Carnegie Mellon Receives $1.8 Million From Sloan Foundation To Start Software Center

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Carnegie Mellon University

    PITTSBURGH, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University has
 received $1.8 million from the Sloan Foundation to create the Software
 Industry Center, which will explore a variety of industry issues, including
 how different software practices are better suited to certain business
 environments.
     Center researchers will focus on four areas of interest: innovation and
 new business models, software development, human capital and globalization.
     "The center is being developed with a strong commitment to perform
 industry-relevant research and to broadcast the findings broadly to boost
 industry performance," said Donald J. McGillen, executive director of the
 Software Industry Center.
     Because software is used in every sector of the economy, the center will
 feature an interdisciplinary mix of scholars from the School of Computer
 Science, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, the
 Graduate School of Industrial Administration and the Software Engineering
 Institute.
     "The software industry has become what oil and steel were 50 years ago --
 the engine of economic growth and the provider of good, high-paying jobs,"
 said Jeffrey Hunker, dean of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and
 Management.  "With the new Software Industry Center, Carnegie Mellon has an
 important tool to better understand and assist the software industry and
 promote its growth throughout the Pittsburgh region."
     "Software systems will approach the complexity of cities," said James H.
 Morris, dean of the School of Computer Science.  "To understand them, we will
 need a new breed of thinker who views systems the way city planners do and the
 new Software Industry Center might break through to such a new intellectual
 discipline."
     Old business models that emphasized fixed assets, working capital and
 economies of scale have become increasingly vulnerable to nimbler
 organizations that employ new technologies to reduce costs. Leading edge
 technology that will be developed at Carnegie Mellon's new software center
 will enable workers on the bottom rungs of the organization to seize
 opportunity as it arises, McGillen said.
     The center will develop guidelines to enable small and medium-sized
 enterprises to better exploit rapid advances in information and software
 technologies. Research will be conducted at Pittsburgh-area engineering and
 manufacturing companies.
     In addition to Sloan Foundation funding, the new center will receive
 funding from the Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority and the Software
 Engineering Institute's Technology Insertion Demonstration and Evaluation
 Program, as well as membership fees from corporate sponsors.  Center co-
 directors are Richard Florida and Mary Shaw of Carnegie Mellon.  Ashish Arora
 of the Heinz School will be the center's research director.
 
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    PITTSBURGH, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University has
 received $1.8 million from the Sloan Foundation to create the Software
 Industry Center, which will explore a variety of industry issues, including
 how different software practices are better suited to certain business
 environments.
     Center researchers will focus on four areas of interest: innovation and
 new business models, software development, human capital and globalization.
     "The center is being developed with a strong commitment to perform
 industry-relevant research and to broadcast the findings broadly to boost
 industry performance," said Donald J. McGillen, executive director of the
 Software Industry Center.
     Because software is used in every sector of the economy, the center will
 feature an interdisciplinary mix of scholars from the School of Computer
 Science, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, the
 Graduate School of Industrial Administration and the Software Engineering
 Institute.
     "The software industry has become what oil and steel were 50 years ago --
 the engine of economic growth and the provider of good, high-paying jobs,"
 said Jeffrey Hunker, dean of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and
 Management.  "With the new Software Industry Center, Carnegie Mellon has an
 important tool to better understand and assist the software industry and
 promote its growth throughout the Pittsburgh region."
     "Software systems will approach the complexity of cities," said James H.
 Morris, dean of the School of Computer Science.  "To understand them, we will
 need a new breed of thinker who views systems the way city planners do and the
 new Software Industry Center might break through to such a new intellectual
 discipline."
     Old business models that emphasized fixed assets, working capital and
 economies of scale have become increasingly vulnerable to nimbler
 organizations that employ new technologies to reduce costs. Leading edge
 technology that will be developed at Carnegie Mellon's new software center
 will enable workers on the bottom rungs of the organization to seize
 opportunity as it arises, McGillen said.
     The center will develop guidelines to enable small and medium-sized
 enterprises to better exploit rapid advances in information and software
 technologies. Research will be conducted at Pittsburgh-area engineering and
 manufacturing companies.
     In addition to Sloan Foundation funding, the new center will receive
 funding from the Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority and the Software
 Engineering Institute's Technology Insertion Demonstration and Evaluation
 Program, as well as membership fees from corporate sponsors.  Center co-
 directors are Richard Florida and Mary Shaw of Carnegie Mellon.  Ashish Arora
 of the Heinz School will be the center's research director.
 
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