Fourth Applied Sciences Program Announced With Carnegie Mellon University
Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg announced Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as the newest partner in the Applied Sciences NYC initiative, which seeks to to build or expand world-class applied sciences and engineering campuses in New York City. Carnegie Mellon University is the fourth higher learning institution to join the Applied Sciences Initiative and the first to focus on the intersection of arts and technology. Carnegie Mellon's Integrative Media Program will open at Brooklyn Navy Yard's Steiner Studios in 2015.
The program will diversity what is offered at the three other Applied Sciences NYC partnerships with Cornell University, New York University, and Columbia University. Collectively, these institutions strengthen the City's position in science and research. The Carnegie Mellon campus will combine media, design, and visual arts with math and technology.
"The convergence of media and technology is real," said Douglas C. Steiner, Chairman of Steiner Studios, "and its epicenter belongs in New York City."
In line with an age-old Carnegie Mellon tradition, officials at yesterday's announcement signed a fence to mark the new partnership. Officials left messages ranging from Mayor Bloomberg's concise "Welcome" to the profound CMU mantra "My heart is in the work," signed by CMU Provost Mark Kamlet. The original fence at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh, PA campus holds particular significance as the most painted object on campus, frequently displaying witty messages or advertising upcoming events.
Carnegie Mellon’s plan grew out of Applied Sciences NYC, a competition for $100 million in funds and $300 million worth of real estate from the city. Carnegie Mellon's partnership brings the total projected economic impact of the Applied Sciences Initiative to more than $33 Billion over 30 years.