Carnegie Mellon University
May 24, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Innovation and Discovery

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Silicon Valley CampusPITTSBURGH-A decade of innovative research, academic excellence and entrepreneurial success stories will take center stage at an event June 9 celebrating the creation of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley Campus at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif.

A beacon of technological achievement and a hub for developing creative software management leaders and entrepreneurial startups, CMU's Silicon Valley campus has quadrupled in size since its inception in 2002 and helped launch more than a dozen startups.

"We are celebrating not just our academic achievements, but our important role as a change agent in the dynamic ecosystem of Silicon Valley," said Martin Griss, director of CMU's Silicon Valley campus. "We are excited to achieve the envisioned balance and synergy between innovative education, research and entrepreneurship."

More than 600 CMU Silicon Valley alumni credit career success to novel teaching, helping them to try out new ideas, shed them quickly if they don't catch on and move to the next new idea. That problem-solving DNA so intrinsic to the CMU culture is supported by the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship program, which is closely tied to the university's Greenlighting Startups initiative. An engine for accelerating enterprise and job creation, Greenlighting Startups builds upon the university's impressive record of turning campus research into new businesses.

"I had been involved with many startups before coming to CMU's Silicon Valley campus, but it was my classroom experiences and support from CMU faculty that gave me the confidence to start my own successful company along with other CMU alums," said Manoj Rajshekar, who recently launched a startup, EngageClick, focused on building a Human Engagement Platform. Rajshekar is a 2011 graduate of the CMU software management program at the Silicon Valley campus.

Bertrand A. Damiba, a Google product manager, praised the Silicon Valley programs for valuable "hands-on learning" and a commitment to helping students develop crucial business and marketing skills. "It is learning by doing and plenty of teamwork that makes the program so great," said Damiba, a 2008 graduate in software management at CMU Silicon Valley.

CMU's Silicon Valley campus offers part-time and full-time masters' degree programs in software engineering, software management, information networking and electrical and computer engineering, as well as a Ph.D. program in electrical and computer engineering.

"Our anniversary celebration will highlight many of those programs and research spanning our novel work from solar panels and sustainability to mobile computing," said Steven Rosenberg, associate director of CMU's Silicon Valley campus.

Abe Ishihara, a research faculty member at CMU Silicon Valley, will showcase a new monitoring and diagnostic system developed to enhance energy harvesting for residential and commercial scale solar arrays. "Solar panels can help decrease the cost of energy but only if properly maintained and operating at peak performance. Left unchecked, failure modes can significantly impact the return on investment and owners need to know about it."

"We plan to show some of our work involving the tracking and development of more resilient antenna in mobile systems like cellphones," said Jason Lohn, an associate research professor at CMU Silicon Valley.

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