a.m.
Success Story No. 1 - Westinghouse
Topic: Why has Westinghouse remained in Pittsburgh?
Ric Perez, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Services, Westinghouse Electric Company

10:30-11:15 a.m. 
Success Story No. 2 - Life Sciences Research Topic: The University of Pittsburgh - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Relation: A Paradigm for Research and Fiscal Success
Arthur S. Levine, M.D.; Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences; Dean, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Topic: How Biomedical Research Impacts a Great City. Wellness, Quality of Life and Extension of Life
Robert L. Kormos, M.D., FRCS, FAHA - UPMC; Co-Director, Artificial Heart Program and Heart Transplantation; Director, Artificial Heart Program; Medical Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
Topic: Regenerative Medicine - As a Potential Economic Transformer for Pittsburgh
Allan Russell, M.D., Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, UPMC

12:15-1 p.m.    Luncheon
Luncheon Speaker: John Miclot, President and CEO, Respironics, Inc.
Topic: What makes a city, suddenly become a creative, innovative economic generator, which fuses the city with sustainable progress and prosperity?                                                 
1-1:25 p.m.
Success Story No. 3 - Robotics
Topic: How will robotics contribute to the city and the betterment of mankind?
Minoru Asada, Professor, Osaka University, Japan

1:25-1:50 p.m.     
Topic: The historical connections with robots, the fascination and leading technologies, and what the future holds: humanoid and intelligence - its impact on health care, quality of life, education and all facets of life
Matthew Mason, Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University 
1:50-2:15 p.m.
Success Story No. 4 - Entertainment Technology
Topic: The development and use of increasingly programmable tools for education, entertainment and communication
Dawn Keezer, Director, Pittsburgh Film Office

2:15-2:40 p.m.
Topic: As entertainment technology becomes faster moving, more complex, more dynamic, more distracting and more mediated by technology, what will become its goals?
Jack Lew, Global University Relations Manager, Electronic Arts

2:40 - 3:40 p.m.
Capstone Panel: The Capstone panelists will develop the issues of what is being done by the universities to impact change in the Pittsburgh region, bring new business to the region, and define the university's role in the network economy
Moderator:  F. Michael Langley, President and CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Presenters and Topics
Minoru Asada - What are the economic transformers and new research applications necessary to drive the commercial applications of robotics?
Arthur S. Levine M.D. - What are the healthcare, research and start-up perspectives needed to create innovative opportunities to seed start-up companies and investment incentives?
Matthew Harbaugh, Chief Investment Officer, Innovation Works - The Role of Community Investment
Dawn Keezer - Director, Pittsburgh Film Office
Lester B. Lave - The Sustainable Environment
John Manzetti - CEO, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

3:40 p.m.    Closing