Carnegie Mellon University

Goals for Societal Impact

No university is better positioned to improve the human condition on a global scale than Carnegie Mellon. We are known for collaborating across disciplines, both on our own campus and beyond. We facilitate and celebrate the contributions and leadership of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.


CMU’s emphasis on innovation has created an entrepreneurial mindset among students, alumni, staff and faculty, many of whom are committed to translating their ideas from the laboratory and the studio to the marketplace and the public square. Supporting entrepreneurial activities remains a key priority for the entire university community, and it is especially important in sustaining our commitment to contribute to the economic and cultural life of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Our leadership in critical areas of education, research and creativity positions us to be trailblazers in the global community of knowledge creators in the 21st century. And by leveraging our historic strengths at the intersection of technology and humanity, we will ensure excellence across all fields of study, especially science, across the university, in which we embrace new paradigms in scientific discovery to cultivate, enable and build a better environment for curiosity-driven foundational scientific research.

Goal: Leadership in Research and Creativity


Lead and be widely recognized for achieving excellence in research and creativity, advancing the understanding of fundamental questions and developing solutions to problems of societal significance.

Goal: Regional Impact


Continue to contribute significantly to economic growth and quality of life in Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania, and all the regions where CMU operates.

Goal: Engaging and Impacting the Global Community


Build on leadership in world-class education and research outside the borders of a traditional university campus; focus on continued international engagement, and deeper and broader incorporation of the full CMU experience around the world.