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Nov. 8: Media Advisory: CMU Engineers and Industrial Partners Break Ground on New Incubator To Support Smart Infrastructure Systems

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Media Advisory: CMU Engineers and Industrial Partners Break Ground
On New Incubator To Support Smart Infrastructure Systems

Research Will Create Efficient and Sustainable Buildings, Pipelines and Transit Facilities

Event: Carnegie Mellon University researchers and founding industrial partners, Bombardier Corporation and IBM, will break ground on $2.2 million in new research facilities at CMU designed to support the exploration of new technologies to create more efficient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems, such as buildings, pipelines and transportation facilities.

Tomorrow's infrastructure will blend traditional physical-infrastructure (transportation and transit systems, buildings, pipes, power grid, concrete and steel) with cyber-infrastructure (computers, networks and sensors) in ways that are just emerging. Pennsylvania has a wealth of companies, universities and institutions that are inventing many of these emerging technologies that will build and rebuild the world's transportation and manufacturing infrastructure. The Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII) will help to bring those organizations together to make Pennsylvania a visible leader in creating these critical emerging technologies, and in educating a new generation of employees to design, operate and maintain these new cyber-physical infrastructure systems.

Some of the leading-edge research is already under way at Carnegie Mellon. At the event, CMU researchers will showcase several ongoing projects, including new methods for detecting cracks and damage in gas and oil pipelines, and methods for using sensors to reduce the usage of electricity in homes and businesses. They also will feature navigation systems for the next generation of public transit vehicles and research on adapting electric car technologies for use in public transportation. An electric car that is being used as a testbed for this technology will be available for test rides.

Some of the key corporate and academic officials attending the event will be CMU President Jared L. Cohon; Eran Gartner, president of Bombardier Systems Division in Berlin, Germany; Josef Doppelbauer, chief technical officer of Bombardier in Berlin; Michael Fetsko, vice president of Bombardier Systems Division in Pittsburgh; Romuald Ponte, vice president of engineering at the Bombardier Systems Division in Pittsburgh; Wayne S. Balta, vice president of corporate environmental affairs and product safety at IBM; Jurij Paraszczak, CTO Venture Capital Group and director of Emerging Business, IBM Research; Robert Morris, vice president of services research at IBM; and  state Sen. Jay Costa (D-43rd District).

When: 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Where:  Danforth Lounge, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213