Carnegie Mellon University
July 18, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and University of Warwick Announce $10 Million Research and Education Collaboration

Contact:  Abby Simmons  / 412-268-4290  /

Warwick MOU SigningPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Warwick have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a $10 million research and education collaboration.

CMU President Subra Suresh signed the agreement on July 15 while visiting the U.K.-based university to receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The two universities intend to collaborate in strategic areas related to cutting-edge data acquisition, analysis and processing for next-generation applications. CMU's expertise in robotics and autonomous systems, cybersecurity, design, machine learning, computational health applications and sensors will come together with Warwick's world-leading expertise in areas including manufacturing, digital health care, cybersecurity, energy storage, materials and surfaces, and robotics.

Activities will underpin major research and education initiatives at the two universities, including Warwick's Global Research Priorities and CMU's smart urban infrastructure projects and Traffic21. They also will explore collaboration in energy, innovative manufacturing, materials and technologies for health care.

Each institution plans to support and fund the work of staff and students on joint projects and exchanges. The funding also will be used to create facilities for cyber-learning and virtual classrooms.

President Suresh was among 16 individuals who received honorary degrees during the University of Warwick's summer graduation ceremonies for their important contributions to cultural, intellectual, social, economic or political life.

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG, a premier manufacturing, teaching and research group at the University of Warwick, presented CMU's president with the honorary degree.

"Dr. Subra Suresh is one of the world's top materials scientists, a highly cited scholar who is one of the few living Americans to be elected a member of all three branches of the United States National Academies in recognition of his pioneering contributions to engineering, sciences and medicine," Bhattacharyya said. "His research into the properties of engineered and biological materials and their connections to human diseases has been published in more than 300 research articles, over 20 patents and three books."

Fellow honorary degree recipients include Gautam Banerjee, a retired executive chairman of PwC Singapore; Ed Byrne, vice chancellor and president of Monash University in Australia; Vivian Hunt, managing partner of McKinsey's United Kingdom and Ireland offices; Tarell McCraney, an award-winning U.S. playwright; and Richard Parry-Jones, former vice president of global product development, chief technical officer and head of global R&D operations at Ford Motor Co.

Consistently ranked among top research universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Warwick enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Its campus, located northwest of London, straddles the boundary between the City of Coventry and the County of Warwickshire.


Pictured above at the signing of the memorandum of understanding are (l-r) WMG Chairman and Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, CMU President Subra Suresh, and University of Warwick Vice Chancellor and Professor Nigel Thrift.