Carnegie Mellon University
October 30, 2019

Carnegie Mellon and Northrop Grumman Enter Into Master Sponsored Research Agreement

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation will fund research at CMU

Gera Jochum
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Carnegie Mellon University and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation entered a new five-year master agreement to expedite funding of science and engineering research projects at the university.

The agreement expands and strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two instiutions. For years, Northrop Grumman has supported research in various areas within CMU, including projects at its Entertainment Technology Center, Software Engineering Institute and CyLab, among others.

"Having companies like Northrop Grumman sponsor research at CMU is an important component of how industry and universities partner to support the nation's vibrant innovation ecosystem," said J. Michael McQuade, CMU's vice president for research. "Working together, we can accelerate the transformation of knowledge learned through basic research into applied commercial products."

Carnegie Mellon University is home to experts in science and engineering, who are leading the world in areas from robotics to neuroscience. These experts push the boundaries of what is known and what can be done as they bring together people and ideas from seemingly disparate fields to form new areas of scientific inquiry, including artificial intelligence.

"The technological reach of artificial intelligence has developed rapidly and we need to approach that reach from a variety of sources," said Vern Boyle, vice president, advanced technologies, Northrop Grumman. "Carnegie Mellon is a world leader in the development of artificial intelligence and we're excited to have this agreement in place that will allow teams across Northrop Grumman to partner with them."

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides technically sophisticated products, programs and services for the U.S. government and commercial market.

The five-year agreement between Carnegie Mellon and Northrop Grumman will fuel innovation, essential to the economic growth of Pittsburgh and the nation.

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to educating, empowering and aligning its community around the world to address the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, which aim to create a more peaceful, prosperous planet with just and inclusive societies. Recognizing the critical contributions that universities are making through education, research and practice, CMU publicly committed to undertaking a Voluntary University Review of the Global Goals. The 17 Global Goals cover wide-ranging issues, including reducing violence, ending extreme poverty, promoting equitable education, fighting inequality and injustice, advancing economic growth and decent work, and preventing the harmful effects of climate change by 2030.

The preceding story demonstrates CMU's work toward attaining Global Goal 17.