Faculty and graduates of the School of Computer Science
(SCS) at Carnegie Mellon University have been advancing the field of computer science since 1956.
At its campus in Pittsburgh, the school offers a range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition, since 2004 Carnegie Mellon has offered computer science undergraduate degrees at the university’s campus in Doha, Qatar.Academic Units:Leadership:
SCS is recognized as a leader in all facets of computer science. Among its current and former faculty and alumni, the School of Computer Science claims 12 winners of the A.M. Turing Award, often considered the “Nobel Prize” of the computing world. Through its many research and educational partnerships, SCS faculty exercise daily leadership in the fields of information technology, networking, cybersecurity and robotics.
The Robotics Institute, one of SCS’s seven academic departments, is the world’s largest robotics research and development organization. Its National Robotics Engineering Center, located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, works closely with government agencies and industry clients to develop and mature robotic technologies from concept to commercialization.
NREC is at the forefront of designing unmanned robotic vehicles and assistant that can understand and navigate in hostile environments. NREC also creates robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students.
Many SCS faculty conduct research funded by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, the recognized world leader in designing safe, dependable software and preventing cyberattacks. In June, the SEI received a five-year contract from DoD, valued at $584 million, to continue its research and educational mission.Impact:
But SCS’s diverse interdisciplinary research and education extends into areas beyond the traditional boundaries of computer science.
The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center—a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh—is mining educational data to develop radical new models of teaching mathematics and language skills to schoolchildren and adults who learned English as a second language. PSLC in 2010 received a five-year, $25 million grant from the NSF to continue its research.
Another interdisciplinary effort is the Entertainment Technology Center, a joint initiative of the School of Computer Science and CMU’s College of Fine Arts that brings together technologists and artists in close collaboration.Facilities:
The School of Computer Science now includes two buildings as innovative as the people who work inside them. In August 2009, work was completed on the new Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. Made possible in part by a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a $10 million grant from Pittsburgh philanthropists Henry and Elsie Hillman, the Gates and Hillman centers added 200,000 square feet of new office, research and classroom space.
The buildings make maximum use of recyclable building materials and energy saving technologies and recently were awarded gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.