Carnegie Mellon University Joins NewCities Foundation

Carnegie Mellon joins prestigious list of NewCities academic members: MIT, NYU Wagner, Gateway House (India), University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, the Urban China Initiative, University of California CITRIS, and HEC Paris

Geneva, Switzerland – April 18, 2012 – NewCities Foundation, a global platform for innovation and exchange on the future of urbanization, welcomes Carnegie Mellon University, a premier research university, as its latest academic member. The partnership with NewCities involves four of Carnegie Mellon’s university-based research institutes: Remaking Cities Institute (RCI), Traffic21Institute, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator.

The institutes, through the efforts of students and faculty, address a broad range of interests and industries in order to solve real world problems. The research projects run by the institutes have focused on topics such as lighting, traffic and infrastructure. The results of these studies have played an influential role in defining public policy at a state and national level. CMU’s work on issues pertaining to urban development continues to attract support from government agencies, foundations and corporate partners, which are also at the core of the NewCities membership community.

“CMU clearly understands the importance of leveraging resources amongst multiple partners for the greater good,” stated Mathieu Lefevre, Former Executive Director, NewCities. “The four institutes that have joined NewCities bring a depth of technical expertise and knowledge that undoubtedly enriches our growing network. We look forward to future collaborations that involve CMU and our other members in crafting further innovative initiatives.”

Carnegie Mellon and NewCities partnership is based on a mutual understanding and a common goal towards sustainable urbanism. CMU and NewCities will work closely to proactively promote and disseminate important news and research to their individual communities. CMU will also be given the opportunity to leverage its expertise to directly impact the development and direction of future NewCities Task Forces, which bring together specialists in business, local government and academia. Driven by NewCities Founding Members, the task forces’ goal is to produce innovation based on pilot projects conducted in real world settings that will shape future urban practices and policies.

“This a wonderful new partnership as the university works to help find solutions to continued infrastructure deterioration by using data-driven, intelligent automatic decision support tools,” said James H. Garrett, Jr., head of Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and faculty co-director of the Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator.

Senior Executives from CMU will be present at the NewCities Summit and will have the opportunity to engage with leading industry and public officials on latest developments in urbanization and key research being developed by CMU.


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About Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a global research university with more than 11,000 students. About one-half of the students are graduate level and there are about 4,000 faculty and research professionals across its seven schools and colleges: Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social SciencesHeinz College, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.

About the NewCities Foundation

NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant. Focusing on people, places and policies, we bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.