Carnegie Mellon University
February 08, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Receive Scholarship Grant From GM Foundation and Test Drive New Volt at Pittsburgh Auto Show


Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Event: Carnegie Mellon University’s Ed Schlesinger will receive a $70,000 scholarship grant from the GM Foundation to support outstanding student research and studies at the university’s top-ranked College of Engineering.

Since 2000, the General Motors Foundation and Carnegie Mellon have collaborated on the next generation of automotive information technology via research under way at the Collaborative Lab, which taps the resources of the university’s collaborative, problem-solving environment. And in 2003, the foundation renewed its commitment to the university for an additional five years. The partnership supplements auto industry initiatives to provide passengers safe and easy access to information and entertainment.

“Our longstanding collaboration with GM is an important part of Carnegie Mellon’s focus as we strive to provide skilled leaders and innovators so critical to helping the nation remain competitive in an ever- changing global environment,” said Schlesinger, head of Carnegie Mellon’s renowned Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Students from Carnegie Mellon’s Collaborative Lab will get to meet top engineers responsible for the design of the Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range capability, and will get to experience the Volt’s technology firsthand. 

When: 1 p.m. (Press availability), GM Grant presentation, Thursday, Feb. 10.

Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pa.