Carnegie Mellon University
May 14, 2020

Zoom to Open New R&D Office Near Carnegie Mellon

Company cites CMU's engineers and computer scientists as key reason for location

Jason Maderer
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Zoom Video Communications, Inc. has announced it will open a research and development (R&D) office in Pittsburgh, joining Phoenix as the two locations selected by the company. Although a physical location hasn't been determined yet, the company says it will seek to open its office near Carnegie Mellon University's campus to capitalize on the university's talented pool of engineers and computer scientists.

Zoom plans to immediately begin recruiting software engineers. The decision to locate in Pittsburgh is a testament to the region's amazing talent and the powerful partnership between civic leadership, educational institutions and our vibrant technology ecosystem.

"We are so thrilled that Zoom is planning to establish a research and development center in Pittsburgh, a world-leading hub for engineering, computer science and artificial intelligence," said Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon. "With our visionary faculty and exceptionally talented students, Carnegie Mellon is catalyzing revolutionary work to accelerate digital transformation across markets and industries, and we look forward to partnering with Zoom to enhance their remarkable momentum in defining the future of virtual interactions."

"Both Phoenix and Pittsburgh have incredibly well-educated, skilled and diverse talent pools that are well-positioned to help support Zoom's ongoing growth and continued success," said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom. "We plan to hire up to 500 software engineers between these two cities in the next few years, drawing largely on recent graduates of the many local universities as our partners. We look forward to expanding our team and seeing what we accomplish together as we continue to build our world-leading video communications platform with best-in-class reliability, scalability, privacy and security."

Zoom will join a list of the world's most innovative and engaging technology companies including Aptiv, Argo AI, Bosch, Facebook, Google and Honeywell Robotics, among others. Companies like these have established and grown operations in Pittsburgh to take advantage of the top talent from the region's excellent educational institutions.

Carnegie Mellon is home to the nation's No. 1 ranked computer science graduate program, No. 4 engineering graduate program and No. 6 undergraduate engineering education, according to U.S. News & World Report.